Cutting the grass: New exhibit explores lawn alternatives

A new exhibit opening Friday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is designed to give people a whole new perspective on their relationship with the front yard.

over 7 years ago | Erick Ward

Me and Stephen Colbert: How funny is that?

A student at The Second City's school for aspiring comedy writers follows in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert and learns to put the jokes aside and get to the heart of the character.

over 7 years ago | Amy Crider

Filmmaker's work is a call to action

Chicago filmmaker Bruce Orenstein says he is still a community organizer at heart; film is simply the tool he uses to try to empower struggling communities and bring about change.

over 7 years ago | Aisha Qidwae

Midwest Film Festival goes for laughs

This month's lineup at the Midwest Independent Film Festival is a selection of comedy shorts by local and regional filmmakers.

over 7 years ago | Kevin Langson

Humboldt Park residents ready for their close-up

Residents of a neighborhood long plagued by gang violence are looking forward to a more positive portrayal in an upcoming film centered on Puerto Rican family life.

over 7 years ago | Kwame Shorter

Wicker Park music venue to close

The Note, which began hosting live music at its Milwaukee Avenue location in 1996, will close Sunday and reopen next month without the bands.

over 7 years ago | Joe Kurowski

Italian spring comes to Chicago

The Italian Culture Institute of Chicago has lined up a season's worth of offerings for Chicago residents craving a little bit of primavera.

over 7 years ago | Giulia Donati and Laura Elia

Exhibit spotlights war's cultural losses

A new museum exhibit highlights an often overlooked consequence of the Iraq war: the looting and destruction of cultural artifacts.

over 7 years ago | Robert O'Connor

Aspiring theater groups thrive in cheap digs

With a ready supply of affordable storefront theaters, Chicago is a sweet home for aspiring producers. Some rent space for under $1,000 a week.

over 7 years ago | Amy Crider

"Pure Serendipity" in Daley Plaza

Dean Sharp came to Chicago planning to take photographs for his art school senior project. He ended up with a series of images that capture a Chicago icon and still resonate decades later.

over 7 years ago | Jeanelle Hayner

Teatro Luna paints unvarnished portrait of Latina life

Teatro Luna, born out of its founders frustration at finding too few good roles for Latina actresses, specializes in sketches pulled from real life. Their approach is connecting with audiences in new ways.

over 7 years ago | Cassandra Harlan

Turtle racing draws raucous crowd

Each Friday night, Big Joe's Bar in Ravenswood transforms itself from a typical neighborhood bar into a hotbed of urban turtle racing.

over 7 years ago | Joe Osgood

From the pulpit to the stage

A group of priests and nuns took a crack at show biz Sunday at a South Side talent show. More than 400 people showed up to hear everything from guitar playing to stand-up comedy.

over 7 years ago | Kate Morrelle

Plans for a healthy food system take root in Englewood

A broad coalition of community and civic groups are working together to bring healthy food choices to a South Side neighborhood characterized as a "food desert."

over 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Chicago filmmaker explores beauty's ugly side

A Chicago native's latest Chicago-based film explores the roots and costs of America's obsession with physical beauty.

over 7 years ago | Kevin Langson