The Arts Section spotlights creative people, events and ideas. Every week, WDCB's Gary Zidek shines a light on arts and culture in the Chicago area. The mission is to focus on stories within the arts community that aren't being told, with additional commentary and discussions on literature, music, film, food, special events and anything else creative.
The Arts Section 10/18/20: Steppenwolf Creates ANIMAL PLAY Radio Play + Eighth Blackbird Develops Artists Workshop
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek talks to the people at Steppenwolf Theatre involved with bringing a radio play adaptation of ANIMAL FARM to life. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join the show remotely to talk about the Neo Futurists new show about U.S. First Ladies. Later, Gary chats with the co-founders of the Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird to learn more about a new project they’ve created that aims to help Chicago performing artists. And Gary catches up with local soul musician Sam Trump.
The Arts Section 10/11/20: BELUSHI Documentary, 3Arts & Game of Thrones Book
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek talks to R.J. Cutler, the director of the much anticipated new documentary about the life and career of John Belushi. Later, Gary checks in with the executive director of Three Arts to talk about the organization’s annual grant awards. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, stop by to discuss a new streaming production titled RUN THE BEAST DOWN. And Gary talks to Entertainment Weekly editor-at-large James Hibberd about his new book that chronicles the history of the massively popular TV series, GAME OF THRONES.
The Arts Section 10/04/20: Music Box of Horrors + FRIENDS Experience
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek checks in with the general manger of the Music Box Theatre to find out how its coping with COVID-19 and its plans for a month-long horror film fest the rest of this month. Gary also takes you inside Wrightwood 659 to hear all about its new exhibit on acclaimed Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, will join me remotely to talk about a new Broadway-themed streaming production from Porchlight Music Theater. And later, Gary goes behind the scenes of the recently opened FRIENDS Experience in downtown Chicago. The giant new exhibition pays tribute to one of the most popular sitcoms of all-time.
The Arts Section 09/27/20: Ravinia's Welz Kauffman Good-Bye + Character Actor Book
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek checks in with longtime Ravinia president & CEO Welz Kauffman during his final week on the job. The renowned arts leader is stepping away from his role at the Highland Park Festival after a remarkable 20 year run. Later, the Dueling Critics (Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel) stop by the show to discuss a new audio play from 16th Street Theater. And Gary talks to Chicago-based author David Lazar about his new book that celebrates his favorite character actors of Hollywood’s golden age.
The Arts Section 09/20/20: Monet and Chicago + Emmys Preview
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek has the story behind the Art Institute’s much anticipated new Claude Monet exhibition, MONET AND CHICAGO. The exhibit explores the impressionist artist’s enduring connection with the second city. The Dueling Critics. Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join Gary remotely to discuss a new screen adaptation of an acclaimed work of theater. Speaking of screens, Gary previews the 72nd Emmy Awards, which will be given out in a virtual ceremony Sunday night. And later in the program, Gary talks to the filmmaker behind a new Chicago-set movie that will making its world premiere this week.
The Arts Section 09/13/20: Artist Don't Fret's Office Space + PRIDE & PREJUDICE Zooms
On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek catches up with celebrated local street artist DON’T FRET to talk about his latest project, OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, will stop by to talk a new virtual production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE that was made for these times. Later in the show, Gary chats with New York Times-bestselling author Don Winslow about his latest book. And we’ll revisit a feature on an art exhibit that opened pre-COVID-19 and is now preparing to end it’s elongated run.
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Every week The Arts Section covers a wide-range of topics, often shining a light on stories not being covered elsewhere. Lots of arts, culture and life-style segments.