This Is Third Coast Review

Welcome to Third Coast Review, Chicago’s new, locally curated website. We’ll bring you news and reviews about arts, culture and food in Chicago and sometimes beyond, starting as 2016 begins. Our editors and many of our contributors are alumni of Gapers Block, the Chicago-centric website launched in 2003. When Gapers Block went on hiatus in January 2016, we wanted to continue writing about our favorite Chicago subjects and Third Coast Review is the result. Read about what we’ll cover here, check out our pages, and see About for information about the TCR crew. Feel free to contact us with suggestions and comments. The Stages venue will cover everything that might happen on stage in Chicago. We’ll have previews, reviews, articles and features on theater, dance, comedy and circus. We love to cover Chicago’s hundreds of storefront theaters where some of the most exciting drama in the country takes place, but we won’t skimp on reviews of the larger Equity houses. In dance, we’ll keep you informed about the Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance and the rest of the vibrant Chicago dance community. Comedy and circus stories will bring you the well known, the unknown, the quirky and bizarre. Stages is edited by Kim Campbell and Miriam Finder. Screens of all types. Yes, Screens will cover and review movies and television but also video games, apps and anything you might find on a screen in your hand, in your living room or at the neighborhood flick. We’ll do the usual reviews and previews, interview performers and creators, and try to keep up with the newest happenings in culture and technology on Screens. Screens is edited by Nancy Bishop, editor and publisher of Third Coast Review. Take a look at the Art page. Art is blossoming in every neighborhood in Chicago. We’ll preview and review exhibits at the large and well-known art museums, of course, like the Art Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Cultural Center. But we don’t want you to miss what’s going on at galleries, storefronts and street corners in River North, River West, Noble Square, Bridgeport, Hyde Park, Jefferson Park, or under the viaducts and overpasses. Art will be edited by Nicole Lane. Read up on Lit. At Gapers Block, it was called Book Club, but live lit is becoming an increasingly important part of Chicago’s literary scene, so we’re just going with Lit and all that word suggests. We look forward to reviewing books, interviewing authors, previewing and organizing live lit events all over the city. The Lit page is edited by Emma Terhaar and Adam Morgan. Listen to the Music scene. With intentions to carry on the legacy of Gapers Block's Transmission team, we hope to shed light on Chicago's diverse array of musical offerings. From concert reviews, to interviews, to quintessential features, find all of Chicago's must-read music articles right here at Third Coast Review. The Music page is edited by Sarah Brooks. Welcome to Food. Is Food part of arts and culture? Of course it is, and editor Jeanne Newman will make the argument that Chicago’s food scene is as lusty and creative as theater, art and music. We may occasionally cover the restaurant equivalent of Equity theater, but more likely we’ll focus on the new, the small, the mobile and the ethnic, as well as important Chicago food traditions (like street food, deep-dish or thin, why not ketchup, and the glories of Italian beef). Image courtesy Illinois State Water Service, UIUC. Image courtesy Illinois State Water Service, UIUC. And we'll go Beyond. Those of us who live in the city by the lake may think that it's the be-all and end-all of existence, superior in many ways to those other coasts. But we know there are many enticing events and people in the miles that stretch beyond our city, like the suburbs in the so-called collar counties. Our focus will clearly be Chicago but occasionally—because of travel or whim—we’ll report on an artist, event or venue beyond Chicago, beyond Cook County and even beyond the collar counties. Sometimes that will mean you’ll read about (gasp) a suburb and occasionally another city, state or country. Beyond is edited by Nancy Bishop, until she can find someone else to take on the job. (Image courtesy Illinois State Water Service, UIUC.)
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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.