"Dead Wake"

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April 7, 2015 - "Dead Wake"

Best-selling author Erik Larson who shot to fame with his classic, Chicago-inspired book, The Devil In the White City is once again using his celebrated storytelling skills to recount the shocking last voyage of the Lusitania.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/3-4/5

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Feast your eyes on flowers, real and painted; view intricate papercuts of iconic landscapes in Chicago and Beijing; and celebrate Easter by donning your best bunny ears or '70s garb. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Soprano Deborah Voigt

The "Down-To-Earth Diva" Tells All

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April 2, 2015 - Soprano Deborah Voigt

We revisit a conversation with famed soprano Deborah Voigt about her career and autobiography.

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The First Lady of the Black Press

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March 30, 2015 - The First Lady of the Black Press

Chicago's own Ethel Payne was the third African-American to ever receive White House press credentials -- and she was only the second black woman to do so. We talk with the author of a biography about the importance of her legacy.

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Vegas Icons Live Again in Stage Show from Oscar-Winning Film Director

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March 26, 2015 - Vegas Icons Live Again in Stage Show

Best-known for the movies Ray and An Officer and a Gentleman, director Taylor Hackford is in Chicago directing a musical stage show about the legendary Vegas husband and wife team, Louis Prima and Keely Smith. We get a preview.

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10 Chicago Chefs, Restaurants Nominated for James Beard Awards

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The finalists for this year's James Beard Awards have been released. Ten local names made the list of finalists in the restaurant and chef awards categories.

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Lyric Opera's New Mariachi Opera

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March 24, 2015 - Lyric Opera's New Mariachi Opera

Two years ago, Lyric Opera of Chicago presented what was called the world's first mariachi opera. It was well-received and a big hit with audiences--so much so that it spawned another mariachi opera. This time around it's a Lyric Opera commission that has brought back together the same creative team and many of the same performers from the previous work. Its title is El Pasado Nunca Se Termina or The Past Is Never Finished, and it's receiving its world premiere here in Chicago.

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Second City and Life Lessons

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March 23, 2015 - Second City and Life Lessons

The head honchos at The Second City discuss their book about the importance of improv in everyday life.

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"Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz"

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March 19, 2015-"Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz"

Geoffrey Baer's latest documentary exploring the career of the winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame is Street Smarts: Architect David M. Schwarz.We get a preview.

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Art of Papercutting Opens Window into China and Chicago

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April 6, 2015 - Art of Papercutting Opens Window into China

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 get a preview.

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The World Responds to Lincoln

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April 2, 2015 - The World Responds to Lincoln

More than 150 years after Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, a new book gives writers the opportunity to respond. The only catch, their essays had to be exactly 272 words -- the length of the original speech -- and be written in long-hand as Lincoln would have done. We talk with the editor who came up with the idea and one of the essayists.

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Rare Plant Painter

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April 1, 2015 - Rare Plant Painter

We revisit a profile Jay Shefsky did on a Chicago artist on a personal crusade to paint and preserve 200 rare native plants.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 3/27-3/29

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Watch a mariachi opera set in 1910 Mexico; enjoy a musical set in 1950s Las Vegas; and kick off the running season in present day Grant Park. Chicago Tonight ​has your weekend picks.

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Ask Geoffrey: 3/25

Muralists Who Painted the Town

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March 25, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: 3/25

A Russian-born artist painted the town in the 1930s, but very little of his mural work is left. Where can you see these stunning panels? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Native American Fashion Sense

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March 24, 2015 - Native American Fashion Sense

An exhibition at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston looks at the "haute couture" that has long existed in Native American communities. We get a preview.

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Teen Living Programs

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March 23, 2015 - Teen Living Programs

Homeless youth are one of Chicago’s most vulnerable populations. Estimates vary, but roughly 2,000 Chicago teens are thought to be homeless each night. But homelessness for youth often looks very different than it does for adults. Advocates call it "housing instability." We visit one program trying to prevent these teens from becoming chronically homeless adults.    

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Weekend Events Around Town: 3/20-3/22

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Taste what Chicago has to offer; hear Chicago stories; and listen to the sounds of Chicago blues. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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