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Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Under artistic director Charles Newell, Court Theatre is all over the place in the best possible way. Where else can you see both a rapturously... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

His first full season as artistic director of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre wasn’t to end until this summer, but the theater’s board of directors voted Oct. 13 to cut ties with F… Read full article: St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties...→

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

In a message to Bureau of Prisons’ staff, Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed hiring will be a main priority of the bureau in the coming year. Read full article: Bureau of Prisons director cutting inter...→

Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical Inspired by the Film - LA Weekly

Scissorhands: A Musical Inspired by the Film is back to puncture your heart and tickle your funny bone. The dinner theater experience presented by The Fuse Project re-imagines Tim Burton’s classic film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder for the small stage, and it was such a huge hit during the holidays last year, they … Read full article: Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical In...→

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Galina Volchek, a prominent Russian theater director and actress, has died at the age of 86 Read full article: Russian theater director Volchek dies at...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly

“Sometimes the softest touch is enough to drive you the wildest/Caught in between another sleepless dream,” Pearl Charles coos invitingly on the title track of her 2018 album, Sleepless Dreamer. The native Los Angeles vocalist uses a soft touch as she wanders through a set of original pop, country and soul tunes such as “Long Hair” … Read full article: Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly...→

Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA Weekly

A new dimension in immersive art awaits you when you experience Moving Arts, an initiative of Theater at The Museum that involves the ongoing exhibitions and installations sprinkled throughout the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read full article: Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA ...→

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Nov. 11 (UPI) — Former Detroit Lions wide receiver and No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick Charles Rogers has died at 38 years old. Rogers’ death Read full article: Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charle...→

Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival - LA Weekly

Now in its 19th (!) year, Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival features five short plays written, directed and “courageously-erected” in just two short days, then presented to the public. The set of plays premieres on Saturday night, with two performances following on Sunday and Monday. We recommend checking ’em out Monday for a … Read full article: Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive...→

Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - LA Weekly

For nearly 30 years, every Monday night from September to May, the Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood has hosted freshly developing work by a consciously inclusive roster of emerging playwrights. Read full article: Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - L...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

On Saturday, the Fire made another addition, plucking a second name from Heitz’s Rolodex with the hire of Sebastian Pelzer as technical director.... Following his playing career that included more than 350 appearances, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

Hollywood director Larry Charles seems sure that if President Donald Trump is not impeached, riots will break out across the country. Read full article: 'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of ...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Best off-Loop theater company

Best off-Loop theater company

Steppenwolf   Runner-Up Ghostlight Ensemble   Finalists: Otherworld, Above the Law... Read full article: Best off-Loop theater company...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

The head of First Lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled mental health program, ThriveNYC, claimed that it doesn’t have an abnormally high staff turnover rate — even though the plan’s own data says… Read full article: ThriveNYC director downplays program’s a...→

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

British theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller, the star of the 'œBeyond the Fringe' comedy revue, has died Read full article: UK theater director, producer Jonathan M...→

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

A request from Classic Cinemas to sell alcoholic beverages during shows at its St. Charles movie theater has prompted the city to consider creating a new liquor license classification. Read full article: St. Charles considers liquor license for...→

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Longtime Denver film programmer Keith Garcia has been promoted to be the artistic director of the Sie FilmCenter. Read full article: Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take A...→

Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA Weekly

Samuel Beckett’s Quad is a play, and yet it’s not a play. First performed in a 1981 German TV broadcast directed by the Irish playwright himself, the work has no dialogue. Read full article: Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA...→

Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar' about upcoming theater festival - amNewYork

While relatively few Off-Broadway shows open each year in early January, a major exception is the Public Theater’s 16th annual “Under the Radar Festival,” Read full article: Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar'...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Following his playing career, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Raphael Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of Tempestuous New Key Largo Theater Adaptation - LA Weekly

Playwright Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play Key Largo, which was transformed into the classic 1948 film by director John Huston that starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, centers on a jaded Army veteran who eventually redeems himself in a standoff with mobsters at a Florida hotel as a hurricane approaches. In a new … Read full article: Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of ...→

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Richard L. Buick, 30, was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle about 9:30 a.m. when a gunman approached him and fired shots outside of Moving Everest Charter School in the 400 block of North Laramie Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County m Read full article: Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot ou...→

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

Tim Bond, who has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and garnered acclaim for theater direction, succeeds Robert Kelley at TheatreWorks. Read full article: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found it...→

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

The artistic director of the Boston Children’s Theatre has resigned amid allegations from 17 former students of inappropriate behavior, according to a report. Burgess Clark, who has held his post a… Read full article: Boston youth theater director resigns am...→

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

His first full season as artistic director of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre wasn’t to end until this summer, but the theater’s board of directors voted Oct. 13 to cut ties with F… Read full article: St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties...→

Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA Weekly

Samuel Beckett’s Quad is a play, and yet it’s not a play. First performed in a 1981 German TV broadcast directed by the Irish playwright himself, the work has no dialogue. Read full article: Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA...→

Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - LA Weekly

For nearly 30 years, every Monday night from September to May, the Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood has hosted freshly developing work by a consciously inclusive roster of emerging playwrights. Read full article: Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - L...→

Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical Inspired by the Film - LA Weekly

Scissorhands: A Musical Inspired by the Film is back to puncture your heart and tickle your funny bone. The dinner theater experience presented by The Fuse Project re-imagines Tim Burton’s classic film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder for the small stage, and it was such a huge hit during the holidays last year, they … Read full article: Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical In...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Following his playing career, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Raphael Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

Hollywood director Larry Charles seems sure that if President Donald Trump is not impeached, riots will break out across the country. Read full article: 'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of ...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

British theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller, the star of the 'œBeyond the Fringe' comedy revue, has died Read full article: UK theater director, producer Jonathan M...→

Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly

“Sometimes the softest touch is enough to drive you the wildest/Caught in between another sleepless dream,” Pearl Charles coos invitingly on the title track of her 2018 album, Sleepless Dreamer. The native Los Angeles vocalist uses a soft touch as she wanders through a set of original pop, country and soul tunes such as “Long Hair” … Read full article: Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly...→

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Richard L. Buick, 30, was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle about 9:30 a.m. when a gunman approached him and fired shots outside of Moving Everest Charter School in the 400 block of North Laramie Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County m Read full article: Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot ou...→

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Nov. 11 (UPI) — Former Detroit Lions wide receiver and No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick Charles Rogers has died at 38 years old. Rogers’ death Read full article: Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charle...→

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

The artistic director of the Boston Children’s Theatre has resigned amid allegations from 17 former students of inappropriate behavior, according to a report. Burgess Clark, who has held his post a… Read full article: Boston youth theater director resigns am...→

Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival - LA Weekly

Now in its 19th (!) year, Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival features five short plays written, directed and “courageously-erected” in just two short days, then presented to the public. The set of plays premieres on Saturday night, with two performances following on Sunday and Monday. We recommend checking ’em out Monday for a … Read full article: Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive...→

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

In a message to Bureau of Prisons’ staff, Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed hiring will be a main priority of the bureau in the coming year. Read full article: Bureau of Prisons director cutting inter...→

Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar' about upcoming theater festival - amNewYork

While relatively few Off-Broadway shows open each year in early January, a major exception is the Public Theater’s 16th annual “Under the Radar Festival,” Read full article: Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar'...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

On Saturday, the Fire made another addition, plucking a second name from Heitz’s Rolodex with the hire of Sebastian Pelzer as technical director.... Following his playing career that included more than 350 appearances, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Galina Volchek, a prominent Russian theater director and actress, has died at the age of 86 Read full article: Russian theater director Volchek dies at...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Best off-Loop theater company

Best off-Loop theater company

Steppenwolf   Runner-Up Ghostlight Ensemble   Finalists: Otherworld, Above the Law... Read full article: Best off-Loop theater company...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

The head of First Lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled mental health program, ThriveNYC, claimed that it doesn’t have an abnormally high staff turnover rate — even though the plan’s own data says… Read full article: ThriveNYC director downplays program’s a...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of Tempestuous New Key Largo Theater Adaptation - LA Weekly

Playwright Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play Key Largo, which was transformed into the classic 1948 film by director John Huston that starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, centers on a jaded Army veteran who eventually redeems himself in a standoff with mobsters at a Florida hotel as a hurricane approaches. In a new … Read full article: Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of ...→

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

A request from Classic Cinemas to sell alcoholic beverages during shows at its St. Charles movie theater has prompted the city to consider creating a new liquor license classification. Read full article: St. Charles considers liquor license for...→

Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA Weekly

A new dimension in immersive art awaits you when you experience Moving Arts, an initiative of Theater at The Museum that involves the ongoing exhibitions and installations sprinkled throughout the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read full article: Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA ...→

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

Tim Bond, who has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and garnered acclaim for theater direction, succeeds Robert Kelley at TheatreWorks. Read full article: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found it...→

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Longtime Denver film programmer Keith Garcia has been promoted to be the artistic director of the Sie FilmCenter. Read full article: Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take A...→

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties with artistic director, eliminates position

His first full season as artistic director of St. Paul’s Park Square Theatre wasn’t to end until this summer, but the theater’s board of directors voted Oct. 13 to cut ties with F… Read full article: St. Paul’s Park Square Theater cuts ties...→

Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival - LA Weekly

Now in its 19th (!) year, Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive-By Theater Festival features five short plays written, directed and “courageously-erected” in just two short days, then presented to the public. The set of plays premieres on Saturday night, with two performances following on Sunday and Monday. We recommend checking ’em out Monday for a … Read full article: Theater Pick: Zombie Joe’s 50 Hour Drive...→

Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA Weekly

Samuel Beckett’s Quad is a play, and yet it’s not a play. First performed in a 1981 German TV broadcast directed by the Irish playwright himself, the work has no dialogue. Read full article: Theater Pick: Samuel Beckett's Quad - LA...→

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

Bureau of Prisons director cutting internet access, technology usage for staff to 'limit distractions'

In a message to Bureau of Prisons’ staff, Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed hiring will be a main priority of the bureau in the coming year. Read full article: Bureau of Prisons director cutting inter...→

Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - LA Weekly

For nearly 30 years, every Monday night from September to May, the Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre in Hollywood has hosted freshly developing work by a consciously inclusive roster of emerging playwrights. Read full article: Theater Pick: The Living Room Series - L...→

Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar' about upcoming theater festival - amNewYork

While relatively few Off-Broadway shows open each year in early January, a major exception is the Public Theater’s 16th annual “Under the Radar Festival,” Read full article: Artistic director goes 'Under the Radar'...→

Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical Inspired by the Film - LA Weekly

Scissorhands: A Musical Inspired by the Film is back to puncture your heart and tickle your funny bone. The dinner theater experience presented by The Fuse Project re-imagines Tim Burton’s classic film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder for the small stage, and it was such a huge hit during the holidays last year, they … Read full article: Theater Pick: Scissorhands- A Musical In...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

On Saturday, the Fire made another addition, plucking a second name from Heitz’s Rolodex with the hire of Sebastian Pelzer as technical director.... Following his playing career that included more than 350 appearances, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Fire continue building soccer staff, add Sebastian Pelzer as technical director

Following his playing career, Pelzer worked at Heusler Werthmüller Heitz AG, Heitz’s soccer consulting firm. Raphael Wicky, Heitz’s first big hire, was at FC Basel the same time as Heitz. Read full article: Fire continue building soccer staff, add...→

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Russian theater director Volchek dies at 86

Galina Volchek, a prominent Russian theater director and actress, has died at the age of 86 Read full article: Russian theater director Volchek dies at...→

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of Deadly Riots if Trump Remains in Office

Hollywood director Larry Charles seems sure that if President Donald Trump is not impeached, riots will break out across the country. Read full article: 'Borat' Director Larry Charles Warns of ...→

Staff Pick: Best attraction

Staff Pick: Best attraction

The Chicago Cultural Center sits in the middle of downtown—it's just west of Millennium Park, a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile and the Art... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best attraction...→

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist

Last month Polo G's major-label debut, Die a Legend, ranked number 46 on the Billboard 200 while Chance the Rapper's The Big Day sat at... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best hip-hop artist...→

Staff Pick: Best local label

Staff Pick: Best local label

Punk musician and engineer Blake Karlson launched Chicago Research in late 2018, and since then he's used the label to document every scrap and fleck... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best local label...→

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, about to disappear

In 1931, chewing gum entrepreneur William Wrigley Jr. gave an industrial building at 509 N. Union to the Salvation Army, which started collecting donated goods... Read full article: Staff pick: Best huge old thrift shop, a...→

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza

Among the contenders for the title "Best pizza" this year, you might have been surprised to see the name of Reader staff writer Leor Galil.... Read full article: Staff Pick: Third runner-up, best pizza...→

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

Staff Pick: Best transitions to new leadership

When the big theaters have a changing of the guard in artistic directors, it's understandably big news. But in a city as dependent on the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best transitions to new lead...→

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Staff Pick: Best neighborhood

Years ago at the bar, a man named Paulie told me all about the neighborhood that I live in now. It's west of Canaryville, north... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best neighborhood...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

On its website, Jefferson Park's tiny the Gift Theatre states as one of its founding beliefs that "a play never closes until everyone who saw... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater | Best...→

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

Staff Pick: Best sportscaster

First off, let me concede that you gotta like Pat Hughes. Hate the Rickettses and what they've done to Rickettsville, hate the Cubs and what... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best sportscaster...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of Chicago 2019 | Arts & Culture | Chicago Reader

Muntu's ambitions are vast, both in terms of space and time. Helmed by executive director Sekou Tepaka Lunda Conde, the 47-year-old South Shore-based company aims... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company | Best of...→

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Staff Pick: Best dance company

Unlike musicians, dancers never put their instruments down. That's especially true of Red Clay Dance, where the intersection of art and activism falls under a... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best dance company...→

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team

The best professional baseball games I've experienced in recent years have all taken place at an unusually tidy ballpark wedged between I-294 and the Metra... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best pro men’s sports team...→

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

Staff pick: Best poetry organization

It might seem strange to think of the Poetry Foundation as in need of a booster—after all, it was one of two top finalists for... Read full article: Staff pick: Best poetry organization...→

