The three short documentaries dig deep into corners of Chicago history.
The story of forgotten Chicago vaudevillian and superfast typist Birdie Reeve
Current musical obsessions of Hank Pearl of Black Pearl Photo, Joshua Hasken of the band Fernando Doppel, and Jamie Ludwig of the Reader
Carolina Chocolate Drops cofounder Rihannon Giddens sings fables of struggle from a diversity of peoples and eras.
A teacher at West Chicago High School said he’d planned a student minstrel show to start a conversation about racism. Was he serious?
Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark pulls the mask off old Hollywood.
Fritz Lang’s only romantic comedy, You and Me, still displays the director’s skepticism
Same Planet Different World’s two premieres are darkly cynical and deceptively lighthearted
The new Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements festival presents Dan Deacon, Shellac, and some actual clowns