• It’s the ghost wonderful time of the year

    It’s the ghost wonderful time of the year
    Here’s a (spooky) sampling of some Halloween and other (horrific) seasonal events and activities coming up (from the shadows of the night) in Chicago and beyond (the living dead). Bwahahahahahaha! 
    Theater, magic, a haunted trail, and arcades
    The Jigsaw BrideThrough 11/14: Wed 8 PM, Thu 3 PM, Sat 4 and 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 31st St., Oak Brook, 630-986-8067, firstfolio.org, $49-$59 (seniors $44-$54, students $20). Reader contributor Catey
  • Getting real about economic justice in theater

    Getting real about economic justice in theater
    Two years ago, right before COVID-19 threw the theater world (and everything else) into a state of uncertainty, four Chicago costume designers—Theresa Ham, Elsa Hiltner, Bob Kuhn, and Christine Pascual—came together to address pay inequity and other employment issues by creating the advocacy group On Our Team. Growing in part out of the Theatrical Designer Pay Resource spreadsheet put together by Hiltner (which provided crowdsourced data on the pronounced difference in pay for costu
  • August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” Opens at Goodman

    August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” Opens at Goodman
    The Goodman Theatre kicks off the new year with a major revival of August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean two decades after the play premiered on the same stage. Resident Director Chuck Smith directs a cast of seven featuring Sharif Atkins (Citizen Barlow), Sydney Charles (Black Mary), Lisa Gaye Dixon (Aunt Ester), Gary Houston (Rutherford Selig), Kelvin Roston, Jr. (Caesar), A.C. Smith (Eli) and James A. Williams (Solly Two Kings).
    Originally directed by the late Marion McClinton at the Goodman
  • Artist Adeshola Makinde on His New Exhibition Celebrating Blackness

    Artist Adeshola Makinde on His New Exhibition Celebrating Blackness
    Adeshola Makinde is a Nigerian American multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, Illinois. During his upbringing in the Chicagoland suburbs, Makinde attended predominantly white schools during his younger years that were starkly different from the life he led at home with his immigrant parents from Nigeria. These schools also lacked curriculums that engaged with a great deal of Black history and culture. This neglect of Black subject matter led Makinde on a personal journey of Black consciousn
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  • Fighting the man

    Fighting the man
    I can’t remember where I was when my old friend Adolfo Mondragón first told me he was thinking of suing former Alderman Danny Solis for using campaign funds to pay criminal defense fees.A White Sox game? A restaurant?Doesn’t matter, the point is—it was the summer of 2019, which seems like eons ago. Just shows if you want to beat the man, you have to be willing to give it a few years of your life.As I recall, Mondragón was fired up over a story in the Sun-Times sa
  • Where to find the Chicago Reader in print every other week

    Where to find the Chicago Reader in print every other week
    The next issue will be the issue of February 3, 2022.The latest issue is the issue of January 20, 2022, the Winter Arts Preview issue.You can also download the issue as a free PDF.To keep up with your demand, we have expanded our print run to 60,000. Many Reader boxes including downtown and transit line locations will be restocked on the Wednesday following each issue date.
    Never miss a copy! Print subscriptions are available for 12 issues, 26 issues, and for 52 issues from the Reader Store.The
  • Tiffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’

    Tiffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’
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    Tiffany Haddish is finally speaking out about her recent DUI arrest in Georgia, that sparked much conversation about her emotional state, following her split from Common, as well as a viral mugshot. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the Night School star jokingly addressed her arrest, telling Fallon:
    “I can say this, Jimmy… I’ve been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four&hell
  • iffany Haddish Breaks Her Silence On DUI Arrest: ‘I Wasn’t Expecting It’

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    Tiffany Haddish is finally speaking out about her recent DUI arrest in Georgia, that sparked much conversation about her emotional state, following her split from Common, as well as a viral mugshot. During an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the Night School star jokingly addressed her arrest, telling Fallon:
    “I can say this, Jimmy… I’ve been praying to God to send me a new man. A good man. And God went ahead and sent me four&hell
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  • Whoopi Goldberg Calls Out Bill Maher For ‘Flippant’ Covid-19 Comments

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    Whoopi Goldberg is letting Bill Maher know that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is no laughing matter.
    On Friday (January 21), Maher performed a monologue on his show, Real Time, saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has “gone on too long” and “nobody cares anymore.”
    “You go out, it’s silly now. You have to have your mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a booster,” Maher said. “They scan your head like you’re a
  • Mr. Sonny 1/26/22

    Mr. Sonny 1/26/22
    The post Mr. Sonny 1/26/22 appeared first on Chicago Defender.
  • Wyoming’s First Black Sheriff Fires White Deputy For Years Of Racism

