| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:48 AM
The quality of a culinary experience is no longer judged merely by the food on one's plate but also by the accompanying libation sipped and savored between bites. As an increasing number of restaurants prioritize mixology, some are realizing not all...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:15 PM
When Hunter Hayes took to the Grammy Awards in January to premiere his song “Invisible” – a windswept power ballad in which the 22-year-old country singer describes the hardships faced by “outcasts and rebels” – your...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:32 PM
How do you get an all-star lineup of participants to show up on the University of Chicago campus on a May weekend?
Apparently, you just have to mention that they'll be coming to pay tribute to Louis "Studs" Terkel.
"Pretty much everybody we reached...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Grab a blanket and gather the gang for some fresh air and free tunes as villages are starting free outdoor concerts.
"I have people call me in March asking for event dates because they plan their family parties to correspond with our summer events,"...
| May 10, 2014
| 8:01 AM
What happens when some of the most adventurous jazz musicians in France and Chicago share a stage?
That question has been posed for the past year by The Bridge, a fascinating project that has presented ensembles featuring innovative players from both...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:00 AM
A complete art form, opera can select from a list of ingredients that includes music, text, theater, visual art, dance, film and, lately, virtual reality and even brain waves. Smell, taste and touch have been experimented with in extreme cases. Recipes...
| May 28, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Check out festivals and events in July across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 1:01 PM
How often have we seen prodigies show brilliant early promise, only to crash and burn years later when confronted with real-world professional realities? The streets of Hollywood are paved with such casualties. Jazz singer Sara Gazarek is an early bloomer...
| May 19, 2014
| 11:45 AM
A highly regarded fellow musician once advised cellist Erik Friedlander to always keep the audience guessing. Friedlander's listeners have grown accustomed his eclectic stylistic zigs and zags, so much so that the only way Friedlander could really...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Mali has musical heritage extending back centuries, and a vibrant contemporary music culture that bubbles up all over. There's American-inflected hip-hop. There's a grand tradition of Afro-Cuban dance music. Griots, also known as djelis, maintain a...