Stories by Marc Vitali

Rare Holiday Crèche on Display at Art Institute of Chicago

A spectacular Nativity set blends heavenly drama with earthly delights. “Chicago Tonight” visited the museum and found an elaborate piece of art originally seen in churches in 18th century Naples.

‘Downton Abbey’ Actor Robert Bathurst Portrays Prince Charles as King

Actor Robert Bathurst (“Downton Abbey”) portrays King Charles in “King Charles III.” (Liz Lauren / Chicago Shakespeare Theater)

He played a pivotal role in “Downton Abbey.” Now he takes the throne as King Charles. English actor Robert Bathurst is here to talk about royalty, “Downton” and the stage.

In Chicago, ‘Hamilton’ Actor Addresses Political Firestorm

Was Duel in New York Just a Distraction?

Miguel Cervantes and Ari Asfar in the Chicago production of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” (Joan Marcus / Broadway in Chicago)

The culture wars are heating up again, one duel at a time.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘End of the Rainbow,’ ‘King Charles III,’ More

Angela Ingersoll as “Judy Garland" (Photo by Kelsey Jorissen)

Judy Garland was one of the most distinctive American entertainers of the 20th Century. A new play looks at the extreme highs and lows of a legendary life in showbiz that ended at age 47. Hedy Weiss reviews that show, plus four other productions in and around Chicago.

New Biography Sheds Light on Private Life of Al Capone

Al Capone in 1930. (Courtesy “Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend”)

The continuing fascination with gangster Al Capone. We speak to the author of a new book that looks at the private life of the notorious criminal.

Documentary Explores Life of Legendary Writer Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou in a scene from the documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

The moving and powerful life of Maya Angelou: A new film explores the many facets of the acclaimed poet and writer.

Chicago Shop Plays Key Role in Keeping World’s Ensembles in Tune

Chicago Tonight visits a little shop in Chicago for a look at how to rejuvenate pitched percussion instruments – and to get a history lesson in concert tuning.

Glenn DuBose, PBS Producer, Champion of the Arts, Dies

Glenn DuBose’s last day at WTTW in 1994. (Courtesy of Marc Vitali)

Glenn DuBose, the ultimate behind-the-scenes producer of arts programming on PBS, died this week in Miami. He shaped countless fine national and local programs.

‘Tattoo’ Exhibit Aims to Create a Lasting Impression

Japanese irezumi by Horiyoshi (© Martin Hladik / Courtesy of The Field Museum)

The Field Museum has a new look at tattooing – an age-old tradition that is as popular now as it was millennia ago.

Theatrical ‘Magic’ in the Air at 2 Distinctive Chicago Shows

Francis Guinan performs in the Goodman Theatre’s “The Magic Play.” (Liz Lauren / Goodman Theatre)

Illusions of grandeur take center stage at two Chicago shows and may make you question reality. See what tricks two local theaters have up their sleeves.

Peter Kim on Leaving ‘Dream Job’ at Second City

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Comedian Peter Kim talks about the state of stand-up comedy, and why he recently left a hit show at The Second City.

Art Institute Takes Fresh Look at Pioneering Artist, Teacher

László Moholy-Nagy. A 19, 1927. Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Ann Arbor, Michigan. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Bold paintings from the 1920s, plus photographs and industrial design: A new show looks at an international artist who made a big impression in Chicago.

Wild Art at MCA Chicago: Immerse Yourself in Animal Imagery

Artist Diana Thater on Friday unveiled immersive views of the natural world in a new show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

New Sculpture by Yoko Ono Seeks to ‘Give Peace a Chance’

Artist and activist Yoko Ono visits Chicago and provides Jackson Park with a new public sculpture that’s being called “a landmark for peace.”

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

Eighth Blackbird Takes Flight at Arts Club of Chicago

(Saverio Truglia / Eighth Blackbird)

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird performs this weekend at the Arts Club of Chicago. We hear from them in conversation and performance.

Actor Geraldine Chaplin Reflects on Lengthy Film Career

Geraldine Chaplin

The actor talks about making the classic film “Doctor Zhivago,” the Chicago International Film Festival, and her famous father, Charlie Chaplin.

New Architecture Book Looks at ‘Building Chicago’

Masterworks of Chicago architecture from the early days through the 21st century: A new book from a longtime curator at the Art Institute looks at “Building Chicago.”

Innovation, Sustainability Key to Future of Farming in Illinois

Nic Helderman of Mighty Vine.

Tomatoes and salad greens that are served in upscale Chicago restaurants are grown in Ogle County, Illinois. We visit the source.

Mark Kelly on the Future, and Importance, of Chicago’s Cultural Mission

Mark Kelly of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Free events like the Chicago Blues Festival are evolving. We speak with Chicago’s new commissioner of cultural affairs and special events about the future of city celebrations.

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

What’s Ahead for Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History

With the recent opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we get an update on Chicago's museum of African American history.

World Premiere Play ‘Man in the Ring’ Much More than a Boxing Story

Kamal Angelo Bolden, Thomas J. Cox in a scene from "Man in the Ring." (Michael Brosilow / Court Theatre)

The story behind a new stage adaptation of an infamous–and fatal–boxing match that was televised in the 1960s.

Cooking with Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless joins us with recipes for pork tacos and a tequila-based cocktail of his own invention.

Tim Schneider on Future of GOP, Trump’s Debate Performance

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Chicago Tonight)

The head of the Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to the future of his party and evaluates Donald Trump's performance in Monday’s presidential debate.