| Aug 13, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Choreographer Lou Conte and pianist Ramsey Lewis are among Chicago arts figures who will receive the first Fifth Star Awards, to be presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Pritzker...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 11:05 AM
Porchetta Sandwich Night
Half Acre Tap Room 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-248-4038
Beer and pork join forces at the North Center brewery, where chefs from Sunday Dinner Club serve up baguette sandwiches filled with boneless pork roast, tomato aioli,...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"You get some news, and then it's like: OK, all right—it's a new idea, a new thing," says choreographer Kyle Abraham, talking about the turn of events that inspired his Hubbard Street world premiere, commissioned by the Chicago Dancing Festival....
| Aug 16, 2014
| 8:53 AM
The final pair of concerts of the Grant Park Music Festival's 80th season this weekend features a world premiere of a commission from this year's composer in residence that could not have been what anybody expected.
It's in the category of Concerto...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 6:45 AM
Chicago Sinfonietta: Music director Mei-Ann Chen previews the orchestra's 2014-15 season in its open-air debut in the western suburbs. 8 p.m. Saturday, Cantigny Park, 1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton; $22-$24; 630-260-8162, cantigny.org or...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 5:38 AM
It's been interesting to compare the ways in which Chicago's two major classical music festivals are combining video and film with live symphonic music this summer.
While Ravinia went the commercial route by screening a couple of Hollywood blockbusters,...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 9:21 AM
National Oyster Day Special
Hugo's Frog Bar 1024 N. Rush St. 312-640-0999
Make your way to the Gold Coast restaurant for not frog legs, but oysters. Get fancy on a Tuesday with $1 oysters in a choice of three styles: fried, Rockefeller or on the...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Anyone who appreciates Chicago's position as a global hotspot of avant-garde jazz owes a thank you to bandleader Hal Russell.
The unrepentantly iconoclastic Chicago musician – who died in 1992 at age 66, just as he was achieving a degree of...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:54 AM
Alynda Lee Segarra is a twenty-something feminist singer-songwriter with a very old soul. The Americana artist is her own woman, all the while drawing on a mix of vintage and contemporary influences including Robert Johnson, the Carter Family, Townes...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 11:46 AM
Gabriel Cabezas is the latest classical performer to be tested in the crucible of Chicago's weird summer weather, only to emerge victorious from the experience.
The greatly gifted young cellist, a Chicago area native who turned 21 late last year, made...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 6:36 AM
Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali has two related goals. The first is to raise global awareness of her country's music, and the second is to educate youths in Mauritania about their own culture. All of which make her the quintessential artist to...