    Wyoming’s First Black Sheriff Fires White Deputy For Years Of Racism
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    Wyoming’s first Black sheriff took steps to fire a high-ranking white deputy who is currently being sued by a former Black officer for years of racism in a federal lawsuit.Last year, Sheriff Aaron Appelhans fired Albany County Patrol Sgt. Christian Handley for the years of racism he put another Black officer through –– so much to the point the officer quit the force in 2017 and is now suing Handley.A federal lawsuit filed by Cpl. Jamin Johnson last week accu
  • Global Protests Halt Auction Of Nelson Mandela’s Personal Items

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    Several of Nelson Mandela‘s personal items were nearly auctioned off in New York City earlier this month, but protesters from around the world halted the sale.
    “Important Artifacts from the Life of Nelson Mandela” was scheduled to take place on January 28 at the Guernsey auction house in NYC. Among the items were gifts the late South African president received from former President Barack Obama and George W. Bush, clothing, a signed copy of the South African
  • Two Years Later: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Me

    Two Years Later: What the COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Me
    I, like many people, did not believe the severity of COVID when first learning of it. I thought it was a fear-mongering tactic by the media to put us in a constant state of panic. Dismissing their updates and shaking my head at people for wearing masks wherever they went. Thinking that this was something that would end soon after it started. But on Friday, March 13, 2020, I began to take it a little more seriously.
    Now, I am not sure why, but something in my spirit told me to take that day off o
  • Sammy Lawhorn might be the most widely recorded blues guitarist lost to time

    Sammy Lawhorn might be the most widely recorded blues guitarist lost to time
    Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who’ve been forgotten, underrated, or never noticed in the first place.Folks often ask me how I’ve come up with subjects for the Secret History of Chicago Music month after month. I have lots of answers, all of them true, including digging in record bins, falling down Internet rabbit holes, and cultivating knowledgeable friends. I’m
  • Percussionist and bandleader Kahil El’Zabar starts his sixth decade of making restorative rhythms

    Percussionist and bandleader Kahil El’Zabar starts his sixth decade of making restorative rhythms
    It’s probably not possible to give a brief overview of Kahil El’Zabar’s resumé—the Chicago jazz percussionist has been a crucial part of the city’s musical heritage since he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians at age 18 in the early 1970s. (He also served the AACM as its chairman for a few years beginning in 1975.) He’s spent decades making high art that grips your body as well as your mind. His melodies swing between hypno
  • Hyde Park Entrepreneur Joins 1st Congressional District Race

    Hyde Park Entrepreneur Joins 1st Congressional District Race
    Hyde Park resident and owner of Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, Jonathan T. Swain, has filed paperwork with the state to run as a candidate in the race to replace Congressman Bobby Rush who announced his retirement earlier this month. Swain is the CEO of Link Unlimited Scholars, an organization dedicated to helping Chicago’s black youth prepare for college and beyond.
    Jonathan T. Swain, who once served as Chair of the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals, is also the founder of the popular Hyd
  • The Moonwalker Cafe brings a rare and porky specialty from Guerrero to Monday Night Foodball

    The Moonwalker Cafe brings a rare and porky specialty from Guerrero to Monday Night Foodball
    Whenever there was a wedding or baptism to celebrate in San Luis de la Loma, Ana Mellin made the relleno de puerco. In the tiny town just up the coast from Acapulco, she and her cousins roasted banana leaf-swaddled, whole hogs for funerals too. The celebratory pig, stuffed with pineapple, plantains, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and pickled onions and jalapeños isn’t well known outside the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, but Mellin’s daughter Ana Fernandez brought it with
  • New-music feast the Frequency Festival returns after taking a COVID year

    New-music feast the Frequency Festival returns after taking a COVID year
    Former Reader staff writer Peter Margasak has been programming the Frequency Series at Constellation since 2013, bringing in artists from across the wide spectrum of experimental and new music for weekly showcases. Since 2016 Margasak has also booked the annual Frequency Festival, which skipped 2021 for obvious reasons; the festival will return for its sixth iteration from Tuesday, February 22, till Sunday, February 27, with events split between Constellation and the Renaissance Society. The st
  • State budget impasse linked to 2016 homicide spike

    State budget impasse linked to 2016 homicide spike
    When homicides spiked in Chicago in 2016, the increase was variously blamed on a drop in stop-and-frisk interactions by police following an ACLU of Illinois lawsuit, poor parenting, and the fallout from the release of video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald in November 2015.But according to a study published Monday by researchers at Northwestern University, the spike in violence may have been partly driven by a state budget impasse that temporarily defunded violence-prevention and youth o
  • Black Cowboy Aaron Baxter Brings Ranch Life to the City

