Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Monday, February 26

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« The First Annual Gapers Block Valentines Dance-a-Thon is Just Around the Corner The Woman In Black, Chronicle, Coriolanus & The Innkeepers »

Television Thu Feb 02 2012

A Chicago Legend: WCIU Remembers Don Cornelius

DON C.jpg

The ride from Chicago to Los Angeles is indeed a long one, but for the very determined "conductor" of one particular "train," it was a ride that was definitely worth taking.

Don Cornelius, 75, "Soul Train's" creator and founder, was pronounced dead yesterday in Los Angeles, sending shockwaves through the entertainment community; for many, this legendary TV icon epitomized what the culture of soul music was all about.

Cornelius, a Chicago native, created "Soul Train" to provide a platform for African-American singers and performers who weren't booked on mainstream programs. The nationally-syndicated show, which ran for 35 years, began in Chicago and later moved to California, and featured the latest trends in the world of fashion, music and of course, dance.

To celebrate the legacy of Don Cornelius, WCIU, which aired the original "Soul Train" at its former Chicago Board of Trade studios, will simulcast "Bounce TV Remembers Don Cornelius," this Saturday at 6pm. Hosted by Chilli of the 90s R&B trio TLC, the marathon's episodes will feature R&B/Soul music stars such as The Commodores, Kool and the Gang and Gladys Knight and the Pips; in addition, Cornelius' last show as host in 1993 will be aired.

For a full list of Chicago's WCIU broadcast channels, click here.

GB store

Doc / February 2, 2012 5:30 PM

Great article! Can't wait to see the show! It's too bad that it's being shown like this because we lost him though.

JT / February 3, 2012 6:52 AM

Awesome Article LaShawn. Thanks for keeping us all in the loop. Proud of ya. Will definitely look out for the show.

Crystal / February 3, 2012 7:38 PM

LaShawn, I thank you greatly for this tribute to Don and also for the reminder of the re-broadcast of the shows.

GB store

Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
Read this feature »

Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

By Steve Prokopy

Read this column »


An Angry White Guy
AREA Chicago
ArchitectureChicago Plus
Arts Engagement Exchange
The Art Letter
Art or Idiocy?
Art Slant Chicago
Art Talk Chicago
Bad at Sports
Bite and Smile
Brian Dickie of COT
Bridgeport International
Carrie Secrist Gallery
Chainsaw Calligraphy
Chicago Art Blog
Chicago Art Department
Chicago Art Examiner
Chicago Art Journal
Chicago Artists Resource
Chicago Art Map
Chicago Art Review
Chicago Classical Music
Chicago Comedy Examiner
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Daily Views
Chicago Film Examiner
Chicago Film Archives
Chicago Gallery News
Chicago Uncommon
Contemporary Art Space
Co-op Image Group
Co-Prosperity Sphere
Chicago Urban Art Society
Creative Control
Devening Projects
DIY Film
The Exhibition Agency
The Flatiron Project
F newsmagazine
The Gallery Crawl...
Galerie F
The Gaudy God
Happy Dog Gallery
Homeroom Chicago
I, Homunculus
Hyde Park Artcenter Blog
Joyce Owens: Artist on Art
Julius Caesar
Kasia Kay Gallery
Kavi Gupta Gallery
Rob Kozlowski
Lookingglass Theatre Blog
Lumpen Blog
Mess Hall
Neoteric Art
Not If But When
Noun and Verb
On Film
On the Make
Peanut Gallery
Peregrine Program
The Poor Choices Show
Pop Up Art Loop
The Post Family
The Recycled Film
Reversible Eye
Rhona Hoffman Gallery
Roots & Culture Gallery
The Seen
Sisterman Vintage
Site of Big Shoulders
Sixty Inches From Center
Soleil's To-Do's
Sometimes Store
Stop Go Stop
Storefront Rebellion
TOC Blog
Theater for the Future
Theatre in Chicago
The Franklin
The Mission
The Theater Loop
Thomas Robertello Gallery
Time Tells Tony Wight Gallery
Uncommon Photographers
The Unscene Chicago
The Visualist
Western Exhibitions
What's Going On?
What to Wear During an Orange Alert?
You, Me, Them, Everybody
Zg Gallery

GB store



A/C on Flickr

Join the A/C Flickr Pool.

About A/C

A/C is the arts and culture section of Gapers Block, covering the many forms of expression on display in Chicago. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Nancy Bishop,
A/C staff inbox:



A/C Flickr Pool
 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15