Weekend Events Around Town: 5/22-5/24

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Get up close and personal with technology at the Museum of Science and Industry; celebrate the men and women who served our country; and take a tour of future storm water reservoir. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Rabbi Rethinks Theology

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May 22, 2015 - Rabbi Rethinks Theology

Rabbi Herman Schaalman turned 99 years old this year. After a life spent studying religious texts and the Torah, he’s starting to doubt the existence of God. We'll talk with the rabbi about his own evolution.

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The Little Rock Nine

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May 19, 2015-The Little Rock Nine

The Little Rock Nine changed history when they integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. The images of their arrival at the school, protected by soldiers from a baying mob of hate-filled white students and adults are iconic. The eight surviving members of that courageous group are in town to receive the 2015 Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. They join us to discuss their activism and their thoughts on the current state of race relations in America.

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Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

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The King of Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas, according to a message posted to his official website. Earlier this month, the legendary guitarist wrote he was receiving hospice care at his residence.

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Spike Lee on “Chiraq”

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May 14, 2015 - Spike Lee on “Chiraq”

Film director Spike Lee is giving few clues into the approach he'll take with his controversially titled Chiraq. But at a press conference this morning outside St. Sabina Church on the South Side, Lee did say “Chicago will survive” his take on the city’s violence that has made international headlines. We hear from the controversial director and some victims’ relatives about their support for Lee’s film which is currently in preproduction in Chicago.

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Amphibians Invade The Shedd Aquarium

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May 14, 2015 - Amphibians Invade The Shedd Aquarium

A new special exhibit opens on Saturday with 40 species of amphibians. We talk with the Shedd Aquarium's Special Exhibits manager about the "ribbiting experience."

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Web Extra: On The Table with Brandis Friedman

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As part of the Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table, Chicago Tonight's Brandis Friedman hosted a dinner with area residents where they shared their thoughts, concerns, opinions, and hopes for the region's future. Read her blog about the event and watch a video of what participants had to say.

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Bass Guitars Homemade in Chicago and Played Around the World

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May 13, 2015-Bass Guitars Homemade in Chicago and Played

Lakland Guitars has made an impact in their 20 years in Chicago. Their instruments are played by U2 and the Rolling Stones. Chicago Tonight goes behind-the-scenes to find out what it takes to make an electric bass that can bring a bottom-heavy sound to a band's rhythm section.

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Art of Papercutting Opens Window into China and Chicago

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May 12, 2015 - City Windows Papercutting Artwork

An exhibition at The Field Museum looks at City Windows, the papercut artwork of Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang now on display at two locations in Chicago. We revisit the story.

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Ask Geoffrey: 5/20

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May 20, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: 5/20

Who makes the city's flowery fireworks happen every summer? Geoffrey Baer digs into Chicago's public gardens, plus visits West Englewood's Old Abe and a gate to nowhere in Streeterville.

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"Born Survivors" on the Infants of the Holocaust

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May 18, 2015 - "Born Survivors," Infants of the Holocaust

In the new book Born Survivors, author Wendy Holden tells the story of three women who gave birth in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The three babies managed to survive, and they finally meet one another 65 years later.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/15-5/17

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Credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Meet the newest inhabitants at the Shedd Aquriuam; kick off the street festival season; and enjoy a glass of wine while you stroll. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Jewelry Exhibition Crowns Historic Mansion

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May 14, 2015 - Jewelry Exhibition Crowns Historic Mansion

We revisit our story about the Driehaus Museum’s show, Maker & Muse, which takes an extensive look at art jewelry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Web Extra: On The Table with Eddie Arruza

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As part of the Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table, Chicago Tonight's Eddie Arruza hosted a dinner with area residents where they shared their thoughts, concerns, opinions, and hopes for the region's future. Read his blog about the event and watch a video of what participants had to say.

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Web Extra: On The Table with Elizabeth Brackett

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As part of the Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table, Chicago Tonight's Elizabeth Brackett hosted a dinner with eight area residents where they shared their thoughts, concerns, opinions, and hopes for the region's future. Read her blog about the event and watch a video of what participants had to say.

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Diners Discuss Reimagining Philanthropy

Chicago Tonight Participates in Chicago Community Trust Initiative

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May 13, 2015-Diners Discuss Reimagining Philanthropy

As part of the Chicago Community Trust’s On The Table, Chicago Tonight correspondents Eddie Arruza, Elizabeth Brackett, and Brandis Friedman hosted dinners with area residents on Tuesday. We hear from them and the dinner guests about the conversations they shared.

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Colombian Artist's Work Speaks to Universal Themes

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May 11, 2015 - Colombian Artist's Work Speaks to Universal

An artist revered in her home country of Colombia has made a strong impression on the international art world. We revisit our story about the MCA Chicago exhibition of Doris Salcedo's first-ever retrospective. 

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