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Behind the Scenes at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Video)

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

While we walk the corridors of the museum and throughout the superb exhibit Pandora's Box, Mr. Darling talks about the importance of the museum creating a safe space to ask questions, and ways we can all relate to art.

Behind the Scenes With Muralist Jeff Zimmermann

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.07.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The chances are pretty good that if you have seen a major mural in Chicago in the city or on the expressway, it was created by muralist Jeff Zimmermann.

Behind The Scenes With The Director And Producers Of The Interrupters

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Steve James and Alex Kotlowicz detail the incredible journey of filming the ground-breaking work of the violence interrupters who struggle to cease violence before it erupts on the South side of Chicago.

Behind the Scenes With Rick Kogan and Chicago Live!

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.18.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

More than theatrical, Chicago Live! takes a magnifying glass to the details of our city and brings the wonder of a major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, to life.

Behind the Scenes With Rhythmic Dance Ensemble Be the Groove

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.08.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The belief Be the Groove holds that everyone has in them the power to make music, find a beat, and to be the groove is something I remember every day as I walk down the street in our thriving city.

Behind the Scenes With Photojournalist Charles Osgood

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.02.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Charles Osgood has been a photojournalist for over 40 years. Chuck's assignments have ranged from covering South Side murders on the midnight shift, to food and fashion in the color studio.

Performance Poet and Poetry Slam Founder, Marc Smith

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.18.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I sat down with Poetry Slam founder and performance poet Marc Smith to discuss how this rough and tough guy from the Southeast side came to create such an institution.

Behind the Scenes With Improvisers Susan Messing and Michael Patrick Thornton

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.06.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I interviewed improviser Susan Messing just minutes before she was about to go on stage. Susan talks about trusting the process, being in the moment and how Chicago is Mecca for this work.

Behind the Scenes With Tony Fitzpatrick

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.21.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It's hard to think of a truer Chicago character than Tony Fitzpatrick. He has been a figure in the art scene for decades: an renowned collage artist, a poet and author, a former radio host, an actor and a playwright.

Behind the Scenes With Actresses Joyce Piven and Joan Cusack

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Behind the Scenes With Master Puppeteer, Blair Thomas

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.24.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

What Blair Thomas creates in his puppet theatre is nothing short of magical. Blair often does everything from puppet building, the costume creation, and music to the performances themselves.

Behind the Scenes with Painter Virginia Mallard

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.12.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Painter Virginia Mallard's incredible enthusiasm and ingenuity, in both painting and life, are striking.

Behind the Scenes With Musician and Artist, Jon Langford

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.20.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Has punk rock come and gone? Not exactly. I visited the music and painting studio of The Mekons' lead singer, Jon Langford, to see the life of an ongoing rocker.

Behind the Scenes With Blues Musician, Nicholas Barron

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In Episode 1 of Fear No ART Chicago, Nicholas Barron belts out the blues in his guitar-filled studio. He also talks about when a song is good... and, well, not so good.

Behind The Scenes with Fashion Designer Lauren Lein

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In this segment from Fear No Art Chicago, long-time Chicago fashion veteran Lauren Lein talks about the thriving fashion community and how young Chicago designers are getting noticed.

Behind the Scenes with Chefs Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu of Moto

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In this video, featuring chefs Ben Roche and Homaro Cantu of the renowned Moto restaurant, things get a little crazy in the kitchen and the creative sparks fly -- literally!

Behind the Scenes With Art Collector Candace Jordan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I usually interview artists on Fear No ART Chicago. However, art collectors, in addition to artists, make it possible for the arts to thrive.

Behind the Scenes With Tango Dancer Jorge Niedas

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Feeling like this winter is dragging on too long without passion and zest in your life? I found that nothing revitalizes the senses like a tango lesson!

Behind the Scenes With Ceramic Artist Jay Strommen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Ceramic artist Jay Strommen is opening a new show, Accolades to the East, at the Perimeter Gallery.

Behind the Scenes with Poi Dog Pondering's Frank Orrall (VIDEO)

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Frank opens up about the Poi Dog Pondering early years, how he creates music and paintings and his creative process, and what things inspire him now.

Tony Tasset, Giant Chicago Eye Sculptor

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

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Behind the Scenes of Talisman Hot Glass Studio

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

When I walked into Sharon Gilbert's Talisman Glass Studio in Chicago, I had no idea that I would be helping sculpt molten glass in front of a 2500 degree furnace.