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"Million Dollar Quartet," the Broadway jukebox musical developed in Chicago, where it still runs after more than four years, is now headed to a sit-down engagement in Las Vegas. The show, produced by Gigi Pritzker and her partners, will open at Harrah's...
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Even a warm, fun, country-rock night at the Double Cupp Diner — home of the "Pump Boys and Dinettes" — must come to a close. So the authors of this familiar, honkey-tonk musical revue helpfully provided a number — "Closing Time" —...
Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
These are very sweet days for Sugar Blue. In a few months, he'll be a father once more, his wife and bass player Ilaria Lantieri expecting their first child together in late May or early June. In the meantime, the two — who own a home in...
Last May, during a conference on "Race, Gender & the Blues" at Dominican University, the master harmonica player Sugar Blue addressed the theme in an impassioned, unforgettable soliloquy. Lamenting that blues increasingly has been expropriated by white...
It wasn’t until he was in his sixties that Charles Bradley had the resources and support to finally record his debut album. That 2011 release, “No Time for Dreaming” (Dunham/Daptone), is essentially his autobiography, the story of a soul...
Most arts organizations have carefully worded mission statements, filled with arty buzzwords and forged by groups. Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater's mission statement was written by one woman and just gets right down to it: "to eradicate racism." Most...
Day 2 of Lollapalooza in Grant Park has crossed the finish line. Here’s an hour-by-hour account with reporting from yours truly (GK) and the ever-vigilant Bob Gendron (BG): 11:44 a.m.: Want to go to Lollapalooza without having to buy tickets?...
For most fans of "Pinkalicious," the full-on live experience begins in the selection of the day's attire. The uniform is open to individual interpretation in style and fabric but not in color. Thus the sea of pink that greets the theatergoer at the...
The Hartford CourantSTORRS — Jim Calhoun was using Charlie Villanueva as a comparison, but the truth is the UConn coach could have inserted the names of hundreds of college basketball players. The difference with Kemba Walker, Calhoun insisted, is he didn't have to...
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