War Is Never Won: A Review of The Falling and The Rising at Petite Opera Productions
A stirring opera conceived by a U.S. Staff Sergeant and brought to life by composer Zach Redler and librettist Jerry Dye for the benefit of all.
Free Will Astrology: Week of November 14, 2019
SCORPIO: the door to the soul is unlocked.
A Bolt from the Blues: Earwig Records Reassembles a Scattered Legacy
The new four-CD box set “Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records” is the largest undertaking in Earwig history.
Speak Your Truth: A Review of Tru at Stage 773
A new musical by local production team of Gosz & Fotos tackles the personal effects of mental illness with generosity and insight.
Tragedy Strikes Verona: A Review of Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Chicago Shakes delivers a vision of their namesake's most well-known tragedy anchored in today’s headlines.
The King of the Black Belt: A Review of Don Hayner’s “Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s First Black Banker”
Binga expanded the boundaries of the Black Belt for its upwardly mobile residents and newcomers, using the same tactics of white realtors to block bust and panic-peddle.
An Enduring Holiday Tradition: A Review of The Steadfast Tin Soldier at Lookingglass Theatre Company
Directed by Mary Zimmerman, this ardent and wide-eyed holiday show returns, albeit with at least one noteworthy blind spot.
Edifice Is Your Father: Seeing Movies In The Material World
Movies last in memory, you hope, but do you recall the frame you put around the frame when you watch a picture?
Words and Bonds: A Review of P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle at Jackalope Theatre
Jackalope's 12th season gets off to an energizing start with this entertaining and empathetic Midwest premiere directed to perfection by Lili-Anne Brown.
A Chain of Islands: A Review of Christine Coulson’s “Metropolitan Stories”
"Metropolitan Stories” collects short, dreamlike vignettes set within the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Chicago Dreaming: A Review of Wesley Willis at Matthew Rachman Gallery
These are pieces that the artist sold on the street for twenty dollars, his only source of income. Yet, he was never just going through the motions.
Obscuring Assumed Identity: A Review of Chambers and Weinberg at Hawthorn Contemporary
What is important or relevant about the figure in our cultural moment?
Dining and Drinking Top 5: November 2019
Eating and drinking and eating and drinking in November in Chicago
Presenting Poetry as Art: Poet and Musician Avery R. Young describes “neckbone”
Newcity spoke with Young about “neckbone” his anticipated debut collection of visual poetry and the companion soundtrack album “Tubman.”
Still Getting to the Point: A Preview of Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at Brauer House
Simmonds continues to this day with what has turned out to be the most stable Savoy Brown lineup ever.
Music Top 5: November 2019
Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs music “A Tuba to Cuba,” the documentary that traces the iconic New Orleans ensemble's roots to that island, as well as new material.
“Only Two Guys to a Fight”: Fight Club At Twenty
"How do you see it as nihilism?" Brad Pitt says to Edward Norton. "I never saw it as nihilism."
Chop Suey Chronicles: All-American Chinese Food in Chicago
Chinese American is a traditional value food. At each of the restaurants mentioned here you can get lunch perhaps big enough to share for under ten dollars.