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Friday, September 9, 2022

Farming, bike tour, Moon festival, and more by Micco Caporale, Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

From 9 AM-1 PM, Catatumbo, a worker-owned cooperative farm in Englewood, is inviting volunteers to grow (pun intended) their land knowledge by helping the farm build out their space. During …

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Dreary North, Selena tribute, All That Light, Code of the Freaks, and Stew by Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

If you’re looking for music that pulls no punches, head over to Subterranean (2011 W. North) this weekend for Dreary North Fest, three nights of extreme music running the gamut […] The p…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Mom, meatballs, and ‘fun monsters’ by Kerry Reid

Back in 2016, I climbed up the narrow stairs at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park to see a young solo performer embody the residents of a memory care center […] The post Mom, meatballs, and …

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#1 Victorian ladies detective agency by Kerry Reid

Six years ago, Lifeline Theatre unveiled the world premiere of Christopher M. Walsh’s Miss Holmes—a cunning gender-bent take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s Baker Street polymath that predated…

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Victory Gardens dismisses remainder of staff by Kerry Reid

The tangled recent history of Victory Gardens Theater became even more complicated this week with the mass dismissal of the remaining staff members in the wake of an attempt to […] The pos…

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Ableton demos, Sweeney Todd, and more by Micco Caporale, Salem Collo-Julin and Kerry Reid

Hey electronic artists, wanna level up your Ableton game? Join Penthouse Audio Group at Hush (311 W. Chicago), where you can get track feedback from professionals. Ableton-certified program …

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Ballet, salsa, and trivia by Kerry Reid and Salem Collo-Julin

If you’re downtown and want a little lunchtime terpsichore, head over to the Daley Center Plaza (50 W. Washington) today at noon for a free hour-long performance by Ballet 5:8, […] The p…

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Friday, September 2, 2022

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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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Otro Ritmo, Jazz Fest, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Thursday night punk music at One City Tap (3115 S. Archer)? Must be Otro Ritmo! Rejoice in the frenzied guitars of Poison Boys, Liquids (a favorite of Reader senior writer […] The post Otr…

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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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Friday, August 26, 2022

Chalk Howard Street, Reclamation, school supplies, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Rogers Park hosts Chalk Howard Street today, the annual chalk art festival where the neighborhood is the canvas. Renowned 2D and 3D chalk artists will share the streets with kids, […] The …

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Chinatown hip-hop, Summer Skate, Dracula, and dance by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Have you hit a summer festival in Chinatown yet? Starting today through Sunday, Hip Hop in Chinatown is happening at Chinatown Square (2133 S. China Pl.), a three-day festival celebrating […

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Laugh Factory prepares to go All In with accessibility in comedy by Kerry Reid

The very phrase “stand-up comedy” is arguably ableist: even though there are many working comedians who use wheelchairs or who have other disabilities, comedy clubs (like a lot of entert…

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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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Friday, August 19, 2022

Las Comadres, tenants rights, Call Me Elizabeth, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Wanna learn more about community groups organizing around issues like tenants rights and the cop academy? The Humboldt Park Housing Project (HPHP), a group fighting for affordable housing fo…

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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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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Bechdels, tested by Kerry Reid

Alison Bechdel’s family, captured first in her 2006 graphic memoir Fun Home and then in a Tony Award-winning 2015 chamber musical (music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa […] Th…

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Screwball smear tactics by Kerry Reid

Politics has always been a “smelly kitchen,” to borrow a phrase from Jean Anouilh’s version of Antigone. But in 1933, two new cooks entered that kitchen. And the recipes they came up w…

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Gardens, free stuff, dancing, and laughs by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Get some fresh air today by joining a free garden tour at the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark). Every second Saturday, a staff horticulturist leads groups through the zoo’s […] The post …

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Remembering Myrna Salazar 1947-2022 by Kerry Reid

Next month, the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance will present the fifth annual Destinos Chicago International Theater Festival. But it will be bittersweet; the woman most responsible for maki…

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Youth art, Slo ’Mo, and more by Micco Caporale and Kerry Reid

Summer is coming to a close, and Yollocalli Arts Reach, the free youth arts education program offered through the National Museum of Mexican Art, is looking back at another hot one in the ci…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Susan V. Booth talks about coming home to the Goodman by Kerry Reid

The past two years have seen more upheavals and changes in leadership at Chicago theaters than at any time in my memory, exacerbated by the long COVID-19 shutdown. So perhaps it makes sense …

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Devil Wears Prada doesn’t quite make it work by Kerry Reid

There’s a brand new dance / But I don’t know its name / That people from bad homes / Do again and again / It’s big and it’s bland / Full of tension and fear / They do it over there /…

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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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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

‘And then I laughed’ by Kerry Reid

At one point in Theatre Y’s ambulatory Laughing Song: A Walking Dream, Marvin Tate as George W. Johnson (the first Black American recording artist) is asked by a reporter at a press confer…

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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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