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Stunning Eastland Brings a Stirring Voice to an Overlooked Tragedy

Robert Bullen | Posted 08.26.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

It's a very rare thing when a beautiful and emotionally stirring new musical comes along. But with Eastland, about the overlooked tragedy of the capsizing of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River, the writers make a landmark debut.

Call Them Crazy: Right Brain's Fascinating Marat/Sade Is a Truly Ambitious Undertaking

Robert Bullen | Posted 08.08.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Only in Chicago would a theater company actively seek out to produce a play that has more people onstage than in the audience. Yet that's exactly the case in The Right Brain Project's Marat/Sade.

Theater for NATO: Dramatizing Protest, Representing War

Monica Westin | Posted 07.22.2012 | Chicago
Monica Westin

Two theater pieces reminded me that the perennial "crisis of theater" as no longer relevant for art audiences -- let alone politics -- is once again easily defied. Sometimes being a theater audience is the only way to get at the truth of the "real" thing.

Writers' Theatre's A Little Night Music Captivates

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

There's something magical happening up in Glencoe, Ill. It's a sparkling new production of a Little Night Music -- a sophisticated, romantic comedy set in 20th century Sweden.

Whaam! Splat! Bang! Lichtenstein Hits Chicago's Art Institute

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.18.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The exhibition is truly the first of its kind or scale. Lichtenstein blurred the lines between low art and high art and paved the way for current day street artists and graphic novelists to further explore their craft in the world of fine art.

Highlights from the April 30th The Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.10.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The April 30th Dinner Party was by far the most fun yet! Nora Dunn had everyone in stitches, Lane Alexander tap danced to Bach, and Paul Kahan, James Beard Nominee for Best Chef, prepared the food.

Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom Rock Out Chicago (Well, Almost...)

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.09.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

It's a Jonathan Larson summer in Chicago. Currently, the genre-defining musical theatre composer is receiving productions of his two major shows by a trio of distinguished local theatre companies.

Court's Angels in America Soars Despite Clipped Wings

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

While the timeliness of the play may have faded over time Angels in America: Millennium Approaches remains a boldly composed masterwork filled with universal themes.

Versatile, Perverse, Reverse and Diverse Art Opening This Weekend

Paul Klein | Posted 06.28.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Many artists start young, but I know of no other for whom it was a sole means of communication with a close family member, as it was for Tom Torluemke. His expansive show and many others are a great reason to go look at art this weekend.

Get Your Repressed Rage on With Rise of the Numberless

Robert Bullen | Posted 04.26.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

A 90-minute head-banging rage punk fest, with moments of great originality, attitude and intensity rule-breaking show.

The April 30th Dinner Party With Chef Paul Kahan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.26.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The Monday April 30 Dinner Party is around the corner. Amidst a great guest line-up, Executive Chef Paul Kahan will present food tastings for the audience from his new restaurant Publican Quality Meats.

Scads of Quality

Paul Klein | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Curious how most ArtLetters find a subplot or theme circulating through much of the work I preview. This week it's art whose materials are recycled, reused or artfully replicate something in another medium.

Being Shakespeare and The March: Two Plays With Admirable Goals Both Miss the Mark

Robert Bullen | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Frank Galati's stage adaptation of E. L. Doctorow's 2005 novel The March tries to do a lot, and while the effort is admirable, it leaves you wanting more.

WATCH: Don Cornelius To Be Honored In Chicago

Posted 02.06.2012 | Chicago

A Chicago museum will play host Wednesday to a public memorial honoring legendary "Soul Train" creator and host Don Cornelius. As Time Out Chicago ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Local Dance Company Prepares For Tour Of Cuba | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 01.30.2012 | Chicago

Chicago contemporary dance company Hedwig Dances has long been a staple of the local performing arts scene. The dance company in residence at the Chic...

A Weekend Full of Art

Paul Klein | Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago
Paul Klein


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 Actresses Joyce Piven and Joan Cusack

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

What If a Curator's Agenda Doesn't Match the Artist's?

Paul Klein | Posted 01.24.2013 | Chicago
Paul Klein

Why is this trend of curators thinking they're artists not over yet? Why don't curators recall that their job is to enhance art and artists and not to use them as raw material for their own agenda?

Breadth on View, Depth in Mind

Paul Klein | Posted 07.06.2011 | Chicago
Paul Klein

I'm impressed with the diversity of art on view in Chicago, which I find emblematic of Chicago. I don't see a prevailing aesthetic. I see well-made art.

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.

Macy's Selling Painting Of SNL's Seth Meyers For $5,500

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If you want to see great artwork, you should check out the Art Institute. Or you could always head over to the West Loop gallery district and explore....

Tony Tasset, Giant Chicago Eye Sculptor

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano


Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Weigh In On The Arts

Time Out Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mayoral candidates talk about why the arts are important to Chicago. How do you define the importance of arts and culture to the city of Chicago? A...

An Interview With CSO's Riccardo Muti

Time Out Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Considered one of the most remarkable talents in Italian music, Riccardo Muti is about to turn a corner in his already impressive and lengthy career w...