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Mary Zimmerman will premiere her new stage-musical version of "The Jungle Book"in Chicago, as part of the Goodman Theatre’s 2012-13 subscription season, the Chicago theater announced. "The Jungle Book," a Goodman production enhanced by the...
The great flutist-composer Nicole Mitchell moved to Chicago – and launched her international career here – in 1990. More than two decades later, in August of 2011, she left the city for California, yet it's still impossible to think of...
Jim Reynolds, who grew up in Englewood and is among this city's business elite, always has known that side of Chicago. He also knows the jolt that comes when someone, especially someone who has grown up here, first has their eyes opened and the city's...
We sped south on Cicero Avenue. Through Oak Lawn, Alsip, Crestwood, a flat, aging strip-malled landscape of crumbling pizza joints and ancient tanning parlors, fast-food chains, tile-supply stores and — "Wow!" I shouted, "Look! The Brazen Head!"...
Aleksandar Hemon landed in the United States two decades ago, January 1992. He was 27, a young Bosnian journalist from Sarajevo arriving on a one-month visa, arranged through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department. Just after he...
Kara Walker will be difficult. This gets whispered to you by enough people in the art world and you start to believe it: She's humorless! Confrontational! Intimidating! David Mamet intimidating! And this week, before the Thursday opening of “...
Tags: Gold Coast, Arts and Culture, Arts, Mark Twain, Barack Obama
Chicago's documentary film industry is getting its own high-profile Demo Day. Running concurrently with the Chicago International Film Festival, a group of corporate and nonprofit executives will showcase up to eight unfinished documentary films at a...
More than $500,000 will go to 13 Chicago non-profit cultural organizations from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund. The resources will enable recipients “to conduct collaborations with arts...
Game on, "Rachel from Cardholder Services," wherever you are. The Federal Trade Commission has announced it will award $50,000 to the person who comes up with the best technological solution to the problem of increasingly crafty robocallers who pepper...
Tags: Sports, Arts and Culture, Baseball, Fine Artists, Mary Schmich
Conventional wisdom suggests that slaves in America were deemed property and, therefore, couldn't have possessed property of their own. Dylan C. Penningroth, 41, a history professor at Northwestern University, has altered that notion with research...
The most intriguing work at this year's Chicago Jazz Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, may come from the horn of MacArthur "genius grant" winner Ken Vandermark. As this year's artist-in-residence, the hyperinventive Chicago reedist-bandleader-...
The Hartford CourantSometimes the news is that something was not newsworthy. The United Nation's Rio+20 conference — 50,000 participants from 188 nations — occurred in June, without consequences. A generation has passed since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, which...
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