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  • Maggie Daley Park a seed with potential to blossom

     Maggie Daley Park a seed with potential to blossom
    At this awkward stage in its young life, the new Maggie Daley Park brings to mind a gangly teenager. Energetic? Absolutely. Graceful? Not yet. It's strange to come upon this park, whose towering, tripod-shaped light masts resemble giant praying mantises...
  • Success from sorrow, and a predecessor for 'Smokefall'

    Success from sorrow,  and a predecessor for 'Smokefall'
    On Monday, Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" opens on the main stage of the Goodman Theatre. If you follow theater in Chicago, you might have read something about this remarkable play about a Grand Rapids, Mich., family seen across several generations. It...
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: An easy-to-like place for difficult art

    Museum of Contemporary Art: An easy-to-like place for difficult art
    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...
  • New 'Star Wars' lightsabers have some technical problems, experts say

     New 'Star Wars' lightsabers have some technical problems, experts say
    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...
  • 'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?

    'David Bowie Is': How do you fit a rocker into an art museum?
    Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
  • The Capen House: Not just a house

    The Capen House: Not just a house
    Thad Seymour, president emeritus of Rollins College, raised his glass and gave a toast, "To perseverance!" It was elegant in its simplicity. And dead on in summarizing the grit and resolve it took to get to this moment. It's been one year since...
  • Humanities Festival preview: Journey off the beaten path

    Humanities Festival preview: Journey off the beaten path
    Long before Lollapalooza became a fixture in Grant Park, long before Riot Fest and Pitchfork Music Festival and the myriad other concentrations of cultural events that have come to define the city's warm-weather entertainment scene, there was the...
  • Chicago-area classical music picks

    Chicago-area classical music picks
    Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster David Taylor is the soloist, playing Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" on the season opener under the baton of music director Alan Heatherington. Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and Brahms' Fourth Symphony complete the...
  • What statement did the 'American Gothic' knockoff make about public art?

    What statement did the 'American Gothic' knockoff  make about public art?
    It's not a shocker, really, that the figures lifted from one of American art's most famous images and made enormous and three-dimensional have proved so popular. There is something both surprising and pleasing about encountering God Bless America, J....
  • 'Art Institute' — in stitches

    'Art Institute' — in stitches
    The "Mona Lisa" is lying on the living room floor of a house in LaPorte, Ind. It was removed from the wall so that Barbara and Earl Miller could find room for another, larger painting, Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks." This "painting" and many others &#...
  • 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,...