Art & Culture

You May Not Know It, But Shakespeare Is Thriving in the Heartland

Jennifer Pennington didn’t get good grades in high school, nor did she excel at sports.  Instead, she got into acting, much to the chagrin of...

The Great Midwest Trivia Contest, Circa 1966

If you’ve ever played a game of trivia, you might be familiar with questions like “Who was the fifteenth president of the United States?”...

Trouble in Paradise? How “Ozark” Shaped Tourism in the Real-life Ozarks

“This place right here has more shoreline than the whole coast of California,” Marty Byrde, the series protagonist of “Ozark”, says in its 2017...

Cleveland’s History in the Film Industry Gives Promise for its Future

Cleveland’s place in the film industry dates back to the 19th century. Just two years after the Lumière brothers screened their short films in...

A National Tribute to Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Humboldt Park, Chicago

Perched on the grassy lawns of Chicago's Humboldt Park, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Art (NMPRAC), is a centerpiece of the city's Puerto Rican community, Paseo Boricua. Under the building's arresting red-tiled roof hangs an array of work by artists from the Puerto Rican diaspora.

How Cleveland Became the Butt of the Joke

In the 2015 movie “Trainwreck,” sports doctor Aaron Conners, played by Bill Hader, has a good-natured chat with NBA player LeBron James, played by, well…himself.

Safeguarding Ukraine’s Artistic Heritage on Chicago’s West Side

Generations of Ukrainian immigrants have called Chicago’s Ukrainian Village home. An explosion of avant garde creativity in the area in the ‘60s and ‘70s gave birth to an art museum whose mission seems prescient today. Now, the art that hangs in the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art's galleries serves as a small but mighty protest against Russia’s attempts to erase Ukrainian culture.

In the Movie Musical Renaissance, Does “The Music Man” Deserve a Second Chance?

Everyone loves a movie musical. In the last few years, it seems, to me, there’s been somewhat of a surge of movie musical adaptations. Critics praised “West Side Story” (2021) just as much as they reviled “Dear Evan Hansen” (2021). Even the Academy Award Winner for Best Picture this year, “CODA,” has at least two singing scenes integral to the movie.

The Rise, Fall and Lasting Wonder of the Drive-in

The drive-in is an icon of twentieth-century American entertainment. Since the height of their popularity in the ‘50s and subsequent decline as real estate costs rose and technology advanced, drive-in theaters have gotten creative — and even made a brief comeback as a socially-distanced, open-air pandemic pastime.

Toledo’s Jazz Scene Is Roaring Once Again

In a dark room sit clusters of circular wooden tables and chairs while a handful of vintage lamps radiate warm light. A red upholstered banquette runs along a dark wall, reminiscent of a century ago. But the focus of the room is a gleaming, black piano on a stage enveloped with red curtains, a platform designed to transport audiences to Toledo, Ohio’s golden era — and envision its next one.

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