Pop music got the institutional treatment with the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1995. But these days, you don’t have to travel to Ohio to groove on shows that celebrate the artistry and attitudes of the music world’s movers and shakers. In 2014, the Museum of Contemporary...
Chicagoan Nathan Michael flexes with a new audio series exploring creativity in industries other than the arts. In the debut episode — available now on iTunes — he talks food and drink with One Off Hospitality partners Paul Kahan and Donnie Madia. Free; Thecreativemuscle.com
These days, any play that centers on a middle-aged white male is bound to get it coming and going. Some audiences expect a slam on entrenched privilege; others hope for a little mercy for what they see as a figure under siege. But sometimes, a pipe is just a pipe, and what you smoke in […]
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but parody as praise gets a lot more laughs. And when it comes to paying homage by poking fun, arguably no one has given the American musical the business quite like Gerard Alessandrini, the creator of the wildly successful “Forbidden Broadway.”
Back in 1992, relationship counselor John Gray published Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, a guide to understanding why we don’t always understand one another. While some critics found its pop psychology metaphors a bit gimmicky, the book was a huge hit and the work has lived on, not only in subsequent...
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