Cultural Connections

West Side Story

The 1957 musical “West Side Story” is one of the most iconic American musicals, but it rarely tours. The show is expensive to stage and demands a cast who can sing, act and dance like their lives depend on it. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we go backstage alongside a pair of performers with [...]

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Big Bill Broonzy

Big Bill Broonzy is a Chicago legend and one of the forefathers of the blues. So why has his name been almost forgotten in modern culture? We talk to Bob Riesman, the author of I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm. Big Bill Broonzy [...]

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Chicago Galleries at Art Chicago

Art Chicago, the city’s massive international art fair, marks its 30th year when the show opens Friday, April 29th at the Merchandise Mart. Although it has existed in many incarnations, the fair this year is mixed on one floor with NEXT, a contemporary show. As visitors wander between the two shows, they can see a [...]

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Cultural Connections: Events Around Town

Here is some information about the events Geoffrey Baer recommends for the weekend and beyond: Luminous Ground: Artists with Histories Eleven different artists have come together to showcase their distinct styles, which have evolved over a lifetime of work. As the artists are all at least in their mid-70s, the exhibit is accompanied by a [...]

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