At one point in Theatre Y’s ambulatory Laughing Song: A Walking Dream, Marvin Tate as George W. Johnson (the first Black American recording artist) is asked by a reporter at a press conference, “Is your laugh real, or is it fake?” It’s a reasonable question—but by the end of this four-hour show, which weaves together […]
Since the 1950s, Chicago has hosted a succession of visionary Black musical groups and societies. They’re best known as purveyors of avant-garde jazz, but that characterization sells short Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Each was—and in some cases still is—a […]
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This longtime boutique has garments—and bling—for every walk of life.
The life and times of archivist Michael Flug
Chicago singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid talks about the improvisation and inspiration that shaped her new album, The Oracle.
And the 76-year-old Chicago educator, essayist, activist, and founder of Third World Press is as radical as ever.
With the help of Eve Ewing, Nate Marshall, and Jamila and Ayanna Woods, the performance collective creates an immersive audiovisual event out of the poet’s life story.
A live recording of Kellye Howard album recording , a cooking demonstration from Chef Damao, and more happenings the week of 11/6-11/9
A cartoon-inspired staging of the Bard and a creole update of Medea are among this week’s best bets.
A new book examines the local art and literature milieu in the early 20th century.
The Wall of Respect is gone, but its impact shouldn’t be forgotten.
Louder Than a Bomb cofounder Kevin Coval in the words of people in Chicago’s poetry, spoken-word, and hip-hop scenes whose lives he’s touched
Our Miss Brooks 100 is a yearlong celebration of the great poet of Bronzeville.
Ian’s Party, The Interview Show viewing party, and more happenings from January 6-8.