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“Admissions” looks at race, gender and politics by telling the story of Charlie, who believes he was deferred from Yale so it could reach its diversity quota.

‘Admissions’ urges self-examination amid college admissions scandals

April 15, 2019

As head of admissions at Hillcrest Boarding School, Sherri Mason’s job is to bring more diversity to the predominantly white student population. Her son Charlie dreams of attending Yale, but when he learns his app...

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., brings together performances in coordination with other local theatre companies.

Month of Theater offers ‘backstage pass’ to Belmont Theater District

October 10, 2017

Chicago’s theater scene is more or less the envy of the country, said Jeremy Wechsler, artistic director of Theater Wit in Lakeview, and the city needs to showcase its talent.Throughout October, the ...

Tiny Boots, announced by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, will give free child care to Illinois veterans attending counseling, medical appointments or job interviews through a partnership with the YWCA.

State program to provide vets with child care

February 27, 2017

Since returning from serving six years  in the U.S. Army, Englewood resident Colzetta Jackson has had trouble finding and keeping a civilian job in the city—a problem she said many Chicago veterans f...

The Award-winning musical and rock opera 'Next to Normal' provides people who are affected by bipolar disorder a chance to be represented as accurately as possible in a creative work. 

Mental illness stands tall in ‘Next to Normal’ musical

September 6, 2016

“Next to Normal”—a Pulitzer Prize-winning musical following the struggles of a suburban mother living with bipolar disorder—brings mental illness representation to the Boho Theatre’s final produ...

Laura Collins finds artistic inspiration in celebrity culture

Chicago-based artist Laura Collins’ paintings depicting Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will be featured in “The Olsen Twins Hiding From The Paparazzi” at the Tonya Harding Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum in New York City from April 22–May 1. 

By Arts & Culture Editor

April 18, 2016

The time is 4:15 p.m. Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen are a bit scatterbrained as they answer the phone for an interview.Why? Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have posted their first-ever public selfie.“We’re freaking out ri...

The cast of About Face Theatre’s world premiere ‘Le Switch,’ perform at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., as the show examines the antiquated stereotypes of gay marriage after its legalization in the United States. 

Theater Wit brings gay marriage to center stage

January 25, 2016

In honor of its 20th anniversary, About Face Theatre is premiering “Le Switch,” a play about a gay couple exploring the meaning of  commitment amid nationwide marriage equality.“Le Switch” wa...

Wilde, the Renegades' new outdoors club, will begin organizing events for students in the Spring 2016 Semester, said Charlotte Klein, a junior photography major. 

Renegades go ‘Wilde’

December 4, 2015

The Renegades, Columbia’s athletic organization, will introduce its first club during the Spring 2016 Semester, according to Michael Sempek, a senior television major and Renegades president.The outdoo...

‘Chi-raq’ trailer spikes concern

By Opinions Editor

November 9, 2015

Filmmaker Spike Lee has devoted his career to making socially conscious films examining race relations and urban issues. Lee’s upcoming film, “Chi-raq,” set to be released Dec. 4, is a fictional tale about the gang and gun violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides. Set in the Englewood neighborhood, the story is based on the Greek play “Lysistrata,” by Aristophanes, in which women withhold sex from their husbands ...

College makes agreements with Chinese universities

College makes agreements with Chinese universities

April 20, 2015

The college may see an influx of international students as soon as the Fall 2015 Semester due to new agreements made between Columbia and higher education institutions in China, an initiative put fort...

Theater Wit’s take on “The Full Monty” blends sexuality and humor in a touching manner in this Americanized live-action musical version of the 1997 British cult classic.

Theater Wit’s ‘Full Monty’ leaves it all hanging out

April 6, 2015

With so many established theaters in Chicago, it is always exciting to find a theater on the cutting edge. In Kokandy Productions’ Americanized live version of the 1997 British film of the same name, ...

Kokandy Productions’ take on the 1997 British film “The Full Monty” is more than a strip tease with relationships, body issues and financial struggles taking center stage.

Behind the scenes of Theater Wit’s ‘Full Monty’

April 6, 2015

Darkness washed over the small theater as the crowd roared with excitement and anticipation.“They may not be young, pretty or very good, but tonight and one night only they’re here, live and going f...

Chicago’s Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., is showcasing an adaptation of Anne Washburn’s satirical play, “Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play,” which runs through March 1.

Theater Wit uses ‘Simpsons’ satire for deeper meaning

February 16, 2015

Every so often, a theater company takes a chance on a play that may reach toward a specific demographic not yet familiar with traditional theater. Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., is appealing to fan...

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