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Preview Wed Jan 07 2015

See a Free Performance of The MLK Project on MLK Day

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Writers Theatre continues its annual tour of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights for the ninth year with a special free performance at the Chicago History Museum on Monday, Jan. 19, which is celebrated as Martin Luther King Day. A community discussion will follow the performance and audience members will also receive free museum admission for the day.

Written by Yolanda Androzzo and directed by Jimmy McDermott, the one-woman show weaves together history, poetry and hip hop. Caren Blackmore plays Alaya, a Chicago student who goes through a personal transformation while studying the civil rights movement and interviewing local heroes of the movement. While she starts out being angry, she realizes that she can use her voice and her hip hop to bring about change.

In its first eight years, more than 48,000 students have seen the show. This year it will tour to more than 40 venues during its six-week run, including Chicago Public Schools, community centers and juvenile detention centers. Post-show discussions and study guides are featured in every presentation.

In addition, The MLK Project will be staged by the Chicago Children's Theatre Jan. 24 to Feb. 6 for kids 8 and up. For tickets and info, see the website or call 872-222-9555.

The MLK Project is one of several theater education programs conducted by Writers Theatre, in addition to its productions of classic and contemporary drama at its venues in Glencoe.

The free performance of The MLK Project: The Fight for Civil Rights will be at 10:30am on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

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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.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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