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No more pencils, but plenty of books. With summer underway and the holiday weekend ahead, we revisit our discussion of hot reads for the season with our literary panel.

Lerner & Lowe Musical Re-Imagined for New Generation

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The Goodman Theatre stages a beloved American musical that hasn't had a major revival in more than 30 years.

From The Beatles to “The Exorcist,” the surrealist artist Rene Magritte had a profound influence on pop culture

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Paul McCartney is a huge fan of Rene Magritte. And then there are the album covers influenced by Magritte.

Shooting a Real Story About a Surreal Sort of Guy

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An extraordinary look at everyday objects, the Art Institute’s summer blockbuster is “Rene Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary.” Don’t miss it.

Magritte Brings Surrealism to Art Institute of Chicago

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The great surrealist Rene Magritte gets an exhibition at the Art Institute that delves into the early part of his career, when he evolved as an artist and created many of the dream-like paintings that came to identify his signature style.

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A triathlon, a Greek food festival and a symphony performance; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

An Old Chicago Film Studio Knew What They Wanted – and It Probably Wasn’t Your Script

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Apparently Chicago's silent film studio received enough unsolicited manuscripts to craft a form letter to silence prospective writers.

Chicago Named A Host City For The ITU World Triathlon Series

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Chicago is the only U.S. stop on the eight city worldwide triathlon circuit this weekend.

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No more pencils, but plenty of books. As we gear up for summer, we discuss some of the hot reads for the season with our literary panel.

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Dave Dorman was an 18-year-old  with a love for comic book illustration when he walked into a movie theater and saw “Star Wars” for the first time in 1977. He identified strongly with Luke Skywalker and never dreamed the movie’s director, George Lucas, would eventually own his art. But fate would lead Lucas to Dorman and his art.

Comics, Pop Culture and Anime Inspire a Painter's "Parade"

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You might have seen the name Hebru Brantley in the press last year. The Chicago artist made waves with just one sale when Jay-Z bought a painting of his at Miami’s Art Basel expo.

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It's official. Chicago will be home to the Lucas Museum. We talk next steps and initial plans with our panel.

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A chunk of transportation history rests in the Chicago River. Geoffrey Baer talks trains and technology in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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The city renowned for its architecture will host a global exhibit of architecture. Chicago officials announce a bold plan to hold a biennial international design and architecture exhibit in Chicago beginning next year. We'll tell you what and who's involved and what it might look like.

University Students Study City, Work with Havana Officials

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Havana, Cuba is one of the world’s great cities architecturally. It is also economically isolated due to an embargo and the fall of the Soviet Union. And so the city appears frozen in time, filled with charm and seemingly in decay, lacking the resources to restore its crumbling treasures. Geoffrey Baer gets a behind-the-scenes look at a Midwestern university's program that sends architecture professors and students to the country. 

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The United States hasn't always understood soccer. But anyone watching the progress of the United States’ national team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil -- and the enthusiastic support of USA fans – can tell the sport is here to stay. We analyze the U.S. team's chances going forward and discuss the growing popularity of the game.