American Experiences

New Exhibit Reminds Us Every Day is Veterans Day

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Dignified Portraits of Men and Women Who Served and the Thoughts They Carried.

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“And the Winner is…”

Spoiler Alert – "Chicago Tonight" Got a Hot Tip about a Group that is Shaking Up Shakespeare

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The news about young people in Chicago trends toward the negative, so we’re pleased to share a success story that is positively delightful.

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He Was the Voice of Bambi – And So Much More

"Boris Karloff taught me how to play checkers."

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Rare local visit by one-time actor who worked with Boris Karloff and Walt Disney and served three tours of duty in Vietnam and…

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A Way with Words

New Art Show Sets Sail with a Boatload of Wordplay

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A free exhibition explores the artful use of language by contemporary Illinois painters and sculptors.

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South Side Serenade

'Pulse of the Night' Beats in New Photo Exhibition

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Intimate black-and-white photographs document the South Side nightlife of the 1970s in a just-opened show at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

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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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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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French Impressions

Vivid Graphics from a Century Ago

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New exhibition shines light on the artful illustrations that flowered in France during a dangerous era.

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‘Fantastic’ Voyage

Globe-Trotting Artist Creates Otherworldly Creatures

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From Kenya to Brooklyn – and now Evanston – a red-hot young artist makes mythic collages from the material world.

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Mesmerizing Music of the Night

Join a Listening Party as the City of Chicago Pulls an All-Nighter

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Chicago’s majestic Cultural Center has no small plans for the weekend. The Cultural Center will stay open overnight this Friday, Sept. 12, as part of the 2014 World Music Festival.

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More than War Stories

Chicago Artist Paints Pacific Overtures

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A onetime sailor and tattoo artist blends adult experiences with childhood memories to create mystical memorials to World War II. 

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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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