Stand up comic Jeff Garlin headlines one-man show at Steppenwolf

12/12/2012

“Why am I at Steppenwolf?!” Jeff Garlin laughed as he asked this question both to the audience and to himself at the opening night of his new one-man show, Closer Than I Appear, which runs through Dec. 16 at the venerable Lincoln Park playhouse’s Upstairs Theatre. It’s an apt question.
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Comic artist expands to abstract work

12/05/2012

Lilli Carré’s work is distinct. The Chicago-based artist has made a name for herself in the comic book world and beyond with a body of work that combines the whimsy of fantasy with the lived-in nostalgia of silent cinema and classic cartoons.
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Gold Coast's Ruth Page Center will permanently house Chicago Children's Theatre

11/28/2012

When Chicago Children’s Theatre opened its latest production, Harold and the Purple Crayon, in October, it was the premiere show in its first permanent home. After operating on an itinerant basis for its first six seasons, the company recently announced its designation as Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
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Art-fought success

New documentary shows off South Side school's gallery, and its transformative effect

11/21/2012

It’s a vibrant, powerful collection worthy of any gallery or museum, but it’s housed in neither. Dixon is a public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Chatham.
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Gunpoint xenophobia

11/14/2012

I Put the Fear of Mexico in ’Em is a play that sticks with viewers, for both good and bad reasons.
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Time to make the donuts, again

Tracey Letts' Chicago-set play returns

11/07/2012

Superior Donuts has become the quintessential Chicago production. The acclaimed play by Tracey Letts (Killer Joe, August: Osage County) encapsulates the city’s history and its ups and downs in a fast two hours.
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Film explores funnyman Jerry Lewis' personal impact

10/31/2012

Saeed-Vafa’s new film, Jerry & Me, which screens Saturday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, charts her lifelong fascination with the funnyman, detailing how his films — and film as a whole — shaped her identity.
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Zombies carry a tune

10/24/2012

Musical of the Living Dead ranks amongst the best shows that I have ever seen. Filled with raunchy humor, catchy tunes, and enough fake blood to stock several Halloween haunted houses, the show turns Night of the Living Dead upside-down to create a completely original experience.
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Photos finish first

Photography festival frames local talent

10/17/2012

Running through Oct. 21, the Filter Photo Festival is Chicago’s only photography festival. This fact is surprising considering the city’s size and place within the history of the photographic arts. Chicago’s long-battled perception as being merely a breeding ground for artists who eventually find success on the east or west coasts could be to blame for this lack of recognition. Read More...

Film fest’s dark side

Chicago’s premiere silver screen event gets creepy at night

10/10/2012

The Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 11 through Oct. 25, is one of the country’s premiere showcases, especially known for its socially conscious programming, fine world cinema and documentary fare and dedication to local filmmakers.
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