After an extended stint working on collaborative albums (one with Joshua Abrams’s Natural Information Society and another with indie legend Bonnie “Prince” Billy), this local electronic outfit returned to their own act in November with .
The seven-song album, their first since 2014, finds the band experimenting with the same sonic textures and New-Agey synth pads that gained them a cult following back in 2010.
His history-making debut in London coincided with a Parliamentary bill advocating for the end of slavery, setting the scene for a historic intersection of art and politics.
Here, they’ll greet a hometown crowd upon their return from the national stage.
, Offerman, a native of Minooka, Illinois, made a strong case for an old-school, hirsute brand of masculinity long presumed dead.
) directs Lolita Chakrabarti’s deep dive on Ira Aldridge, the actor who, in 1833 at London’s Theatre Royal, became the first black man to play Othello.
A star in Warsaw, Kiev, and Moscow, Aldridge was savaged by racist critics in New York and England.
That his standup mines similar territory should come as no surprise, since much of the Swanson persona was inspired by Offerman’s off-screen penchant for carpentry and the outdoors.
See “Nick Offerman’s Influences: His Wife, Steve Martin, and (Actually) Nature” for more on his Modern works in the classical tradition, no matter how good, rarely get a second performance.Also watch for two standout juniors: Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate in South Carolina) and Aurora native Malik Hall (Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas).gets its second year in the sun after a marquee premiere in 2016. Hoffmann tale in the winter before Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. The performance, which features hearing, hard of hearing, and deaf actors using American Sign Language, uses physicality and clowning to blend the stories of a child’s encounter with a deceptive wolf and a besotted young man who outsources his wooing.Hit this holiday market for its Scandinavian handicrafts; stay for the candlelit St.Lucia processions and gratis folk-dance performances. Just keep an eye out for the tomten, a mischievous, elf-like creature who’ll make appearances throughout the day.After studying at UIC and holding jobs as a CT scan tech, chemical engineer, and volunteer firefighter, Rush pivoted back to music, this year releasing the debut full-length Now in its 12th year and showing no sign of slowing, this adults-only holiday bash sees dozens of drinkers take to the streets of downtown for a day of Yuletide bar-hopping.