Stories by Marc Vitali

‘Saturday Night Live’ Exhibit Offers Behind-the-Scenes Peek at TV Show

(Credit: Premier Exhibitions)

At the Museum of Broadcast Communications, a new exhibition looks at a television phenomenon with strong ties to Chicago.

Fall Theater Highlights from Hedy Weiss: Goodman, Black Ensemble, More

Michael Perez (Sam) and Laura Crotte (Sara) in “Yasmina’s Necklace” at Goodman Theatre. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss shares her recommendations from Porchlight Music Theatre, Lookingglass, Goodman, Black Ensemble Theater and BoHo Theatre.

Chicago Tribune Unearths Forgotten Aerial Footage of Chicago in 1914

The White City airship. (Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Tribune published a report Monday on the “rediscovery” of a long-forgotten 35 mm film in the National Archives. The story behind the incredible aerial footage of Chicago shot in August 1914.

Pianist Ludovico Einaudi on His ‘Elegy for the Arctic’

Ludovico Einaudi (Credit: Ray Tarantino)

Meet the Italian composer and pianist who traveled to the Arctic Ocean to make music—and make a point.

New Museum Showcases Massive Collection of Stained Glass, Rare Clocks

Historic clocks from around the world and brilliant stained glass windows fill a new museum in Evanston. We go for a look.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst

His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Chicago’s MacArthur Fellows on Joining the ‘Genius’ Club

Rami Nashashibi

Two of the 24 professionals named 2017 MacArthur Foundation fellows are from Chicago. We speak with Dawoud Bey and Rami Nashashibi.

Grammy-Winning Vocalist Catherine Russell Reflects on Musical Memories

Catherine Russell (Credit: Stefan Falke)

As one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of today, she has worked with David Bowie, Steely Dan and Wynton Marsalis. Catherine Russell joins us in conversation and performance.

Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany

Bill Graham between takes during the filming of “A '60s Reunion with Bill Graham: A Night at the Fillmore,” 1986. (Courtesy of Ken Friedman)

He helped to define rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s—and his life was a forged as a child in Nazi Germany. We explore an exhibition about Bill Graham at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

‘Brown Girls’ Co-Creator Fatimah Asghar Wins Poetry Foundation Award

“Brown Girls” director Sam Bailey, left, and co-creator Fatimah Asghar (Credit: Alexus McLane)

A web series that debuted in February has already been picked up by HBO. Made in Chicago, it highlights the friendships between young women of color. We talk with the award-winning poet who co-created the series, and an actor from the show.

Block Museum Explores William Blake’s Influence on the Age of Aquarius

A who’s who of great artists and writers of the 20th century was influenced by one who died in semi-obscurity nearly 200 years ago.

Fall Theater Recommendations from Chicago Sun-Times Critic Hedy Weiss

“Million Dollar Quartet” stars, from left: Gavin Rohrer as Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Scott Sheets as Johnny Cash, Kavan Hashemian as Elvis Presley and Adam Wesley Brown as Carl Perkins. (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The fall theater season is in full swing. Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss shares her recommendations at the Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lyric Opera and more.

Shaking Up Shakespeare with All-Female Cast in ‘Taming of the Shrew’

Actors Alexandra Henrikson and Crystal Lucas-Perry in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Barbara Gaines directs. (Photo: Liz Lauren)

Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare Theater founder and artistic director, talks about the wild twist on a classic that opens their 31st season.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grammy-Winning Violinist, Returns to Chicago

Anne-Sophie Mutter (Credit: Bastian Achard)

The world-renowned violinist joins us in conversation and performance.

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst

His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

New Mural Brightens Lake Shore Drive Underpass

A look at the creation of the latest mural from the Chicago Public Art Group.

Ragtime Revelations with Reginald Robinson

Thirteen years ago, Chicago native Reginald Robinson was awarded a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He joins us in discussion and performance.

‘Hunting Charlie’ Seeks to Find the Elusive Enemy in the War in Vietnam

Propaganda and political cartoons show different perspectives of Vietnam at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

A World of Art This Weekend at Expo Chicago 2017

Contemporary artwork is in the spotlight. We get a behind-the-scenes preview of Expo Chicago, the citywide art show at Navy Pier and other city destinations.

Chicago Shop Plays Key Role in Keeping World’s Ensembles in Tune

Chicago Tonight visits a little shop in Chicago for a look at how to rejuvenate pitched percussion instruments – and gets a history lesson in concert tuning.

Wheaton Military Museum Expands Historic Mission

Marching through 100 years of military history in the newly expanded First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

Maziar Bahari on Education, Journalism and His Imprisonment in Iran

Maziar Bahari (Foreign and Commonwealth Office / Flickr)

The international reporter talks about making a movie based on his imprisonment in Iran, and his partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

John Mahoney, Francis Guinan Talk ‘The Rembrandt’ at Steppenwolf

Actors John Mahoney, left, and Francis Guinan. (Courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre)

The veteran actors join us to discuss a new show opening Sept. 7 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

A Fresh Look at the Colossal Photography Archive at Columbia College

Mary Koga, Tulips: RG #16, from the "Floral & Leaves" series, 1971, portfolio 1982-1996

Curators and students at Columbia College Chicago have devised a way to get viewers to reimagine the meaning of a photograph.

Guitar Artistry from Local Masters Fareed Haque and Goran Ivanovic

Two of Chicago’s most celebrated guitar players join us in conversation and performance.