A Review by Bonnie DeShong The definition of a civil way is a war between citizens of the same country. In this case it is more a very strong difference of opinion between friends. As I sat in my seat at the IMAX Theater with my bag of popcorn, lemonade and...
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 Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader I was able to see a film screened at AMC River East a few days ago, and it centered on this country’s foster care system. It was a courageous story of Steve Pemberton, who grew up in a number of foster care homes....
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader “Night Comes On” is the powerful directorial debut from actress Jordana Spiro (Netflix’s Ozark), which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the NEXT Innovator Award. The film is co-written by Angelica Nwandu, who is the founder...
In an innovative approach to connecting literature to live theatre, eta Creative Arts Foundation has partnered with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation (CTUF) to present “The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves,” the delightful musical based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Gwendolyn Brooks and brought to the...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J. During this early Spring season, Chicago area arts patrons are being treated to “Sweat,” Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer for Drama winner about race and class relations and de-industrialization in a Pennsylvania steel factory. “Sweat” is playing through April 14. “Sweat” is directed by Ron OJ Parson,...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., Chicago Crusader The following is an excerpt from The New York Times, after folks associated with the recent Golden Globes awards seemed to create a new movie called “Hidden Fences.” Let’s just be very clear about this: There is no movie called “Hidden Fences.” But you would...
By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader For all of the “theater lovers” out there, the League of Chicago Theatres has launched a brand new Hot Tix website at HotTix.org featuring a sleek new look, user-friendly search options, geo-locating to find nearby performances and mobile options. Half-price tickets are available at HotTix.org. Deb Clapp,...
Marcus Rashad, founder of Paradigm CreatVe Group will change the way people view theatre with his innovative “silent production.” No, it isn’t a mute production but it is a twist on the way sound works in theater. A special set of headphones will be provided to the audience to...
By Karen V. Hansen Professor & Director of the Women's Studies Research Center Brandeis University In 1971, as a sixteen year old white girl, I walked into Doug Walker’s U.S. Black History classroom, and immediately noticed a poster of Jesus that hung by the door. Sunnyvale High School was a public...