Future Imperfect: The Apocalyptic Post-Punk Funk of Tropical Fuck Storm
Liddiard and company have deliberately upped the tempo, singing sly of the beats, crafting a record that is almost alt-hit worthy.
People Power: The National Museum of Mexican Art Tells the Story of “La Esperanza”
The community fought for a school, period. Without the community, it wouldn’t have happened.
Acid Abstraction: A Review of Jeffrey Gibson at Kavi Gupta
The American artist integrates his background in rave culture and punk rock with his Native American origins in a series of abstract works.
Shooting and Collecting the Great Depression: A Review of Photography + Folk Art at the Art Institute
The exhibition charts how folk art came to be sought and understood in the early twentieth century.
Free Will Astrology: Week of October 17, 2019
LIBRA: In Norse mythology, the beverage called the Mead of Suttungr conferred poetic inspiration and the ability to solve any riddle.
As the Spirit Moves: The Transformation of Bodhi Spiritual Center
A multi-racial, intergenerational, queer-affirming, non-religious, pro-woman community in the most segregated city in America.
The One That Didn’t Get Away: A Review of Big Fish at BoHo Theatre
BoHo brings “Big Fish” back to Chicago in a production that favors characters over visual effects.
Intriguing Love: A Review of Luisa Miller at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Incoming music director Enrique Mazzola takes the reins on this early Verdi masterpiece with tact and aplomb.
Blistering Blues: A Review of Toronzo Cannon’s “The Preacher, the Politician or the Pimp”
Cannon’s new album arrives just in time to power-wash the grit of doubt and dread from our collective unconscious with a blast of exhilarating self-confidence.
Strangeness For Its Own Sake: A Review of Mika Rottenberg at the Museum of Contemporary Art
What is perhaps most impressive about Rottenberg’s high-budget, high-production-value videos is how they manage to do so little with so much.
Lust, Actually: A Review of Hello Again at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
From crooning to spooning, this production of Michael John LaChiusa's musical goes from crush to carnality and back again over the course of several decades.
The Road of Excess: A Review of Darrell Roberts at McCormick Gallery
Each small piece, measuring twelve-inches-or-less on a side, is a maelstrom of strong color in thick pigment.
Rising and Setting: A Review of Sundown, Yellow Moon at Raven Theatre
The local premiere of Rachel Bonds' play, featuring music by The Bengsons, leaves much unsaid.
Magical, Mythical Portraiture: A Review of Ayana V. Jackson at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
Jackson's lens is a vessel to explore speculative fiction and to continue to examine her body as a black woman.
A Changing Neighborhood: A Q&A with Malose Malahlela of Keleketla! Library for the Chicago Architecture Biennial
A Johannesburg library, art, and community space transforms a Chicago neighborhood.
Free Will Astrology: Week of October 10, 2019
LIBRA: embark on a vigorous new phase of self-redefinition.
Sending Forth Community Action: The Radical Hope of the PO Box Collective
For collective members, it is crucial to foster mutual growth for themselves and the community while working against toxic negativity.
Subverting Space: A Review of Caragh Thuring at Corbett vs. Dempsey
Frequently simple, often simplistic, the paintings in Caragh Thuring’s “Builder” are more complicated than they appear.
Defining Chicago Imagism: A Review of What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-1998 at the Elmhurst Art Museum
What could a transgressive art practice accomplish once it had become the new normal? A new Elmhurst Art Museum exhibition looks at figurative painting post-Hairy Who.
Irish Whiskey: Show Some Respect
Irish whiskey is the world’s fastest growing brown spirit category, so attention must be paid… and a little respect would be nice.
South Side Building Stories: Paging Through Lee Bey’s “Southern Exposure”
"City officials [and] banks have to say, ‘Look, we want this to be a viable and economically balanced city for everyone.’"
Free Will Astrology: Week of October 3, 2019
LIBRA: set aside an entire day to engage in a life review, as if watching a movie starring yourself.