Arts and Culture

Book Review
3:53 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Book Review: Herbie Hancock - In the Moment

In this book, Possibilities, by Herbie Hancock, the words seem to flow as the author’s music career has evolved—smoothly and naturally. Herbie’s musical talent was apparent at age eleven, when he won a contest right to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. An early aptitude for understanding technical material and analysis, plus joy in taking things apart, foretold a career in engineering. His practical parents used an uncle’s South Chicago address in the Hyde Park High School district to qualify him a place at a desired school. His classes were easy.

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Arts and Culture
11:44 am
Thu April 2, 2015

XicanIndie Film Fest | April 9-12

Salvadoran hip-hop group RDBM, featured in the XicanIndie Film Festival feature Words of Revolution.

XicanIndie Film Fest XVII, a four day film festival showcasing the best in Chicano independent films and Latino World Cinema, will take place at Su Teatro Performing and Cultural Arts Center April 9 to 12.

Besides five headliner film screenings and nine other films/shorts, the festival will feature several parties and panels with visiting filmmakers.

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Performance Review
9:53 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Raw, Bold & Unapologetic: Su Teatro's "Real Women Have Curves" | March 12-April 4

Credit Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center

RAW, BOLD and UNAPOLOGETIC sum up Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Art Center's production of "Real Women Have Curves," running until April 4.

Su Teatro's Executive Artistic Director Anthony J Garcia said the theater strives to tell untold stories, and their latest production did just that.

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Jazz on Film
3:05 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Jazz on Film: Stormy Weather - song and dance celebration


The 1943 film "Stormy Weather" is a big Hollywood musical with an all-black cast featuring many of the top entertainers of the day. It is also a snapshot into the state of Black America both inside Hollywood and in the United States. That makes this a little bit of a schizophrenic film to review.

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Jazz on Film
12:43 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Jazz on Film: A Studio Romantic, Arif Mardin

From the 1950s to the 1980s Atlantic Records turned out the freshest, most cutting edge and soulful records in Jazz, R & B, Rock and Roll, and Pop music. The brain trust of the brothers Ahmet and Neshui Ertegun along with producer Jerry Wexler and engineer Tom Dowd cranked out one classic record after another, hit after hit and made the label Atlantic synonymous with taste and class in their relationships with the artists. Arif Mardin was the fifth member of that group and is the least well-known but no less influential.

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