This issue of Newcity is the biggest we’ve done, in terms of number of pages, in our thirty-six years.
I say this not as a boast but in both awe and appreciation. Appreciation for the writers, editors, designers, photographers and artists who created more than twenty feature stories comprising more than 41,000 words, which places it somewhere between a novella and a novel. Appreciation for the advertisers who see the value in what we do and appreciation for the Newcity account executives who brought them into our pages. And appreciation for the drivers who help us get the publication from the printer and into your hands.
Seeing the list of advertisers in this issue really brought home the idea of how advertising offers additional content, especially in a print magazine where it sits in context as an augmenter, rather than interrupter, of your reading experience. As much as we covered in this edition with all those words and stories, we only skimmed the surface of the many, many terrific events taking place in and around Chicago this fall. The advertisers help fill that gap.
And a special note of appreciation to the team at the South Side Community Art Center, who were superlative hosts to our Art 50 photo shoot, the first in two years, due to the pandemic. As much as I get out and about, I’d never visited SSCAC and it shames me to say that. Especially when you get to understand the profound history of this Bronzeville institution, where, Damon Locks told me, Gordon Parks once developed photographs in the basement, where Nat King Cole once played the piano, and so much more. Monique Brinkman-Hill and her team have injected new life into the institution, one that both honors and advances its heritage. I can’t wait for my next visit.
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IN THIS ISSUE
FALL ARTS PREVIEW 2022
The Floating Museum’s “A Lion for Every House” makes new connections
MdW Fair hopes to seed artist-led change
Meeting the Moment
Elevate Chicago Dance 2022 returns
Vessels of Human Possibility
A conversation with Blair Kamin, author of “Who Is the City For?”
Revitalizing a Bridgeport classic
Beanie Babies Make The Multiplex
How A24 got the brand back together
Read the Memo
Talking to Christine Sneed about “Please Be Advised” and “Love in the Time of Time’s Up”
What is Chicago Talking About?
A conversation with Susan Booth, incoming artistic director of the Goodman Theatre
Scenes From A Season
An inside look at a year with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony
Plus eight sets of can’t-miss fall events
Art Leader of the Moment
A Conversation with Monique Brinkman-Hill, executive director of South Side Community Art Center
Meet Chicago’s visual vanguard
….Carlos and Me….
A new poem from Gregorio Gomez
And so much more…