Better Makers: Grammy Winner Esperanza Spalding Performs During Gala for The People’s Music School

In an hourlong virtual gala, The People’s Music School raised money to support free music education for nearly 1,600 children from underserved communities and also celebrated the school’s successful shift to virtual instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic. The March 19 event raised $550,000 and served as a celebration for supporters, artists and community leaders to honor […]

Chicago Children's Theatre: "Bud, Not Buddy"

If there’s only one show you bring your kids to this season, make it Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new production “Bud, Not Buddy.”   The play, based on the Newberry Award-winning book, follows a charismatic 10-year-old orphan (Bud) as he embarks on a journey to find his father in depression-era Michigan. Using clues his late mother […]

Fresh: Foster Family

Four local partners have collaborated to open Foster Dance Studios.   They are: Artistic Director Ronn Stewart, a Joffrey teacher and longtime dancer; Sarah Goldstone, a Juilliard grad and a Chicago dancer; along with Kathryn Ebert of Evanston and Sally H. Turner of Wilmette. The studio will offer a wide variety of classes for all […]

Jazzy Nights on the Town at Evanston’s Q2

Q2, the terrific little bar next to Quince Restaurant, is ringing in the warm weather with a fresh new jazz series.   Top Chicago-area jazz artists will perform on the first and third Thursday of the month in the intimate venue. Amazingly, there is no cover charge. Emmy-winning composer and musician Steve Rashid is curating […]