Stories by Marc Vitali

Documentary Explores Life of Legendary Writer Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou in a scene from the documentary “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.”

The moving and powerful life of Maya Angelou: A new film explores the many facets of the acclaimed poet and writer.

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 to get a history lesson in concert tuning.

Glenn DuBose, PBS Producer, Champion of the Arts, Dies

Glenn DuBose’s last day at WTTW in 1994. (Courtesy of Marc Vitali)

Glenn DuBose, the ultimate behind-the-scenes producer of arts programming on PBS, died this week in Miami. He shaped countless fine national and local programs.

‘Tattoo’ Exhibit Aims to Create a Lasting Impression

Japanese irezumi by Horiyoshi (© Martin Hladik / Courtesy of The Field Museum)

The Field Museum has a new look at tattooing – an age-old tradition that is as popular now as it was millennia ago.

Theatrical ‘Magic’ in the Air at 2 Distinctive Chicago Shows

Francis Guinan performs in the Goodman Theatre’s “The Magic Play.” (Liz Lauren / Goodman Theatre)

Illusions of grandeur take center stage at two Chicago shows and may make you question reality. See what tricks two local theaters have up their sleeves.

Peter Kim on Leaving ‘Dream Job’ at Second City

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Comedian Peter Kim talks about the state of stand-up comedy, and why he recently left a hit show at The Second City.

Art Institute Takes Fresh Look at Pioneering Artist, Teacher

László Moholy-Nagy. A 19, 1927. Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Ann Arbor, Michigan. © 2016 Hattula Moholy-Nagy/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Bold paintings from the 1920s, plus photographs and industrial design: A new show looks at an international artist who made a big impression in Chicago.

Wild Art at MCA Chicago: Immerse Yourself in Animal Imagery

Artist Diana Thater on Friday unveiled immersive views of the natural world in a new show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

New Sculpture by Yoko Ono Seeks to ‘Give Peace a Chance’

Artist and activist Yoko Ono visits Chicago and provides Jackson Park with a new public sculpture that’s being called “a landmark for peace.”

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

Eighth Blackbird Takes Flight at Arts Club of Chicago

(Saverio Truglia / Eighth Blackbird)

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird performs this weekend at the Arts Club of Chicago. We hear from them in conversation and performance.

Actor Geraldine Chaplin Reflects on Lengthy Film Career

Geraldine Chaplin

The actor talks about making the classic film “Doctor Zhivago,” the Chicago International Film Festival, and her famous father, Charlie Chaplin.

New Architecture Book Looks at ‘Building Chicago’

Masterworks of Chicago architecture from the early days through the 21st century: A new book from a longtime curator at the Art Institute looks at “Building Chicago.”

Innovation, Sustainability Key to Future of Farming in Illinois

Nic Helderman of Mighty Vine.

Tomatoes and salad greens that are served in upscale Chicago restaurants are grown in Ogle County, Illinois. We visit the source.

Mark Kelly on the Future, and Importance, of Chicago’s Cultural Mission

Mark Kelly of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Free events like the Chicago Blues Festival are evolving. We speak with Chicago’s new commissioner of cultural affairs and special events about the future of city celebrations.

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride

A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

What’s Ahead for Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History

With the recent opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we get an update on Chicago's museum of African American history.

World Premiere Play ‘Man in the Ring’ Much More than a Boxing Story

Kamal Angelo Bolden, Thomas J. Cox in a scene from "Man in the Ring." (Michael Brosilow / Court Theatre)

The story behind a new stage adaptation of an infamous–and fatal–boxing match that was televised in the 1960s.

Cooking with Chef Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless joins us with recipes for pork tacos and a tequila-based cocktail of his own invention.

Tim Schneider on Future of GOP, Trump’s Debate Performance

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Chicago Tonight)

The head of the Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to the future of his party and evaluates Donald Trump's performance in Monday’s presidential debate.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: Chicago is Best Theater Town

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Chicago Tonight)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about Chicago, “Sesame Street” and his theatrical blockbuster.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘In the Heights,’ ‘Wonderful Town,’ More

“In the Heights” hits the stage in a homegrown Chicago production. Hedy Weiss reviews the first show by the creator of “Hamilton,” plus musicals at the Goodman Theatre and three suburban theaters.

Saffron Caravan Uses Music to Build Bridges Between Cultures

A world music group that uses the arts as a vehicle for peace-building. We have a performance by the ensemble Saffron Caravan.

Mary Zimmerman Revives Adventurous ‘Wonderful Town’ at Goodman Theatre

Director Mary Zimmerman leads a rehearsal for “Wonderful Town,” on stage at Goodman Theatre Sept. 10 through Oct. 16, 2016. (Liz Lauren / Goodman Theatre)

It's been more than a  decade since there's been a major revival of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. Director Mary Zimmerman tells us about the show.

Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Build on Tradition at U of C Campus

The University of Chicago’s Campus North Residential Commons and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons. (Tom Harris Photography / University of Chicago)

Architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang unveil their new Commons building and courtyard at the University of Chicago. We speak with the architect and get a tour.