A new rock record by a Chicago-based band is led by a dynamic vocalist who chronicles the experience of a South Asian immigrant. American Desi by the band Clara May might remind you of David Bowie or Robert Plant’s solo work at times, but Clara May stakes new ground with a unique point-of-view and an epic soundscape.
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New Chicago Recording Spans the Globe
Memory Play Recalls a Taboo Love Affair
Lookingglass Theater opened their 26th season on Saturday with the deeply sensual drama, The North China Lover.
The Queen of Cosmic Blues Visits Highland Park
Forty three years ago, the blues-rock star rocked Ravinia festival. Eight weeks later, Janis Joplin was gone forever.
Dazzling Artwork + Spectacular Setting = Harmony
Rare Tiffany masterworks are on display in a lavish Chicago home of the late 19th century.
The celebrated work of nanny-turned-photographer Vivian Maier remains on view at the Chicago History Museum and opens next week at the Union League Club.
A Very Different Pair of Dancers
Looking back at a couple of influential dancers, and looking ahead to a weekend dance concert.
More Insight into Eric Clapton's 1969 Visit to Skokie
Another look at a truly unusual performance by Eric Clapton -- with additional photos.
A blues and soul singer to shake up your expectations. Read the Artbeat blog.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed houses, churches and museums, but the great Prairie architect also designed a book or two. The most significant was called The House Beautiful. Only 90 copies of The House Beautiful were printed, and fewer than 30 are accounted for. Read the Artbeat blog.
What are some of the finest story songs by Chicago songwriters? Read the Artbeat blog.
Did Eric Clapton perform in a Skokie parking lot in 1969?
1969 was a pivotal point in Eric Clapton's career. Cream had broken up the previous year, and the 24-year-old Clapton was now part of the super-group Blind Faith, which would dissolve within months. But not before Clapton did a surprise show in Skokie, Illinois.
Mark your calendars for October 17 to witness a painting that is as gruesome as it is great.
Newer suburban theaters may attract more critical attention, but if slow-and-steady wins the race, The Theatre of Western Springs (TWS), established in 1929, slaughters the competition. This year, they celebrate their 85th season and 500th production with a solid staging of Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut's mordant tale of a World War 2 veteran "unstuck in time."
Bernie Sahlins died at the age of 90 this past weekend. We talk with the close friends and colleagues of The Second City legend about the man who helped shape American comedy. Watch a 2004 interview with Sahlins from our archives.