When Chicago’s Turkish community joined with its consulate to launch a city Turkish Festival 12 years ago, they could not have foreseen how much the annual festival would grow. From that first 2002 event in Daley Plaza that drew some 50,000 attendees over four days, the Chicago Turkish Festival has grown to an annual attendance
BY MARK GUARINO | CHICAGO SUN-TIMES MUSIC WRITER The Arcade Fire named their fourth album “Reflektor,” but if you were at the United Center Wednesday, there was little chance you would not notice. A disco ball lowered, splintering light everywhere, singer Regine Chassagne held two mirrors in her palm and shot rays in all directions,
In 2003, Billy Corgan returned from California to his native Chicago to settle down in the northern suburbs.
The next entry in this summer’s Millennium Park Film series is the iconic “Wizard of Oz,” celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The 1939 classic, which stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke, will screen at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Pritzker Pavilion. Admission is free. Run time: 101 minutes.
Chicago’s Venetian Night celebration makes its 2014 return with a big splash — Broadway-style! The aquatic spectacular is set for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Nearly 20 decorated boats will comprise the water regatta, sailing along the pier’s East End to the South Dock in a half-mile parade. This year’s theme
Chicago Defender editor and Black Creativity founder Earl Calloway died Wednesday at 87 years old. The accomplished columnist and fine arts journalist was a Chicago powerhouse who got his start at several African-American agencies, including the Associated Negro Press, the Chicago Courier and Negro Press International. Born Oct. 4, 1926 in Birmingham, Ala., he came
BY MARK GUARINO | SUN-TIMES MUSIC WRITER Even though he is an Academy Award winner and one of the most respected film actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges has kept things down to earth by making music. Since 2000 he has quietly released albums that reflect his love of country and folk music, and especially
Ari Shavit, well-known Israeli columnist and author of “My Promised Land,” will be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraising gala benefiting the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. The Nov. 8 fete at the Fairmont Hotel will be co-chaired by Renee Crown and William Marovitz. The evening also will honor Avy Stein of
You might not agree with the characterization, but it’s the truth: Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church is blazing with popularity right now, and is one of the “go to” congregations in the Chicago area. The Grammy-nominated pastor there, Charles Jenkins, might call replace the word “popular” with “favor” but no matter what you call it, it’s
In “When the Game Stands Tall” (opening Friday), Laura Dern plays Bev Ladouceur, the wife of legendary high school football coach Bob Ladouceur of the De La Salle Spartans of Concord, California — who led his team to a record-breaking 151 consecutive wins before having to face adversity and rebuilding. The actress called recently