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  • Is this the twilight of blues music?

    Is this the twilight of blues music?
    They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s. Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
  • Patt Morrison Asks: James Cuno, guiding Getty

    Patt Morrison Asks: James Cuno, guiding Getty
    Along the 405 is L.A.'s version of a shining city on the hill -- a castle of culture in all its incarnations. The Getty Trust is more than its collections and museums; it's about worldwide research, preservation and philanthropy. Its new chief, James...
  • Egyptian activist's memoir details the power of social media

    Egyptian activist's memoir details the power of social media
    If Paul Revere had wielded a laptop instead of a lantern — cut us some slack on the historical improbability here, OK? — he would have understood Wael Ghonim. Ghonim is the man who used social media to move his homeland of Egypt a few long...
  • The Goodman Theatre celebrates a decade of drama

    The Goodman Theatre celebrates a decade of drama
    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...
  • Less than meets the eye

    Less than meets the eye
    A friend of mine was fired from her first job as a TV newscaster. Her crime? She was, the news director told her with a straight face, "distractingly voluptuous." He'd considered several remedies — tying back her thick reddish-gold hair,...
  • Let's take this outside

    Let's take this outside
    The heat of summer 2013 took its sweet time arriving this year, even though summer officially began only last week. But as anyone in Chicago can tell you, the weather doesn't have to be ideal to make outdoor dining appealing. Chicagoans, perhaps because...
  • Our town was Wilder's town too

    Our town was Wilder's town too
    Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
  • Looking at Picasso from Chicago's angle

    Looking at Picasso from Chicago's angle
    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?...
  • Confronting artist Kara Walker

    Confronting artist Kara Walker
    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! Confrontational! Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating! And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
  • Why Chicago needs bigger place on world's stage

    Why Chicago needs bigger place on  world's stage
    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...
  • Memo to museums: Don't give away those glass cases

    Memo to museums:  Don't give away those glass cases
    Emily Graslie, the first chief curiosity correspondent at the Field Museum, has been furiously filing YouTube videos about precisely what goes on behind those grand doors. As Steve Johnson reported in the Tribune this week, the 24-year-old known for her...