Weekend Events Around Town: 12/19-12/21

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Burning Bluebeard, The Fireball Santa Crawl, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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When “Tennessee” Came to Chicago

Tennessee Williams visited the city at a critical moment in his career

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The great playwright came unprepared for two things: rewrites and the city itself. “I can’t find the tranquility in Chicago to write.”

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"Burning Bluebeard"

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December 18, 2014-"Burning Bluebeard"

Clowns relate the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in a stunning and funny revival of a show called Burning Bluebeard at Theater Wit.

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Controversial ‘Sabbatical’

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December 17, 2014 - Controversial ‘Sabbatical’

President of the American Academy of Religion Laurie Zoloth proposes her colleagues take a sabbatical from their annual conference every six years.

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Words of the Year 2014

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December 17, 2014 - Words of the Year 2014

Vape? Bae? Lumbersexual? What do you think the Word of the Year for 2014 should be? University of Chicago linguist Jason Riggle tells us what words were on everybody's lips this year and why.

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"Big Cat" on Bears' 31-15 Loss to Saints

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December 16, 2014 - "Big Cat" on Bears' 31-15 Loss to Saints

The Chicago Bears lost their third straight game, with their offensive freefall on full display for a nationally televised audience. James "Big Cat" Williams gives us his take on Jay Cutler's poor performance, and the defense's inability to stop Drew Brees.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Uncut

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December 15, 2014 - Web Extra: Ta-Nehisi Coates Uncut

The Atlantic correspondent and author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his thoughts on the students at North Lawndale College Prep, his mea culpa for glossing over the accusations against Bill Cosby in the past, and he explains why The Case for Reparations is unrelated to the black conservatives’ argument.

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A New Spotlight on Tennessee Williams

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December 15, 2014 - A New Spotlight on Tennessee Williams

Tony Award-winning writer and longtime theater critic John Lahr has written an authoritative biography on the life and work of playwright Tennessee Williams. Lahr also shares memories of his father, the actor Bert Lahr.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 12/12-12/14

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Redmoon's Winter Pageant, The Nutcracker, the Music Box Christmas Show; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Modern Chicago with Blair Kamin

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December 18,2014-Modern Chicago with Blair Kamin

Chicago Tribune's award-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin stops by to discuss Maggie Daley Park and future plans for the city.

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Chicago's Dwindling Neon Signs

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December 18,2014-Chicago's Dwindling Neon Signs

Photographer and long-time neon sign enthusiast Nick Freeman joins us to talk about his new book, Good Old Neon: Signs You're In Chicago. Freeman has documented hundreds of neon signs around Chicagoland, some of which no longer exist.

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Styling the Magnificent Mile

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December 17, 2014 - Styling the Magnificent Mile

A recent exhibit at the Chicago History Museum explains how the Mile became known for being Magnificent.

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Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Kiosk Sphinx, Downtown Bank, & Hyde Park Church

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December 17, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Why did beautiful bronze reliefs at a Hyde Park church create an artistic controversy? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Guitar Maker Ian Schneller

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December 16, 2014 - Guitar Maker Ian Schneller

Specimen Products is the brainchild of Ian Schneller. He's an artist and musician who makes and repairs stringed instruments and audio equipment. He also runs a school that teaches people to make a variety of instruments and audio equipment; but Schneller's real hope is that his students discover the disappearing art of making things by hand without the aid of a computer.

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Catholic Crisis

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December 15, 2014 - Catholic Crisis

More Chicagoans than ever are leaving the church. Why is this and can the new archbishop help turn around the trend?

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Send Us Your Word of the Year!

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Vape? Bae? Lumbersexual? What do you think the Word of the Year for 2014 should be? Share your nominations in the comments section below. And join us on Wednesday, Dec. 17, when we hear from linguists who tell us what words were on everybody's lips this year and why.

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Chicago Gets 2 New Parks

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December 11, 2014 - Chicago Gets 2 New Parks

Chicago is about to get more green space. We preview two long-anticipated new parks slated to open this weekend.

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