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Calligraphy, puppets, and protest

Whether you’re a calligraphy explorer or a hand-lettering veteran, check out the Newberry (60 W. Walton) today. They’ll be joined by the Chicago Calligraphy Collective for a Calligraphy Fair. From…

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Redtwist names new artistic director

This has been a year of tremendous changes at the top for Chicago theaters, with Susan V. Booth taking over at the Goodman after Bob Falls’s 35 years as artistic…

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The Fabelmans

The Fabelmans is a story of how the things we love the most can bring us the most pain but also drive us to find ourselves. It’s a semi-autobiographical love…

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover

D.H. Lawrence’s 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover doesn’t seem an especially propitious basis for a new Netflix movie. Sex scenes aren’t a scandal anymore, and neither is a relationship across…

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Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter

One doesn’t have to be a restaurant industry insider to enjoy director Rebecca Halpern’s documentary Love, Charlie. Instead, Chicago’s buzzing restaurant scene in the 90s serves as the pressure cooker…

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Sr.

Sr. is capable of softening even the hardest of hearts. Not everyone is a film buff, but most moviegoers know who Robert Downey Jr. is, whether as the affable and…

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Strange World

To the extent that Strange World will be discussed at all, the movie’s actual qualities will not be considered. This is because Disney’s latest computer-animated story is also the newest…

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Violent Night

Santa is on the prowl in Violent Night, and he’s packing heat, tattoos, and a surprising amount of heart. David Harbour is the grizzled-up Saint Nick, and he’s just a…

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World AIDS Day screenings, the Buttcracker, and more

Last week, the annual winter flower shows opened at the city’s conservatories in Garfield Park and Lincoln Park. This year, the theme at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park)…

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Witchslayer have finally released the album they should’ve made 40 years ago

Since 2004 Plastic Crimewave (aka Steve Krakow) has used the Secret History of Chicago Music to shine a light on worthy artists with Chicago ties who’ve been forgotten, underrated, or…

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