| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted.
Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 2:57 PM
It isn't often a painting makes you want to bounce against it. Or crawl under it, swing it over your shoulder, parade around with it, hug and squeeze it tight, or lay your head to rest on it.
This isn't akin to wanting to enter the seamy, tinted world...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
It is a pleasurable thing to have drinks with Randy Albers and we have done so over the years at such saloons as, of course, the Billy Goat, as well as Stefani's 437, the Underground Wonder Bar and some joint in the South Loop whose name escapes me at the...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 9:04 AM
The words and rhymes of 12 high school poets competing in the individual finals of the Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry festival echoed off the marble walls of the Chicago Cultural Center Wednesday night. Jada-Amina Harvey, a member of Kenwood Academy's...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:31 AM
Monday nights in the Loop would be a lot less lively if it weren't for "Monday Night Live."
The popular series marked its fifth anniversary in September, and judging by the most recent installment, the concept still has plenty of life in it.
| Feb 28, 2013
| 8:29 AM
The City of Chicago has for the first time in its history an office charged with serving the needs of the local music community. Now begins director Dylan Rice’s first major hurdle: alerting people that it exists.
“We’re not calling...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Nearly 20 years after it was founded, the Chicago Underground Film Fest remains (perhaps appropriately) a relatively underground event. Two decades is a milestone, though, especially if you're talking about a fest that brands itself as the home of...
| Mar 4, 2013
| 7:15 AM
A little more than two years ago, the curtain lifted on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra-led Citizen Musician initiative, and CSO Association President Deborah Rutter told an overflow crowd at the Chicago Cultural Center: “All of you are citizen...
| Mar 11, 2013
As a subject for a musical comedy, Alzheimer's disease can be a tough sell.
Even Avrum Krause, director of the Time of Your Life Players, who came up with the idea of writing a musical comedy about a rock guitarist who develops early onset Alzheimer's,...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 10:18 AM
Several of the city's major cultural institutions announced plans Tuesday to join together this fall for a "citywide celebration of arts and culture."
Dubbed “Expo Art Week,” the event is set to encompass museum and gallery exhibitions,...
| Mar 3, 2013
In late 2009, President Barack Obama appeared on "60 Minutes" and said "fat-cat bankers" were smothering his efforts to craft new rules for Wall Street.
As soon as the reforms cleared Congress six months later, the president's top advisers launched a...