How allegations of sexual abuse exposed cracks in the foundation of Young Chicago Authors, Free Write Arts & Literacy, and the city’s spoken word community
“For a couple months, I was just DJing for tips. Luckily the community that I have around me, they were pouring into me as much as I give out to them.”
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An oral history of DJ Jesse de la Peña’s foundational Blue Groove Lounge hip-hop night, on the occasion of its belated 25th birthday parties
Everything Must Go pays tribute to the displaced working-class of Wicker Park.
On the new Legacy! Legacy!, Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods lovingly details how art can learn from the past as it shapes the future.
Brittney Carter thought she was just writing poems. Her classmates at Young Chicago Authors heard a great rapper in the making—and the rest of the city’s scene is starting to agree.
Young poets describe its explosive effect on their lives.
Pivot Gang cofounder John Walt is memorialized in Saba’s Care for Me—and by an arts nonprofit that bears his name, which holds its flagship concert fund-raiser this weekend.
Woods contributed a song inspired by a Coval poem about the blues going electric, and Coval enlisted Tasha for a wintertime answer to Woods’s “LSD.”
There’s plenty of drama in the story of Chicago’s street murals—but not here.
“Anything that doesn’t celebrate a black woman is only a distraction.”
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins is ending his deal with Brooklyn indie label Cinematic, and he’s self-released two EPs that demonstrate where he’s going next.
Andrew Bird at Fourth Presbyterian Church, and more goings-on about town the week of December 11-14.
A dog film festival, a comedic roast of Wonder Woman, and more events June 2-4