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A Cast of 50

The NewCity Players list is out, power-ranking the people who make the performing arts happen in Chicago.

Three Minutes to Midnight

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will move the hands of the doomsday clock to 11:57pm thanks to threats to humanity posed by climate change and nuclear weapons.

Chinatown's Boom

The ethnic Chinese population living in Chicago's Chinatown is growing, unlike most major cities where it's on the decline, writes The Chicago Advocate.

More Meat

Noble Square's Butcher & Larder will join forces with the massive Local Foods indoor farmer's market currently under construction in Bucktown.

RIP Eddie Z

Eddie Zolna, the only Chicago 16" softball player ever inducted into the Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame, died Tuesday.

Our Privatized Metropolis

Rahm Emanuel is escalating the pattern started by his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, in selling off parts of the city to private enterprise. In These Times reports on how everything from school services to infrastructure is being sold to bulk up the city budget.

Beal, Streets & Memphis

Chicago-born musician Willis Earl Beal presents the premiere of Memphis, a film he wrote, directed and stars in, on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Portage Theater. He'll do a Q&A and perform music from the film after the screening. Tickets are $7.

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A Twisted Path Through the City

This Sunday at Block Thirty Seven, maze maker Matthew Haussler will unveil a record-breaking 73.5-foot-long maze illustrating scenes from around Chicago. A book of his Chicago mazes is due out in March.

YouTuber Helps Build a School

Steve Chen, one of the co-founders of YouTube, donated $1 million to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to help build an innovation center in the Aurora STEM school. The new center was named IN2 Steve and Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry after its now-famous alumnus.

"Queen of Mischief and Make-Believe"

Actress Molly Brennan is the subject of a profile in the February issue of American Theatre. The prolific artist is currently in Lookingglass Theatre's production of Lookingglass Alice, where you may not want to arrive late to a performance.

Archives

“How someone discusses working with a major figure in their field shows how much they grasp the significance of the occasion. If Baryshnikov is Zeus, Whelan is Athena.”

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Under the Hood

A/C

Jesse Malmed @ The Film Studies Center

by S. Nicole Lane

Drive Thru

Leggin' It to Leghorn Cafe

by Danielle Snow

Transmission

Fall in Love with the Universal Togetherness Band

by Julian Ramirez

Drive Thru

Friday Foodpic: Plein Air Cafe

by Robyn Nisi

Book Club

Bookmarks

by Miden Wood

Mechanics

Stump Connolly Reporting In: A Long Day in the Life of Bob Fioretti

by Stump Connolly

A/C

The Boy Next Door, Cake, Song One & Match

by Steve Prokopy

Mechanics

New Chicago Microlending Initiative to Aid South Side Businesses

by Emily Brosious

Transmission

Sofar Sounds Brings Bands into Music Lovers' Living Rooms

by Mike Ewing

Drive Thru

Young Chefs Battle for Regional Winner of Almost Famous Chef Competition

by Judy Wu

The Grid: Lyrical Video Journalism

To be Demolished: Documenting 100
Threatened Buildings

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