Contretemps Contemporary Ballet challenges the stereotypes of the form in Heat Lightning.
Founded by Lorna Donley and David Thomas of DA!, the Veil broke up in 1989 without a formal release—but this month they finally get one.
Daley, Burke, and Rahm have been too generous to Trump and his tower, and taxpayers are paying the price.
Hip-hop veterans Coolout Chris and SamIam the MC celebrate a collaborative EP, hybrid performance series ¡Hot Mess! returns to Elastic Arts, and more.
A playwright’s playwright, Sally Nemeth planted seeds of encouragement and collaboration.
The vintage reseller Luvsick Plus focuses on extended sizes that can be hard to find in thrift and consignment shopping.
An immersive art exhibition in DuPage County brings the Sistine Chapel to the former site of the Sears store at Oakbrook Center.
This is the first time I’ve reviewed a soundtrack without seeing the movie, but a good soundtrack should stand on its own. And in the case of Annette (which comes out August 6), the soundtrack was created by Sparks—a band I’ve loved since I was a young lad—so I was more than up for the […]
I routinely scroll through all the new music people have uploaded to Bandcamp using the “Chicago” tag, and in January I noticed something curious: Still Paying, the previously unreleased second album by local hip-hop duo Abstract Mindstate. The group recorded it in 2004 and planned to release it in ’05, but the material got shelved […]
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Jackie Hayes left behind a devout Christian upbringing in Waukegan to move to Logan Square at age 19 and pursue her music career on her terms. As a frequent opener at Schubas and other local clubs, she refined her attitude-heavy vocal melodies supported by simple, sludgy guitar lines and loose hip-hop drums. Hayes worked at […]
TimeLine Theatre unveils plans for their new Uptown home, while their longtime managing director transitions to a new role.
On play, creativity, and public pandemic art
The brainchild of Leos Carax and Sparks is a delirious combination of imagination and frustration.