Hypocrites' Director on 'American Idiot': It's Not About '3 White Boys'

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Hypocrites 'American Idiot' (John Evan Hanover)

Previews for Green Day musical American Idiot begin Friday in a staging by The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park.

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Weekend Events Around Chicago: Aug. 28-30

Ogle the Stanley Cup, Brush up on Film Noir and Catch The Psychedelic Furs

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John McDonough and the Stanley Cup (c/o 41st Ward website)

This weekend, you can hang out with the Stanley Cup, revisit new wave '80s band The Psychedelic Furs, walk through a garden in the city, take in a movie or two, and more.

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Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews

‘Kurios,’ ‘October Sky,’ ‘Assassination Theater,’ and More

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August 27, 2015 - Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reviews Kurios – the latest from Cirque du Soleil – and the world premiere musical October Sky, directed by Rachel Rockwell at Marriott Lincolnshire.

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A Rowdy Good Time: Drag Boat Racing at Blarney Island

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August 26, 2015 - A Rowdy Good Time: Drag Boat Racing

Boats fly by at speeds up to 150 miles per hour on an 800-foot course. There is drag boat racing every Thursday night all summer long at Blarney Island on Grass Lake. Chicago Tonight's Jay Shefsky goes to the races and takes a 94 mph ride on a race boat.

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A Look at Rare Paintings from Indiana Dunes Artist Frank Dudley

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August 25, 2015 - A Look at Rare Paintings from Frank Dudley

Struggling artist Frank Dudley visited the Indiana Dunes 100 years ago and discovered his life's work – painting the fragile and constantly evolving landscape and promoting and preserving the dunes. Chicago Tonight looks at the enduring impact of Dudley's dramatic oil paintings, and talks with local experts such as James Dabbert, an IIT professor who co-wrote the book The Indiana Dunes Revealed: The Art of Frank V. Dudley.

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The Hideout Brings a Little ‘Rebel’ to the Riverwalk

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After a nearly 20 year-run in a century-old converted frame house located near the North Branch of the Chicago River, The Hideout is looking down river to the centralized, bustling South Branch, where it has opened a new pop-up spot for 10 weeks along the Riverwalk. 

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Project Fire Ignites Passion for Glass Making

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August 20, 2015 - Project Fire, Passion for Glass Making

Glass blowing is an expensive art, and not a typical means of managing trauma from gun violence. But a University of Chicago pediatric clinical psychologist has teamed up with a local glassblowing non-profit to help teenaged survivors of gun violence mentally recover from their traumatic experiences. Brandis Friedman has the story.

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Ask Geoffrey: August 19

What happened to Goldblatt's? Was there a Nazi rally at Soldier Field in the 1930s?

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Geoffrey Baer

Geoffrey Baer revisits what was once billed as "America’s Fastest Growing Department Chain" in Back of the Yards, takes us to a 1936 German Day rally at Soldier Field, and finds the location of a star-spangled bridge featured in a photo from the 1960s.

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Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Dies at 75

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August 17, 2015 - Web Extra: John Callaway & Julian Bond

Julian Bond, the civil rights activist, professor, and politician, died Saturday in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. He was 75 years old. In 1976, Bond and journalist John Callaway sat down for an interview at WTTW. We remember Bond's legacy, and revisit his discussion with Callaway on national politics.

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More than Apostrophes: A 'Subversive' Copy Editor on Chicago Style

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Carol Fisher Saller

Carol Fisher Saller's principles of copy editing might surprise anyone who's ever tussled with an editor over a piece of writing. She argues communication and collaboration between writer and editor are key; style rules are useful guidelines, not the straps of a straitjacket; and that language's evolution isn't anything to rail against. She joins Chicago Tonight. 

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Original 1893 World's Fair Paintings Discovered in Storage Facility

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Three original Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were discovered in a Park District storage facility (Photo c/o city of Chicago)

Three original Japanese sliding door paintings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition were discovered in a Chicago Park District storage facility, the CPD announced Wednesday.

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Chicago Dramatists Names Meghan Beals New Artistic Director

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Chicago Dramatists artistic director, Meghan Beals (Photo c/o Chicago Dramatists)

West Town-based theater company Chicago Dramatists has named Meghan Beals as artistic director, following the death of longtime artistic director Russ Tutterow in May. 

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Chicago Bears, Cubs Sideline Key Players

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It was a rude awakening Monday morning for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs, as both teams announced today that they will be heading into September with some key players sidelined.

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'70 Acres In Chicago' Follows the Fight for Cabrini Green

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August 20, 2015 - '70 Acres In Chicago,' Cabrini Green

The Chicago Housing Authority's Cabrini Green homes stood for decades on the Near North Side. Between 1995 and 2011, the buildings were demolished and replaced with mixed-income housing. The new documentary 70 Acres in Chicago tracks that tumultuous period and the efforts of residents to save their homes. We discuss the film with the director and two people who are featured in the film on Chicago Tonight.

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Weekend Events Around Town: August 21-23

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The Boulevard Lakefront Tour returns Aug. 23.

Neighborhood festivals, a pop-culture convention and the return of a historic bike ride through the city highlight this weekend's event lineup. Check out those events, and more, in our roundup.

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Composer, 25, Debuts World Premiere Opera at Lincoln Park Zoo

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August 18, 2015 - Composer, 25, Debuts World Premiere Opera

He's only 25 years old, but composer, poet and conductor Matthew Aucoin is already a major sensation in the classical music world. And now, Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned the young composer to write an opera. Second Nature receives its world premiere this week at Lincoln Park Zoo. We speak with this classical phenom on Chicago Tonight.

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Theater Group Collaboraction Examines Impact of Chicago Gun Violence

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August 13, 2015 - Theater Group Collaboraction Examines

With 259 murders this year so far, Chicago is seeing a 21 percent increase in the number of homicides compared to last year, according to recent figures from the city’s police department. This fact isn’t lost on the theater group Collaboraction, which is currently touring the city with its new production Crime Scene: Breathe Life. We discuss the work with artistic director Anthony Moseley and performer Sir Taylor.

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