| 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...
| Dec 3, 2011
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...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 11:12 AM
Is graffiti a legitimate artistic expression accessible to the otherwise excluded, or criminal vandalism that is the scourge of a great city?
Good question. Alas, not one that the Steppenwolf Theatre Company is asking its young audiences.
| Feb 25, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Eldzier Cortor, whose sculptural, Afro-Deco images of elegant, elongated black women were once so quietly enmeshed with the 20th century as to seem almost invisible, returned to Chicago the other day. He hadn't been back in decades — many, many...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 1:55 PM
The contrast between then and now in the fourth floor galleries of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art couldn't be more striking.
Where the museum most recently displayed, in essence, the overstuffed artifacts closet of the rock star David Bowie, now...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:18 PM
'Anna Bolena': Lyric Opera's vocally vibrant new production of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece features Sondra Radvanovsky as the doomed Anne Boleyn, Jamie Barton as her rival Jane Seymour and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Patrick Summers conducts, Kevin...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
The artist William Wegman is probably best known for his photographs of Weimaraners. For decades now he has been able to coax his pet dogs to pose stoically before his lens, offering a steady, curious, tolerant gaze to the camera despite the oddball...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Buildings going up in flames. Militarized police forces. Demonstrators disrupting routines of city life.
These images aren't from news coverage of fallout from controversial police actions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island. They form a record of...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 11:09 AM
This has been a year of bittersweet goodbyes, as some of the brightest curators in Chicago have left for Toronto, Philadelphia, Kassel, Germany, and beyond. 2015 will fill those Lucite platform shoes with who-knows-who, but in the meantime, here's what we...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 1:21 PM
A recent visit to Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art discovered in its galleries:
• A photograph depicting a photograph of the photographer's eye as it bathed in a darkroom solution.
• A one-armed 1930s male mannequin in a girl's dress...
| Dec 3, 2014
| 8:56 PM
Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should.
Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...