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The Dinner Party

Brenda Janowitz Talks About Her New Novel, 'The Dinner Party'

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.14.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Holidays give families a chance to gather, reflect on the last year, and create new memories. At least that is the ideal version of the concept. Brenda Janowitz's lovely and fast-paced novel, The Dinner Party, captures a much more realistic view of the intricacies of a family gathering.

Stone Temple Pilots and Their Search for a New Lead Singer

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

It's the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to be the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, the legendary, award-winning rock band, responsible f...

How The Grieving Are Turning To New Traditions For The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.25.2015 | Religion

Two weeks ahead of Christmas, Rebecca Riffkin welcomed a motley group of 20-somethings and 30-somethings to her southeast Washington, D.C., apartment ...

Bagels and Coffee With 'James White' Director Josh Mond and Actor Christopher Abbott

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.

Rookie Founder Tavi Gevison on Feminism and Facing Your Fears

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Elysabeth Alfano

Before there was Lenny Letter and the show, Girls, on HBO, there was Rookie magazine, the online publication geared towards teenage girls about love, life, friends, fashion and pop culture founded by Tavi Gevinson.

Chef Homaro Cantu: Creative Genius and Giver of Gifts

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I don't even know if The Dinner Party would have come so far so fast if Chef Cantu hadn't been the first chef on the show, jump-starting it into high gear by granting it his creative and culinary stamp of approval.

Some of Chicago's Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Gifts to Give

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.21.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.

The Subtle Exuberance of Sepia Chef, Andrew Zimmerman

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In the back of Sepia Restaurant, tucked away in the kitchen, has to be one of the most levelheaded chefs in Chicago. There, amidst a bustling 11:30 am...

Chef Pete Coenen of The Gage

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a city with so many award-winning restaurants and outstanding bar programs, there are still very few places where one can belly up to the bar and have great food. Restaurants have heightened their game, but bar food? Not so much.

Veggie Queen: Executive Chef Heather Terhune

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Chef Terhune isn't from Chicago and I wondered how she felt about being in one of the most culinary cities in the world.

The Funniest Outtakes and Bloopers of 2012

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.19.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

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The Dinner Party's Successful First Season

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.05.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

We had a hugely success first season of The Dinner Party at the Mayne State, complete with sold out shows and knock-out guests and chefs, and in the fall we'll take our show on the road and broadcast live from Expo Chicago at Navy Pier!

!W.A.R.: Fighting the Politics of Exclusion by Documenting a History of Women's Art (and Much More)

Penelope Andrew | Posted 07.31.2011 | Entertainment
Penelope Andrew

Hershman Leeson asks the audience? "Can you name three women artists?" She took her camera into the streets where flabbergasted subjects exiting world-class museums struggle to name names. A few, tentatively, produce, "Frida Kahlo?"

Feminist (R)evolution in Brooklyn: Reclaiming Women for Pop

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Niki de Saint Phalle's Black Rosy is an iconic work representing the shadow of Eros that would be repressed by feminist criticism in the years to come...

Who Owns Feminist Art History?

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia G. Yerman

Art movements, like their political siblings, are messy. People don't agree, groups splinter, and history is up for grabs.