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  • Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own

    Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own
    Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city. Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...
  • New club in South Loop is labor of love for musician

    New club in South Loop is labor of love for musician
    He has spent most of his adult life in the demanding and financially precarious world of music. Despite that, John Devens remains a sane man, and so it came as a mild shock to learn that he has decided to become the artistic director of a new music club...
  • You've never seen 'Christmas Schooner' like this

    You've never seen 'Christmas Schooner' like this
    I've reviewed John Reeger and Julie Shannon's "The Christmas Schooner" in these pages about a dozen times, and now at three different Chicago-area theaters. At this point, this sentimental musical yarn in tribute to the 19th century Christmas tree ships...
  • Old Town School gets into theater biz with premiere of Chitlin' Circuit musical

    Old Town School gets into theater biz with premiere of Chitlin' Circuit musical
    The Old Town School of Folk Music is producing a theater piece for the first time in its 425-seat venue in Lincoln Square. "Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville" was commissioned by the school. It's a collaboration between the North...
  • 'Song in Your Soul' needs to trust story at hand

    'Song in Your Soul' needs to trust story at hand
    At one point in "Keep a Song in Your Soul," a project billed as the Old Town School of Folk Music's first foray into the world of theater, a narrative description is provided of how the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson danced through his pain with his...
  • 175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago

    175 years of memorable, horrible, humorous and remarkable events that shaped Chicago
    On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city. Some events...
  • Underground Wonder Bar Celebrates New Home

     
    Since 1989, Lonie Walker’s Underground Wonder Bar was inside a tiny garden-level spot at 10 E Walton. About a year ago, they moved to an interim location beneath The Joynt at Dearborn and Erie. Finally, on Sunday, the late-night lounge will...
  • Cheerful report

     
    These photos by Ken Carl from Friday night's "Songs of Good Cheer" show at the Old Town School of Folk Music captured the event very well. More below, as well as the excerpt from Mary Schmich' 1996 column, "Vivid memories......
  • A couple of more highlights from last weekend

     
    Two more recordings from last weekend's "Songs of Good Cheer" concerts. The first is an sweet, old carol from the British Isles. Dunstan Lullaby .mp3 The second...I know, I know. But if anyone can soften you to the carol often......
  • Chi Mag snubs Quinn and Cullerton! For real?

     
    I fear that I’m falling into a publicity trap set by my devious Tribune Company colleagues upstairs at Chicago Magazine. They just released the ranking of the 100 most powerful Chicagoans, published online and in the March issue. Lists of......
  • 'Old Chy-car-go' on tap at Chicago Live

     
    Bucky Halker (r) will sing Woody Guthrie’s peculiar anthem “Old Chy-car-go” -- Old Chy-car-go, Old Chy-car-go, Down by the lake, that's where the girls go Folks walk and talk in the Loop In Old Chy-car-go --at the Tribune's variety show....
  • Pope John XXIII Easter Egg Hunt

     
    Pope John XXIII Preschool is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 through 4 on Saturday March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 …...