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The Swampby Mark Silva Four years after Hurricane Katrina, President Barack Obama says that 11 members of his Cabinet have gone to New Orleans and he plans his own journey later this year. "To complete a complex recovery that addresses nearly......
Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly. Those words from "Dreams," a Langston Hughes poem, infuse Blue Balliett's newest novel. At the start of the book, Balliett notes that by the end of the 2012...
This year, women are very much in charge of the Congo Square Theatre's annual production of "The Nativity." Starting with the new director, Ilesa Duncan, and extending all the way up to Gabriel. That archangel is played this year by Alexis J. Rogers,...
The Ravinia Festival has announced the remainder of its programming for the 2013 summer season. The schedule comprises more than 120 classical, popular, jazz and dance events, presented almost nightly from June 6 to Sept. 15 at Ravinia Park in Highland...
Tags: Concerts, Culture, Ceremonies, Religion and Belief, Lang Lang
At one point in the touring version of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, a show that prides itself on a legacy that dates back to the 1930s, the Rosemont audience is shown archival footage of the Rockettes through the ages. You see the timelessly...
Anyone who doubted the vitality of big-band jazz in the 21st century should have cruised the Chicago area on Saturday, when two of the city's finest ensembles offered distinctive ways of re-evaluating tradition. Though each concert had its minor flaws,...
Tags: Concerts, Entertainment, Culture, Theater, Music Theater
An annual summer vocal institute for high school and college students will begin at Christopher Newport University in July 2013. The university announced the creation of the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at its holiday music concert on Saturday night....
Chicago has a plethora of holiday shows each and every year — and I’ll be reviewing enough of them over the next couple of weeks to put Rudolph in rehab. But based on many years of seasonal theater-going, here are 10 of our potential favorites...
Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago. The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
In 1997, Darlene Clark Hine came across an essay in which Harlem Renaissance writer Arna Bontemps argued that black Chicago had its own, little-known renaissance that began in the 1930s and rivaled the famous one that occurred in 1920s New York. "I...
Orlando Opinionators - Orlando SentinelA debate exists on whether Black History Month is still necessary on the premise that Black history is American history. People against a recognized month for the study of Black history argue that it only furthers segregation and we should study Black...
Jacket CopyThe Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?...
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