By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, Chicago Crusader NightBlue Performing Arts Company is pleased to present the Chicago Non-Equity premiere of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, a musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film, with original music and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning team of...
by Rashod Ollison  c.2016, Beacon Press  $25.95 / $30.00 Canada  230 pages  Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An MP3 is nowhere near as good. You don’t get the right sound unless you’re spinning a...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader Meet Jabari, a young boy from the South Side of Chicago, scared and confused by the turbulent, sometimes unjust world around him. A gifted artist, Jabari escapes to the Civil Rights era through his colorful paintings where he interacts with children from the...
By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader Recently, The DuSable Museum of African American History joined forces with Chicago’s iconic African American owned radio station WVON-1690 AM to present the first-ever DuSable Museum Membership RadioThon…and the event proved to be an overwhelming success. The groundbreaking RadioThon ran from 6:00 AM until 3:00 PM...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Newspaper The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement...
Morehouse Men Matter! History is being recorded at this very moment in America’s ledger. Its past includes a collection of sound traditions that liberated people, stirred revolution, offered praise and soothed the soul. This journey through sound will be on display on Tuesday, March 8 - 7:30 p.m. at...
Chicago Blues is like no other. Known worldwide for a distinctive sound, Blues is as synonymous for Chicago as pizza or the Magnificent Mile. Now come see why Chicago and Blues are the perfect pairing in a one-night only blues revue at GSU’s Center for Performing Arts, Sweet Home...
Blue Man Group returns to Emens Auditorium in Muncie on February 29. The theatrical tour features brand new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites. Tickets are on sale now at the Emens Auditorium box office, charge-by-phone 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The new sound, set, and video design centering...

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By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader 25th ANNIVERSARY: After 25 years of raising funds to support individuals in the Dance community dealing with a serious illness, the one-night-only annual benefit fundraiser Dance for Life grows into a year-long organization under the umbrella of Chicago Dancers United (CDU). In addition to Dance...
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, MSJ, Chicago Crusader The Peace on Earth Film Festival, presented by Transcendence Global Media, announces its official film selection. The films will be shown during the 8th Annual Peace on Earth Film Festival (POEFF) at the historic Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, running from Thursday, March...