Play Together has onboarded two respected local artists: femdot., a first-generation U.S. born Chicago rapper and social activist, along with the sought-after fine artist, muralist, and TedX speaker Liz Flores for its next audio-visual collaboration to benefit the non-profit Delacreme Scholars. Delacreme Scholars was founded by femdot. and will...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. Director/co-writer Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” winner of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize and recent nomination in the Academy Award’s Foreign Language Film category, opens on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Music Box Theatre, located at 3733 N. Southport Ave. For tickets and further information, visit https://musicboxtheatre.com/films/les-miserables. The film...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 Chicago playwright and TimeLine Theatre Company member Tyla Abercrumbie weaves a mother’s past with her daughters’ present in “Relentless,” her world premiere play developed through the company’s Playwrights Collective and presented as the culmination of TimeLine’s 23rd season, running May 6 – June 27, 2020. TimeLine...
A Modern Cabaret Of Protest Song - Sunday, December 8, at 4:00 p.m. By Raymond Ward, The New 411 From Robeson To Brown - A Modern Cabaret Of Protest Music, with the Freedom Song Leaders and Maggie and Africa Brown, and Miguel de la Cerna is the capstone concert in our “On...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 Chicago Jazz Orchestra and Chicago’s Navy Pier will present a special “Putting the Band Back Together” tribute to the film “The Blues Brothers” Friday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m., as part of Navy Pier’s Water Colors free outdoor summer jazz series in the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns Lake...
10th Anniversary Celebration “Our Year of Gratitude” What do you get when young artists are mentored by seasoned artists? You get Timeless Gifts, a dedicated nonprofit youth program bridging the gap created when performing arts education was removed from Chicago Public Schools. Timeless Gifts held their 10th Annual Christmas...
By Bonnie DeShong A recent press conference focused on the partnership with Chicago TREND and Chicago Community Loan Fund, announcing a five-million-dollar investment from Fifth Third Bank designed to finance catalytic commercial development in Chicago. The first borrower supported by the funding is the Lillian Marcie Center which will use the...
“The opportunity to lead the eta Creative Arts Foundation in developing their fullest potential as an iconic, creative arts institution is an honor,” Kai EL’ Zabar states. “I am excited about the endless creative possibilities to grow our audience. We have an important voice in the arts community. I...

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Short Shakespeare! Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces the cast and creative team for  ShortShakespeare! Macbeth, a 75-minute abridged production of William Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue and personal ambition. Adapted and directed by Marti Lyons and featuring a dynamic ensemble cast, the production will be performed for the public on Saturdays...
By Raymond Ward, The New 411 On Monday, August 10, WORLD Channel — the multi-platform outlet dedicated to bringing diverse stories to public media — invites viewers to join acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson and author A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker, for an online discussion and screening. The two will...