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The day after she turned 90, Kay Smith put on a long-sleeved red top and black slacks, pulled her silver hair straight back from her face, slipped on her black DK spectacles with the sparkling rims, grabbed her cane and headed over to class for the party....
When the new $46 million Goodman Theatre opened its doors on Dec. 11, 2000, with the inaugural performance of August Wilson's "King Hedley II," the Loop was beset by a blizzard. Ever cognizant of the political perils of Chicago snowstorms, Mayor Richard...
Although the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth won't arrive until 2020, George Lepauw isn't about to wait eight years to celebrate the German composer's titanic musical achievement, or the profound influence his music has exerted on the...
It's astonishing the way the award-winning Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt makes stainless steel seem light and fanciful. His sculptures appear to defy gravity as they soar into the heavens. Hunt's large-scale public art projects can be found throughout...
Ludwig van Beethoven was forever pushing boundaries, and the annual Chicago festival that bears the composer's name continues to do the same, even more so than in the past. “Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013,” as the third edition is titled,...
For ages, mankind has been fascinated by rivers, not simply as natural resources and avenues of commercial conveyance, but also as symbols, metaphors and ideas. Countless artists, composers, writers and thinkers have pondered the significance of these...
I've been going to the monthly First Fridays at FAVO since its inception in 2011, and it has now grown to 19 once-upon-a-time-motel rooms full of artists. The quality of work has increased, too, with some professional artists in the lineup now. This month...
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I love going to art shows and coming home with a new piece of art. The only thing better would be picking out a piece of art that was free. That's what will happen for one lucky person during the monthly art stroll in downtown Sanford on Friday, 6-9 p.m....
From Spain, here's a miracle of fairy tale repurposing: a version of the Brothers Grimm's "Snow White," set in Spanish bullfighting country in the late 1920s. Writer-director Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves" goes all the way with its concept, and then...
Let's raise a glass to Bob Koester, the single-minded Chicagoan who this weekend celebrates a remarkable anniversary: 60 years of producing jazz and blues recordings. Koester's Delmark Records may not be the biggest indie in the country – or...
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art has announced its 2012-13 season of live performances. The typically expansive, eclectic and inter-disciplinary season includes the following events: - "Imperial Science: Una Opera Muerta" An operatic collaboration...
Lille Carre is 29, petite, moon-faced and unassuming. She curls forward as she speaks. On a quiet morning in her Noble Square apartment, she speaks softly and gives off an air of frailty. It's not hard to picture her stepping out of one of her own...
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