Stand up comic Jeff Garlin headlines one-man show at Steppenwolf


“Why am I at Steppenwolf?!” Jeff Garlin laughed as he asked this question both to the audience and to himself at the opening night of his new one-man show, Closer Than I Appear, which runs through Dec. 16 at the venerable Lincoln Park playhouse’s Upstairs Theatre. It’s an apt question.
Read More...

Comic artist expands to abstract work


Lilli Carré’s work is distinct. The Chicago-based artist has made a name for herself in the comic book world and beyond with a body of work that combines the whimsy of fantasy with the lived-in nostalgia of silent cinema and classic cartoons.
Read More...

Gold Coast's Ruth Page Center will permanently house Chicago Children's Theatre


When Chicago Children’s Theatre opened its latest production, Harold and the Purple Crayon, in October, it was the premiere show in its first permanent home. After operating on an itinerant basis for its first six seasons, the company recently announced its designation as Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
Read more...

Art-fought success

New documentary shows off South Side school's gallery, and its transformative effect


It’s a vibrant, powerful collection worthy of any gallery or museum, but it’s housed in neither. Dixon is a public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Chatham.
Read More...

Gunpoint xenophobia


I Put the Fear of Mexico in ’Em is a play that sticks with viewers, for both good and bad reasons.
Read More...

Time to make the donuts, again

Tracey Letts' Chicago-set play returns


Superior Donuts has become the quintessential Chicago production. The acclaimed play by Tracey Letts (Killer Joe, August: Osage County) encapsulates the city’s history and its ups and downs in a fast two hours.
Read More...

Film explores funnyman Jerry Lewis' personal impact


Saeed-Vafa’s new film, Jerry & Me, which screens Saturday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, charts her lifelong fascination with the funnyman, detailing how his films — and film as a whole — shaped her identity.
Read More...

Zombies carry a tune


Musical of the Living Dead ranks amongst the best shows that I have ever seen. Filled with raunchy humor, catchy tunes, and enough fake blood to stock several Halloween haunted houses, the show turns Night of the Living Dead upside-down to create a completely original experience.
Read More...

Photos finish first

Photography festival frames local talent


Running through Oct. 21, the Filter Photo Festival is Chicago’s only photography festival. This fact is surprising considering the city’s size and place within the history of the photographic arts. Chicago’s long-battled perception as being merely a breeding ground for artists who eventually find success on the east or west coasts could be to blame for this lack of recognition. Read More...

Film fest’s dark side

Chicago’s premiere silver screen event gets creepy at night


The Chicago International Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 11 through Oct. 25, is one of the country’s premiere showcases, especially known for its socially conscious programming, fine world cinema and documentary fare and dedication to local filmmakers.
Read More...

1 2 3 4 5 6 ... LastNext