Arts

Murder-mystery musical 'Dorian's Closet' begins to take shape

Inside a frigid, bare, black-box theater on the campus of Howard Community College the other day, a group of men sang ardently about imagining a world where dreams can come true and people can be celebrated for who they are. Everyone was in street clothes, but it didn't take much to imagine these...

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  • Arts Collective spreads its wings in Towson

    Arts Collective spreads its wings in Towson

    Nonprofit adds stage, dance classes as membership grows

  • Artscape 2016 finds inspiration out of this world

    Artscape 2016 finds inspiration out of this world

    Artscape is an enormous undertaking, whether you're one of the organizers trying to stage what is annually billed as the country's biggest free arts festival or an attendee hoping to enjoy all it has to offer. So, perhaps, in choosing the vastness of space, organizers have finally found the perfect...

  • Six highlights of Artscape 2016

    Six highlights of Artscape 2016

    Even if they're not necessarily about outer space (learn more about the space-themed exhibits/events here), six things you shouldn't miss at Artscape 2016. For more information, go to artscape.org. Prince, Bowie tributes: The past year has been a tough one for rock's all-too-mortal gods, and two...

  • Art by local refugee youth explores "sanctuary"

    Art by local refugee youth explores "sanctuary"

    On a recent Thursday afternoon, children's giggles and joyful squeals echoed through the corridors of City Hall. The Moravia Park Elementary School students on the tour were some of the local refugee youth whose art is on display there through the end of the month as part of "Sanctuary," an exhibition...

  • 2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner announced

    2016 Sondheim Artscape Prize winner announced

    An artist group behind a quilt project dedicated to upsetting "the culture of rape" was named the 2016 winner of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. "FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture" will receive $25,000, the Baltimore Museum of Art said Saturday. FORCE was founded in 2010 by Baltimore artists...

Books: News & Reviews

  • Me, My Shelf and I: Kevin Kane

    Me, My Shelf and I: Kevin Kane

    "'Cloud Atlas is the only book I read when I was on intensive chemo," says Kevin Kane, a Ravenswood-based writer who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012. At the time, he was pursuing an M.F.A. in fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago and his wife, Kate, was seven months...

  • Middle-school reading: Adults matter, too

    Middle-school reading: Adults matter, too

    The human heroes and heroines of middle-grade novels are learning life, untangling their options, looking out for themselves as others peer in on them. The world in all its loveliness, all its sadness, all its promise and its heartbreak lies near, is felt, is seen. The mild annoyances and hammering...

  • 'The Inseparables': Stuart Nadler on his probing, hilarious new book

    'The Inseparables': Stuart Nadler on his probing, hilarious new book

    What if you'd written a book that you hoped would make your reputation as a serious thinker but in fact made you a laughingstock? Would you ever be able to live it down? And how would you deal with the fact that a new generation of readers is embracing the book for reasons you never intended? That's...

  • Chicago book news: Biography of Shoeless Joe Jackson released

    Chicago book news: Biography of Shoeless Joe Jackson released

    "Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of 'Shoeless Joe' Jackson" by Tim Hornbaker was published by Sports Publishing in June. Hornbaker, also the author of "Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey," looks at the early life of the White Sox outfielder, his...

  • Chips & Lit Book Club

    Chips & Lit Book Club

    Who we are: We are the Chips & Lit Book Club from Chicago. Our meetings: We meet once a month. We usually choose a different restaurant or bar each month, but also have met at members' homes. We liked: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Cannery Row" by John Steinbeck, "The Plague" by Albert Camus,...

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