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Dance Center reinvents itself remotely while celebrating Chicago artists

Dance Center reinvents itself remotely while celebrating Chicago artists

August 14, 2020

From virtual residencies to online classes and livestreamed performances, the Dance Center is embracing what it means to adapt and create during the coronavirus pandemic. “This season it feel...

Uncommon Ground’s current Homegrown Residency band Illville Vanguard, led by Gabriel Alston, play music influenced by a variety of genres such as jazz, funk, hip-hop, Latin and neo soul.

Uncommon Ground: Intimate stepping stone provided for Chicago artists

April 5, 2019

A small wooden room designed to seat no more than 50 people and a rug in place of a stage is where some local artists are getting their start. Uncommon Ground is a music venue—as well as a roofto...

Jerry Bryant thanking the crowd and Lauren O'Neil for supporting him through his fight of cancer at Metro, 3730 N Clark St, Mar. 8.

Classic Chicago artists show support for JBTV legend

March 15, 2019

For decades, JBTVlegend Jerry Bryant has been the key to the Chicago music scene, helping bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and Arctic Monkeys get exposure. On March 8 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., musicians and fa...

Selling art on the street

Art peddlers struggle

May 12, 2014

Perched on the corner of a bustling Chicago street on a summer day in 2013, Shellie Lewis was selling her fine art photographs and paintings out of a lonely cart with a smile. Although customers and passer...

College musician “gets low,” gets exposure

By Alex Stedman

December 10, 2012

For former Columbia student Dan Henig, fame came in the form of an acoustic guitar, a rap song and a coffee house gig.Henig, who studied music at Columbia in 2010 and is now a student at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., had a friend record his performance of an acoustic cover of Lil Jon and The East Side Boyz’s “Get Low” in a Ypsilanti, Mich., coffee shop called B-24’s. He uploaded the video to YouTu...

Counting down the Armageddon

By Amanda Murphy

November 7, 2011

Themed calendars have been around for ages, usually with the same old poses, pictures and puppies. But Thomas Quinn and a team of other artists have taken the idea of the calendar to an entirely new place.A connoisseur of disaster movies, Quinn said he has been amused by the rapture talk circulating over the last few years, most of it stemming from the Mayan prediction that Dec. 21, 2012 is the end of the world. So when he ...

Bridgeport Art Center expands for growing community of artists

By Brian Dukerschein

October 3, 2011

A massive 100-year-old former warehouse in the Bridgeport neighborhood is getting a new lease on life because of its growing role as a haven where local artists can work, collaborate and—eventually—live.The building, located at 1200 W. 35th St., recently got approval from the City Council to construct 108 live/work rental units, a special zoning category that allows artists to use up to half of their residence to produce, d...

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