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Roxane Assaf Lynn
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Roxane Assaf Lynn teaches journalism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and North Park University and also directs and edits short videos. Her reports and opinion have appeared in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Durham Herald-Sun, Arms Control Today and in television reports from Capitol Hill for the CBS affiliate in Monroe, Louisiana. She is co-author of the 5th edition of the Lonely Planet travel guidebook Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She is Outreach Director for Chicago Area Peace Action, local chapter of the nation’s largest grassroots peace network Peace Action. National 1st Place winner of Society of Professional Journalists "Mark of Excellence Award" for 2003 in Television General News Reporting. She volunteers for lively arts organizations including theatre and opera companies as well as for peace and social justice initiatives.

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Music Debut for TV Babe Cierra Ramirez

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 6:22 PM


Barely old enough to drink, singer-actor Cierra Ramirez is poised to take the stage in global fashion with an urban/pop EP release June 20, coinciding with the fourth season premiere of the TV series in which she stars. Delivering instinct-driven performances as one...

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Itzhak Perlman's Giving North Carolina the Silent Treatment

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 8:38 AM

When an acclaimed classical musician joins hands with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Ringo Starr, people listen. But it's silence they're getting from this ensemble.


World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman walked away from playing a concert with the...

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Music Video or Art Film? The Lost Star as Diamond Lil'

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:50 PM

A sneak preview off the Champs-Élysées has been the only showing of the complete Diamond Lil' prior to the embedded video published below. An exquisite marriage of costume, corset, feathers and light brought the legend to life with The Lost Star playing...

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'Mosque Alert' in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:38 AM


Chicago is host to an experience that invites the audience into situations that are not casually available all at once, if ever: the living room of a Muslim imam and his wife, a chilling townhall meeting, a passionate exchange between Muslim millennials, a...

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The Reveal: Ozonna on Safari to WONDERLAND

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 8:28 PM

The lyric says "take a chance," and that's what autodidact filmmaker Blake Farber does with two music videos shot in South Africa with the Nigerian-born singer/songwriter Ozonna. Following the release of "Believe It to See It" on his debut EP, Ozonna now releases a new single entitled "Wonderland" with the...

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Musical Theatre Family Creates a Stereo Experience for the Heart

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 3:54 PM

Waves of stinging triumph gripped my father and me as we walked up the freshly poured ramp to the swanky Jefferson Performing Arts Center in suburban New Orleans. At 88, my father has been watching his godson-nephew Dennis G. Assaf...

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Don't Say Michael Jackson. "Don't Say You Love Me" is B. Howard's Hit

(17) Comments | Posted December 15, 2015 | 10:58 PM

It says enough that Beverly Hills pop artist Brandon "B." Howard has just released a single that's in the top 20 on Billboard magazine's dance song chart. But his history with the legendary Jackson family is too intriguing to leave it there. A speaking voice genuinely like Michael's invokes an...

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Former Obama White House Chief Releases Record (the Musical Kind)

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2015 | 1:59 PM

The fact that composer/vocalist Mike Kelleher just released "Mélange," an aptly named album of mixed genres, would be more newsworthy than saying he comes off as a genuinely decent person. But in these cynical times, it's actually relevant - especially...

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Not Into Bach? Take a Little Ride...

(4) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 4:37 PM

Anyone who can recall the ballistic fascination of their first pop-up reader would thrill at opening Steven Hancoff's newly released e-book "J. Sebastian Bach: Pablo Casals and the Six Suites for 'Cello Solo." As with other deeply inspired oeuvres, the artist had no...
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"Blue Camus" and the Path Not Taken: Ben Sidran Blends Philosophy & Jazz

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 12:57 AM


At the glamorous waterside student union on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, 50 feet from where he first played with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs back in the '60s, Madison-based jazz artist Ben Sidran gazed...

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Drinking Liberally for Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 5:01 PM

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No one's ever accused progressive political activists of being insincere. But no one's ever accused them of having too much fun, either.

What would happen if someone offered liberal activists a meet-up in a fun setting? Well, a dozen years ago in back of...

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All About That Bar: Bemelmans Hosts Kate Davis

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 4:56 PM


The celebrity boîte in the Hotel Carlyle enshrining today's only public mural art of Ludwig Bemelmans is a fitting incubator for the blossoming musical talents of multi-instrumentalist/singer Kate Davis.

The painter Bemelmans, known well for his illustrations in The New...

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Kate Davis: All About That Bass but So Much More

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:01 AM

2014-12-13-KateDavisresize.jpgVideo virality can be had in the musical cyberworld if you've got "all the right junk in all the right places." Bassist/singer Kate Davis would be a multimillionaire if she had a dollar for every click on her collaboration with the online video project...

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Chicago Neighborhood Grocery Goes Global

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 10:56 AM


When it comes to grocery stores, any attempt to be the arbiter of what's right and good is just folly. It's personal. But you know when you're in a tricked-out supermarket, and it's clear when a shopkeeper goes above and beyond to stock...

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"Buy a Gun for Your Son" But Let the Neighbors Know About It

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:43 PM

In 1965 Pete Seeger didn't "feel like applauding" at the end of Tom Paxton's live performance of "Buy a Gun for Your Son." Then he added, "But it's a good song."

Four years prior to Seeger's death at 94 in January 2014,...

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Architecture as Protagonist: The Oak Park Traviata

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 10:08 AM


When Alexandre Dumas saw his novella La Dame aux Camélias ("Lady of the Camellias") come alive on a Paris stage in 1852, he could not have been more ecstatic than Giuseppe Verdi who was hotly inspired to set it to music. By the...

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Who's Afraid of a Muslim Man? One Play Tells Who and How Come

(3) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 11:48 AM


Did you hear the one about the Syrian Slovak Pole who started a theatre company with a Pakistani businessman, then a famous downtown Chicago church gave them a permanent stage for plays about sex, religion and politics?

Surprise: It really happened!


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When Arabs Experiment

(1) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:13 AM


It might be common knowledge that the historic influence of Arab civilization upon Western culture was critical to bringing Europe out of the Dark Ages. Say what you will about trigonometry and algebra, but we owe it to the Arabs. Innovations in...

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Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 5:44 PM

In the 1990s when Bradley Schuller was a fidgety young tenor slumming at apartment musicales in Chicago's Lakeview, he knew his performance path would cement him in years of creaky vintage walk-ups with arthritic pianos and dilettante divas. But his signature qualities, a surging energy and uncommon drive, were destined...

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Culture Over Conflict: Middle East Music Ensemble Plays It All

(9) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 10:50 AM

In an age when fusion is so ubiquitous that 'world music' no longer has a definition, and historic flashpoints can burst into discord with the faintest spark, institutions like the Middle East Music Ensemble at the University of Chicago provide purity of form and safe haven from resentment....

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