| 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 9, 2014
| 8:16 AM
In concert, in the classroom, on the radio and over the Internet, Seth Boustead uses every available platform to spread the word that classical music is a living tradition, an art form of vast global-outreach potential that's thriving as perhaps never...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Before the polar vortex takes all the fun out of winter, there are plenty of ways to get out and celebrate the stories and sounds of the season. Below is just a partial list of some of the best in theater, dance and music – from traditional to...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 2:51 PM
So, you want to take the family to "The Nutcracker." If you have little dancers of your own, your choice is probably made. But if not, or if you want to branch out, where to go? Timing, location, price, and quantity and quality of artists might all be...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 1:36 PM
The dates are in for next year’s round of city-sponsored festivals and civic gatherings. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has announced several events, including:
Creative Summit and Expo, location to be announced:...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 11:01 AM
Each fall, some of the most innovative musicians from two continents converge in a single place: the Chicago Cultural Center. And for two illuminating nights, Chicagoans hear sounds never encountered before.
The annual European Jazz Meets Chicago...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 9:13 AM
Q. I live in a homeowners association and my neighbor expanded his deck significantly into the common areas without asking permission from anyone, and then went to the village and obtained village approval for his deck expansion in an attempt to...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 3:08 PM
The current production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear," playing through Nov. 9 at the handsome and justifiably renowned Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, stars Larry Yando as the increasingly delusional title character and features the...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Michael Kutza sliced through the crush with a smile. It's what he has done for decades. Well-wishers, sponsors, staffers, friends, filmmakers, moviegoers, people who say Chicago would be a culturally poorer place without him and people who say he's an...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
With a major European tour set to launch in less than a week, the last thing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra management needed was the sudden withdrawal of a guest conductor.
That's what took place earlier this week when Jaap van Zweden canceled his...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Nobody will mistake this one for Al Pacino in "Stand Up Guys," or Uma Thurman in "Motherhood," to name two recent, featherweight Chicago International Film Festival opening-night selections.
For its 50th edition, which begins Thursday and continues...