| Aug 10, 2012
| 9:31 AM
As you read this, Jim Lasko and his family, which includes his wife, two children and a dog named Beckett, are in a car heading east.
Or they might have already arrived and are now unpacking boxes of clothes and all the other things that will fill their...
| 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...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Over the past 25 years or so, two surging art forms have elevated cultural Chicago on the global stage: theater and fine dining. Is this coincidence or correlation?
I mean no disrespect to dancers, musicians or rockers, nor architects, painters, poets...
| Sep 15, 2012
More than 2,600 years after Athenian artists started one of the most influential revolutions in the history of art, few people recognize that there was ever such a consequential war of taste — or that so much of what distinguishes Western art...
| 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...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:22 PM
If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as Elvis Costello and others have sneered, then what does that make reading about music? Well, fun, for starters. Although Bowker Market Research reports that music books have steadily comprised...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 3:09 PM
Claire Chase learned she was one of the recipients of this year's MacArthur Awards last week during a sound check for a solo performance that the 34-year-old flutist gave in Guangzhou, China.
“I was completely stunned,” Chase, co-founder...
| May 17, 2012
| 8:02 AM
Before emerging in recent years as one of the most acclaimed young songwriters and artists in theU.K., Emeli Sande took a little medical detour.
Who is Sande? Her inaugural North American tour brings her to Lincoln Hall on May 30. But she’s already...
| May 17, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Donna Summer was typecast as the disco-era “bad girl,” the diva who was too salty and sexual for some radio stations to play in the ‘70s. But she was also a musical revolutionary, a versatile singer who created a radical new template for...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:48 AM
At its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, NATO will be preoccupied with the tricky business of how to advance its various institutional priorities — like global security and the building of stability — even as its member nations are more...
| May 27, 2012
At 6 inches tall and just 8 across, James Warwick Jones' small studies of ancient Indian pueblos in the American Southwest may not have the immediate impact of some art show award winners.
But especially when grouped together, this quartet of paintings...