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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

With the Thompson Center on the block, CAC celebrates its late creator by Deanna Isaacs

"Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture" at CAC offers big pictures and tiny buildings. It's sad but true that we're never so much appreciated as when we're newly dead…

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Looking for YOMHN with Monica Brown by Deanna Isaacs

In “Roots, Branches: Ancestor(s) Stones,” Monica Brown traces ancestral legacies. Memory is an abstraction. It holds our entire history, but how much of that…

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sheboygan visionaries by Deanna Isaacs

Dr. Charles Smith and other artists find a new home at the Art Preserve. Before Black Lives Matter was a movement, Black lives mattered in the work of Dr. Charle…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Terell Johnson joins Chicago Philharmonic as executive director by Deanna Isaacs

The "musician-governed" Chicago Philharmonic looks to innovative programming for the future. Last week the Chicago Philharmonic Society announced the appointment…

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Lyric's al fresco Hansel and Gretel is a family-friendly treat by Deanna Isaacs

North Park Village Nature Center provides an ideal setting for Lyric's Hansel and Gretel. There’s no more perfect setting for Lyric Opera’s Hansel and Gretel…

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The art of war and more from Bill Mauldin by Deanna Isaacs

The Pritzker Museum highlights Bill Mauldin's 50-year fight with injustice. Editorial cartoonist Bill Mauldin, whose bedraggled “Willie and Joe” characters f…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lyric and Joffrey, together at last by Deanna Isaacs

Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Joffrey Ballet announce in-person 2021-2022 seasons. At a joint press conference today on the stage of the opera house, Lyric Oper…

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Helmut Jahn is gone, and the Thompson Center is for sale by Deanna Isaacs

Can we save his most important Chicago building? We didn't need the death of architect Helmut Jahn to bring the plight of the James R. Thompson Center to our att…

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Opera on your phone; CSO (lite), live and in person by Deanna Isaacs

While Chicago opera plays on your phone, Symphony Center announces May opening. We'll have to wait until sometime this summer to get the video stream Lyric Opera…

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

On display at MoCP: Reproductive: [Women’s] Health, Fertility, Agency by Deanna Isaacs

The Museum of Contemporary Photography's "Reproductive" raises questions about the future of Roe v. Wade. In startling news today, doctors in Missouri are report…

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Lyric and CSO face the music by Deanna Isaacs

A year after the shutdown, they’re bringing it back. It was Friday, the 13th of March, 2020, when Lyric Opera general director Anthony Freud had to cancel the…

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Obama Center: opening in 2025 by Deanna Isaacs

But Protect Our Parks says more legal challenges are coming for the Jackson Park plan. It was hot on the August day in 2016 when Mayor Rahm Emanuel presented the…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

An encounter with Vicki Quade by Deanna Isaacs

The nuns are in COVID shutdown, but she's got a new, Chicago-centric book Vicki Quade had a new show opening at the Royal George Theatre the weekend of March 15,…

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Angela Jackson is the state’s new poet laureate by Deanna Isaacs

That shouldn’t cost her, right? It was great to hear, late last month, that Chicagoan Angela Jackson has been chosen as the new Illinois poet laureate. Great b…

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Bisa Butler stitches together portraits of Black American life by Deanna Isaacs

Her quilts draw upon historic photos and family albums for inspiration. The first and only time I’ve seen Bisa Butler’s artwork “in the flesh” was at EXP…

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Dilemma of Desire by Deanna Isaacs

A new documentary celebrates cliteracy. Given that—as legal pundit Jeffrey Toobin recently and so unexpectedly reminded us—everyone is sexual, here’s a que…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Jungian and restless by Deanna Isaacs

A new biography examines Edith Rockefeller McCormick's stranger-than-fiction life. It’s common knowledge, though not commonly admitted, that biographers tend t…

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Second City is looking for a buyer by Deanna Isaacs

The comedy powerhouse is on the market for only the second time in its 60-year history. Yes, And . . . Second City is for sale!…

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Will Silk Road still rise? Will we? by Deanna Isaacs

Jamil Khoury and Malik Gillani have been facing more than COVID closure. I’d been thinking about Silk Road Rising, the mission-driven performing arts company f…

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The modern home by Deanna Isaacs

Modern in the Middle is a groundbreaking compendium of Chicago’s midcentury residential architecture. Chicago’s skyscraper modernism—the Hancock, Marina Ci…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

For the Love of Lyric fills the vocal void for now by Deanna Isaacs

Lyric hosts a free, multigenre online concert this weekend. This weekend, just about the time when—minus the virus—we would have been plopping our posteriors…

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Architects to AIA: WTF? by Deanna Isaacs

But the AIA board stays mum on the reasons for exec’s abrupt exit. The brief missive that appeared on the AIA Chicago website August 13 was mystifying. Posted …

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Is Dance for Life its own cause? by Deanna Isaacs

The former Chicago Dancers United executive director raises a social media storm about the organization and its annual benefit. COVID-19 couldn’t stop the 2020…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Beauty of Your Face isn’t afraid to get ugly by Deanna Isaacs

In Sahar Mustafah's debut novel, The Beauty of Your Face, a terrorist attack opens a window on the story of a Palestinian American family in Chicago. Sahar Musta…

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Monday, May 18, 2020

What are the greatest moments in Chicago music history? by Deanna Isaacs

Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites nominations and votes for the greatest moments in Chicago music history. Chicago has sent a lot of great sound int…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

We’re living (and dying) in a historic moment by Deanna Isaacs

Chicago History Museum is collecting the city’s pandemic experience. This COVID-19 interlude will have a place in history. We can too.…

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

CSO takes a coronavirus cut by Deanna Isaacs

Chicago Symphony Orchestra institutes across the board cuts in musicians and staff salaries. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced today that its …

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Lyric, Goodman, Steppenwolf, and CSO face the music by Deanna Isaacs

Major performing arts organizations recalibrate for COVID-19. After the crushing decision last month to cancel its long-awaited Ring Cycle, Lyric Opera today ann…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chicago History Museum keeps the virtual lights on by Deanna Isaacs

Departing president Gary Johnson talks about going digital in a pandemic. At this outlier moment in our history, every story is about coronavirus—even last wee…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

A trillion in coronavirus relief cash! Anything for the arts? by Deanna Isaacs

Americans for the Arts wants you to speak up, now. The federal government’s getting ready to unleash a flood of coronavirus relief cash, much of which will, as…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

What pandemic? by Deanna Isaacs

Chicago cultural institutions keep their cool. The coronavirus has prompted some unimaginable recent news: NCAA basketball in empty arenas; Harvard University (a…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre