Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: The Photography of Seung Jae Kim Captures Dramatic Views of Forests

Seung Jae Kim,_Light on Passage

Black-and-white photography has often been viewed as a powerful way to depict landscapes and nature. Unlike color photography, monochrome images can better emphasize the interplay of light and shadow, texture, […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Chicago history, Lit, Music, Nonfiction, Photography

Review: You Weren’t There, but He Was: Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll, by Marty Perez

According to the foreword of Kill a Punk for Rock and Roll, music photographer Marty Perez is a very likable guy. The fact that providing a bio in the book […]

Dan Kelly /
Art & Museums, Photography

Review: Through the Lens of Frank Styburski: Stunning Photos of Household Objects

Frank Styburski photo

Most of us don’t pay close attention to the visual details of everyday objects that we use in our home. Items such as scissors, spools of thread or clothes hangers […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: The Photography of Monica Kass Rogers Captures Abstract Views of Chicago Alleys

Monica Kass Rogers, Duly Noted

One of the most underappreciated features in Chicago is the extensive network of alleys. According to statistics from the City of Chicago, there are approximately 1,900 miles of alleys (about […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Gallery, Photography

Review: The Photography of Maura Z—An Ode to Gray

Maura Z, The Tree of Life

Over the past 20 years, with advances made in digital and phone cameras, many of us feel the best way to capture a scene is by taking a color photo. […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Art & Museums, Museum, Photography

Review: Photo Exhibit Captures the Magic of the Blues at the Swedish American Museum

Bobby “Blue” Bland and B.B. King, 2010.

The latest exhibition at the Swedish American Museum, Great Feelings and Meetings, pays tribute to American blues music by showcasing the work of photographer Hans Ekestang who has been documenting […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Game, Games & Tech, Review

Review: Martha Is Dead Has a Messy Narrative Interspersed With Gratuitous Gore

  When I hear “psychological horror” in relation to video games, I can’t help but recoil a bit. Often psychological horror games will try to clumsily tackle important subjects while […]

Antal Bokor /
Game, Games & Tech, Review

Review: It’s Not “Ruff” to Find the Fun With Pupperazzi

There are some games whose appeal is hard to explain, at least at first. “See, you’re in a post-apocalyptic, horrible world and there’s a plague of man-rats, and you’re an […]

Marielle Bokor /
Stages, Theater

Review: The Moors at A Red Orchid Is a Wickedly Funny and Subversive Tale of Longing

Ah, gothic romance. It is always a dark and stormy night with sexually repressed spinsters sitting in the parlor of a creaky old mansion with ivy growing inside. The winds […]

Kathy D. Hey /
Art & Museums, Lit, Photography, Reviews

Review: CityFiles Press Photography Books Bring History into Focus

n-American: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II.

CityFiles Press is a small publishing company based in Chicago that has been producing books filled with stunning photography along with compelling text. Since its inception in 2003, co-publishers Michael […]

Thomas Wawzenek /
Lit, Nonfiction, Photography, Uncategorized

Viewpoint: The Joy of Protest—Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution by Vashon Jordan Jr.

Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution by Vashon Jordan Jr. Self-published Joy is being free to say: “Look at me! Listen to me!” Joy is being free to join with others […]

Patrick T. Reardon /
Gallery, Photography, Today

In Pictures: Chicagohenge 2020

Twice a year—on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes where the sun hangs directly above the equator—Chicago gets a spectacular light show at sunrise and sunset. Dubbed “Chicagohenge,” the effect is […]

Aaron Cynic /