Arts


‘The Band’s Visit’

By Andrew Leshner ‘The Band’s Visit’ highlights diverse international music, passionate dialogue, and a complex predicament.  Originally premiering on Broadway in 2016, ‘The Band’s Visit’ has won multiple awards,  most notably two Tonys and a Grammy.   Set in 1996, the…


From Russia with love of music, to Ravinia

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Acclaimed Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik, who will perform at Ravinia Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, was five-years-old when his family emigrated from the deteriorating Soviet Union to…




Four Chords and a Gun

By: Andrew Leshner Broadway in Chicago delivers yet again, introducing a comedy drama centered on the rock band, The Ramones.  The performance follows each band member’s personal story, as well as the band’s rise, influence,…


Cantors in concert

Beth Hillel presents ‘The Russians,’ singing classical Jewish and popular music By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News For three cantors, all refugees from the former Soviet Union, music reconnected them to their Jewish…


American Girl Live

By Andrew Leshner American Girl Live is an empowering musical for kids and parents alike.  Showing until Sunday at the Broadway Playhouse Theater at Water Tower Place, American Girl Live features strong vocal performances, a…



CHICAGO NATIVE’S NEW BOOK ON ANNE FRANK’S CAT…

By Ellen Braunstein, Special to Chicago Jewish News Anne Frank was one of eight Jewshiding from the Nazis in a secret annex in her father’s office building during the German occupation of the Netherlands. But it…