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FEBRUARY 13 FRIDAY “It confused me when I first read it,” Next Theatre artistic director Jason Loewith says of Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, which was a hot ticket off-Broadway last year. “It’s three acts in 50 minutes–incredibly dense and spare, with a huge parade of extras.” But once he got past the initial blur, Loewith […]

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Finders Keepers: bazaar rituals of the holiday season

You say your holiday shopping list includes a Vietnamese silk painting? A handwoven shawl? An armchair for your dog? You’re in luck. Those items, plus thousands more–from bottle-cap jewelry to out-of-print books on Native American art–are for sale at this year’s assortment of local holiday bazaars, craft fairs, and fine art extravaganzas. A selection follows. […]

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Until recently the 1,500 dresses, scarves, hats, trousers, raincoats, petticoats, and polyester leisure suits that make up the Fashion Columbia Study Collection were “in boxes, bags, and various closets,” says longtime Columbia College instructor (and acting curator) Avis Moeller. That didn’t necessarily interfere with the items’ use, she explains. “Ours is not a museum that […]

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Friday 5/24 – Thursday 5/30 MAY 24 FRIDAY At the first Conference of Independent African States, held in Ghana in 1958, Ghanaian prime minister Kwame Nkrumah declared April 15 to be African Liberation Day. When the Organization of African Unity was founded in 1963, the date was changed to May 25. The Chicago chapter of […]

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Friday 3/15 – Thursday 3/21 MARCH 15 FRIDAY The battle of the prehistoric reptiles starts today at Chicago’s two best-known science museums. In the Museum of Science and Industry corner, weighing in at 17,500 pounds and measuring 40 feet long, is a 110-million-year-old African crocodile known as “SuperCroc.” The complete skull and half the skeleton […]

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Friday 1/25 – Thursday 1/31 25 FRIDAY Chicago Critical Mass’s annual polka ride hits a bunch of south-side landmarks: the site near Harrison and Clinton where the Great Chicago Fire allegedly started; bakeries run by Holsum Bread and Huck Finn Donuts; the Midway Airport parking garage. This year’s 13-mile ride, the third, ends up at […]

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Behind the Facade

Loren Robare started photographing old movie theaters back in 1978, while she was working on her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When she moved to Chicago in 1982, the year after the ornate Uptown Theatre at Broadway and Lawrence was shuttered, she became fascinated with the building. She finally got access in […]