Performing Arts Feature,
Aug 13, 2014
The legendary improv comedy company leaves behind two decades of history as it enters a shiny, cavernous space in Lincoln Park.
By Brianna Wellen
Performing Arts Feature, iO Theater, iO, Charna Halpern, Stacey Smith, Del-Tones, improv, Lincoln Park, Jimmy Carrane, Wrigleyville, ImprovOlympic, IOC, International Olympic Committee, bathrooms, theaters, ComedySportz, Del Close, short-form improv, long-form improv, Harold style, Swedish American Club, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, The Daily Show, Conan O'Brien, SNL, Armando Diaz, Dave Koechner, Adam McKay, Jason Chin, redevlopment, Chicago Cubs, Ricketts family, Peter Gwinn, writers, comedy, The Colbert Report, Noah Gregoropoulos, improvisers, Chris Farley, TJ Jagodowski, Dave Pasquesi, Cecily Strong, Jordan Klepper, Eric Stonestreet, Scott Adsit, Jack McBrayer, George Wendt, Second City, bars
May 28, 2014
Artist Theaster Gates and reedist Ken Vandermark join the jazz pianist in an oral history of their evolving Chicago collaboration
Looks of a Lot.
By Peter Margasak
Music Feature, Jason Moran, The Bandwagon, Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Symphony Center, multimedia, CSO, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Theaster Gates, Ken Vandermark, MacArthur Fellows, Eric Revis, artists, writers, Joan Jonas, Adrian Piper, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, Stan Douglas, Terrance Hayes, Luhring Augustine Gallery, Katie Ernst, Jazz Ahead, Kennedy Center, jazz, Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, Gerad Powell, Chicago Jazz Festival, Black Monks of Mississippi, Dorchester Projects, Manhattan School of Music, Bruce Nauman, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, Bob Thompson, painters, Charles Lloyd, Slug's, Lee Morgan, contemporary art, Venice Biennale, Glenn Ligon, Thomas Edison, Edwin S. Porter, film, Bert Williams, video art, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker, Steve McQueen, Chris Marker, Documenta 13, James Fahey, AAM, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Steve Coleman, Andrew Hill, Albert King, blues, commissions, Willie Pickens, Bethany Pickens, Roy Eldridge, Franz Schubert, saxophone, hip-hop, composers, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Guggenheim, Velvet Lounge, street preachers, sculptors
Arts & Culture,
Feb 12, 2014
Eleanor Spiess-Ferris and Umberto Tosi are "male and female versions of the same creative spirit."
By Gwynedd Stuart
Feature, couples, Eleanor Spiess-Ferris, Umberto Tosi, painters, writers, OKCupid, dating, artists, cats, computer chess, Jeopardy, trivia, Loyola Beach
Lit & Lectures,
Sep 23, 2013
As the author of the hyperpopular blog Bitches Gotta Eat, Samantha Irby uses humor—harshly, grossly, exquisitely—to get at serious issues: race, gender, loneliness. Her next volley? A new book.
By Marya Hornbacher
Lit Feature, Samantha Irby, books, essays, blogs, Bitches Gotta Eat, bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com, bloggers, writers, Curbside Splendor, live-lit shows, Ian Belknap, Keith Ecker, humor, wit, eating, farting, masturbation, sex, Crohn's disease, race, gender, sexuality, loneliness, Rogers Park, comedy, MySpace
Galleries & Museums,
Jun 26, 2013
Anne Elizabeth Moore's comic confederation takes a crowbar to closed doors in the art world.
By Janet Potter
Art Feature, art openings, art exhibitions, Ladydrawers Comics Collective, Ladydrawers, comics, art collectives, social justice, artists, Anne Elizabeth Moore, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, gender, comic books, graphic novels, women artists, transgender artists, writers, illustrators, bias, Todd Akin, postcards, comics industry, sex, books, money, race, Melissa Gira Grant, sex workers, Polly Yates, Elliott Junkyard, Danielle Chenette, Sarah Bell, mural, collaboration, art installations, Sarah Jaffe, Delia Jean Hickey, Miller's Pub, coloring books, fairy tales, cartoons
Best of Chicago,
Arts & Culture,
Jun 20, 2013
Good Kings Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
The Secret History of Chicago Music,
Jun 13, 2013
This obscure psych-pop duo split the difference between the British Invasion and Amon Duul II on three mid-70s singles.
By Plastic Crimewave
The Secret History of Chicago Music, Athanor, psychadelic pop, Glencoe, Greg Herriges, Rick Vittenson, 4 to Go, The Voyagers, The Domain, University of Oklahoma, Brevity, rock critics, Crawdaddy!, Encyclopedia of Occultism, Paragon Studios, Mike Miranda, John Bunkelman, bass, guitar, drums, David Winogrond, Bananafish, power pop, lawyers, writers, Guerssen
Lit & Lectures,
Jun 6, 2013
Judy Blume, Art Spiegelman, D.T. Max, Haki Madhubuti, and more: Our critics pick favorites for the annual book blowout.
