Art and Power

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

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

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

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

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

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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One Book, One Chicago Partners with Lyric Opera of Chicago for Community Created Performances

Chicago Public Library's One Book One Chicago partners with Lyric Opera of Chicago for an extraordinary new initiative celebrating the stories of Chicago's communities and exploring Chicago's vocal traditions. Chicagoans are invited to participate in the Chicago Voices Community Created Performances program and win the opportunity to tell the story of their community through song. […]

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