When we think about holistic healing, what are the tools that people have available to change their selves and, by proxy, their communities? Tonight, the youth and community equity organization Chicago Beyond hosts two Chicago artists, Fantasía “Fanni” Ariel and Eddie “EDO” Santana White, in a panel discussion about the power of healing through the […]
From 5-7 PM, the Chicago Park District has organized a listening session seeking community dialogue about visions for Douglass Park. The park district’s Douglass Park Community Engagement Forum takes place this evening at the park’s field house (1401 S. Sacramento). This is an event for community input on imagining Douglass Park’s future. Maybe you have […]
If it’s the first Friday of the month, you’re going to see a line snaking out of Berlin that extends past the entrance to the Belmont CTA station and sometimes around the block. It’s populated by people in leather miniskirts and mesh crop tops, disco bambis and alien centaurs, club mystics with lashes so long […]
Even though we’re posting this on April 1, we’re not foolin’: we think you’ll find something to enjoy in this week’s list of upcoming events. FRI 4/1 Chicago Repertory Ballet celebrates its tenth anniversary with a program called, appropriately enough, Ten. The lineup includes three world premieres: Transcending Quiet, a pas de deux and “study […]
Trying to make last-minute plans? Here are a few ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve and beyond this weekend. Note: in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend that you call or email ahead for confirmation for any in-person gatherings. Venues may also have their own restrictions in light of COVID-19 that you’ll need […]
Experimental drone and postmetal outfit Nadja got their start in 2003 as the solo studio project of ambient musician Aidan Baker, but by 2005 he’d enlisted the help of bassist and vocalist Leah Buckareff to bring his music to the stage. They’re a married couple as well as bandmates, and they’ve since relocated from their […]
Elastic Arts ramps up its programming, CIVL opens grant applications for its SAVE Emergency Relief Fund, and more.
Berlin-based pianist Aki Takase has been performing for more than 40 years, and in that time she’s engaged with contemporary composition, spoken word, and even a turntablist—the trio Lok 03 includes her husband, fellow pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, and their son, DJ Illvibe. But no matter where she roams, her playing is fundamentally rooted in […]
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To some Chicagoans, “Drab City” might sound like the name of a pickup band that plays melancholy covers of Will Oldham and Joanna Newsom tunes, but it’s actually a Berlin duo that specializes in an understated, lo-fi combo of cinematic trip-hop and folky dream pop, flavored with a little jazz and some fuzzy samples. Multi-instrumentalists […]
DJ and producer Jordan Zawideh drops an homage to oddball old-school house, sheet-music institution Performers needs help to survive the pandemic, and more.
Kris Esfandiari is no stranger to side projects. Since cofounding doom-metal band King Woman in 2009, she’s released solo material under the names Miserable, Kris, Dalmatian, and Nghtcrwler. Her latest project, Sugar High, is a collaboration with Berlin-based songwriter and producer Darcy Baylis, whose credits include recordings by Wicca Phase Springs Eternal and Camp Cope […]
How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off