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Viewed casually, the event featuring author Richard Ford on Sunday night might have seemed a series of dislocations. Under a projection proclaiming "America" — the theme of this year's Chicago Humanities Festival — Ford talked about and...
The video game is 40. Its exact birthday is arguable. Cultural historians likely would date its origins further back, roughly a decade or two; prototypes of arcade games flourished in university computer labs in the 1950s. But “Pong,” the...
On the last Wednesday of each month, the Bookspeak book club meets at The Keith House in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. As Trib Nation manager, and on behalf of Printers Row Journal -- and with this fall's Chicago Humanities Festival in mind --...
Tags: Halloween, Arts and Culture
Is the Chicago International Film Festival good, good enough or not quite that? This is the question. This is the question to be asked of any festival, every perennial cultural mainstay in every city. It's the way to keep us all honest, whatever dog we...
How fitting that a festival exploring a theme as vast as "America" should be playing stages across Chicago next month. For no art form reflects the fundamentals of the American experiment more urgently than jazz, and no city has contributed more to the...
Tags: Green Mill (club), Artists, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Culture
Larry Wilmore occupies an unusual place for a comedian, an original place. He often seems to be neither here nor there, his vantage neither staunchly one way nor another, neither completely serious nor entirely kidding. Before he went in front of the...
The literary events at the Chicago Humanities Festival are illustrative of the festival's sprawling theme, “America.” A diverse array of voices, perspectives and characters will illuminate the American experience. And for those whose passion...
The Chicago Humanities Festival will explore the theme of "America" this year, so it was wholly appropriate that its Gala Benefit Evening featured two musicians well equipped to take on distinctly American music. The 23d annual festival hasn't officially...
The formidable jazz pianist Fred Hersch was diagnosed with H.I.V. in 1986, developed AIDS and openly discussed it in the early 1990s and suffered a two-month coma in 2008 as a result of pneumonia (though that was not due to his disease). In light of...
Tags: Music Industry, Music, Michelle Obama, Pneumonia, Howard Reich
Tribune reportersFor more than 50 years, Elie Wiesel has provided a moral compass for the world, writing and advocating on human rights issues in the wake of his tragic experiences as a survivor of the Holocaust. His book "Night," recalling the terrors of the Auschwitz...
The Theater Loop“1001 Nights,” by the British theater director Tim Supple, was commissioned by Toronto’s Luminato Festival and was supposed to open on Navy Pier in Chicago June 25. TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that...
Tribune reporter"Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. The 81-year-old composer and...
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