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Madonna performs at the United Center.

Madonna Is as Mesmerizing as Ever

By Zachary Leiter / February 23, 2024

Hours before Madonna emerges, as crowds pour into the United Center, excitement hangs in the air like a mist. A sparkly mist. The atmosphere is celebratory, and why shouldn’t it be? Less than a year...

Attendees at The Regulators concert

The Regulators Perform for the Logan Center’s Jazz Series

By Celeste Alcalay / February 15, 2024
Arts Reporter Celeste Alcalay attends Logan Center’s Third Tuesday Jazz concert, featuring The Regulators.
From the Maroon media archive, “Hull Gate from the Joseph Regenstein Library.”

When Harry Met Sally Still Hooks Viewers After 35 Years

By Trin Bledsoe / February 8, 2024
Can men and women be friends? The burning question at the heart of "When Harry Met Sally" still smolders after 35 years.
Jasmine Amy Rogers stuns as Boop in the original musical “Boop!”

In Boop! The Musical, a Nostalgic Story Leaps to the Stage

By Belle Nahoom / February 8, 2024
Although its plot and songs could use direction, Boop! The Musical delivers visual delight and old-timey music for a nostalgic, family-friendly audience.
Installation view, Calling on the Past: Selections from the Collection, Smart Museum of Art, 2023–2024; Credit: Photo by Bob. Image courtesy the Smart Museum of Art.

Navigating Cross-Historical Dialogues in “Calling on the Past”

By Katherine Chen / February 5, 2024
Arts reporter Katherine Chen reviews the Smart Museum’s new exhibit, “Calling on the Past.”
Photo by Chicago International Puppet Festival. Bug and Aurelia in The Immortal Jellyfish Girl.

Visions of Apocalypse in Wakka Wakka’s “The Immortal Jellyfish Girl”

By Toby Chan / February 5, 2024
Associate Arts Editor Toby Chan reviews “The Immortal Jellyfish Girl” at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, which offers a compelling mythos about mankind’s future for a present where climate disasters and visions of catastrophe threaten our survival as a species.
Viola (Jaeda LaVonne) and Duke Orsino (Yao Dogbe) in Twelfth Night. Photo by Liz Lauren for the Chicago Shakespeare Company.

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s “Twelfth Night” is a Musical Romp With A Lot of Heart

By Francesco P. Rahe / February 5, 2024
Overly wholesome plot resolutions can often feel treacly, but excellent set design and convincing performances succeeded in making this Twelfth Night genuinely heartwarming.
Emily (Juliet Hart, from left), Jim (Alex Benito Rodriguez), and John (PJ Powers) negotiate and compromise through a long night of editing on deadline.

“Lifespan of a Fact”: Something out of the Reg

By Miki Mukawa / January 29, 2024
“The University of Chicago is in the bones of this play,” Jeremy Kareken, alum and co-writer of The Lifespan of a Fact, says.
A pair of lovers, perhaps, walk past Saieh Hall.

Why Valentine’s Day is February 14th

By Katherine Chen / January 29, 2024
A tale of academic balancing acts, historical whimsy, and the pursuit of love post–midterm madness
side profile of red theater chairs

At Sold-out Screening, Married Professors Talk “May December”

By Elizabeth Eck / January 26, 2024
Laughter and love were up for discussion at a screening of "May December" co-hosted by Night Owls and Doc Films on Saturday, January 15.
Credit: University of Chicago Folklore Society. Scenes from last year’s annual folk festival, which returns to Mandel Hall next month.

Preview: The University Folk Fest Returns to Mandel Hall

By Noah Glasgow / January 20, 2024
What festival organizer Nick Rommel calls a “64-year-old jubilee of song and dance and stories that come out of the sometimes decaying, sometimes beautifully aged woodwork of this nation” returns February 9 and 10.
Doja Cat performs on her Scarlet tour.

Doja Cat Flaunts Her Devilish New Persona at the Scarlet Tour

By Lainey Gregory / January 15, 2024
Associate Arts Editor Lainey Gregory attends the final show of Doja Cat’s Scarlet Tour at the United Center.
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