Music

Birth of the Cool

Jazz redefines the violin family. From outside the performance space at the Washington Park Arts Incubator, you might have easily mistook the instruments if you hadn’t known they were kicking off the first-ever Jazz String Summit that Friday night.

Taking Chances

“Acid Rap,” the new mixtape from Chatham-raised artist Chance the Rapper, is triumphant. This is in line with Chancelor Bennet’s trajectory, which has been marked by a fair share of triumph.

Lofty Goals

When I found my way to the front entrance of the Lacuna Artists Lofts, the gallery was buzzing with an electricity reminiscent of an arcade.

This is Not a Jazz Band

Rather than taking influence from the homogeneity of the present, Cohran seeks out more personal inspiration. “I realized that I am eternal,” he said, explaining the inspiration behind his songs. “I have ancestors who are expressed through me every day.”

In La Villita

Quiara Alegría Hudes’s story of Washington Heights, Manhattan could have been adapted into a musical about Chicago’s Southwest Side–and in a few small ways, it was.