| Nov 6, 2012
| 7:21 AM
When the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans step off the grass at Soldier Field for halftime on Sunday evening, 60,000-plus fans — and possibly a national TV audience — will see and hear something they've never encountered before.
| Nov 8, 2012
| 7:21 AM
The music of two continents converged Wednesday night at the Chicago Cultural Center, launching one of the prime gatherings of the fall season: the seventh annual Umbrella Music Festival.
As its name suggests, the event embraces a deluge of musical...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Though the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival surely has its flaws, it generates tremendous energy and interest for America's greatest gift to the arts: jazz.
The festival proper features major shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 31 at Pritzker...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Two months ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival made a bold move, presenting performances for the first time on the South Side of Chicago, in Ellis Park. Throngs turned out.
Next month, the World Music Festival will take a bold step, for the first time...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 3:33 PM
How many of you feel you need more grounding in some basic elements of classical music? Let's have a show of hands. I thought so!
Some of you may simply want to know what distinguishes a symphony from a sonata, or what makes music “modern,”...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 12:42 PM
The fall seasons looks so rich for jazz and related genres that these must be considered the highlights of the highlights:
The rising Chicago trumpeter leads a septet for the 2012 Hyde Park Jazz Festival Gala. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday (with...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 12:11 PM
It's heartening when a musical organization that's central to the city emerges from a fiscal crisis in stronger shape than before. Such an organization is the weekly Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series, the most valuable freebie in downtown Chicago...
| Sep 20, 2012
| 12:11 PM
The good news: All events at the 14th annual World Music Festival will be free.
The bad: The event is smaller than last year's, with 49 shows, compared to last year's 63.
"Obviously, in a transition year, you're not working under ideal circumstances,"...
| Jul 16, 2012
| 2:36 AM
The draft for the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 cites 10 priorities "for Chicago to realize its potential as a cultural leader" and identifies 36 recommendations for achieving them. Released Monday, the 64-page draft and 38-page supplemental materials...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 3:07 PM
The 2012 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition, now in its sixth year, gets under way this weekend. Of the finalists to be screened Friday, the strongest entry may also have the toughest time gaining traction with the jury panel, which includes talent...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:24 AM
How do Chicagoans feel about the draft Chicago Cultural Plan 2012, which was released July 16?
That's precisely what cultural planners sought to learn when they launched the latest round of Town Hall meetings Tuesday evening at Malcolm X College, on West...