Don’t be a Dick, Richard: A Review of Teenage Dick at Theater Wit
In the wake of COVID-19, Theater Wit brings the local premiere of Mike Lew's play directly to their audience.
Chef of the Moment 2020: Mariya Russell Talks about Joker, Spouses Working Together, Embracing Japanese
Some chefs take a very organized approach to the development of a dish. Russell’s approach to concepting a dish is a little different.
Lifting the Veil on Valhalla: An Inside Look at Lyric’s “Ring” Cycle
"The piece is so rich that the most important thing for me to say is 'Once Upon a Time.'"
Free Will Astrology: Week of March 26, 2020
ARIES: Walk the path with meditative grace.
A Hack in the System: Raising Chameleon Blind in Chicago’s Vacant Spaces
Chicago artist and educator Mara Baker doesn’t consider herself an activist, but her life’s work is activation.
The American Dream, Twisted: A Review of Gabrielle Garland at Corbett Vs. Dempsey
The virtuosity here is closer to Kandinsky than to comic books.
Social Distancing: Virtual Readings for Literary Fans At Home
If you're looking for some literary inspiration during this period of lockdown, here's a compilation of upcoming readings in March and April.
The Lowdown Lockdown Blues: Chicago Musicians’ Quest to Be Heard
We’re just a few days into what may be a very long period of isolation but musicians are committed to reaching us, by whatever means they can.
Julia Arredondo Destroys the Wall Between Art and Commerce With QTVC Live!
"Femme-bodied people of color are always the last to be represented in the art world."
Necessary Too: A Review of Ama Codjoe’s Blood of the Air
This short series of poems link together to explore mythic characters and assume the voices of women who have not always had their say.
Cloud Cover: A Review of Kay Ulanday Barrett’s More Than Organs
Kay Ulanday Barrett got their start as a poet here in Chicago and was deeply involved with Asian spoken word community in the nineties.
Gray Matter: A Magnificent Gift of Drawings at the Art Institute
Exhibitions like this, of important gifts from smart, dedicated collectors, remind us that actual people––benefactors––stand behind the artworks we enjoy.
Doomed to Live: A Review of The Two Character Play at Theatre L’Acadie
The great test facing the fearful protagonists of this rarely produced Tennessee Williams play—simply going outside—is disturbingly pertinent at this moment.
Renewal Over Replication: A Passing of the Baton at Lyric Opera
"Contemporary opera is our way to make the audience aware of contemporary problems and to open our minds to see possible solutions to those problems."
Porto Opens Up—and Dresses Up—Cans of Conservas
“What we wanted to do was bring the very best to Chicago and that means conservas, which started long ago so that people could have fish year-round."
Music Box Theatre Closed Until At Least April 3; Chicago Film Society, Facets Cancellations
The Music Box hopes to reopen April 3.
Ambiguity of Form: A Review of Kaveri Raina at Patron
Raina communicates a strong sense of the profound and devotional.
Reimagining “Live”: Chicago Musicians Respond to Social Distancing
"The music industry is in a unique position. We can still bring music to people. It’s just going to look and feel a little bit different.”
Indoor Voices: New Releases by Shawn Maxwell and Dave Gordon Quintet
The overall effect of Maxwell’s “Napping in the Sunshine” is both bright and dreamy—a perfect chill-inducer to stave off the creep of cabin fever.