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...
Young minds will be inspired and imaginations stimulated when youngsters are invited to make up their own stories and tune into the magic of the sitar at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts’ quarterly Family Saturday Festival. Focusing on the theme of “Improvisation,” there will be...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader South Side teens who got paid to learn how make a movie will get publicly recognized by their peers and family members on Friday, May 6, when their finished short film “Run With It” premieres at the Chicago’s CineYouth Film Festival. High School students from...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader This book is so full of tips that are outlined in a very easy manner so that no one misses the mark. Most all of us are familiar with the “old school” layaway system, where if you didn’t have enough money on hand...

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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader A GOOD READ: The Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library have announced the recipients of the 2016 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner Alice Walker will be honored at a special free, public event at 6:00 PM, Wednesday, May...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader Barbershop: The Next Cut” is full of local references in what I call another love letter or clarion call to Chicago and the South Side (the other film being Chi-Raq). Ice Cube and Common star in the third edition of this funny, hard-hitting, sometimes...
The Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz Series continues with an appearance by pianist Brad Mehldau and his powerhouse trio, Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:00 p.m. The Brad Mehldau Trio (Brad Mehldau, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass and Jeff Ballard, drums) made their debut on the SCP Jazz series in 1999,...
What can be better than the best steak in the Region combined with live Jazz to round out your weekend? Freddy’s Steakhouse recently announced their “Last Sunday Jazz Nights” featuring local Grammy Contender, Keenan Baxter, who ranks #1 in jazz in Valparaiso and #10 in Chicago in Jazz on...