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Post-PJ Paparelli, ATC goes bold with Fulfillment, provocateur playwright Thomas Bradshaw’s latest

American Theater Company suffered a major loss in May, when artistic director PJ Paparelli died at age 40 after a car accident in Scotland, just weeks after the opening of The Project(s), his acclaimed documentary-theater piece about public housing in Chicago. ATC is dedicating its 2015—’16 season to the writer-director’s legacy, but don’t expect a […]

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Mexican sauce is boss at Feria del Mole

Little Village’s Feria del Mole, now in its tenth year of celebrating the traditional Mexican sauce in all its varieties, originally started as part of Universidad Popular’s Women’s Empowerment Program. About 20 women, mostly Mexican immigrants, had a weekly support group focused on developing their self-esteem, and the only thing they all thought they were […]

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History buff Sarah Vowell looks at the Revolutionary War through the eyes of a young French marquis who fought in it

You can’t beat Sarah Vowell for quirky chronicles of American history’s dark side. Her previous books include Assassination Vacation, in which she road trips to places where U.S. presidents were offed while in office. Her radio stories for This American Life include a retracing of the Trail of Tears. Now the contributor to Salon, McSweeney’s, […]

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Creed molds Rocky into an African-American story

Ryan Coogler’s acclaimed debut feature Fruitvale Station (2013) dramatized the real-life police killing of Oscar Grant, a young African-American man, at the title subway stop hours after San Franciscans rang in the year 2009. Given the heightened consciousness of police violence against African-Americans, Fruitvale Station seems more timely now than when it came out, yet […]

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Chances Dances turns ten, grows up, and celebrates with a multimedia exhibit

Chances Dances launched a decade ago as a queer dance party with a focus on inclusivity. It’s now evolved into a multifaceted collective that not only hosts well-DJed parties (a transcendent remix of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” comes to mind) but also awards microgrants to artists and supports Chicago’s LGBTIQ communities in myriad ways. […]

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SAIC’s sesquicentennial alumni show features work by Jeff Koons, Tony Tasset, Chris Ware, and more

In celebration of its 150th academic year, the School of the Art Institute is pulling out the big guns. This fall’s alumni exhibition, “Civilization and Its Discontents,” curated by SAIC faculty members and brothers Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder, features work by notable graduates from the past 30 years, including Jeff Koons, Tony Tasset, Rashid […]