Global displacement comes to the stage with Theatre Lumina’s Song of Home, one of many acts of the 2022 Physical Theater Festival Chicago that invites a shared humanity within the immediacy of live performance. Throughout the week, organizations will present a range of pieces including theater, music, juggling, clowning, and more. Marc Frost and Alice […]
Rock critic Jessica Hopper publishes a hugely expanded edition of her first book, Bryan Away (aka Elliot Korte) drops an album of lush folk-pop, and more.
Jessica Risker combines her two loves with the podcast Music Therapy, footwork crew the Era drop a dreamy rap single, and more.
Did Chicago musicians booked for Lollapalooza know their sets might look like an endorsement of Mayor Lightfoot?
A lot of theories about how Chicago hip-hop was supposed to operate have been shattered by the events of the past decade—the idea that only one local rapper in a generation could make it big, for instance, or the insistence that the city had a singular sound. While drill became the dominant underground wave, proving […]
Psychedelic country collective the Keener Family drop a debut four years in the making, Dustin Laurenzi’s Snaketime helps Mississippi Records celebrate the music of Moondog, and more.
Chicago nonprofit Open the Circle works to spread a local Black dance culture that can knit together youth communities.
A tour and oral history of the long-gone spaces that birthed one of the foundational sounds in modern pop
Impulsive Hearts use their summery pop-rock to raise money for Resilience, footwork crew the Era screens short films in Hyde Park, and more.
At Happy Place, 29Rooms, and a new wave of pop-up museums you can pay $30+ for great Instagrams—and not much else.
The Era takes over the museum for a night for a demonstration of footwork, with a special focus on the women.
One-man soul factory Phillip-Michael Scales celebrates the new Sinner-Songwriter, Litebulb of the Era helps fund-raise for the arts nonprofit he’s cofounded, and more.
The Teklife producer integrates rap so perfectly on his new Still Trippin’ that he could bring footwork to new heights.
The Era are tired of footworkers like themselves being pigeonholed as background dancers to the rappers and DJs who’ve taken the breakneck tracks from the streets of Chicago to the mainstream. The four-man crew are pushing the culture forward through “footwork with words,” their attempt to bridge the gap between hip-hop and the 160-plus BPM […]
Mana Contemporary Chicago, in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum and montom arts, is accepting entries for its first annual dance film festival.