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.
New documentary shows off South Side school's gallery, and its transformative effect
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.
I Put the Fear of Mexico in ’Em is a play that sticks with viewers, for both good and bad reasons.
Tracey Letts' Chicago-set play returns
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.
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.
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.
Photography festival frames local talent
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...
Chicago’s premiere silver screen event gets creepy at night
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.