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Caitlin Kuhwald Creates Magical Portraits of Classic Film Stars

Have you scanned the Criterion Classic DVD collection lately? Notice the wonderfully designed new covers? Many of them are recent commissions by working illustrators!

After reading about illustrator Caitlin Kuhwald on Facebook recently, I reached out for an interview. Turns out she’s already done eight film covers for Criterion (as well as one internal illustration).… read more.

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Kristin Lems Wants People to Know the Jane Addams Her Family Knew

By Elisa Shoenberger

Thanks to the enormous success of Hamilton on Broadway and beyond, historical musicals are having their moment in the limelight.

Now Chicago is making its own contribution with Saint Jane and the Wicked Wicks which just opened on August 26th. It’s a musical play interweaving the life stories of Jane Addams (social work pioneer and founder of Chicago’s Hull House) and Nellie Wicks (the great-grandmother of Kristin Lems who serves in the multiple roles of Playwright, Composer, Lyricist, and Producer).… read more.

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From Willow to Whistle: Meet DC Comics’ New Jewish Superhero!

By Elisa Shoenberger

Meet Whistle, the new Jewish superhero! DC Comics will introduce her on September 7th in Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero. Whistle was created by E. Lockhart and illustrated by Manuel Preitano (with color by Gabby Metzler and letters by Troy Peteri).

Whistle is the first DC Superhero who originated as Jewish since 1977.… read more.

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Meet Quadruple Threat Ericka Nicole Malone: Actress, Writer, Director & Producer

Ericka Nicole Malone does it all. She’s an actress, writer, director and producer. She’s written, directed, and produced over nine plays including touring In Love With Tyrone. She’s the creator and Executive Producer of television pilot Ward of the State with Janet Hubert (who is best known from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).… read more.

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Longing for My Return to the Circus Tent

A hush falls over the entire audience. All 200 eyes are staring up at the ceiling as the performer prepares to do a big fall. Or there’s scattered sharp intakes of breath when the aerialist does something seemingly impossible, like catching the bar with their toes. It’s the beauty and glory of the circus.

Circus is what I most look forward to when I am comfortable returning to in-person performances.… read more.

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Meet Germaine and Their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

The women of Germaine are bringing a feminist perspective to the world of Quebecois (Canada) folk music. I had a chance to speak with two of the founding members Mélina Mauger-Lavigne and Florence Mailhot-Léonard after their mid-February performance for the virtual University of Chicago Folk Festival. (Note: Quebec is a French-speaking province located in eastern Canada.)… read more.

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