Urban Optimism: A Conversation with Lee Bey and Amanda Williams
On Lee Bey’s new book, “Southern Exposure.”
Los Lobos’ Dual Yule: December Residency, Christmas Album
In nearly a decade of Los Lobos doing annual pre-Christmas shows, the one thing missing? Oddly enough, Christmas music. No longer.
Irresistible Destruction and Building Understanding: A Review of Nathanaël’s “Hatred of Translation”
Nathanaël’s writing resists simple interpretation. While American literary culture often prizes directedness and transparent soul-baring, the Quebecois writer chooses a different path.
Blank Space: A Review of Day Drawing/Day Dreaming at Portrait Society Gallery
All four of these artists have been facing a blank page in the post-modern, post-ideal, post-real world and filling it up with whatever they think is important.
Still Waiting: A Review of Waiting for Godot at Victory Gardens Theater
Those hoping for a memorable production of Beckett's existential classic will have to do what his infamous protagonists have done for decades: keep waiting.
Theater Top 5: December 2019
While temperatures may be dropping outside, things are heating up inside our city's many theaters.
Echoes Forward: Robyn Mineko Williams Brings an Evolving New Work to the Harris Theater
How an intimate piece found newness in a full-fledged stage production...and back again.
Free Will Astrology: Week of December 5, 2019
SAGITTARIUS: Be respectful toward all your multiple facets.
Music Top 5: December 2019
Legends Richard Thompson and Bettye Lavette, cult hero Rodriguez, and up-and-comers Whitney and Erin Corine highlight a month of essential music.
Happy Stories: Jac Jemc’s “False Bingo”
Jac Jemc's second story collection is another imaginative foray that offers a follow-up to her critically-acclaimed “The Grip of It."
Forgive Thyself: A Review of Honey Boy
A besorrowed hall of mirrors of fathers and children and child actors and child actors and Shia LaBeouf.
Scenes from a Divorce: A Review of Marriage Story
Baumbach says the work is portmanteau, “a thriller, a legal procedural, a romantic comedy, a screwball comedy, a tragic love story, even a musical.”
Landed Sentries: A Review of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out
"Knives Out" is a restless, giggling little animal that says much, much, much more than you expect in a modern American picture.
All Aboard! Take a Ride on an El-Inspired Board Game
Transit Tees takes you on a fun train ride.
Dining and Drinking Top 5: December 2019
Stuff to do in Chicago in December, some drag queens and lots of booze.
Culture as Disruption: The Petty Biennial.2 Claps Back at the Hegemonic Art World
By challenging the dominant biennial culture, the curators hope their project can help pave the way for a more inclusive art community.
Dancing in the Moonlight: A Review of RE|Dance Group’s “What The Moon Pulls” at Filament Theatre
Lucy Vurusic Riner’s evening-length dance explored shifting moods and emotions drawn by the phases of the moon.