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Tag: Vol. 50 No. 13
Issue of March 18, 2021
Best of Chicago 2020
We’re all in the same boat (alone) with Moby Dick and How Do We Navigate Space?
Two streaming shows from Theatre in the Dark and Strawdog capture the drama of obsession and isolation.
How a theater survives a pandemic (or two)
Rogers Park’s New 400 Theater pulled out all the stops to not only survive the past year but come out the other side even better.
Guitarist Hedvig Mollestad laces together jazz and metal with a sense of play
Norwegian guitarist Hedvig Mollestad has an uncanny ability to merge rock and jazz in arrangements that transcend the cliches of both genres. On her new album, Ding Dong. You’re Dead. (Rune Grammofon), this hybrid sound is defined in no small part by a sense of play. She returns to her long-running trio following the 2020 […]
The Sky’s the limit
Rebirth Garments’s founder reflects on dealing with COVID-19 and other challenges.
Andrew ‘Big Voice’ Odom sang for blues stars but never became one
Andrew “Big Voice” Odom toured internationally—and also used to drop by Maxwell Street and overwhelm the makeshift sound systems.
Floatie finally release their long-finished first album
Chicago “frog rock” four-piece Floatie talk about the lost year of COVID, finding inspiration in adventure novels, and their complicated but congenial songs.
Thommy’s Toddy Shop has your Malayali condiment fix
A Superkhana International line cook’s pickle and popcorn seasoning side hustle
The Neo-Futurists celebrate a year of viral videos
The Infinite Wrench marks an anniversary in shutdown; plus Refugee Rhapsody wins the Blue Ink Playwriting Award.
The MAGA party
Please, Governor Pritzker, keep legislative mapmaking away from the Trump cultists in the GOP.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson fuels resistance with poetry and song on Theory of Ice
In 1876, the Canadian parliament passed the Indian Act, a sweeping piece of legislation that still dictates how the government interacts with the First Nations bands indigenous to the country and legally defines Indian status and band membership. Though heavily amended over the years, the Indian Act initially included policies that disenfranchised Indigenous women who […]
Still Inspired (?) bridges visual art and dance
Four choreographers use images by Chicago artist Sergio Gomez to create a series of dance films in Still Inspired (?).
Spread Joy share their playful postpunk how the pandemic allows
Spread Joy share their playful postpunk how the pandemic allows, pop outsider Kevin and Hell drops an ambitious new album, and more.
Omer Abbas Salem is building his own canon
With Mosque4Mosque and other plays, MENA playwright and actor Omer Abbas Salem creates space for Muslim and Arab artists.
Valerie June leaves her roots for the stars
Valerie June’s best-known album, 2013’s Dan Auerbach-produced Pushin’ Against a Stone (Sunday Best), is a raw, playful mix of blues and country. Eclectic and ambitious as that effort is, though, it doesn’t capture June’s full range. On the cover of her new fifth album, The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers (Fantasy), June wears a […]