Stories by Marc Vitali

Shaking Up Shakespeare with All-Female Cast in ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Actors Alexandra Henrikson and Crystal Lucas-Perry in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Barbara Gaines directs. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater founder and artistic director, talks about the wild twist on a classic that opens their 31st season.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grammy-Winning Violinist, Returns to Chicago

Anne-Sophie Mutter (Credit: Bastian Achard)

The world-renowned violinist joins us in conversation and performance.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst

His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

New Mural Brightens Lake Shore Drive Underpass

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

Ragtime Revelations with Reginald Robinson

Thirteen years ago, Chicago native Reginald Robinson was awarded a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He joins us in discussion and performance.

‘Hunting Charlie’ Seeks to Find the Elusive Enemy in the War in Vietnam

Propaganda and political cartoons show different perspectives of Vietnam at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

A World of Art This Weekend at Expo Chicago 2017

Contemporary artwork is in the spotlight. We get a behind-the-scenes preview of Expo Chicago, the citywide art show at Navy Pier and other city destinations.

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 gets a history lesson in concert tuning.

Wheaton Military Museum Expands Historic Mission

Marching through 100 years of military history in the newly expanded First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

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.