Regional News Brian Stokes Mitchell, Heather Headley and Alexandra Billings are part of the August 7 tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Ravinia Festival Sincerely, Stephen Sondheim also features the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kevin Stites. Brian Stokes Mitchell, Heather Headley and Alexandra Billings The Ravinia Festival in HighlandRead More →

Karen Carderelli, Executive Director of FACETS, said, “Entrepreneur, editor, author, producer and philanthropist Chaz Ebert has spent her career championing overlooked films and filmmakers, providing invaluable opportunities for new and diverse voices. Her work as a film producer, most recently in Rebecca Hall’s “Passing,” has reinforced diversity and change inRead More →

Some have expressed concerns about safety at Chicago’s summer festivals after gunfire disrupted a Shakespeare performance in the parks on Thursday night, resulting in a chaotic scene and the cancellation of weekend performances. Crowds had gathered in Columbus Park to see Shakespeare in the Parks when all the sudden gunshotsRead More →

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago’s Pride Fest is back. “I think it’s cool. I love seeing everyone come together and show their sexuality and support for everything,” said Imani Drozd, a participant. For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the legendary annual street festival has returned to theRead More →

With tens of thousands of people visiting Chicago’s famous festivals throughout Pride month, local health officials want festival-goers to be aware of rising cases of monkeypox. On Tuesday, the CDC reported 65 cases in the United States, including eight reported in Illinois. Seven of those eight are in Chicago, accordingRead More →

Editors’ note: In full disclosure, this story is written by contributor Sam Molitor, a high school student who is connected to the event organizers. For more information on the rest of May’s events, including Lantern Making and Launching, please visit Evanston ASPA here. But this story is about one ofRead More →

Senator Bernie Sanders speaking at the Kellogg strike in Battle Creek, MI. [Credit: Battle Creek Shopper News, Facebook] Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke at Unity Fest, an event held on Sunday, April 24 to celebrate the successful unionization vote at five Starbucks locations in Richmond, Va., by Starbucks United. TheRead More →

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, in residence at Northeastern Illinois University, presents its popular “Flamenco Passion” performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, 9501 Skokie Blvd., 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 June and Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. These performancesRead More →

FromKALB – Randy Caspersen doesn’t describe himself as religious, but every time he visits the garden behind Mayfield Congregational Church in Sycamore, he becomes spiritually inspired. Caspersen said the Monarch Garden and Station is “a peaceful place of respite, contemplation and relaxation for all of us”. Caspersen is an assistantRead More →

The Roger Ebert Film Festival returns to Champaign on Wednesday, with a full slate of films and speakers in its 22nd year. “We’ll be showing movies that will make you laugh and make you cry, and some filled with so much music you’ll want to dance,” said Chaz Ebert, widowRead More →

Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] Chicago, 501(c)(3) status, a leading community umbrella organization — hosted spectacular, vibrant and colorful Holi celebrations marked by festive cheer interspersed with a beautifully decorated stage and venues, filled with music, of dancing and singing awash in the vibrancy of color and gallant exuberance atRead More →

JANE ARTMAN-ANDREWS Over 60 Vice President Be sure to join your Over 60 friends and our travel partner, Tri-State Travel, for a day trip to the Pella Tulip Festival. Travel back in time with us on Thursday May 5th to a European village with an authentic windmill, bright tulips andRead More →

WATERLOO — An award-winning docudrama with metro ties will premiere Saturday at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. “Sons & Daughters of Thunder,” by Mid-America Emmy-winning filmmakers Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, will screen at 10:10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Collins Road Theaters in Marion.Read More →

BARRINGTON — For 26 years, school crossing guard Fred Welstead stood sentry on busy suburban streets, safely guiding children walking and cycling to and from school with a watchful eye, a gentle smile and a hand stop sign. “The kids are basically well-behaved, very courteous, and they always say ‘thankRead More →

Jupiter String Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Anglican Parish in Quincy as part of the Quincy Civic Music Association’s 2021-22 season. The program will include Haydn’s “String Quartet in D major, Op. 20 No. 4”, movements 2 and 4 of “Five Folksongs in Counterpoint”Read More →

EDWARDSVILLE – Despite a pandemic, despite being an art form thought of outside the popular lexicon of the arts, Opera Edwardsville (OE) has thrived and grown, now celebrating its fifth year as an arts organization cultural and non-profit. Opera Edwardsville has consistently and professionally proven itself, bringing together world-class talentRead More →

Goodman Theater announces upcoming reading Future Labs: Cephianne’s Reflection by Mallory Raven-Ellen Backstrom, directed by Wardell Julius Clark. The second offering (of six planned workshops and presentations) in the second season of Future Labs, Backstrom’s new piece is written in homage to an American dialect and colorful culture found onRead More →

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Monday was the last day for those interested in bringing passenger rail to Peoria to give their opinion. In January, city leaders from Peoria, along with leaders from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), released a 10-question survey that asked residents many questions, including how oftenRead More →

FEB. 26 • Local children are invited to explore “The Many Languages ​​of Peace” at the Discovery Center, 332 Eighth Ave. South. Admission to the Discovery Center is $4 per person aged 2-64, $3 per person aged 65 and over, and free for children 1 and under as well asRead More →

On Wednesday, various registered student organizations and students flocked to the Brown Ballroom for the Illinois State University Annual Meeting winter party. Winter Fest provides on-campus organizations the opportunity to get exposure and show off what makes their clubs special. President and Founder of Ladies in PoliticsHailee Wilmoth opened upRead More →

My grandmother Lenore Hardy Billups majored in art at Newcomb College in New Orleans 1908-1913. In his office, I came across this invitation to a Mardi Gras ball at the French Opera there. We are in the middle of Mardi Gras or carnival. Many people, however, don’t appreciate the religiousRead More →

PrairieFest, the area’s popular community festival, is back June 16-19. Presented by the Park District of Oswegoland, the festival combines small-town charm with an emotional summertime celebration over Father’s Day weekend. Free concerts from a mix of national and local bands, plus entertaining performances have always been a highlight ofRead More →