Stories by Marc Vitali

Maziar Bahari on Education, Journalism and His Imprisonment in Iran

Maziar Bahari (Foreign and Commonwealth Office / Flickr)

The international reporter talks about making a movie based on his imprisonment in Iran, and his partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

John Mahoney, Francis Guinan Talk ‘The Rembrandt’ at Steppenwolf

Actors John Mahoney, left, and Francis Guinan. (Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre)

The veteran actors join us to discuss a new show opening Sept. 7 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

A Fresh Look at the Colossal Photography Archive at Columbia College

Mary Koga, Tulips: RG #16, from the "Floral & Leaves" series, 1971, portfolio 1982-1996

Curators and students at Columbia College Chicago have devised a way to get viewers to reimagine the meaning of a photograph.

Guitar Artistry from Local Masters Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic

Two of Chicago’s most celebrated guitar players join us in conversation and performance.

The Spectacular Art World of Takashi Murakami

The MCA celebrates its 50th anniversary with an exhibition by a colorful contemporary artist.

Meet the Athletic Artists Behind Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’

(Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil)

Go behind the scenes with the performers of Cirque du Soleil as they prepared for their latest show in Chicago.

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Shares Music with Russian Refugee

The internationally acclaimed violinist from the Chicago area and Russian violinist Artem Kolesov join us in conversation and performance.

New Mural Brightens Lake Shore Drive Underpass

A look at the creation of the latest mural from the Chicago Public Art Group.

Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany

Bill Graham between takes during the filming of “A '60s Reunion with Bill Graham: A Night at the Fillmore,” 1986. (Courtesy of Ken Friedman)

He helped to define rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s—and his life was a forged as a child in Nazi Germany. We explore an exhibition about Bill Graham at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Jeannie Tanner’s ‘Words and Music’ Shines Light on Other Jazz Artists

Jazz can bring to mind a dark nightclub after hours with a lot of booze, but we recently met a group of Chicago jazz musicians on a sunny summer morning – and they were fueled only by coffee and cake.

Restoration of Unity Temple Revives Glory of Wright’s ‘Little Jewel Box’

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest public buildings is ready for the public again. We take a look inside the restoration of Unity Temple.

Ann Hampton Callaway Finds Inspiration in Great Vocalists

The singer-songwriter talks about writing songs for Barbra Streisand—and the influence of her father, John Callaway.

A Fresh Look at the Colossal Photography Archive at Columbia College

Mary Koga, Tulips: RG #16, from the "Floral & Leaves" series, 1971, portfolio 1982-1996

Curators and students at Columbia College Chicago have devised a way to get viewers to reimagine the meaning of a photograph.

Past, Present and Future: Graham Nash on 50 Years of Making Music

(Credit: Amy Grantham)

He is an accomplished photographer, a political activist and a twice-inducted member to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Meet the co-founder of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Cullerton, Rauner Dispute Escalates on Day 1 of Special Session

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on the governor’s frame of mind: The latest on the special education funding session in Springfield.

Paul Meincke Nears End of Mississippi River Trip

(Courtesy of Paul Meincke)

More than two months into a canoe trip along the Mississippi River, retired ABC7 reporter Paul Meincke and his friends have hit a few snags on their journey.

Judy Collins On A Life in Music

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

The award-winning singer-songwriter talks about her late friend Leonard Cohen and an upcoming tour with Stephen Stills launching this week at Ravinia.

Meet the Athletic Artists Behind Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’

(Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil)

The French Canadian circus rolled into town this week, and Chicago Tonight got a backstage pass to meet the performers.

Hedy Weiss Reviews an Eclectic Mix of Summer Shows

The national tour of “An American in Paris” visits Chicago starting next week. Hedy Weiss joins us with a preview of that Tony Award-winning production. 

Celebrating 30 Years of Art at a Chicago Museum Without Borders

Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

How a Controversial Chicago Astronomer Influenced ‘Close Encounters’

Dr. J. Allen Hynek was a highly respected scientist for decades before he received a credit as a technical adviser on Steven Spielberg’s 1977 movie. His life and legacy are explored in a new biography.

Restoration of Unity Temple Revives Glory of Wright’s ‘Little Jewel Box’

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest public buildings is ready for the public again. We take a look inside the restoration of Unity Temple.

The Spectacular Art World of Takashi Murakami

Takashi Murakami (Maria Ponce Berre, © MCA Chicago)

The MCA celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new exhibition by a colorful contemporary artist.

Lipizzan Horses Trained in Dressage a Noble Mix of Athlete, Artist

On a horse farm north of Chicago, a European tradition combines artistry and athletic prowess. We meet some of the star athletes–and the ponies that will someday take their place.

Chicago Band Local H Opens for Metallica

Local H (John Oakes)

In April, veteran Chicago band Local H was announced as the winner of Metallica’s “Hit the Stage” contest. Now they’re adjusting to playing stadium shows. We speak with one of the founders of the band.