Saturday, February 27, 2021
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”...

The New 411

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...
Twinsax Twinsax are a music duo from Nigeria who have been striving to master their art of playing the saxophone since age 9. Known in real life as Marvelous Taye Ayodele and Innocent Kehinde Ayodele; the twins are originally from Ilorin Kwara state in Nigeria. Their choice of musical genre...

“Naughtier than Nice”

By Eric Jerome Dickey c.2015, Dutton $25.95 / $33.95 Canada 357 pages You have to tell somebody. There’s a secret inside you, one you’ve been keeping far too long and you’re about to burst. You need to talk about it. You need some advice, some perspective. As in the new novel “Naughtier than Nice”...
The Lion King (Photo credit Joan Marcus) Chicago’s Limited Return Engagement at The Cadillac Palace Theatre Playing now through January 17, 2016 Broadway In Chicago recently announced casting for the return engagement of Disney’s The Lion King. The World’s #1 Musical leaped onto the stage of the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151...
Michael B. Jordan “Creed” is such a good movie, and the combination of director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan brings collaboration from this pair that we witnessed in “Fruitvale,” the story of Oscar Grant, who was killed by police in San Francisco during the first days of the year...