The sweet life


Expectations are high for the children in The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker. And Willy Shives, ballet master of the Joffrey's children's cast, says these very diligent young dancers rise to the challenge. They have been in rehearsals since October for this 25th anniversary Nutcracker season.
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2012 Holiday highlights in Chicago


This time of year, the man in the red suit gets all the attention, but isn’t it time for his better half to steal some spotlight? Head to Chicago Botanic Garden, where Mrs. Claus hosts kids for hot chocolate and cookies, then ushers them into a special viewing of the Wonderland Express holiday train.
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Stand up comic Jeff Garlin headlines one-man show at Steppenwolf


“Why am I at Steppenwolf?!” Jeff Garlin laughed as he asked this question both to the audience and to himself at the opening night of his new one-man show, Closer Than I Appear, which runs through Dec. 16 at the venerable Lincoln Park playhouse’s Upstairs Theatre. It’s an apt question.
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Comic artist expands to abstract work


Lilli Carré’s work is distinct. The Chicago-based artist has made a name for herself in the comic book world and beyond with a body of work that combines the whimsy of fantasy with the lived-in nostalgia of silent cinema and classic cartoons.
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Gold Coast's Ruth Page Center will permanently house Chicago Children's Theatre


When Chicago Children’s Theatre opened its latest production, Harold and the Purple Crayon, in October, it was the premiere show in its first permanent home. After operating on an itinerant basis for its first six seasons, the company recently announced its designation as Artist-in-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.
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Art-fought success

New documentary shows off South Side school's gallery, and its transformative effect


It’s a vibrant, powerful collection worthy of any gallery or museum, but it’s housed in neither. Dixon is a public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood of Chatham.
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Gunpoint xenophobia


I Put the Fear of Mexico in ’Em is a play that sticks with viewers, for both good and bad reasons.
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Time to make the donuts, again

Tracey Letts' Chicago-set play returns


Superior Donuts has become the quintessential Chicago production. The acclaimed play by Tracey Letts (Killer Joe, August: Osage County) encapsulates the city’s history and its ups and downs in a fast two hours.
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Film explores funnyman Jerry Lewis' personal impact


Saeed-Vafa’s new film, Jerry & Me, which screens Saturday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, charts her lifelong fascination with the funnyman, detailing how his films — and film as a whole — shaped her identity.
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Zombies carry a tune


Musical of the Living Dead ranks amongst the best shows that I have ever seen. Filled with raunchy humor, catchy tunes, and enough fake blood to stock several Halloween haunted houses, the show turns Night of the Living Dead upside-down to create a completely original experience.
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