The Towle Theater is proud to host the 2nd annual Tony Party to raise funds for the ever-growing Towle Youth Theater Ensemble. Towle Youth Theater Ensemble (TYTE) was established in 2010 to provide local students interested in and passionate about the theater arts an immersive, professional environment to learn,...
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...

The New 411

By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader ART=ILLINOIS: The fourth annual Arts Alliance Illinois Voices of a Creative State benefit luncheon will take place on Friday, June 10, 2016 at The Fairmont Chicago, located at 200 North Columbus Drive in Chicago. The luncheon will feature a discussion highlighting the life-altering impact of...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader Columbia College Chicago names roster of Emmy, Grammy® and Pulitzer Prize-winning artists as 2016 commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Honorees include Columbia College alumnus and “Selma” Executive Producer Paul Garnes, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Lynch, Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy K. Smith and...
Manifest is Chicago’s largest student-run arts festival, presents 100+ free public programs celebrating the creative work of more than 2,000 Columbia College Chicago students on Friday, May 13, from 12-9 p.m. Now in its 16th year, Manifest includes a massive street spectacle performance, live bands and DJs, gallery walks...
The New 411 By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader Merit School of Music will honor two of its most distinguished alumni, brothers Demarre and Anthony McGill, their parents, Ira Carol and Demarre McGill, and corporate leader Northern Trust Corporation at the Merit Gala, May 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Radisson...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader An exuberant skate doc with a social message “I Am Thalente” is currently playing event screenings throughout the United States and will release digitally on May 13. This is the inaugural release of the new distribution wing of acclaimed crowd funding and streaming company Seed...
By Chinta Strausberg, Chicago Crusader Devastated at the loss of her friend, Prince, Catherine Glover, better known as “Cat…Prince’s Cat,” late Tuesday night reminisced about her musical hero. Prince was a man who literally took her to stardom and left her with millions of fans, who also are still...
By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader SASSY SARAH: The Symphony Center will present “A Tribute to Sarah Vaughn” featuring The Chicago Jazz Orchestra on Friday, May 20th at 8:00 PM. Chicago Jazz Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg leads his big band and an all-star roster of talented vocalists including...
Hundreds came out on Sunday, April 24 to attend the Scholarship Dinner, which was also a tribute to a dedicated jazz supporter, Charles “Chuck” Deggans. Chuck was a columnist and a featured writer for the Gary Crusader Newspaper. He was also an avid jazz fan and record collector who...