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How One Artist Is Working To Build A 'Mini-Versailles' On Chicago's South Side

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.26.2015 | Arts

For acclaimed Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, community revival all comes back to his training as a potter -- a practice in which “you very qui...

Christian Marclay's 'The Clock'

Robert Loerzel | Posted 11.02.2014 | Chicago
Robert Loerzel

It doesn't seem quite correct to label "The Clock" as a film; it certainly isn't a traditional example of a movie. But the act of watching "The Clock" inside the dark gallery is essentially a moviegoing experience.

Jacqueline Howard

Common Weighs In On Youth Violence & His Homecoming | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.04.2013 | Chicago

It seems as though no other city can replace Chicago for the multi-Grammy Award winning hip-hop artist Common. After all, he is the emcee who once sai...

Alice - Tea in Chicago

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.08.2013 | Books
C. M. Rubin

"It's a party in which the child within can play again and run with the imagination." -- Ayala Leyser I am going to a Mad Hatter Tea Party in Chic...

PHOTOS: Famed 3-D Artist Shares Astonishing Drawing In Chicago

Posted 06.27.2013 | Chicago

Travelers who spotted the Colorado River running through Chicago's Union Station Wednesday may have thought their eyes were playing tricks on them. ...

Rachel Shteir vs. Chicago: Performance vs. Reality

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Conversation ended the minute the Rachel Shteir turned a review of books about Chicago into a pan of the city itself. Which is a shame, because Shteir's review was a gigantic missed opportunity to investigate the fact that "Chicago" is a performance.

Martin Atkins Talks CIMMfest, the Music Biz and Why He Throws Blueberry Muffins at His Audience

Lauren Drell | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Lauren Drell

I caught up with Martin Atkins -- who's best known for drumming in some of the most influential post-punk and industrial bands, including Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface (Trent Reznor) and Killing Joke -- about what he's got on deck for his keynote to wrap CIMMfest.

U Of C Washington Park Arts Incubator Opens

Posted 03.09.2013 | Chicago

Story by Sam Cholke, via DNAinfo Chicago: WASHINGTON PARK — The University of Chicago celebrated the opening of its new Arts Incubator Friday mor...

Dance Crash, Deahr and the Art of Connection

Johnny Nevin | Posted 01.29.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

As a dancer, her range of interest, experience and expertise is itself a defiance of boundaries; her biography lists "contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, breakdance, ballroom, tap, and fusions of various styles," somehow leaving out her performances as an aerial artist.

Chatting With Tracy Michelle Arnold, Star of Goodman's Other Desert Cities

Robert Bullen | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

When Jon Robin Baitz's searing family drama Other Desert Cities premiered at Lincoln Center in January 2011, it took the town by storm. I had the chance to speak with Tracy Michelle Arnold of the Goodman Theatre's production.

David Singer Talks His Sweet, Funny Debut Film, Advantage: Weinberg

Mark Bazer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

Chicago musician David Singer has made some of the most infectious indie pop music over the last several years. His debut film, the short Advantage: Weinberg, is no less appealing.

Failure: A Love Story Finds Heartwarming Hope in the Unavoidable

Robert Bullen | Posted 01.28.2013 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

In the fantastically macabre Failure: A Love Story, playwright Philip Dawkins manages to find the quirky, heartwarming delight in the unavoidable.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Rocks out Chicago With Swagger and Style

Robert Bullen | Posted 12.15.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

If history class were like the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, I might have fared better in school. It examines the life of Andrew Jackson, America's seventh president, through the lens of a wry, high-octane rock concert.

Fashion of the Opera (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 12.12.2012 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

High fashion met high art as local Chicago designers paraded their latest collections, accompanied by sweeping arias from the world's most famous operas at The American Chamber Opera's Fashion of the Opera.

The Art Institute Of Chicago More Than Doubles Its Famed Rubloff Paperweight Collection

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Paperweights? Yes, paperweights! If you can't really envision what they are (or why), you are in luck. The Art Institute of Chicago which houses one of the largest paperweight collections in the world, is more than doubling its collection.

Art Work Ethic

Paul Klein | Posted 11.14.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

After the cacophony of last week's season opening exhibitions across the city of Chicago, there are three impressive, divergent openings tonight.

The Mayne Stage: Chicago's Undiscovered Gem

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.04.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Whenever I tell people about the Mayne Stage, I can't believe that they haven't been there yet. For me, it is the undiscovered gem of the city.

A Cynic Sees Some Light on the Cultural Plan

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Susan Eleuterio

Michelle Boone and Lord Cultural Resources have defied the expectations of many Chicagoans by actually opening the Chicago Cultural Plan up for discussion and input. Now we hope to see the process into reality.

Redtwist's Chilling The Glass Menagerie Makes Williams' Classic Well Worth Revisiting

Robert Bullen | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Redtwist Theatre's intimate, heartbreaking and darkly humorous production of Tennessee Williams' deeply personal masterpiece, A Glass Menagerie will haunt me for quite a while.

Steppenwolf's Three Sisters Is Heavy Handed Drama With Slight Emotional Weight

Robert Bullen | Posted 10.10.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

What is it about Steppenwolf's production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters (Here, simply called Three Sisters) that left me mostly cold?

Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend

Mark Nilsson | Posted 08.09.2012 | Chicago
Mark Nilsson

The summer is getting away from us! We've now entered August and the clock is ticking to get out and enjoy the great weather in this living and breathing city.

Make No Little [Cultural] Plans

Paul Klein | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

I sat in on an enthusiastic meeting Wednesday with Mayor Emanuel, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, and Ra Joy of the Illinois Arts Alliance among others. The discussion was about the just released draft of the Chicago Cultural Plan.

Goodman's Joyous Crowns Gets Your Spirits Singing

Robert Bullen | Posted 09.10.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Inspired by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's 2000 book that explores the rich history black women have with wearing ornate church hats, playwright Regina Taylor has crafted a joyful, colorful celebration with Crowns.

The Chicago Tour Diary

Melissa Manchester | Posted 07.08.2012 | Arts
Melissa Manchester


'Metrospective' Poster Show Honors Venue's 30th Birthday

Posted 07.11.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's beloved concert venue, the Metro, is turning 30 this month, and in honor of its contributions to music and art (through live performances an...