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Charles Newell retires from Court Theater after 30 years

Charles Newell, who has been the artistic director of the Court Theater in Chicago since 1994, announced on Friday that he will step down as artistic director next summer after 30 years of work. “This is a good time for me to look for my next challenge,” Newell, 66, said. …

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“Hamilton” reopens unabated in Chicago

Fresh from Alaska and buoyed by an afternoon visit from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast of “Hamilton,” the only production currently touring America, opened in Chicago on Thursday night, marking the show’s first return to the city it conquered in 2016. At the time, “Hamilton” ran for 1,365 performances in just …

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Mike Veeck is the subject of an upcoming Netflix documentary

Mike Veeck had a documentary to promote, but he couldn’t start without thinking about something. “What’s going on with my White Sox?” He asked. “Dude, they’re killing me.” I told Veeck that the situation was worse than he could have imagined. The man who gave us the Disco Destruction riot …

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Chicago’s Reeling LGBTQ+ film festival looks back and forward

In April 1981, a year before “Making Love” and “Personal Best” cautiously ventured into the world of mainstream studio dramas featuring queer and bisexual characters, Brenda Webb, managing director of Chicago Filmmakers, launched a festival known as Reeling. By most accounts, this is the second-oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the …

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The story of GameStop shares is fun while it lasts

“Dumb Money” takes us back to a time in American history, the year 2020, when Reddit and YouTube semi-famous Keith Gill soared poor little GameStop shares to incredible heights. He did this from his basement in Brockton, Massachusetts. Played with easy and engaging direction by Paul Dano, Gill has garnered …

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Jazz, Riot Fest and Monster Jam

This weekend there’s the Englewood Jazz Festival, Riot Fest, the Mexican Independence Day Parade, and monster trucks in Rosemont with all kinds of arts and entertainment. On Tribune critic Hannah Edgar’s list The best jazz events of autumnThe lineup includes saxophonists Isaiah Collier and The Chosen Few, vibraphonist Joel Ross, …

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Egon Schiele’s work was seized from the Art Institute of Chicago

Three works of art believed to have been stolen from a Jewish art collector and artist during the Holocaust were seized from museums in three different states by New York law enforcement. All of Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele’s works were previously owned by cabaret artist and songwriter Fritz Grünbaum, who …

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“Birthday Candles” at Northlight Theater

In New York, where emotions are inhibited and true feelings are seen as signs of weakness, Noah Haidle’s play “Birthday Candles” was dismissed by most critics when it opened on Broadway last year. I was different. Almost as strong as the one I have. To me, “Birthday Candles” is why …

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