    Black Cowboy Aaron Baxter Brings Ranch Life to the City
    With the release of films such as The Harder They Fall and the new Ivy Park Clothing line, there is a resurgence of fascination with black cowboy culture. However, few may be aware of the actual lifestyle of the black cowboy, particularly of a black cowboy in the city. We sat down with Aaron Baxter, a black cowboy from Chicago to learn more about the reality of cowboy culture.
    Chante’ Gamby (CG): How did you get started in this work?Aaron Baxter (AB):  Black Cowboys were the first one
  • Singing for the roses

    Singing for the roses
    For the longtime home of Million Dollar Quartet to have transitioned to the site of a rotating slate of parody musicals could be cringe-inducing, if not for their impressively consistent quality and ability to draw sizable audiences. It’s a feat that’s all the more notable with Omicron’s rise (and hopeful fall?) emptying chairs at live events citywide. This 75-minute parody musical came at the right time for me, as I’ve joined and since retired from Bachelor Nation over
  • Lil Durk Shocks Fans With His ‘One And Done’ Boxers Confession

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    Celebs have the luxury of not wearing hot pieces more than once, but who knew that was also the case when it comes to undergarment and shoes. Lil Durk shocked fans when he took to Instagram Story on Monday to reveal that he doesn’t ever wear the same of boxers more than once, while showing off his extensive collection of boxers.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYPqop3QSN8?feature=oembed]Durk isn’t the only rapper to declare his one and done rule. T.I. made
  • Lizzo, H.E.R and More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration

    Lizzo, H.E.R and More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration
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    iHeartRadio’s Living Black Celebration is back for the second year, celebrating Black History Month in a major way. The month-long event, empowered by AT&T, will be headlined by Lizzo, who will celebrate with a special performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s celebration will also feature performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Stars like J. Cole, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Saweetie and Bas are all scheduled to m
  • Lizzo, H.E.R & More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration

    Lizzo, H.E.R & More To Headline iHeartRadio’s ‘Living Black!’ Celebration
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    iHeartRadio’s Living Black Celebration is back for the second year, celebrating Black History Month in a major way. The month-long event, empowered by AT&T, will be headlined by Lizzo, who will celebrate with a special performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. This year’s celebration will also feature performances by Big Sean, H.E.R., Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox. Stars like J. Cole, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Saweetie and Bas are all scheduled to m
  • Black Man Sues After Being Jailed Because Police Mistook Him For White Man

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    A Black man is suing Nevada police after officers misidentified him for an older, taller white man with the same name.
    In 2020, then 23-year-old Shane Lee Brown spent six days in two Las Vegas jails after police officers arrested him on a bench warrant issued for Shane Neal Brown–– a white man who was 49 years old at the time and had been convicted of a felony in 1994 –– before Lee Brown was even born.
    Lee Brown, now 25, filed a lawsuit against the Las
  • Clarence Thomas’ Wife Has Ties To Right-Wing Extremist Groups: Report

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    The wife of the only Black Supreme Court Justice currently serving on the nation’s highest court has ties to white nationalist organizations.
    According to an investigative report by The New Yorker, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas co-hosted and spoke at a banquet that was part of a conference attended by the founder of the Oath Keepers. Federal prosecutors have previously accused the Oath Keepers of planning out attacks on the US Capitol and holding trainings the wee
  • Regina King’s Son Ian Alexander’s Disturbing Last Tweets Revealed

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    Many are still grieving the shocking death of Regina King‘s 26-year old son Ian Alexander, who died by suicide over the weekend. Although further details about the heartbreaking incident have yet to be revealed, fans dug up a few of Ian’s old tweets that showed a gloomier side to the Oscar-winning star’s son. Just five days before his passing, Ian tweeted:
    “You know that episode of SpongeBob where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini
  • White Man Arrested After Going On Racist Rampage Over A Smoothie

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    Lawyers for a white man in Connecticut maintain he’s not “a racist individual” but that he threw a drink and questioned the immigration status of employees at a smoothie shop “out of anger.”
    On Saturday (January 22) around 1 p.m., Fairfield police say James Iannazzo, 48, purchased a smoothie at a local Robeks. About 30 minutes later, his home phone was used to call 911 when he reported his child having an allergic reaction. The chi
  • Nick Cannon Honors His Late Son Zen With A Sweet Message

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    Nick Cannon is still grieving the loss of his youngest bundle of joy, Zen, who died of brain cancer back in December. Over the weekend, the father of seven took to social media to share a sweet message to his “little dude” about how much he still misses him. Nick shared:
    “Still missing my little dude… His Spirit and brightness were soo strong#ZensLight“To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”. 2Corinthians 5:8 The whole
  • Tax Season 2022: What You Need To Know

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    Tax season is upon us and given the economic recovery the country is in, it’s important now more than ever to be in the know.
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin accepting and processing federal income tax returns on Monday (January 24) –– two weeks earlier than previous years. And while theoretically the earlier you get your returns in, the earlier you get your refund, experts suggest making accuracy a priority, especially with a new wave of chang

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