By Jena Cutie, Aimee Levitt, Kate Schmidt, Julia Thiel, and Kevin Warwick
Lit Feature, American Heritage Dictionary, Jenniffer Weigel, D.T. Max, New Yorker, Manus Carlsen, Helene Grimaud, Grant Achatz, David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Day, Chicago Tribune, Printers Row Journal, Judy Blume, mysteries, Art Spiegelman, Ivan Brunetti, comics, graphic novels, Columbia College, Printers Row, Printers Row Lit Fest, Sharon FIffer, Gillian Royes, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Jamie Freveletti, oral history, history, books, novels, Third World Press, Haki Madhubuti, Hot Doug's, Doug Sohn, Tavi Gevinson, bloggers, blogs, fashion, Alan Sepinwall, Slate, Grantland, Salon, Paste, television, writers, authors, Phil Rosenthal, The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, HitFix, What's Alan Watching?
Lit & Lectures,
May 30, 2013
The celebrated playwright and disability rights activist put down her pen for nearly a decade. But in a new novel,
Good Kings Bad Kings, she picks back up where she left off, creating disabled characters who are funny, angry, and vividly human.
By Sam Worley
Lit Feature, Susan Nussbaum, Barbara Kingsolver, Twitter, writing, Carrie Sandahl, profiles, Remains Theatre, theater, Highland Park, Mike Nussbaum, Roosevelt University, Goodman School of Drama, DePaul University, Theatre School at DePaul University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, writers, Mike Ervin, Smart Ass Cripple, blogs, books, Roger Ebert, radio theater, Jerry Lewis, novels, plays, Empowered FeFes, Utne Reader, Access Living, playwrights, Algonquin Books, documentaries, disability, Jerry's Kids, Fidel Castro, Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, disability activism, Venceremos Brigade, Organization of Disabled Revolutionaries
You Are Here,
May 23, 2013
The cocktail writer guides us through her library of booze.
By Andrea Bauer
Space, Lauren Viera, Logan Square, homes, Chicago Tribune, liquor collections, cocktails, Tom Collins, gin, liquor cabinets, Glass & Garden, Central Park Cocktail Club, classic cocktails, gardening, writers, blogs, Video
News & Features,
Michael Miner on Media,
May 1, 2013
Tribune columnist gets a "mea culpa" from Trib theater critic Chris Jones.
By Michael Miner
Michael Miner on Media, Chicago Tribune, New York Time, Chicago Sun-Times, Rachel Shteir, Chris Jones, Rick Kogan, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Roger Ebert, writers, writing, Neil Steinberg, radio, WGN, sentimentalism, WFMT, books, Chicago Daily News, Panorama, Marcel Marceau, Mort Sahl, Dawn Turner Trice, Studs Terkel Media Award, media, Sam Zell, Billy Goat Tavern, Tempo, Brendan Behan, Bruce Elliott, Old Town Ale House, Herman Kogan, Marilew Kogan, AA, WBEZ, Chicago Theatre
Arts & Culture,
Apr 4, 2013
House of Cards, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, The Boy Detective Fails, and Chicago Whispers
By Katie Kather and Hannah Lorenz
Culture Vultures, Crabby Golightly, bloggers, history, books, theater, blogs, Oline Eaton, biographers, writers, House of Cards, Netflix, Joe Giovannetti, Bartleby Productions, There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, Theater Oobleck, parking, William Blake, folk music, Jacob Wittich, Chicago Whispers, St. Sukie de la Croix, LGBT history, Victory Gardens Theater
You Are Here,
Apr 3, 2013
"We get people who submit to us, and the story is predictable and lame, and there’s so many misspellings. The guy always gets the girl, or the girl always gets the guy."
By Anne Ford
Chicagoans, fan fiction, writing, writers, Tricia Jolliff, Celeb LuvGasms, Chris Brown, celebrities, Twitter, airlines, Trey Songz, Beyonce, celebluvgasms.com, Lance Gross
Arts & Culture,
Mar 28, 2013
The Rebuilding Exchange, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, and the
Other People podcast
By Hannah Lorenz and Hannah Gold
Culture Vultures, Daniel Evans, FRTCRT, books, Dmitry Samarov, Other People, podcasts, Domestic Workwear, Rebuilding Exchange, DIY, Pedal to the People, bicycle repair, Radical Mending Class, classes, workshops, mending, worm composting, rewiring, steam heat, Rasa Gierstikas, The Shit Show, Shaw Chicago, French language, dance, lessons, Pilates, yoga, George Bernard Shaw, Widowers' Houses, Lesley Arfin, Girls, writing, writers, David Shields, Bernie Glassman, American Zen Movement, WTF with Marc Maron, Brad Listi, Ruth Page Center for the Arts
Aug 19, 2011
The more decisions we make in a day, the worse they get.
By Steve Bogira
Science, poker, New York Times, John Tierney, decision-making, decision fatigue, emergency department, editors, writers, voting, willpower, leisure, sex, Facebook, alcohol, self-control