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Trauma and resilience

Chicago native Inda Craig-Galván takes theatergoers on a heart-to-heart journey in A Hit Dog Will Holler, a two-hander that underlines the trauma and resilience experienced by Black women—often called upon to be at the forefront of social movements—living in America. Directed by Myesha-Tiara, Artemisia Theatre’s production zooms in on the unlikely friendship between Gina (Alexandria […]

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Moon at the Bottom of the Ocean explores artistic jealousy and romantic need

It’s beginning to feel like we’re having a mini festival this year of plays about the romantic and professional conflicts facing artist (or academic) couples, between First Floor’s Hatefuck by Rehana Lew Mirza and Steppenwolf’s Another Marriage by Kate Arrington.  Bryn Magnus’s latest comedy, Moon at the Bottom of the Ocean, perhaps completes the trifecta. […]

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Jazz pianist Pat Leary celebrates a sleek, bustling electric trio album

Pianist Pat Leary has played in so many local ensembles it’d be easy to lose count. These days he tickles the ivories in Latin R&B band Partywatcher and indie country outfit Thompson Springs, accompanies jazz singer Livia Gazzolo, and improvises in free-jazz quartet Heuristic with saxophonist and flutist Eric Novak, bassist Jeff Wheaton, and drummer […]

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Two of the planet’s heaviest trios team up for the Twins of Evil tour

The Twins of Evil tour brings together two of the heaviest trios on the planet: Japanese shape-shifters Boris, whose nearly four dozen studio releases cover practically every heavy subgenre imaginable, and American sludge pioneers the Melvins, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary. Each group will play an iconic album from front to back. Boris will […]

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The Trenchies will make you believe in indie rock’s future

Chicago four-piece the Trenchies combine self-aware bookishness with carefully controlled energy, which work together to give their whimsical indie rock its irresistible momentum—their songs can make you feel like your day is filled with unforeseen possibilities. On their self-released debut EP, March’s You Are Listening To, the Trenchies juggle goofy funk (“Talk Show”), slacker pop […]

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Anne K. Yoder on the artist-centered approach of Meekling Press

Editor’s note: Coco Picard spoke with Chicago writer and publisher Anne K. Yoder about corunning Meekling Press and the importance of independent publishing. Edited text from the comic is transcribed here to ease readability. Anne K. Yoder worked as a part-time unionized pharmacist for years. The experience inspired The Enhancers (Meekling Press, 2022)—a hyperreal novel […]