Dining and Drinking Top 5: April 2020
In the month of April, check out wine, pickles and a classic Chicago hot dog.
Creepy Men: A Review of Lori Rader-Day’s The Lucky One
Creepy men populate Lori Rader-Day’s new novel and not just garden-variety creepy men. They come in all shapes and sizes. Something bad is about to happen.
Keeping What You Need: Red Clay Dance Shifts the Celebration Online and Finds New Inspiration
"It’s good to reflect and look at everything and see if we’re at the root and purpose. Now we have a lot of time for planning and to interrogate some things."
Theater Top 5: April 2020
Dreams, deception, dirt, and more this month at theater.
Music Top 5: April 2020
Thom Yorke's third album is a collective of complex, often cinematic material, ranging across the compositional landscape from songs to suites.
Free Will Astrology: Week of April 2, 2020
Aries: Given the chance to use a teleprompter, what would you do?
Art Top 5: April 2020
Chicago's spring art season is in full swing, with an exhibition of Frida Kahlo's personal photos, a look at the city's artist-run spaces and much more.
Film Top 5: April 2020
Traversing the landscapes of high studio filmmaking; Lisboa; Kyiv; in the footsteps of adventurer Bruce Chatwin and in the mind of a troubled young nurse.
Ode to An Icon: A Review of John F. Hogan’s The Chicago Water Tower
By skillfully mixing historical facts with local lore, Hogan takes the reader back to shortly after the Civil War when Chicago was the new frontier.
A Multinational View: Designer Duro Olowu Boldly Mixes Art and Fashion at the MCA
In “Seeing Chicago,” Olowu creates a self-portrait of Chicago via the art and artists that the city has invested in.
Fairytale, Séance, Manifesto and One Million Chickens: A Review of Deb Olin Unferth’s Barn 8
While I liked the fresh eggs, I never found an appreciation for chickens until reading “Barn 8," a coming-of-age tale about a hen on the lam.
Big Heat 2020: Chicago’s Food and Drink 50
This year we focus on chefs, pit masters, bartenders, bakers and those who prepare and serve the food that makes Chicago a major culinary center.
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.'"
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.