Raider of the Lost Art

Curator of Suburban Museum Has Sixth Sense for Finding Forgotten Artwork

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A little-known Chicago artist is finally getting the attention he deserves – in Des Plaines.

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Farina City

Local Actor Makes His Mark, Steps Out of Father’s Long Shadow

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Joe Farina doesn’t strongly resemble his dad -- the late actor Dennis Farina -- but he shares a similar everyman quality. 

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Taking a Swing at the New Steppenwolf Show

Can a Raunchy Sex Satire Be Both “Funny and Never Dull” AND “Smug and Vacuous?”

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 “The Qualms” is the foul-mouthed new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”).

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Forgive Us Our 'Trespasses'

Trio of Photographers Flirt with the Law to Capture Beauty of Beastly Buildings

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Three local friends routinely visit abandoned industrial sites in the Midwest, enter the buildings, and take only photos. They don’t carry crowbars or anything that might attract the attention of the police.

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The Magic of 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.

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Chicago Artist Flying High with Flyboys and Girls

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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Blues for the Taking

City’s Largest Free Music Festival Brings the Blues (and the Soul and the Funk and the Folk and the…)

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This weekend the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival electrifies Grant Park with a diverse line-up that expands the definition of the blues.

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Modern Sculpture in an Old-Fashioned Setting

Free Art Show Invites Fresh Look at Civic Gem

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An 88 year-old war memorial has a new function: it’s the stunning backdrop to a show of contemporary sculpture.

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A Mother and Son in Verse

Chicago Family Transcends Tragic Twists of Fate

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Gail and Morris Barazani have been married for 66 years – longer than their only son was alive...

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Saturday in the Park

Be Part of an Art Party

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Don’t read the newspaper death counts this weekend. Go to a free block party on the South Side on Saturday, July 26, to celebrate good news and people doing things right.

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"And if that 'Mockingbird' Don't Sing...."

Former Trib writer sticks to her story about author of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

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Literary battlelines are drawn as Harper Lee denies willingly cooperating with a new book about her. The author begs to differ. 

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Pop Goes Magritte

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.

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Rejection in Black-and-White

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.

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An Artist in Hiding

One Woman’s Passionate Chronicle of Life During Wartime

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Charlotte Salomon’s art is a fantastic expression of her own personal drama. “It is my whole life.”

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Richard Pryor, John Belushi and… Maya Angelou?

A Little-Remembered TV Moment from 1977 Blends Comedy and Tragedy

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This skit is a reminder of how progressive Richard Pryor could be in pushing the boundaries of storytelling. It's also somewhat shocking by today's standards because of the provocative language used on network TV in the ‘70s.

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This 'Henry' is Unexpectedly Hilarious

Shakespeare’s Band of Brothers Breached by a Band of Fools

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They spar, make obscene gestures, and throw around insults like “egregious dog,” “counterfeit rascal” and “damned and luxurious mountain goat.”

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That Ellington Elegance

A Mother’s Day Tip of the Hat to a Great Composer of American Music

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Celebrating a decade of music and dance, the Harris Theater at Millennium Park hosts a Mother’s Day tribute to Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, who died 40 years ago this month.

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