| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:27 AM
I love the snow, but maybe you don't. Maybe you'd rather be indoors looking at art in rooms with sophisticated humidity and temperature control than out enjoying the formal and experiential brilliance of a radically transformed landscape. If so, here...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 6:22 PM
Everyone geeks out over someone, particularly those whom others geek out over.
John Lennon, introduced to Jerry Lee Lewis, fell to the ground and kissed the Killer's shoes.
Even Charles Dickens wrote fan letters to George Eliot so barely contained...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 12:05 PM
Perhaps it was the fashion.
Perhaps the fame. Or perhaps that lipstick-blotted tissue and tawdry coke spoon?
Whatever it was: “David Bowie Is,” the blockbuster exhibition of the pop star’s legacy and accouterments, was a record-...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 9:38 AM
Puppets have been around for centuries. But Blair Thomas, the artistic director of the brand-new Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, points out the term "puppeteer" only came into existence about 100 years ago, when Ellen Van Volkenburg of...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 11:30 AM
Proximity to the stage is an often-unacknowledged factor in performance. Those main stage seats cost more for a reason: The action is up close and personal.
As much of a pleasure as it is to watch Hubbard Street Dance Chicago anywhere, it's even...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 8:15 AM
Matti Bunzl entered the Museum of Contemporary Art in January 2008, not to check out the paintings but to conduct field research. The museum granted Bunzl, an anthropologist at the University of Illinois, unrestricted access to view the making of cultural...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:56 PM
•For the foodie who wants to play with flavors, there is this: Smoked Brown Sugar and its siblings, Chili Smoked Brown Sugar and Whiskey Smoked Brown Sugar. Your mom certainly never mixed these into chocolate chip cookies. These are finishing sugars:...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
The biggest museum story in Chicago in 2014 was, of course, the one that's on the horizon. During the year, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas chose Chicago for his Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, was offered a prime lakefront site in a current Soldier...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 2:04 PM
Some of the most fiercely individualistic work in Chicago jazz has come from the cross-cultural sensibility of bassist-bandleader Tatsu Aoki.
Bridging ancient folkloric traditions of his native Japan with ever-changing currents of the Chicago avant-...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 5:38 AM
"What's the point of even sleeping?"
Let it be noted that although 2014 was the year I achieved near-total omniscience over all media, I saw St. Vincent sing that line only three times in the past 12 months. I apologize for that. It was a regretful...