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Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window" by Lorraine Hansberry. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic reviews four plays that address societal challenges and conflicts, including Goodman Theatre’s revival of the rarely staged second play by “Raisin in the Sun” author Lorraine Hansberry.

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A prominent work of art has been out of the public eye for almost five years. Titled “Above and Beyond,” the installation commemorates American soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, and it's back on display at the Harold Washington Library.

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The political life of America’s 16th president is being told in a new multi-volume series by Chicago native Sidney Blumenthal.

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(Rendering courtesy of Navy Pier, Inc.)

Enjoy the long weekend with a long list of things to do around town, including a performance by the Chicago Children’s Choir, the opening of the new Ferris wheel at Navy Pier and the annual Bike the Drive event.

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A new documentary tells the amazing story of World War II aviators who earned their wings aboard makeshift aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan.

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Ron Magers signs off Wednesday night after 51 years in television news, including almost 35 in Chicago. He started here at WMAQ-Channel 5, where he co-anchored with “Chicago Tonight” host Carol Marin for 13 years. In April, Magers sat down for a conversation with his former “TV wife.”

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The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

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Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

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Students are the focus of a new mural at a CPS school that has a nationally recognized art collection. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary work.

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Last week, we introduced you to the Hinky Drink. For our second installment, we’re saying “cheers” with the Lord of the Levee drink, inspired by Aldermen “Bathhouse” John Coughlin and Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna.

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David with cigarette on a break from filming “The Man Who Fell to Earth” in New Mexico 1975. This became a Rolling Stone cover and a popular image. (Steve Schapiro / powerHouse Books)

On Saturday, photographer Steve Schapiro visits the Ed Paschke Art Center. The 81-year-old Chicago transplant will speak about his new book, “Bowie.”

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Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy of The Goodman Theatre)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed May 19 "Lorraine Hansberry Day" in Chicago. We take a look at various events around the city honoring the Chicago playwright and her legacy.

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Celebrate the start of festival season with outdoor events in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Skokie, Edgebrook, Oak Park and beyond.

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The Shedd Aquarium has a new CEO in Bridget Coughlin. She joins "Chicago Tonight" to talk about her varied experience and what she anticipates for the future of the beloved aquarium.

Bonus: 15 things you might not know about Sarah Vaughan

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Sarah Vaughan, circa August 1946 (William P. Gottlieb via Wikimedia Commons)

Her nicknames included "Sassy" and the “Divine One," but whatever you called her, Sarah Vaughan was an exceptional voice. On Friday, the CSO pays tribute to her with performances by the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and three vocalists, including Ann Hampton Callaway.

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Geoffrey Baer tackles three questions about Chicago's beloved rapid transit system, including the various spellings of the system, in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.