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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 WDCB's Gary Zidek

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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 09/13/20: Artist Don't Fret's Office Space + PRIDE & PREJUDICE Zooms

    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.

    The Arts Section 09/06/20: Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit + Abner Mikva Documentary

    The Arts Section 09/06/20: Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit + Abner Mikva Documentary

    On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek takes us inside the Elmhurst Art Museum as curator Tim Samuelson puts the finishing touches on a new exhibit that’s all about Frank Lloyd Wright’s formative years. Later in the show, Gary catches up with local filmmaker Bob Hercules to talk about his new documentary on the legacy of the late Abner Mikva. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join remotely to talk about a new streaming cabaret show. And we’ll revisit a conversation Leslie Keros had with author Mark Stryker about his book JAZZ FROM DETROIT.

    The Arts Section 08/30/20: DCASE Virtual Events, International Voices Project & Maison Margiela Doc

    The Arts Section 08/30/20: DCASE Virtual Events, International Voices Project & Maison Margiela Doc

    On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek talks with Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner Mark Kelly about some of the city’s virtual music programming coming up. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join Gary remotely to talk about a new work from a youth-led theater project. Later, Gary catches up with the founder of a local festival that’s dedicated to amplifying the voices of international playwrights. Plus, a story about a Chicago company that’s keeping facial coverings stylish. And Gary reviews a new documentary about renowned fashion designer Martin Margiela.

    The Arts Section 08/23/20: MR. SOUL Documentary + ATOMIC LOVE Author

    The Arts Section 08/23/20: MR. SOUL Documentary + ATOMIC LOVE Author

    On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek talks to the director of a new documentary that sheds light on pioneering a PBS television show that celebrated black voices. The film dives into the history of SOUL! and the man who created it, Ellis Haizlip. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join remotely to discuss a series of video plays by Chicago-based theater company SILK ROAD RISING. WDCB’s Leslie Keros talks to pianist Ryan Cohan about his new album, ORIGINATIONS. And later in the program, Gary catches up with author Jennie Fields to talk about her new Chicago-set novel ATOMIC LOVE.

    The Arts Section 08/16/20: Oldest Chicago, Joe Segal Tribute & Jazz On a Summer's Day

    The Arts Section 08/16/20: Oldest Chicago, Joe Segal Tribute & Jazz On a Summer's Day

    On this edition of The Arts Section, WDCB’s Gary Zidek catches up with the author of a new book that dives into some of Chicago’s oldest pieces of still-standing history. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join the show remotely to discuss a streaming version of FRANKENSTEIN unlike any you’ve seen before. Later in the show we’ll get into some jazz, first with a tribute to Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal, who passed away this past week. And WDCB’s Paul Abella will stop by to talk with Gary about a restored version of the classic concert film JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY.

    The Arts Section 08/09/20: Elmhurst Art Museum Reopens + New Streaming Theater

    The Arts Section 08/09/20: Elmhurst Art Museum Reopens + New Streaming Theater

    On this edition of The Arts Section, host Gary Zidek stops by a suburban art museum to learn more about the ongoing impact the pandemic is having on operations and programming. The Dueling Critics, Kerry Reid and Jonathan Abarbanel, join Gary remotely to talk about two new streaming productions available to watch at home. And we revisit Richard Steele’s interview with Aaron Cohen, the author of a book about the evolution of Chicago’s soul music scene.

Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

StephanieMWZ123 ,

Best Local Arts & Culture Show

I look forward to my Sunday morning thanks to The Arts Section. It’s a great compilation of unique and interesting happenings throughout the Chicagoland area. I can’t recommend enough for thoughtful interviews and inspiring offerings!

Chicago Arts Fan ,

Fantastic program

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.

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