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Michalek’s slow portraiture

David Michalek, a former commercial photographer, focuses on portraiture as inspiration for his art. The series, Portraits in Dramatic Time, feature actors in a dramatic sequence which lasts between 10 to 15 seconds. This 10 seconds is then slowed way … Continue reading

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Porgy and Bess

This fresh production of Porgy and Bess at Court Theater moves beyond the stereotypes of its original production almost 80 years ago. The set is very simple, the cast small, the orchestra only 6 people and several of the musicians … Continue reading

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Weekly Salon in a Saloon

Saturday we went to The Horseshoe on Lincoln Avenue to experience Paper Machete: A Live Magazine. We originally went to support a family friend, Emily Rose, who was performing, but I believe we’re hooked. Every Saturday at 3pm for free, … Continue reading

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Lunch with Soupy

In commemoration of my birthday I am looking back on one of the major influences in my life—Soupy Sales. Every day from first grade to sixth, I would walk home at lunchtime (almost a mile), sit in front of the … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor died today. She was a cultural icon, Hollywood legend, and full-fledged, lifelong, American celebrity. I actually met her once. I used to teach at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, first as an art teacher and then as … Continue reading

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Lillian Gish and Lady Gaga

We’re halfway through watching D.W. Griffith’s 1915 Birth of a Nation. Not an easy movie to watch—filled with racism and revisionist history. We have been immersed in the intricacies of Reconstruction and it seemed a perfect way to discuss how the … Continue reading

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Utterly human

Last night we saw Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women (his third Pullitzer) at Court Theater. It is a powerful and poignant play, with three riveting actresses (Mary Beth Fisher, Lois Markle, and Maura Kidwell), simply and creatively directed by Charlie … Continue reading

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Thank you, Lynda. Thank you, Emily.

I shared this video with my students some time ago as a way to think about poetry in a more user friendly way. Lynda Barry, of course, is a wonderfully inspiring and creative soul. Her discussion about Emily Dickinson encouraged … Continue reading

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Five for Halloween

Twilight Zone was one of the most creative and clever television shows ever produced. Rod Serling was a genius. Its theme song has become part of our every day parlance. (My favorite shows were “In the Eye of the Beholder” … Continue reading

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Comedy of Errors

We just saw Court Theater’s version of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors directed by Sean Graney. This is one of Shakespeare’s earliest, shortest, and most “slapsticky” plays. A perfectly bawdy, ribald, punny way to spend a Thursday evening rolicking in complicated … Continue reading

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