Because Chicago is so well known for its “Magnificent Mile” retail district—North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River—it’s all too easy to overlook, or take for granted, the importance of what can be called the city’s cultural corridor: Michigan Avenue stretching south from the river to Roosevelt Road. What an extraordinary array […]
The venerable Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts building opened its newly renovated auditorium last summer with the underwhelming musical Skates. This summer, it’s rolling the dice on Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical, a biographical jukebox show about the hugely talented, but relatively overlooked, force behind the title song, as well as “Stagger Lee” and […]
Last August, I caught up with Jacob Harvey just as he was taking over as the new (and first-ever) managing artistic director of theaters for the Fine Arts Building. At the time, he noted that with the loss of the Royal George as a midsize rental house, the soon-to-be-remodeled Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts […]
Back in the Pleistocene era (that is, 1986), I spent a few months living downtown in the now-gone Herman Crown Center, a Roosevelt University residence hall that also sheltered students from Columbia College Chicago (where I was enrolled) and the School of the Art Institute. (The building was torn down to make room for Roosevelt’s […]
Bill MacKay and Katinka Kleijn finally document their dynamic duo with an album, friends band together to help Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal with medical bills, and more.
Art Brewt, Plucky Lush, and more happenings from May 22-25
Chicago Opera Theater announces the departure of artistic director Andreas Mitisek; Lyric Opera announces a season that’ll include Jesus Christ Superstar and Fellow Travelers.
The Palace Film Festival hosts two days of experimental music and movies, Louder Than a Bomb celebrates a new mixtape at Metro, and more.