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RedEye special contributorDuring his college years at DePaul University, John C. Reilly attended a handful of concerts at the Old Town School of Folk Music. On Saturday, June 22, the acclaimed actor will take the local venue's stage as a performer for the first time, appearing...
Back when I was still young enough to be entertained by unrequited love, I routinely kissed Peter Tork good night. It was the summer just before I entered high school, and I kept photos of all four Monkees — Peter, Davy, Micky, Mike —...
Rock music is never more irritating than when it moves backward, when dinosaur bands once again stomp on the terra. Some call them "reunions," others call them shameless money grabs that capitalize on nostalgia. Most irritating of all is that rock music...
More than 25 public spaces throughout the city will resound with live music of all genres when the free, daylong Make Music Chicago festival returns for a third year on June 21, the first day of summer. Hundreds of performers of all ages and levels of...
Tags: River North, Music Industry, Arts, Music Theater, Music
Change of SubjectYou supply the punch line. The set-up came to me when I saw this while watching the White Sox game on TV tonight: This news release from January explains the deal, that Magellan Corporation is using part of its sponsorship......
What does Israeli jazz sound like? It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective. The music of this cosmopolitan culture, in other words, proves as stylistically wide-ranging as you might hope of a Middle...
Tags: Theater, Music Industry, Music Theater, Music, Arts and Culture
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent. Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
Tags: Concerts, Theater, Music Industry, Culture, Melba Liston
Let's raise a glass to Bob Koester, the single-minded Chicagoan who this weekend celebrates a remarkable anniversary: 60 years of producing jazz and blues recordings. Koester's Delmark Records may not be the biggest indie in the country – or...
Change of SubjectMy colleague Mary Schmich and I will join the Pickin' Bubs tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. at the Grafton Pub & Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave. for Songs of No Cheer. Here are some of the questions we've been getting. Q.......
Change of SubjectWhat a lousy week it was, what with the bombings in Boston, the deadly fertilizer factory explosion in Texas, the poison found on letters sent to politicians in Washington and the relentless flooding in the Chicago area. Coincidentally and thematically,.....
Nearly 60 years after she first stood in front of a classroom, my mother will retire from teaching Tuesday. She began in 1954 with a freshman English section at Miami University in Ohio where she was a graduate student. She went on to teach nursery...
Israel long has been a significant nurturer of jazz, and to underscore the point, the Israeli Jazz Fest will make its debut May 19 through 23 at various Chicago venues. The event will be presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, which...
Tags: Israel, Green Mill (club), Mayne Stage
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