Lit

A Million Different Angles

Zadie Smith in conversation at the DuSable

Luc Boyce

In the sweltering auditorium of the DuSable Museum of African American History, at the border of Washington Park and Hyde Park, the packed audience murmured on Wednesday, November 30, in anticipation of the presence of acclaimed author Zadie Smith. Clasped like precious heirlooms in audience members’ arms, the bright yellow covers of her new book Swing Time dotted the room with frequency. As one fan whispered to a woman next to him, “I told my kids, this is like a rock concert to me.”

Stage & Screen

Boxing as Memory

'The Man in the Ring' evokes the psychic pain of the physical realm

Courtesy of Court Theatre

In 1962, television viewers across the nation watched, mouths agape, as boxer Emile Griffith delivered blow after blow to the head of his opponent Benny Paret. The last blows ultimately proved fatal; Paret died after a ten-day coma. It was an event so shocking that the sport of boxing was barred from free television until the 1970s.

Visual Arts

Everyday Display

Luke Fowler at the Neubauer Collegium

COURTESY OF NEUBAUER COLLEGIUM FOR CULTURE AND SOCIETY

Through symmetry and soft colors, Fowler’s work evokes a sense of meditative tranquility.

Stage & Screen

Staging Social Studies

Lines in the Dust explores who “deserves” a proper education

eta Creative Arts Foundation

While their perspectives are interesting and the tension palpable, we often lose sight of who these women are beyond their relation to the access of proper education in America.

Stage & Screen

Revival on 55th Street

Bringing comedy back to Hyde Park

The majority of theater in Chicago—comedy or otherwise—is located on the North Side, and Stoops hopes that placing The Revival on the South Side will encourage talent to diffuse geographically throughout the city, as well as promote emergence of distinctly South Side voices.

Lit

Liberation in Rapture, Rhythm, and Rhyme

Your body was crafted for this,” writes poet Patricia Smith, her verse stark and sparse against a white page, neighbored by a glossy black-and-white photograph of a man in rapture to music. Such affirmations fill the pages of Gotta Go Gotta Flow: Life, Love, and Lust on Chicago’s South Side, at once an exploration of the South Side’s nightlife in the 1970s and a celebration of the body in movement. It is also, in the wake of the artist’s passing in 2011, a rebirth of the images of Michael Abramson—referred to in the foreword as “that white boy lugging that camera again”—initially known for his documentation of Chicago’s urban life. While one cannot quite call Smith’s poetry in this book descriptive, the individual poems personify the pictures, bringing us into the souls of the subjects.

Lit

“This is a Conversation”

Junot Díaz discusses power and representation at UofC talk

Javier Suarez

“No matter what we [people of color] do, we’re automatically challenging structures.”