The State of the Arts

Artists from Illinois– and one from Minnesota – Make Monstrous Magic

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Four solo exhibitions from local artists, plus one beast of an installation.

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The Mystery and Allure of “White Mystery”

Dynamic Duo of Siblings Brings the Noise and More

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Is White Mystery too wild for Chicago Tonight or just wild enough?

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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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Gorey Details

13 Thrilling Things You May Not Know About the Mysterious Mr. Gorey

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Edward Gorey was a Chicagoan. It’s amazing how many people are unaware (myself included, until recently) that the great Gorey was born in Chicago in 1925.

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Writing in Ernest

App Helps Make Your Writing as Clear and Strong as Hemingway’s

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A free new app is a fun and easy way to improve your writing. Brothers Ben and Adam Long created a program that aims to simplify your writing in the style of Ernest Hemingway.

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Let It Beatles

You Don’t Have to be a Baby Boomer to Love The Beatles

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Forgive me, but I don’t remember The Beatles arriving in America 50 years ago or their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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Fred Rogers, Artist (and Superhero)

The Beloved PBS host was a Master of Music with Powers of Persuasion

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Fred Rogers was a friend to every child -- he was also an artist and a brave citizen.

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Stocking Full of Fond Memories

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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Here is a list of the most memorable art I saw and heard this year. From opera in a swimming pool to barn-blazing bluegrass and forgotten artists, 2013 was a very good year for enthusiams old and new.

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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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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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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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The Jokers Are Wild

A Still Life Artist Isn't Clowning About Portraiture

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Clowns are funny. Clowns are scary. Clowns are divisive – people love ‘em or hate ‘em.

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Recommending a Theatrical "Train Wreck"

The Show Must Go On – A Big Top Tragedy Inspires Both Lunacy and Reverence

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This Train Wreck isn’t really a disaster – quite the opposite – but it’s about a disaster: the tragedy that occurred in 1918 near Hammond, Indiana when an empty U.S. Army troop train crashed into a fully-loaded circus train stopped on the tracks.

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A Hollywood Alternative

Movie Posters Reveal a Parallel History of American Filmmaking

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An upcoming art exhibition promises to be a fascinating look at film history and African-American history.

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Big Country in the Big City

Find out why Nashville’s loss is Chicago’s gain

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One of the finest singer-songwriters of country music is based in the Chicago area.

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Peaceful, Uneasy Feeling

Sunshine and Shadows Co-Exist on New Record from One-time Chicago Songwriter

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Cass McCombs returns to Chicago on Friday, December 6 to play The Empty Bottle on Western Avenue.

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