Irish Music Elders

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March 17, 2014 - Irish Music Elders

Malachy Towey and Kevin Henry are two of the elder statesman of Irish music in Chicago. Towey, age 93, plays the bodhrán, an Irish frame drum. Henry is 85, and plays the flute. For more than 50 years, they have been part of a vibrant Irish music scene in Chicago. Recently, Jay Shefsky stopped by at their weekly music session at Lanigan’s Pub on 111th Street, and has a profile of these two longtime musicians and friends. Watch a WTTW documentary about the Chicago Police chief who is credited with saving Irish music and take a QUIZ on St. Patrick's Day trivia.

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Dreaming of an Earthly Paradise

Kashmir and More at The Art Institute

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Art Institute of Chicago - Nilima Sheikh

New at the museum -- two solo exhibitions feature a pair of female contemporary Indian artists.

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A Chicago Memory from the Writer Who Groucho Marx Called “The Wittiest Man I’ve Ever Known”

George S. Kaufman was One of America’s Funniest Playwrights -- and He Had Self-Doubt and Talent in Equal Measures

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It’s funny the way Chicago anecdotes bloom in books about Broadway.

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When Monty Python Put the Squeeze on PBS Pledge

39 Years Ago, Members of the Famed Comedy Troupe Turned Channel 11’s Membership Drive Into a Flying Circus

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“Would you like to subscribe to public television, or would you prefer a knee to the groin?”

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The Sting from Another World

Meeting a Pop Star is Like Meeting Royalty from A Distant Planet

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Love him or not, people want to know: what was Sting like? Honestly, I was in King Sting’s galaxy for exactly 14 minutes last Thursday in a room with a lot of other people. If you want a real take on his personality, you should ask someone who’s known him for at least 15 minutes.

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Sting on "The Last Ship"

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March 3, 2014 - Sting on "The Last Ship"

Sting talks to us about his riskiest project to date – writing the upcoming musical The Last Ship, inspired by the shipyard in his hometown of Wallsend, England. Read a blog, watch a web extra video, and view a photo gallery.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 2/28 - 3/2

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A polar plunge, a tour of Chicago's theater district, and a zombie maze game; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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“Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North”

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February 27, 2014 - Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War

The Civil War is remembered through art and literature that capture the American spirit on the Northern home front. We revisit a preview of The Newberry Library's exhibit, Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North. A book of the same title is a companion volume to the collaborative exhibition. Read an excerpt.

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The Impact of African American Programming on Public Affairs TV

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February 26, 2014 - African American Programming's Impact

Jim Tilmon discusses his career, WTTW’s Our People, and the impact African American programming has had on public affairs television. Watch an episode of Our People and read an interview with Devorah Heitner, author of Black Power TV, a book that chronicles the journey of Black public affairs programming.

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Green River

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March 17, 2014 - Web Extra: Green River

Ten years ago today, Chicago Tonight got a behind-the-scenes look at the process and history of dyeing the Chicago River green. Watch the web extra video featuring the late John Callaway from our archives.

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Building Up Chicago

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March 11, 2014 - Building Up Chicago

As spring in Chicago gets underway, so do the building projects. We talk with Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin about the most recent building projects in the news and what will be coming down the pipeline. Read an article.

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Three Shows to Brighten Your Daylight Savings Time Weekend

Spotlight on Wildly Different Shows that Offer Light, Dark, and the Unexpected

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Set your clocks forward on Sunday -- but not before you shine a light on some excellent art opportunities.

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Chicagoland: A Tale of Two Cities

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March 5, 2014 - Chicagoland: A Tale of Two Cities

The CNN series Chicagoland debuts this week. We talk with series producer Yoav Attias and Pulitzer prize-winning Chicago journalist and co-writer, co-producer and series narrator, Mark Konkol, about the dichotomy of Chicago, and the picture it paints of the city on a national stage. Read an article about the Chicago premiere.

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Chicago's Polar Plunge

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Elizabeth Brackett was there as Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jimmy Fallon, along with thousands of others, hit the frigid Lake Michigan waters on Sunday for this year's Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Read her blog, watch videos and see photos.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 2/28

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February 28, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists delve further into the Blackhawks/Penguins game at Soldier Field, the Chicagoland series debuting March 6 on CNN, and why late-night host Jimmy Fallon is taking a polar plunge in Lake Michigan. Watch the web extra video.

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Ravinia's 2014 Season

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Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman joins us with a sneak peek at the 2014 season. Read more about the concert season.

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Viewer Feedback: 2/27

Chicago Potholes & Reflecting on Harold Ramis's Life & Career

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February 27, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 2/27

We share what you had to say about our conversation with Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire on the life and legacy of Harold Ramis and the skyrocketing pothole claims in the city when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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