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Via Zoom: Kirsten Leslie Karadzhova for ‘Salon Des Artiste’ Art Song Series on May 7, 2022

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CHICAGO – The tradition of the music salon goes as far back as 16th Century Italy, and is designed as a destination “either to please or to educate.” On May 7th, 2022, Soprano Kirsten Leslie Karadzhova and pianist Paul Dykstra will present the first Art Song Series at Dykstra’s “Salon des Artiste” music studio in the Fine Arts Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. For complete details regarding this “free to the public” event, see below.

Event News: Anita Hill & John Waters Highlight Chicago Humanities Festival on May 7, 2022

Anita Hill, John Waters, CHF 2022

CHICAGO – The Spring Season continues on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, as the Chicago Humanities Festival presents an amazing day of forums and speakers. Kicking off the day will be a woman of history … in a week where we need her … as Anita Hill speaks on the topic of “Believing Women,” the subject of her new book. Ending the day will be mondo film director John Waters, speaking on his new book, “Liarmouth: A Feel-Bad Romance.” In between, the full day will have many other forums and discussions, click CHF MAY 7TH for schedule, details and ticket information.

Via Zoom: Zachary Trussell for ‘That Night’ Premiere on April 30, 2022

CHICAGO – Any night out in a big city has the potential to be a good night, the risk of being a bad night, and typically ends up somewhere in between … but only some nights can claim to be THAT NIGHT. So describes writer/director Zachary Trussell’s debut feature film, premiering at Chicago’s Logan Theatre on April 30th, 2022.

Via Zoom: Ryan Saunders of 17th CineYouth Fest, April 22-24, 2022

CHICAGO – The future is now at the 2022 CineYouth Festival, taking place this upcoming weekend in person, April 22nd-24th, at FACETS in Chicago. The 17th annual CineYouth features 71 international short films from creators that are children, teens and young adults up to 22 years old. The Festival Director is Ryan Saunders.

Theater Review: Otherworld Theatre in Immersive ‘Murder on Horizon’ Thru May 1, 2022

Murder on Horizon

CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.

Podtalk: Susan Messing for the World Comedy Expo Chicago, March 25-27, 2022

Susan Messing, WCE 2022

CHICAGO – She is one of the best and most established improv artists in Chicago, the City of Yes-And. Susan Messing makes history wherever she goes, including her residency at the Annoyance Theatre with her famous “Messing with a Friend” revue, an ongoing and completely improvised hour of hilarity. Messing will be a part of the inaugural World Comedy Expo (natch), performing two shows (click link for tickets and info), MESSING WITH MASON, THE 1-Zs and plus facilitating a workshop, IMPROV FOR STAND UP.

Via Zoom: Kerry Sheenan for Inaugural World Comedy Expo in Chicago, March 25-27, 2022

World Comedy Expo 2022

CHICAGO – It’s time to laugh, and just in time the World Comedy Expo is coming to Chicago this weekend – March 25th-27th, 2022 – and is offering an international showcase of stand-up comics, improvisation, sketch, panels and workshops all on the topic of generating laughs. Kelly Sheenan of Chicago is a co-founder.

In Memoriam: Merri Dee, Chicago Broadcasting Legend, Dies at 85

Merri Dee, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – She was a pioneer in a broadcasting business at a time when it was mostly white and male. The incomparable Merri Dee was a fixture in Chicago media beginning in the 1960s, breaking barriers as a black woman TV personality and newscaster. She passed away in Chicago on March 16th, 2022, at age 85.

On-Air Film Review: Tailor Made Film Noir in ‘The Outfit’

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on March 17th, reviewing “The Outfit,” a new crime thriller noir set in Chicago, in theaters on March 18th.

Exclusive Photo Gallery: Slash with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators in Chicago, March 2, 2022

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The legendary Slash at the Riviera Theatre. Chicago.

CHICAGO – The concert season has begun full throttle again and what better man to put that accelerator down than Slash, former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and now on worldwide tour with band collaborators Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. The band features lead singer Kennedy, Slash, bassist Todd Kerns, drummer Brent Fitz and rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris. They appeared in Chicago at the Riviera Theatre (The Riv) on March 2nd, 2022, and Music Photographer Jeff “Doc” Doles got the Exclusive Photos.

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    CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Dan Baker on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on May 5th, reviewing the new miniseries “The Offer,” about the creation of the classic film “The Godfather,” currently streaming on Paramount+.

  • Murder on Horizon

    CHICAGO – Time to get back to live stage shows! The Otherworld Theatre of Chicago (Wrigleyville Neighborhood) presents an immersive sci-fi experience – AKA audience participation – on a space station, enticingly titled “Murder on Horizon.” The audience is part of solving the mystery as a futuristic gumshoe goes from suspect to suspect to find the killer of a prominent scientist.

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