| 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...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 9:16 AM
A new festival celebrating music and dance will launch Feb. 28 under the auspices of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and run into June in venues downtown and across the city.
The Music + Movement Festival will present 11 Chicago dance...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:05 PM
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra heading home later this week from its tour of the Far East, the CSO Association is wasting no time releasing the programs and artists to be presented during the fall season at Symphony Center.
The orchestra's 2013-...
| Feb 9, 2013
If ever a room was aptly named, it's the Grand Hall of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum in Palm Beach.
The 5,000 square-foot reception hall is adorned with almost every conceivable trapping of Gilded Age splendor: A bust of Caesar Augustus atop a...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The funny thing is, Pablo Picasso never even set foot in Chicago, let alone anywhere else in the United States.
That untitled 50-foot-tall sculpture in Daley Plaza, the city's most iconic piece of public art as well as Picasso's only work of its kind?...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 9:39 AM
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
| 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...
| 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 “...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Mar 2, 2013
It's a fine time to be a photography fan in Florida.
Less than a month ago, I reported on a terrific exhibit of Annie Leibovitz portraits on display through June 9 at the Norton Museum of Art (nortonmuseum.org) in West Palm Beach.
Now, there's an...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:15 AM
A little more than two years ago, the curtain lifted on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-led Citizen Musician initiative, and CSO Association President Deborah Rutter told an overflow crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center: “All of you are citizen...