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Exclusive Portraits: Stacey Abrams at Chicago Humanities Festival

CHICAGO – Stacey Abrams, the activist from Georgia, has created power in an old fashioned way … by actually getting out the vote. Her efforts had Georgia … a southern state … show up for Joe Biden in 2020, and her influence produced two Democratic Senators to represent Georgia going forward. She appeared at the Chicago Humanities Festival on June 1, 2023.

Slideshow: Rockers Larkin Poe at Chicago's Thalia Hall, Mar. 16, 2023

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CHICAGO – Larkin Poe is an acclaimed roots rock sister duo – fronted by Rebecca and Megan Lovell – and are originally from Georgia and now hail from Nashville, with two highly successful albums under their belt … “Venom & Faith” and “Self Made Man,” and their latest, “Blood Harmony.” Photographer Jeff “Doc” Doles of HollywoodChicago.com was at Chicago’s Thalia Hall on March 16th, 2023, and captured the following images.

On-Air TV Series Review: Another Jack Attack in 'Reacher’

Reacher TV Series

CHICAGO – Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com appears on “The Morning Mess” with Scott Thompson on WBGR-FM (Monroe, Wisconsin) on February 3rd, 2022, reviewing the new TV miniseries “Reacher” – a new iteration of the Jack Reacher adventures – currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Via Zoom: Alan Ritchson Portrays Jack Reacher in 'Reacher'

CHICAGO – Jack Reacher is back, in a binge-worthy TV miniseries premiering on February 4th, 2022, streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Portraying the iconic character, which debuted in a book series beginning in 1997 and adapted into a couple of high profile films, is actor Alan Ritchson. The series story is from the first novel (by Lee Child) in the Reacher series, “The Killing Floor.”

Podtalk: Elizabeth Coffman & Mark Bosco of ‘Flannery,’ at the CUFF 27 Drive-In, Nov 12, 2020

CHICAGO – The 1950s/60s Southern author Flannery O’Connor gets an overdue documentary by co-directors Elizabeth Coffman and Mark Bosco. “Flannery” screens at the 27th Chicago Underground Film Festival Drive-In on November 12th, 2020.

Interview: Sister Act ‘Larkin Poe’ on New Album ‘Self Made Man’

CHICAGO – Larkin Poe features sisters Rebecca and Megan Lowell, who are singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists creating their own brand of rock ’n roll … rooted in grit, soul, and their southern heritage flavor. Originally from Atlanta and currently living in Nashville, they are descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allan Poe. 

Interview: Director Julie Dash of ‘Daughters of the Dust’

CHICAGO – Iconic and historical are the two apt terms for a film directed by an African American woman, the first to be distributed theatrically, Was it the 1920s? 1940s? It had to be the 1970s. No, it was 1992 when that barrier was broken, with the film “Daughters in the Dust,” directed by Julie Dash.

Film Review: Advocacy Film ‘Bully’ is a Must See, But for Who?

Bully

CHICAGO – The age-old problem of bullying has reached epidemic proportions. Or is it simply more openly discussed? It seems that for once a light is being pointed at the dark corners of this punishing coercion, and the perpetrators and enablers involved – the bully, his parents, school administrators – are scurrying from that light. The new film “Bully” is an illumination.

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  • Michael Shannon and Travis A. Knight, Red Orchid's TURRET

    CHICAGO – When in the presence of a powerful acting force like Michael Shannon, the depth of performance is emotional and passionately essential. He co-leads with Travis A. Knight in Red Orchid Theatre’s World Premiere of Levi Holloway’s “Turret,” just extended to June 22nd at the Chopin Theatre.

  • Joe Turner's Come and Gone Goodman Theatre

    CHICAGO – The late playwright August Wilson left a gift to the world in the form of his “American Century Cycle,” a series of plays each individually set in a decade of the 20th Century, focusing on the black experience. Chicago’s Goodman Theatre presents Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone,” now through May 19th, 2024 (click here).

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