Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings its acclaimed production of 1919, J. Nicole Brooks’s stage adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s poems about the “Red Summer” race riots and white supremacy in America, from their Halsted Street venue to a short tour this week with Chicago Park District’s “Night Out in the Parks” program, starting tonight at […]
The wrong kind of cowgirl on the gig poster of the week
This week’s featured gig poster was created by Chicago artist Steve Walters, proprietor of Screwball Press.
Day of the Dowd 2 aims to stock the shelves at Pilsen food pantry
When Chicago drummer Gerald Dowd released his first full-length album, Home Now, in 2014, he threw a daylong release party with the tongue-in-cheek name Day of the Dowd. Over the course of 13 hours, Dowd sat in with 16 of the artists he’s accompanied during his long career, including children’s musician Justin Roberts and alt-country […]
Complaints from the production team of His Shadow have opened a painful discussion for Berwyn’s 16th Street Theater and head Ann Filmer.
Still ghoulin’ after all these years
A sven-tillating conversation with Chicago’s legendary horror host, Rich Koz, on 40 years of Svengoolie, celebrity fans, and BERWYN!
The 38th FitzGerald’s American Music Festival features longtime favorites and new faces
Every year since 1981, FitzGerald’s American Music Festival has celebrated the Fourth of July with a great lineup of roots music, and the 38th edition is no exception: it has plenty of highlights on its four days on three stages (the club, the smaller SideBar, and a tent outside). Chicagoan Robbie Fulks rolls in with […]
This guy loved Mark E. Smith more than you ever did because he got a Mark E. Smith tattoo
And he lived in Berwyn.
Eighties power-pop wizard Julian Leal returns to the stage with a new backing band
Support from HoZac and the Numero Group has helped resuscitate Julian Leal’s rock ‘n’ roll career—and may yet lead to new music.
16th Street Theater brings Into the Beautiful North beautifully to life
Karen Zacarías’s stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Chicago writer Luis Alberto Urrea is sly and sharp—and faithful in its fashion.
Democratic primary shows a gulf remains between Chicago’s black and Latino voters
Hillary Clinton won Chicago’s black wards; Bernie Sanders dominated in the city’s Latino wards.
Governor Quinn on parade . . . with Martin Sheen
Pat Quinn campaigns for reelection with the help of a little star power.
The Lemonheads play two shows in the suburbs this weekend
The 90s alternative-rock legends play in Berwyn and Oak Park.
FitzGerald’s 33rd annual American Music Festival
The American Music Festival’s best lineup in a decade features old standby Billy Joe Shaver and rising stars Zoe Muth and John Fullbright.
Best Sculpture With Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
Pots and pans bedeck this artwork on a Brighton Park boulevard.
Reader’s Agenda Mon 3/3: A jambalaya cook-off, Movieoke, and Fred Frith
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Monday, March 3