Broadway, Stages, Theater

Review: Midnight’s Broken Toll …. Girl from the North Country

Girl from the North Country, a musical adaptation of Bob Dylan’s songs by the Irish playwright Conor McPherson, has already appeared in London’s West End, Off-Broadway at the Public Theater, […]

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Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Netflix Doc The Greatest Night in Pop Goes Behind the Mic for the Creation of “We Are the World”

I was never a huge fan of the song “We Are the World,” but any time that video started playing on MTV, I dropped what I was doing and watched […]

Steve Prokopy /
Lit, Music, Nonfiction

Review: Talkin’ about Early Bob Dylan, The Dylan Tapes

Bob Dylan is having a bit of a late-career cultural moment. His most recent album, Rough and Rowdy Ways, was released in June 2019, and the featured single, “Murder Most […]

June Sawyers /
Folk and Bluegrass, Lit, Music, Nonfiction

Review: Where Dylan Grew into His Genius, Bob Dylan’s New York By June Skinner Sawyers

Bob Dylan’s New York By June Skinner Sawyers The History Press,142 pages, $21.99 First of all, a story: In April 2010, I was in downtown Duluth on a freelance writing […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Music as a Diplomatic Tool in Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

In a truly unique and appropriate way to view politics of the 1970s, filmmaker Mary Wharton has made a film about the campaign and one-term presidency of Jimmy Carter that […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Up From the Streets is New Orleans’ Massive Music History in One Heartfelt Documentary

Up From the Streets

Subtitled New Orleans: The City of Music, Up From the Streets is a documentary from Michael Murphy (Make It Funky!) that attempts nothing short of giving a primer on the entire […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Looking Back on Life as Bandmates in Stirring, Nostalgic Once Were Brothers

Once Were Brothers

I’ll fully admit, I happen to think The Band is one of the greatest musical acts of all time, with one of the most fascinating backstories ever told. Hell, they […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Carmine Street Guitars Celebrates Craftsmanship, Passion for the Handmade

This a single-location documentary that rarely strays from the interior of an unassuming little store/workshop, tucked away in the middle of a quiet block in New York’s Greenwich Village. In […]

Steve Prokopy /
Film, Film & TV, Review

Review: Scorsese Connects Music, State of the Nation in Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story

Rolling Thunder

Director Martin Scorsese is certainly no stranger to documentaries about musicians, whether that’s more straight-forward biographies of Bob Dylan (No Direction Home) or George Harrison (Living in the Material World), […]

Steve Prokopy /
Museums, Music

Bob Dylan: Electric at American Writers Museum Brings the ‘Judas’ Guitar to Chicago

At one point in I’m Not There, filmmaker Todd Haynes’ deeply personal, scattershot depiction of the “many lives” of Bob Dylan, the singer (played by an unrecognizable Cate Blanchett) climbs […]

Matthew Nerber /
Beyond, Museum, Music

Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution Comes to Chicago

“The streets were never full of flowers.” -Bill Graham, Fillmore: The Last Days Visual and auditory introduction to Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution The 1960s promoted revolution, […]

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Front page

Your Chicago Curated Weekend: 5/11 – 5/14

emporium bit bash

It’s Mother’s Day Weekend! Whether you have made your weekend plans way in advance or need some last minute suggestions, we have you covered with a wide variety of events! […]

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