Florida-based Duo Shows Off Their True “Colours”

The opening scene of Colours’ new video for “Monster,” the single from their debut album Ivory, introduces Victory Records’ hardcore alt-rock fans to a new realm of angst, betrayal and […]

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“Present Standard” Preview at the Chicago Cultural Center

Two words and 25 artists structure the upcoming exhibit, Present Standard, co-curated by Edra Soto and Josué Pellot at the Chicago Cultural Center. Surely those variables could lend themselves to an incongruous […]

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The Legacy of Deborah Boardman at Heaven Gallery

In 2015, Chicago artist Deborah Boardman died (1958 – 2015) after uplifting, inspiring and encouraging artists from a vast variety of media and backgrounds. Boardman worked for 30 years in painting, drawing, illustration, […]

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Another Word for Beauty—A Musical Beauty Pageant Behind Bars Goes Awry

The world premiere of Another Word for Beauty at the Goodman Theatre was packed. Written by playwright Jose Rivera, the musical centers around the importance of an annual event at El […]

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Poet Phillip B. Williams Reads at Poetry Foundation, City Lit Books

Humboldt Park native Phillip B. Williams returns to Chicago this week for two readings in promotion of Thief in the Interior, his latest collection of poetry out this month by […]

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The Mutilated at Red Orchid Celebrates a Joyous Goofy Christmas

  A Red Orchid Theatre has mounted a joyous, goofy production of a Tennessee Williams eccentric rarity, The Mutilated. Oh, it’s also a sad story about the strained relationship between […]

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R.O.W.E. Week 3: The Great Book Inventory

I’m Brianna Kratz, a Chicago poet and reader. For 2016 I am reading only women authors for my Read Only Women Experiment (R.O.W.E.). For weekly updates on challenges, conversations, and […]

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The Sweetest Deals of Restaurant Week

Hurry! Restaurant week ends on February 4th. After an intense evaluation of all of the restaurant week menus and a marathon weekend of meals, we have narrowed the list of participating […]

Emma Terhaar /

Where to Celebrate Burns Night in Chicago

January 25th is the birthday of Scottish bard, Robert Burns. You know him for writing poems like “Auld Lang Syne” and “A Red Red Rose.” Scotland’s national poet, and perhaps […]

Emma Terhaar /

826CHI Hosts Charitable Scrabble Tournament

826CHI, the nonprofit creative writing and tutoring center for children, is hosting a charity scrabble tournament in late February. The tournament pits teams of two against each other in a […]

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Lit,

The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli

Available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in hardcover for $20.oo. Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans faced extraordinary difficulties as they tried to earn a decent living and break the barriers that […]

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Timeline’s Sunset Baby Is a Tough Story of Broken Dreams

  The bluesy, politically charged music of Nina Simone is the aural background for Sunset Baby, Timeline Theatre’s Chicago premiere of the 2012 play by Dominique Morisseau. Nina (AnJi White), the […]

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