Archive for the ‘Chicago’ Category

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead!


RosenPosterThe Promethean Theatre Ensemble adds steampunk to their production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play reinvisions Shakespare’s Hamlet from the absurdist perspective of two of its minor characters.

Director (and Promethean Artistic Director) Beth Wolf …

Steampunks to Gear up at Chicago’s Airship Harbor



Steampunks are used to dressing up, going antiquing, and having adventures, and often dancing into the night. Seldom though do we meet up over drinks and coffee, share ideas, tell stories, and keeping things moving in the scene. That’s why …

Mecca Flat Blues


MeccaGot the Mecca flat blues and somebody’s goin’ to pay.

Harper’s Magazine called Bronzeville’s Mecca Flats building “The Strangest Place in Chicago.” With a history stretching back to the 1893 World’s Fair, it inspired a 1920s blues classic and poet …

Movits! and Caravan Palace Swing Through Town


MovitsApril kicks off with visits from a couple of touring bands of swingers from Europe. Movits! play Reggie’s Music Joint on Tuesday, April 1, and Caravan Palace plays the House of Blues on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Movits! hails from …

The Gorey Details


KateMurdered children, lithe spirits and pornographic sofas—the world of Edward Gorey is full of dark whimsy. The Chicago native’s odd morality plays will be featured in the dual exhibit Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey and G is for

Red-Letter Nights at Rouge


RougeIn a Facebook post, man about town Rory AquaBear Sunderland wrote, “In this day and age how do you put Steampunks, Dieselpunks, Cyberpunks, Goths, Hipsters, Preps, Stuggles (Steampunk + Muggles…yes I just made it up), Bro’s, Gypsyunks, and Carnies in …

A Day After Valentine’s Day Poetry Bordello


BorelloThe tradition of Valentine’s Day cards derives from the Roman Lupercalia fest. As part of the February 15 celebration, young men would pull a lady’s name from a box and pair off with her. This February 15th, 2014, …

Go West!


new-boots-pgYou would expect to see more airships sailing over the prairie, bound for the badlands or the Pecos River. There should be a speck of a dirigible hovering in the wide-open skies of the big country. Considering that Chicago is …

The Circus Is Comin’ to Town


Festival2014Roll up! Roll up! The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival ( is coming in January 2014 to fulfill its goals of connection, education and inspiration through workshops and performances.

The Circus Now Series will offer workshops on VAST (Versatile Arts

The White City Then and Now


Postcard 1Due to a host of scheduling issues, it took months for me to finally go to The White City Then and Now tour at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. There was only one tour per month. I was …