MJ Chen

Arts Editor


UChicago Manual of Style

The Maroon's fashion feature rigorously inquires: "Who are you wearing?"



January 12, 2017

Cooking with Nous, 11/5: DIY Kale Kimchi and Hoisin-Glazed Crackling Pork Belly

"Nous" is the Greek word for mind, or intellect. It also puns nicely with the French for “us." As in, come eat with us—food cooked from the heart, with the spirit of rigorous inquiry.



November 15, 2016

Mad Treat: Lyric's "Lucia" Has Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever

An operatic Simone Biles, Shagimuratova delivered on the floor in Olympic fashion—equal parts art and power.


October 21, 2016

Queens Behaving Badly: Drag Race All Stars Shoots for the Finish

RuPaul's Drag Race is mainstream now—there’s no denying that fact.


October 6, 2016

An Irreverent Welcome Letter

A letter to our dear readers.


September 29, 2016

Haitink Proves Able Storyteller at CSO with Mozart, Strauss

"The challenge in playing Mozart is playing so that the audience hears it again for the first time."


May 6, 2016

26 Years Later, Paris is Burning Still Rages On

“We witness a ritual in which imagination triumphs over circumstance.”


April 7, 2016

Lyric’s Roméo: A Note by Any Other Pitch Won’t Sound as Sweet

"Love duets fly thick and fast in Roméo et Juliette, from the sensual to the cemetery..."


March 8, 2016

Opera’s Morbid Valentine: Puccini and Poulenc

"The backdrop looked like the ’60s as a Windows 95 screensaver—tie-dyed and distastefully neon; its animation synced neither with music nor with plot. My theory? The wallpaper killed old Buoso."


February 15, 2016

Disappointing leads, budget sets undercut an otherwise merry Widow

"I remember the razzle-dazzle, bygone splendor, and synergy of cast and costumes of that production —— a spectacle of the haut-bourgeois. But I will not remember this production."


December 4, 2015