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Chris Jones, chief theater critic for the Chicago Tribune, discusses his recent book titled Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by Chicago Tribune Critics.
The first known Chicago Tribune theater review appeared on March 25, 1853. An anonymous notice, it shared the page with two other announcements--one about a pair of thousand-pound hogs set to be slaughtered and another trumpeting the largest load of lumber ever to leave Chicago. 'And thus Chicago's priorities were starkly laid out right there on that page,' begins Chris Jones in the introduction to this new collection. 'Hog butcher for the world and windy self-promoter, specializing in commerce-driven superlatives. The arts came a poor third. Critics would rail against that perceived set of civic priorities for years.' The Chicago of today, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the world's premier cities for theater, and no one has had a more consistent front-row seat to its ascendance than the Chicago Tribune theater critics. Bigger, Brighter, Louder weaves together more than 150 years of Tribune reviews into a compelling narrative, pairing full reviews with commentary and history. With a sharp eye for telling details and a keen sense of historical context, Jones takes readers through decades of highs and lows, successes and failures.Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. Once capacity is reached, seating is no longer available. Books may be purchased and the author will sign books at the program's conclusion.
Location: Street: Harold Washington Library Additional: 400 S. State Street City: Chicago, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60605 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)
SATURDAY, DEC. 14 11 am – 1 pm, Meet & Greet at the store
Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by ‘Chicago Tribune’ Critics Join us for conversation with Chicago Tribune chief theater critic Chris Jones, as he talks about his book, the story of 150 years of Chicago theater as seen by Tribune critics. Pairing full reviews with commentary and history, it’s a riveting look at the history behind the city's rise to theatrical greatness.
Location: Street: 811 Elm Street City: Winnetka, Province: Illinois Postal Code: 60093-2236 Country: United States (tillagd från IndieBound)… (mer)
Chris Jones talks about the Perils of Space Travel
We are so excited about this event!!!!!!Chris Jones was a sportswriter at the National Post, where he won an award as Canada's outstanding young journalist. He joined Esquire as a contributing editor and sports columnist, and became a writer at large when he won the 2005 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for the story that became the basis for this book. His work has also appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies. He lives in Ottawa, Canada. (booksense)… (mer)