| Sep 15, 2011
| 10:25 PM
Here come the would-be blockbusters. The music industry inevitably rolls out new releases by its biggest artists in the fall, just in time for holiday gift-giving. This year is no exception, with studio albums expected from Drake and Mary J. Blige; a host...
| Apr 17, 2011
Chicago has long had a thing for strippers and I do not mean the anything-but-subtle lap dancers who populate so-called gentlemen's' clubs.
I mean some of the legendary artists (and I do mean artists) who have wowed Chicago through the decades, among...
| Dec 22, 2011
***1/2 (out of four)
At one point in the joyous French silent film “The Artist,” former American silent movie star George Valentin (Cannes best actor winner Jean Dujardin) receives a compliment that kills him: “My father is a big fan.&...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 7:51 AM
When the new $46 million Goodman Theatre opened its doors on Dec. 11, 2000, with the inaugural performance of August Wilson's "King Hedley II," the Loop was beset by a blizzard. Ever cognizant of the political perils of Chicago snowstorms, Mayor Richard...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:31 PM
It's not every day you get invited to witness a museum destroy a work of art.
And not just any work of art — a nearly 60-year-old piece from the Japanese master Saburo Murakami. In fact, because Murakami died in 1996, the Museum of Contemporary...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 5:43 AM
A lineup including top-tier DJs and electronic artists such as David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Kaskade, Tiesto and Above & Beyond will be announced Thursday for the first Electric Daisy Carnival in the Chicago area, May 24-26 at Chicagoland...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Thomas B. Kinraide was an electrical engineer first and only secondly an artist.
But there's no doubt that the pioneering photographs the Massachusetts inventor made in the 1890s of the high-frequency electrical currents used to generate X-rays have...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless!
Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating!
And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:18 AM
“It's almost too beautiful,” said the first scientist to descend into the Lascaux caves, according to “Scenes From the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux,” an important and highly engaging new exhibit at the Field Museum....
| Mar 24, 2013
Hampton painter Christi Harris is nothing if not an artist who knows how to get the most out of unpromising subject matter.
Driven by her interest in domestic artifacts and her diabetic family's inexplicable appetite for seductively decorated pastry,...
| Sep 29, 2012
Landscape painting has such wide and seemingly natural appeal today that it's hard to imagine a time when it didn't.
Yet for 1,000 years after the Roman Empire fell in 476, even the greatest artists treated the world around us as no more than a...