The New 411 By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader Thodos Dance Chicago’s 2015-16 season continues with Chicago Revealed, an innovative evening of new and diverse works by established artists from the city’s vibrant dance community, motivated by the rich, cultural landscape of the city of Chicago, and celebrating the American voice in...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader To touch on one of the items brought up in a recent letter to the editor, “Why are we whining about the Oscars?” submitted by Penny Franklin, I wanted to offer my thoughts about a couple of plays and events that are running...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ Kevin Hart is such a busy comedian and actor, and he’s everywhere in movies lately. The second installment of “Ride Along,” “Ride Along 2,” with “Ice Cube,” who plays James, is just funny enough, as far as I’m concerned, to be entertaining. Hart is engaged to Ice...

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate “The Drum Major For Justice” during a full day of activities honoring the late Civil Rights Leader and Noble Peace Prize-winner, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, January 18, 2016. Exciting, educational events suitable...
E. FAYE BUTLER brought the house down in her performance as Juba in the Goodman's Pullman Porter Blues. Get set for a high-octane ride with thrilling choreography, rock-in’ tunes and explosively colorful costumes - plus some really cool hairdos – when the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown...
In 1977, I went to see a film called “Star Wars” with an old boyfriend of mine. I figured I would go to this “guy flick” with him and I would choose the place for dinner. From the moment the first strands of John Williams score began to play...
BRIAN HAYES, Myka Buck and Keauna Pierce, Pegasus Theatre’s Young Playwrights. (Photo by Emily Schwartz) Pegasus Theatre Chicago shines the spotlight on the next generation of authors at its 29th Young Playwrights Festival, featuring three world premiere works written by Chicago high school students and staged in a professional production....
ELAINE HEGWOOD BOWEN is frustrated as she and Cyrus Dowlatshahi and Catherine Crouch take questions from the audience during “Let’s Talk About Chicago” panel at Columbia University. The controversy surrounding the making of the movie “Chi-raq” has somewhat subsided now, but more dialogue will probably come with the revelation that...
“Gotta Dance” After a great television production of The Wiz Live that went “new school” with a cast that included Common, Queen Latifah, and Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba, Chicago will be treated to the talents of an “old-school” performer who fantastically played the character of “The Wiz”...

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André De Shields A NEW YEAR EXPERENCE: Diana Martinez, Director of the McAnnich Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage will lead an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes theater experience around the pre-Broadway engagement of “Gotta Dance” starring Stephanie Powers, Georgia Engel and the original WIZ, André De Shields at Chicago’s Bank of...