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    Review: ‘Two Trains Running’ at Court Theatre is a blast of an August Wilson play, set in the 1960s

    In a week where a regional theater just won a Tony Award for decades of excellence, one hopes for serendipity. And that’s precisely what Court Theatre delivers with a blisteringly entertaining new Ron OJ Parson production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” — Wilson’s 1960s play perhaps best known for the defiant, tragicomic line “I want my ham!”

    Chicago has some high-profile vacancies for artistic directors. If any of those search committees are looking for a locally committed director who knows how to allow for the full poetic expression of a great American playwright’s ideas while also empowering actors and offering an audience a fast-paced, funny and unstinting night at the theater, Parson is that director. Read more

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    Court Theatre wins Regional Theatre Tony Award

     The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced that based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, Court Theatre will be the recipient of the 2022 Regional Theatre Tony Award.Read more.

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    Radio dramatist Arch Oboler, EX’36, shone a light on the horrors of humanity—in fiction and in reality.

    Oboler—a fiction writer, radio dramatist, and filmmaker—has largely been forgotten, but from the 1930s through the ’50s he was a household name. A technical innovator, he experimented with novel sound effects and 3D film. And as an entertainer with his finger on the pulse of shifting mores, he depicted the horror he saw in humanity. His platform and message made Oboler one of the earliest, most prominent American voices condemning fascism. Read more

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    Talking the Walk: A Profile of Composer Augusta Read Thomas

    In an interview, the Pulitzer-finalist composer and University of Chicago professor spoke eloquently about her craft and the myriad decisions that go into creating the vibrant, deeply hued works that have made her one of the most frequently performed living composers in America. Along the way, her speech sometimes morphed seamlessly into song, as she illustrated a thought with melodic volleys of crisp nonsense syllables. Read more

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    As an artist, Theaster Gates has always had an appreciation of history. But his work is very much about what comes next.

    Ten years ago, the artist Theaster Gates bought an old bank on Chicago’s South Side that was set to be demolished. The neighborhood near Dorchester Avenue had seen decades of divestment, rising poverty rates, and violence, so Gates struck an agreement to purchase the building from the city for one dollar—on the condition that he raise the funds to rehabilitate it. Read more

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Events

Sonic Conversations

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
5:00 PM

Screening: Miniature Marvels

Thursday, May 26, 2022
8:45 PM

Voices Together: a Chamber Recital

Friday, May 27, 2022
7:30 PM

Springtime Delights

Saturday, May 28, 2022
7:30 PM

Middle East Music Ensemble: Transcending Borders

Sunday, May 29, 2022
3:00 PM

Katherine Schweit - Stop the Killing

Thursday, March 31, 2022
6:30 PM

The Useless Tool (Skate Sessions)

Thursday, June 2, 2022
9:45 AM

Exhibitions

2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition: Beautiful Snail

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 6:00 PM to Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 9:00 PM

Exhibition: [Re]Framing Graphic Medicine

Monday, May 9, 2022 - 9:00 AM to Friday, July 15, 2022 - 4:45 PM

Unsettled Ground: Art and Environment from the Smart Museum Collection

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022

Exhibition: Joseph Lindon Smith: The Persepolis Paintings

Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 10:00 AM to Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 4:00 PM

Around Chicago

‘i said what i said’: Q&A With Multimedia Visual Artist Jewel Ham

The exhibition, organized by Anthony Gallery in collaboration with the Rebuild Foundation, is part of a yearlong partnership to amplify the work of emerging and established contemporary artists like Ham. The show “invited viewers on an emotional journey that contextualizes the need for an unapologetic expression to be part of our reparational demands.”

Artist Brandon Breaux’s ‘Everyday Black Heroes’ Honors A Modern Hero Each Day

Black artists, activists and educators are recognized this month in the South Side artist's nod to living history at the Stony Island Arts Bank and on Instagram.

12 immersive art spaces that champion Black creativity

Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation transformed the Stony Island Arts Bank – a defunct 1923 neoclassical bank in Chicago’s South Side – into a hybrid gallery, library and community space for neighbourhood residents to share their heritage.

How Chicago’s Rebuild Foundation Is Reaching Locals During Covid-19

UChicago Professor Theaster Gates' Rebuild Foundation has set up a food repository intended to meet the needs of its surrounding community.

Designer Duro Olowu Sees Chicago Through Art

“[Featured in the exhibition] are artists who made things in isolation, with love and integrity and passion, under so many circumstances. Even if the work is political, dealing with AIDS or oppression or subjugation, you feel the need and the passion of all these artists, the idea of leaving something behind, something meaningful and yet very familiar.”

Fifth Third to invest $20 million in South and West side opportunity zones

Such private investments are “critical to our mission of transforming our communities,” the mayor said at an event today to announce the Fifth Third funding.

Where to Find Free Art in Chicago Every Day of the Week

The Smart Museum of Art is free and open to the public every day of the week, writes Urban Matter.

The 5 Best Design Destinations for September 2019

September is a big month for Chicago as well. On September 19, the Chicago Architecture Biennial will return for its third edition, with free public exhibitions, full-scale installations, and other programming. Expo Chicago—the city’s most important art fair—will take place concurrently at Navy Pier. Architecture fans should plan to visit the Chicago Architecture Center at its new home in a Mies van der Rohe building overlooking the Chicago River. The CAC is offering discounted joint passes to the Architecture Biennial and Expo Chicago with the option to add one of its acclaimed walking tours. If you go, make time to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Unity Temple, which were just designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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