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Monday, August 20, 2018

The play The Harvest and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

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The Harvest - MICHAEL COURIER
  • MICHAEL COURIER
  • The Harvest

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An Agam sculpture vanishes from Michigan Avenue—again

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One view of Communication X9 by Yaacov Agam - CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE TODAY VIA FLICKR
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  • One view of Communication X9 by Yaacov Agam

Crain's Chicago Business
, taking note of the disappearance of  Communication X9, a tall, multicolored sentinel of a sculpture that stood in front of the building at 150 N. Michigan that houses its office, reports that the family of the artist, Yaacov Agam, a 90-year-old Israeli living in Paris, is upset about it.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

ThoughtPoet is on a mission to capture the beauty in black Chicago

Posted By on 08.17.18 at 01:00 PM

ThoughtPoet self-portrait - CHRIS THOUGHTPOET
  • Chris ThoughtPoet
  • ThoughtPoet self-portrait

"I like to describe myself as a creative rather than a photographer," says Christopher "ThoughtPoet" Brown. "Sometimes I feel like the label is limiting. I write, I act, and I try to do more with my photos than just capture moments."

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Queen Key at Summer Smash and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 08.17.18 at 06:00 AM

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There are plenty of shows, films, and concerts happening this weekend. Here's some of what we recommend:

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Getting dizzy at Ravinia when the CSO plays Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo score

Posted By on 08.15.18 at 12:03 PM

COURTESY OF RAVINIA FESTIVAL
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OK, film fans: What does Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock's hypnotic 1958 psychodrama and the current holder of the "Best Film Ever" title in the prestigious British Film Institute's critics' ranking, have in common with the flick it replaced at the top of that list, Citizen Kane?

Composer Bernard Herrmann.

Herrmann wrote the scores for both those films, and for a raft of other classics, including Psycho and Taxi Driver.

How much of a role did his music play in their success?

Herrmann could make even long takes of the 20th-century's iconic movie nice guy, Jimmy Stewart, cruising behind the wheel of a 1950s DeSoto, into menacing nail-biters. Tonight's program at the Ravinia Festival will  pull the curtain back and let you judge for yourself about this least recognized but arguably most important factor in film impact: the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play Herrmann's spell-casting Vertigo score as the film runs, both in the pavilion and on a giant lawn screen.

And Stewart's costar, the archetypal Hitchcock ice blond, Kim Novak (who survived both Hitch and—after her 2014 Oscars appearance—an infamous Trump tweet), is slated to be on hand to introduce the film.

It promises to be the best kind of audiovisual overload.

CSO: Vertigo Wed 8/15, 8 PM (park opens 5 PM), Ravinia, 418 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, 847-266-5100, ravinia.org, $25-$90, $25 lawn. 

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

How this got made: the award-winning 2017 Best of Chicago issue cover

Posted By and on 08.14.18 at 06:00 AM

DANIELLE A. SCRUGGS
  • Danielle A. Scruggs

The Chicago Reader won three awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia 2018 Awards two weeks ago. Among them was the honorable mention painters Shelby Rodeffer and Julian Baker at Finer Signs—together with former director of photography Danielle A. Scruggs and me, the paper's graphic designer—received for the cover design for our 2017 Best of Chicago issue. The cover depicted a mural on the wall of the Polish-Korean restaurant Kimski in Bridgeport, painted by the Finer Signs team and photographed by Danielle. The process began with a chance meeting. But it was brought to completion by our team.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Confest 2018 and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week

Posted By on 08.13.18 at 06:00 AM

Pillowtalk, presented at Confest 2018 - WALTER WLODARCZYK
  • WALTER WLODARCZYK
  • Pillowtalk, presented at Confest 2018

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Friday, August 10, 2018

BlacKkKlansman and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 08.10.18 at 06:00 AM

Adam Driver and John David Washington  in BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam Driver and John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Breaking and tagging at the Writer's Bench 2018 Battle for the Eagle in Logan Square

Posted By on 08.09.18 at 05:47 PM

Saib putting the final touches on his entry into the live graffiti competition
  • Saib putting the final touches on his entry into the live graffiti competition

On Sunday, the Writer's Bench 2018 Battle for the Eagle was held at the Illinois Centennial Memorial Column in Logan Square. The events included a live graffiti battle, a freestyle dance battle, a DJ scratch battle, a B-boy cypher, and a breaking battle.

The event went on for the entire night. The dancers performed tirelessly, and the crowd never lost its energy. The DJ kept playing even after the crowning of the last champions with a set of salsa music that kept folks going into the night.

"All there is to it is that I love this," said Saib. "I love to paint, it's honestly that simple."

"It's beautiful to have an event like this and to be able to do the art I've been doing since the 70s," added DefRock. "Back then we were sneaking into train tunnels to tag, now we're in the middle of Logan Square with it."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

"Everyone's a Designer/Everyone's Design" offers a peek into the heart of some fascinating Chicago homes

Posted By on 08.07.18 at 06:00 AM

Artwork inside Patric McCoy's North Kenwood condo - VAM STUDIOS
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  • Artwork inside Patric McCoy's North Kenwood condo

Where you live is, for better or for worse, an expression of who you are. Some people, though, are better at expressing themselves through design than others. The new traveling exhibit "Everyone's a Designer/Everyone's Design," which has its opening reception tonight, celebrates five especially distinctive Chicago homes.

The staff at Illinois Humanities chose the five homes, each from a different corner of Chicago, and one which no longer exists. Jennie Brier, a historian at the University of Illinois-Chicago, sat down with the homeowners for a recorded interview. The interviews will be screened at the exhibition, which will travel throughout the fall and winter to the neighborhood where each of the homes is located before concluding at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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