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  • JET makes its digital debut [Commentary]

    JET makes its digital debut [Commentary]
    Derek Jeter's impending retirement from Major League Baseball after 20 years, marked by emotional tributes during the All Star Game last week, is not the only reason this New York Yankees fan has been unsettled by the passage of time. JET magazine,...
  • Linda Ronstadt, Bill T. Jones to receive National Medal of Arts

    Linda Ronstadt, Bill T. Jones to receive National Medal of Arts
    A diverse roster of big names in the arts, literature and entertainment – including Linda Ronstadt, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, author Maxine Hong Kingston, Broadway composer John Kander and L.A.-nurtured visual artist James Turrell --...
  • 5 years after Burr Oak scandal, hope and challenges

     5 years after Burr Oak scandal, hope and challenges
    Five years after workers were accused of digging up and dumping hundreds of bodies in a scheme to resell burial plots, Burr Oak Cemetery is trying to overcome the scandal and reassume its place in preserving Chicago's African-American history. But...
  • Review: 'Freedom's Ballot' by Margaret Garb

    Review: 'Freedom's Ballot' by Margaret Garb
    Historians write to illuminate our shared past, to explicate the forces that shape our present. But successive historical narratives also can create a series of veils, distancing the past from the present. The more recent dominates our thoughts. The...
  • The Whiteboard Jungle: Teaching 'Mockingbird' to today's students

    The Whiteboard Jungle: Teaching 'Mockingbird' to today's students
    One of the charges of the high school English teacher is to help teenagers see the relevancy of literature to their lives. I'm always on the lookout on how to win over the students to read, in their minds, very old books from long, long ago. For...
  • Emmett Till's cousins recall historic murder

     Emmett Till's cousins recall historic murder
    The boys, some the age of Little Leaguers, the others just a few years older, were sleeping one night long ago about 1 a.m. They were all cousins, or brothers, and some slept two to a bed. They came from Chicago and from Summit, and were visiting family...
  • Ernest Dawkins' tribute to Mandela kicks off Jazz Fest

    Ernest Dawkins' tribute to Mandela kicks off Jazz Fest
    For the past decade, Chicago bandleader-composer Ernest Dawkins has been composing vast suites dealing head-on with some of the most turbulent chapters of American history. Works such as "UnTill Emmett Till" (about the murder of its title character),...
  • A Chicago jazzman's 'Homage to Nelson Mandela'

    A Chicago jazzman's 'Homage to Nelson Mandela'
    The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come. But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
  • 'Bulrusher,' a Pulitzer finalist, is given a mesmerizing L.A. premiere

    'Bulrusher,' a Pulitzer finalist, is given a mesmerizing L.A. premiere
    The Los Angeles premiere of 2007 Pulitzer finalist “Bulrusher,” presented by Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, is a sometimes undisciplined outpouring that can frustrate and fascinate in equal measure. Nevertheless,...
  • The stars move in for Chicago Jazz Festival

    The stars move in for Chicago Jazz Festival
    For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31. From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
  • Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'

    Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'
    Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was gunned down on a concrete slab a few feet away from the railroad tracks that have long served as the dividing line between rival gangs in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood known as Pocket Town. How a fourth-grader...