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Friday, September 2, 2022

Signal Records, Lynyn, and music festivals by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago simply cannot have enough record shops. It just can’t. Every one that opens is a treasure—including the latest vinyl vault, Signal Records (3156 W. Diversey). From now on, they�…

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La Esquina, Creepshow, Miss Continental, and Miss Holmes by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

At the corners of Cullerton and Carpenter sits La Esquina, a community center that opened this spring to provide free art classes and provide safer space for neighborhood youth to […] The …

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Monday, August 29, 2022

Potato pancakes, Mary Jane, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen (1141 S. Jefferson) is celebrating a staggering 80 years in business today, with special offerings and a cake cutting ceremony at lunchtime. The food is …

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Sunday, August 28, 2022

Sapphire and Crystals, Funeral Potatoes, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Sapphire and Crystals, the 36-year-old collective of African American women artists in Chicago, celebrates their legacy of exhibiting and supporting the work of women artists of African desc…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Night market, music, Destroy Your Art, and more by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

The final Argyle Night Market for the season happens tonight from 5-9 PM, filling Argyle Street between Kenmore and Sheridan with food vendors, community booths, local business, activities f…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Douglass Park forum, jazz, Chicago trivia, Studs and Spikes by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

From 5-7 PM, the Chicago Park District has organized a listening session seeking community dialogue about visions for Douglass Park. The park district’s Douglass Park Community Engagement …

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Healing Circle, Nitrate Kisses, disasters, and punk rock by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Hopefully you’ve been following our recent comics journalism pieces on art and artists created by Reader contributor and former Chicagoan Coco Picard (her latest, an interview with artist …

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Work from home, work on your home, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Does your work from home soundtrack need a refresh? Patrixia, our latest Chicagoan of Note, is a DJ who dominates the digital club space. She’s so good at getting the […] The post Work f…

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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Records, Ruido, robots, and Peaches by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago Vinyl Connection celebrates one year of bringing independent record sellers, vintage vendors, and music lovers together with today’s latest edition of their nomadic gatherings of g…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Festivals, park performances, and more by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

Collaboraction’s youth artist-activist ensemble, The Light, concludes its summer tour with Night Out in the Parks this weekend, with a show tonight at 5 PM at Austin’s LaFollette Park (1…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Stepney, stationery, grown folks, and All That Glitters by Salem Collo-Julin

Chicago’s Central Camera is a great example of a small business that has persevered through multiple challenges–check out contributor Zinya Salfiti’s cover story in our latest issue to…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Films, discussions, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The city’s SummerDance series is well under way, and today’s fusion of live music, dance instruction, and outdoor activities takes place in Englewood’s Ogden Park (6500 S. Racine). The…

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Electro beats, fiction, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Tuesdays are a good day (and night) to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, as there are extended hours for both the museum and the store (10 AM-9 PM) and museum admission is free o…

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

An Unacquainted Orchestra, Tasting India, and tea by Salem Collo-Julin

The Chicago Black Artist Union is a grouping of Black Chicago creatives from several disciplines who joined together to share their artistry with a variety of Chicago audiences, support each…

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

FroSkate shoe release, tattoos, music fests by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

FroSkate, a BIPOC-led skate collective that centers female, trans, queer, and gender nonconforming skaters, is celebrating the release of the FroSkate x Nike SB Dunk. The skate shoe drops th…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Art on the south side, Dining Out for Life, and more by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Through September 11, the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative is celebrating 10 years of their artists-in-residence program (dubbed AIR) with the exhibition “All That L…

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

A rally, a concert, a podcast, a reading by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

At noon, KAN-WIN, a local nonprofit focused on eradicating gender-based violence, especially for women and children across Asian American communities, is holding a rally outside of the Wrigl…

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Peace, a Scientist, and electronica by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

After School Matters, the nonprofit that provides after-school and summer programs for Chicago teens (while offering them stipends), presents Spotlight on Peace, a performance featuring spok…

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Red herrings, Indonesian food, postpunk, and postmetal by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

If you’re still COVID-hesitant about sitting in the dark with strangers at the theater, then A Theater in the Dark is here to help! The company, which focuses on creating original audio dr…

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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Dogs and cats, hip-hop, and fancons by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Got room for a little more love in your life? Check out Famous Fido Rescue’s adoption open house today. Famous Fido (3124 W. Irving Park), a no-kill shelter, finds homes for animals surren…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Sound healing, Lawndale Arts Festival, Jane, and more music by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Sound healing is both an art and a science, and that’s why many boundary-pushing electronic musicians have worked in the (maligned! misunderstood! incredible!) territory of “new age” m…

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Orchids, Soul Remedy, music, and Billiken by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Arrive at the field house in McKinley Park (2210 W. Pershing) by 7 PM to be led to Orchidelirium, a live performance about the history and symbolism of orchids by Mitsu Salmon. The action wi…

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Barbecue, blues, and circus arts by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Windy City Smokeout kicks off a weekend of beer, barbecue, and bands representing both new faces in country music and some old favorites; tonight’s 9 PM headlining set by Willie Nelson and…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Jail support, political consultants, and The Bat by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Chicago Community Jail Support, the volunteer mutual aid network that supports people recently released from Cook County Jail, hosts two teach-ins and volunteer training sessions on Zoom thi…

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Salt Shed opening, Broadway in a park, Queer cinema, and bats by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Join local musicians Makaya McCraven and Sons of Kemet for an outdoor show to celebrate the inaugural evening of the Salt Shed (1357 N. Elston), Chicago’s newest independent music venue, w…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Vaccines, curried chicken, mushroom talk, and music duos by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Have you scheduled your monkeypox (MPV) vaccine yet? While the virus is spreading rapidly among people who have sex with MSM (men who have sex with men), anyone can catch it. Intimate skin-t…

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Desire, sneakers, disc brakes, soccer by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

While everyone’s distracted by that big downtown music festival, sneak in a leisurely stroll at the Art Institute of Chicago (111. S Michigan). Today is one of the final days to catch Igsh…

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Blasian March, Laughing Song, Dummy, and Giallo Gelato by Kerry Reid, Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The Blasian March, cofounded in New York by onetime Chicago dancer and performer Rohan Zhou-Lee in the wake of the George Floyd Black Lives Matter protests, has grown to encompass other citi…

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Newberry Book Fair, In The Land, art, and experimental music by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

The 2022 Newberry Book Fair is back and under way today after a three-year break while all of us adjusted to concerns around COVID-19. The fair has traditionally been a must-go event for boo…

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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Photos: 2022 Chicago Pride Parade by Salem Collo-Julin and Michael Jackson

In late June, the Chicago Pride Parade returned to its in-person glory after two years of delay and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of people headed for the north side …

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Fiestas, photographs, audio chaos, and comedy by Micco Caporale and Salem Collo-Julin

Today kicks off the 50th year for Fiesta del Sol, which organizers call the “largest Latino festival of its kind in the country.” The festival is a dizzying combination of workshops, ven…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards