Summer is officially here, in case the sweat and lightning bugs weren’t enough of a clue. In addition to the shows and artists we profiled in our summer arts preview issue this week, we’ve got just a few suggestions for other offerings in theater, dance, and opera that look promising—whether you’re looking for a nice […]
“Weird Al” Yankovic . . . with a symphony? That’s right—the paragon of parody has added orchestral accompaniment for his current Strings Attached tour. At each stop, local musicians will juxtapose their symphonic grandeur with Yankovic’s musical goofiness. It’s particularly apt for the highbrow vibes of Ravinia, but longtime Al fans shouldn’t fret; his set […]
Guitarist and soul singer Isaiah Sharkey drops a kaleidoscopic new album, black metal takes on the Fantastic Four, and more.
In a story line from 80s comic strip Bloom County, fictional heavy metal band Deathtöngue (whose lead guitarist, the strip’s resident “Ack”-er, Bill the Cat, wears a Twisted Sister wig) try to get a record deal from a big-time record exec, but things grind to a halt when they share the lyrics from their hottest […]
This summer’s Highland Park highlights include Queen Latifah, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan, Kesha, T.I., Buddy Guy, Jennifer Hudson, and Lyle Lovett.
The Mariachi Heritage Foundation has partnered with CPS to create a student band that’s already played Kennedy Center, toured internationally, and opened for the likes of Lila Downs and Los Lobos.
Leftist comedy in Monkey Wrench, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: The Good Parts, and more happenings 7/31-8/3
Unelectable You, Chicago Dancing Festival, and more happenings from August 22-25.
June’s top concerts, film premieres, comedy shows, parades, and more
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track comes with a shot of tequila and a pair of pumps.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek score as the 2009 film unspools at Ravinia.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, August 7
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, June 21
The quartet, whose members also play in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensembles, debuts at Ravinia on Tuesday.
In February it presented the Chicago debut of the Georg Friedrich Haas masterpiece In Vain—probably my most powerful concertgoing experience of 2013.