Art and Power

Lenin pin

Samuel Goldwyn, the movie studio head, told his writers: "If you want to send a message, call Western Union." What he meant was that he was not interested in scripts that expressed social or political opinions. Lenin and the soviet leaders after him, on the other hand, felt that all art should have a message: theirs. With […]

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Books for Opera Buffs

Civic Opera 1

Chicago Lyric Opera recently announced its next season, and while only subscriptions are currently on sale (tickets for individual performances become available in July), this is a good time to look at recent novels that involve operas and those who sing them. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee is as full of drama and incident […]

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Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé’s Lemonade: Beats

Source: robbertholf, Flickr

This post is the third in the series Books and Beats Inspired by Beyoncé's Lemonade. If you still can't stop talking about Lemonade, you're not alone. Beyoncé's latest album is a pop music masterpiece, packed with star-studded cameos; eclectic samples of poetry, historic speeches and home videos; killer fashion and some of her most powerful tracks to date. […]

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April Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

Sit back, relax and take an entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local artists and performers. Fools' Gold: The "Musical Genius" of Alan Gresik 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 1 Pianist-bandleader Alan […]

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March Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

We invite you to take a relaxing yet entertaining midday break at the library! In March, the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of free afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians and dancers. All performances take place at 12:15 p.m. Women Composers Through the Centuries 12:15 […]

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The Black National Anthem and the Multitalented Men Who Wrote It

J. Rosamond Johnson (l) with his brother James Weldon Johnson 
Source: ASCAP, Wikipedia

James Weldon Johnson is often called the Renaissance Man of the Harlem Renaissance—with good reason. The author of the novel The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, he was also a respected poet, newspaper columnist, diplomat and the first black leader of the NAACP. But he is perhaps best known for writing the lyrics to the stirring […]

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Celebrate 2016 Chinese New Year: Year of the Monkey at CPL

Chinese New Year illustration of a monkey

Happy New Year!!! February 8 marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese Zodiac animal for 2016 is the monkey, which is the ninth animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. People born under the sign of the monkey are said to be witty and intelligent with a charming personality. While traditional Lunar New Year […]

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Author of the Month Andrea Davis Pinkney

In 1959, in a bungalow in the heart of Detroit, with $800 and a dream, Berry Gordy, Jr. started the first recording label for African American musicians. It was here that the "Sound of Young America" was born and where the "Groove" got its beginning. Take a ride won't you—a Rhythm Ride—with February's Author of the Month, Andrea Davis […]

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January Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

We invite you to take a relaxing yet entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of free afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians and dancers. All performances take place at 12:15 p.m. Apollo Rosi, Piano Recital Friday, […]

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