The ‘Light’ shines on for Chicago’s Neo-Futurists and underground theater


By Grant Rindner Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind has been a mainstay of Chicago’s underground theater scene and the most visible performance of the city’s Neo-Futurist movement for 28 years since the play debuted on Dec. 2, 1988. The long-standing show made new headlines this fall as its creator, Greg Allen, abruptly decided […]

Veterans of Chicago’s DIY counterculture see a shifting scene and new paths ahead

Young Camelot

By Grant Rindner When Rae Bees came to Chicago from Tallahassee, she already had deep roots in Florida’s DIY culture that went back to her college days. When she arrived in the Windy City, she became involved with Hostel Earphoria, a house and creative space that hosts artists traveling through Chicago and looking for an authentic understanding […]

Moholy-Nagy retrospective highlights his revolutionary vision, impact in Chicago

Moholy-Nagy Hand

By Grant Rindner Laszlo Moholy-Nagy brought the Bauhaus movement from to Chicago from Germany in the 1930s, launching a revolution in arts and design as one of Chicago’s most influential and iconic innovators. The Renaissance man comes through is the sprawling new exhibit and even the exhibit title “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,” on display at the […]

Vulfpeck’s Theo Katzman breezes through Evanston’s SPACE ahead of second album

Theo Katzman headlining Evanston SPACE

By Grant Rindner Ahead of the January release of his second album, Heartbreak Hits, singer and funk-rock free spirit Theo Katzman took the stage at Evanston’s SPACE this month.  Katzman plays guitar and drums in the successful band Vulfpeck and was joined onstage by bassist Joe Dart of Vulfpeck and independent singer-pianist Joey Dosik and […]

Chicago Humanities Festival brings you literary luminaries and a whole lot more

Jonathan Lethem - CHF

By Grant Rindner You could be forgiven for thinking that the Chicago Cubs’ World Series cliffhanger and subsequent Game 7 victory marked the city’s  signature cultural event of the past few weeks. But in nooks of the city such as Francis W. Parker School in Lincoln Park or Northwestern University’s Cahn Auditorium, crowds of local […]

Two new Field Museum exhibitions channel enduring history of Native American art

Chris Pappan's "Thank You, Grandmother" layered atop a display case of speers and speerheads.

By Grant Rindner A massive, majestic bison dominates two new exhibits in the Field Museum’s Hall of Native North Americans. The bison, a familiar icon in the hall, is now incorporated as part of the pair of exhibits that  glimpse into Native American art today and re-contextualize the past. Detailed illustrations by Chris Pappan, attached […]

Acclaimed artist combats violence with innovative graphic design

Rick Valicenti Patriot Table

By Grant Rindner The air of protest is undeniable in Rick Valicenti’s newly opened (maybe) This Time exhibit at Loyola University’s Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex, on view through Nov. 26. But the veteran graphic designer and current Loyola Artist in Residence uses his collection to do much more than revisit the same statistics and […]

Newly opened Tseng Kwong Chi retrospective highlights the power of the selfie

Tseng Kwong Chi's "East Meets West Manifesto"

By Grant Rindner Though the term hovered decades away from its place in the lexicon of pop culture, the first retrospective of New York photographer and performance artist Tseng Kwong Chi elevates the selfie beyond something to kill time or send to friends in self-revealing five-second bursts. Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera, is […]