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What the Chronicle is reading

What the Chronicle is reading

July 8, 2020

It's easy to assume people around us experience the world the same way we do, but that isn't the case. Reading and consuming work by Black creators detailing the Black experience is not only importa...

The show must go on: virtual Grant Park Music Festival amid pandemic

The show must go on: virtual Grant Park Music Festival amid pandemic

July 7, 2020

On a typical summer evening in Chicago before the coronavirus pandemic, people would be able to hear the virtuosity of the Grant Park Orchestra echoing from Millennium Park while walking along Michigan Avenue...

In phase four of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's five phase reopening Illinois plan, America's largest arcade, Galloping Ghost in Brookfield, Illinois, opens its door to gamers.

One of America’s largest gaming arcades in Chicago reopens in Phase 4

July 2, 2020

Rows of vintage '80s arcade games sat silently with glowing screens that read "continue?" at the once packed Galloping Ghost Arcade. As one of the largest arcades in the U.S., Galloping Ghost Arcade, 94...

Sam Kirk, a 2005 Columbia alumna, first had this mural exhibited as a part of a Pride installation in New York.

Columbia alumna displays vibrant multi-racial LGBTQ+ murals

June 30, 2020

A Black woman with pink, curly hair stands powerfully behind the backdrop of the transgender Pride flag, reminding Chicagoans that authentic queer representation includes Black, Indigenous and peopl...

Paint The City initiative supports local artists who ‘bring a little light back’

Artist Bryant L. Jones uses art as a creative outlet to spark conversations around important issues.

By Lauren Leazenby, News Editor

June 26, 2020

Black hands pray to “Heal the Hood” on a boarded-up currency exchange. A black-gloved fist is raised next to the words “Black Lives Matter” on the windows of a restaurant. A painting of a Black man ho...

Review: 'Da 5 Bloods,' a challenging exploration of fact and fiction

Review: ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ a challenging exploration of fact and fiction

June 19, 2020

It’s been approximately 32 hours since I sat down in front of a small screen to watch Spike Lee’s newest film, “Da 5 Bloods,” which was both strikingly familiar and entirely unexpected. ...

Review: Upcoming poetry collection embodies a kind of 'madness' in its composition

Review: Upcoming poetry collection embodies a kind of ‘madness’ in its composition

June 8, 2020

Lately, Lisa Fishman arranges her work on her dining room table, full of loose sheets of paper, notebooks, lists and drawings. She and her family eat at a smaller table pushed against the stove. "For...

Drag performers use virtual platform to deliver music videos by lip syncing and dancing.

Drag community thrives in online setting during pandemic

June 2, 2020

On a typical Saturday night, Benjamin Bradshaw can be found hosting the Drag Matinee show at Berlin Nightclub among a sea of strobe lights and blaring music. But due to the pandemic, Bradshaw, a d...

Chicago theatre community journeys ‘over the rainbow’ to connect with audience

May 20, 2020

When Ed Rutherford read a New York Times article about how rich people were preparing for the coronavirus pandemic, he was inspired to produce a show based on this idea. Unable to put on the show in-person...

Review: ‘Purposefully kept’ truths about the asylum process revealed in ‘Between Everything and Nothing’

Review: ‘Purposefully kept’ truths about the asylum process revealed in ‘Between Everything and Nothing’

May 19, 2020

What began as a friend's simple suggestion for an essay became a two-and-a-half-year project. The result? A 336-page retelling of the trials and tribulations of two Ghanaian asylum seekers, Seidu Mohammed and Raz...

Review: 'American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans' locks change in the revolver

Review: ‘American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans’ locks change in the revolver

May 18, 2020

“There are guns in the streets, there will never be peace,” wrote 17-year-old James Lofton in the last line of "American Gun: A Poem by 100 Chicagoans." This line ricochets in the brain like ...

The release of Janet Blackwell's new EP,

‘Falling apart and falling into place,’ Janet Blackwell on releasing an EP during a pandemic

May 13, 2020

Janet Blackwell was all set to release her EP, "Énouement," in January. But then a global pandemic happened. Blackwell ended up pushing back the EP's release to April. The EP title is translat...

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