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater

It's not uncommon for newbies to leave Trap Door wondering what just hit them. Since founding the 45-seat Bucktown company over 25 years ago, Beata... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best off-Loop theater...→

Best off-Loop theater company

Best off-Loop theater company

Steppenwolf   Runner-Up Ghostlight Ensemble   Finalists: Otherworld, Above the Law... Read full article: Best off-Loop theater company...→

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant

This year marks the 27th in a row I've contributed, in one form or another, to an alternative weekly's Best of issue. Most years, the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best Greek Restaurant...→

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Staff Pick: Best budtender

Lorena Cupcake is an arts and culture writer, social media expert, and—­according to the Reader's Best of Chicago poll—one of the city's top budtenders. Originally... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best budtender...→

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Staff Pick: Best house music DJ

Great DJs keep their ears open to the world, and Duane Powell knows how to listen. He's been plugged into local music since 1983, when... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best house music DJ...→

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Staff Pick: Best art gallery

Chicago is a lucky spot for people who like emerging and otherwise overlooked visual art. We have a bunch of college programs in the area... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best art gallery...→

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop

Why are there four T-shirt shops within a block of each other in Andersonville? Strolling north on Clark from Foster Avenue one soon understands the... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best T-shirt shop...→

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

ThriveNYC director downplays program’s abysmal staff retention rate

The head of First Lady Chirlane McCray’s embattled mental health program, ThriveNYC, claimed that it doesn’t have an abnormally high staff turnover rate — even though the plan’s own data says… Read full article: ThriveNYC director downplays program’s a...→

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Staff Pick: Best shoe store

Before Adidas opened its flagship Wicker Park store in 2017, Saint Alfred was the only shop along Milwaukee Avenue you'd be guaranteed to find sneakerheads... Read full article: Staff Pick: Best shoe store...→

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

UK theater director, producer Jonathan Miller dies at 85

British theater director and presenter Jonathan Miller, the star of the 'œBeyond the Fringe' comedy revue, has died Read full article: UK theater director, producer Jonathan M...→

Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of Tempestuous New Key Largo Theater Adaptation - LA Weekly

Playwright Maxwell Anderson’s 1939 play Key Largo, which was transformed into the classic 1948 film by director John Huston that starred Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson, centers on a jaded Army veteran who eventually redeems himself in a standoff with mobsters at a Florida hotel as a hurricane approaches. In a new … Read full article: Theater Pick: Andy Garcia Leads Cast of ...→

Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly

“Sometimes the softest touch is enough to drive you the wildest/Caught in between another sleepless dream,” Pearl Charles coos invitingly on the title track of her 2018 album, Sleepless Dreamer. The native Los Angeles vocalist uses a soft touch as she wanders through a set of original pop, country and soul tunes such as “Long Hair” … Read full article: Music Pick: Pearl Charles - LA Weekly...→

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

St. Charles considers liquor license for Charlestowne 18 movie theater

A request from Classic Cinemas to sell alcoholic beverages during shows at its St. Charles movie theater has prompted the city to consider creating a new liquor license classification. Read full article: St. Charles considers liquor license for...→

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot outside Moving Everest Charter School in Austin: police As shots rang out, two staff members inside the school rushed to the street to help the man, according to the school’s executive director Mike Rogers.

Richard L. Buick, 30, was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle about 9:30 a.m. when a gunman approached him and fired shots outside of Moving Everest Charter School in the 400 block of North Laramie Avenue, Chicago police and the Cook County m Read full article: Staffers rush to aid man fatally shot ou...→

Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA Weekly

A new dimension in immersive art awaits you when you experience Moving Arts, an initiative of Theater at The Museum that involves the ongoing exhibitions and installations sprinkled throughout the grounds of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Read full article: Theater Pick: Moving Arts at LACMA - LA ...→

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found its successor to artistic director Robert Kelley

Tim Bond, who has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and garnered acclaim for theater direction, succeeds Robert Kelley at TheatreWorks. Read full article: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has found it...→

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charles Rogers Dies at 38 | Breitbart

Nov. 11 (UPI) — Former Detroit Lions wide receiver and No. 2 overall NFL Draft pick Charles Rogers has died at 38 years old. Rogers’ death Read full article: Ex-Lions Wide Receiver, No.2 Pick Charle...→

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take Artistic Director Jobs at Denver Film

Longtime Denver film programmer Keith Garcia has been promoted to be the artistic director of the Sie FilmCenter. Read full article: Keith Garcia and Matthew Campbell Take A...→

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

Boston youth theater director resigns amid accusations of kissing, touching students

The artistic director of the Boston Children’s Theatre has resigned amid allegations from 17 former students of inappropriate behavior, according to a report. Burgess Clark, who has held his post a… Read full article: Boston youth theater director resigns am...→