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A novel take on 'Flies' from Annex Theater

In William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies," schoolboys survive a plane crash on a desolate island only to face a hideous fate of their own making, driven by base instincts of greed, power-lust and fear. That is, they behave just like adults. Members of Annex Theater, one of Baltimore's...

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    National African-American museum to open soon in Washington

    It's been nearly a dozen years in the making. Now, it's just 67 days and counting. On Tuesday, as Lonnie G. Bunch III conducted a hardhat tour of the soon-to-be-opened National Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington to about a dozen members of the news media, his excitement...

  • 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...

Books: News & Reviews

  • Children's Read & Write preview: Favorite villains

    Children's Read & Write preview: Favorite villains

    As a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication, we asked several Chicago-area authors to weigh in on favorite villains from childhood. Here are their edited responses. Ronald H. Balson Author of "Karolina's Twins"...

  • The Biblioracle: Great books need not come from a list like this

    The Biblioracle: Great books need not come from a list like this

    The internet is good for a lot of things: one of them is periodically dredging up old news and making it seem new, while another is stoking outrage. These two things hit me simultaneously recently when the College Board's list of "101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers" re-circulated...

  • Midnight parties, butterbeer on tap for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' release

    Midnight parties, butterbeer on tap for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' release

    Get out of the common room, grab your Marauder's Map and head over to one of these Chicagoland bookstores for a "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" release party July 30. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Parts One & Two" is a new, two-part play written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by...

  • Spiritual book roundup: 'Buechner 101' and more

    Spiritual book roundup: 'Buechner 101' and more

    Buechner 101 by Carl Frederick Buechner, Frederick Buechner Center, 170 pages, $15.99 Maybe once a generation, or once every few generations, someone is born with gifts literary and sacred in equal measure. A translator, perhaps, of the highest calling. One who can at once lift our souls and our...

  • First-ever Chicago Poetry Block Party offers live performances, music in Bronzeville

    First-ever Chicago Poetry Block Party offers live performances, music in Bronzeville

    What do you do after bringing together 27 emerging poets from as far away as New York and California for two days of workshops and talks? If you're the Poetry Foundation, you throw a party. "We wanted to throw a huge party where all of these young people who aren't together all the time could put...

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