Stories by Marc Vitali

Wallace Kirkland

We revisit the story of photographer Wallace Kirkland, who started his career as a social worker at the Hull House settlement in Chicago. He took a winding path in an artistic career that led him from Jamaica to India and around the world – all the while photographing Chicago people and places. 

‘Fantastic’ Voyage

Globe-Trotting Artist Creates Otherworldly Creatures

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

A Way with Words

New Art Show Sets Sail with a Boatload of Wordplay

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

Art and History Merge in Artist’s Incredible Life Story

The artist Charlotte Salomon raced against the clock to finish a pictorial autobiography as World War II closed in around her.

Mesmerizing Music of the Night

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

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.

South Side Serenade

'Pulse of the Night' Beats in New Photo Exhibition

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

More than War Stories

Chicago Artist Paints Pacific Overtures

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

Raider of the Lost Art

Curator of Suburban Museum Has Sixth Sense for Finding Forgotten Artwork

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

Farina City

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

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

Saturday in the Park

Be Part of an Art Party

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.

Taking a Swing at the New Steppenwolf Show

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

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

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

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

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

Forgive Us Our 'Trespasses'

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

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.

Pop Goes Magritte

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

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

The Magic of Magritte

Shooting a Real Story About a Surreal Sort of Guy

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

Rejection in Black-and-White

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

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

Chicago Artist Flying High with Flyboys and Girls

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

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.

An Artist in Hiding

One Woman’s Passionate Chronicle of Life During Wartime

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

Blues for the Taking

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

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

Richard Pryor, John Belushi and… Maya Angelou?

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

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.

Modern Sculpture in an Old-Fashioned Setting

Free Art Show Invites Fresh Look at Civic Gem

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

This 'Henry' is Unexpectedly Hilarious

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

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

A Mother and Son in Verse

Chicago Family Transcends Tragic Twists of Fate

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

That Ellington Elegance

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

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.

Remembering a Movie Star in Park Ridge

Re-acquaint yourself with a Hollywood legend tonight at the Pickwick Theatre

Tyrone Power will be remembered in a double feature on the big screen. Power gets the spotlight for his starring roles in In Old Chicago and....

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