Archive for March, 2012

MCA Curator, Naomi Beckwith

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, announced  today that Naomi Beckwith has been appointed the new Curator at the MCA.  Beckwith is currently the Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she has focused on themes of identity and conceptual practices in contemporary art, artists of African descent, and Read more…


Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Its a new year and time for new things.  As you may know, THE DINNER PARTY launches this January 30th.   However, I am also launching a new monthly blog giving a small panoramic overview of what is going on each month.  Due to only so many hours in a day and a limited staff, what Read more…

Billy Branch

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Billy Branch has followed a very non-traditional path to the blues. Unlike many blues artists, he isn’t from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in 1951 and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and immediately began to play simple tunes. Billy returned to Chicago Read more…

JC Brooks, Second City’s Billy Bungeroth and Chef Martin of TRU

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

If you missed the February 27th Dinner Party, you missed a good one! Second City Director and Lead Guitarist of the Uptown Sound, Billy Bungeroth, talked about creative highs and lows, choreographer and artistic Director of Luna Negra, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano talked about dance taking over when words fall short and JC Brooks talked about Read more…

Theaster Gates

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In a two-part interview, artist and cultural planner, Theaster Gates, discusses transformation and re-imagining possibilities through his art. Theaster Gates is an artist and cultural planner. In his performances, installations, and urban interventions, Gates transforms spaces, institutions, traditions, and perceptions. From witnessing so many torn down buildings in his neighborhood as a child, Gates had Read more…

Highlight from the Feb. 27 Dinner Party

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

A little bit of soul.  A little bit of contemporary dance.  A little bit of Second City.  And a little bit of Tru Restaurant elegance.  WOW! What a night on Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party.  Soul singer JC Brooks, Luna Negra choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Second City Director Billy Bungeroth (also lead guitarist Read more…

Soul Singer JC Brooks

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

JC Brooks joins host Elysabeth Alfano for the February 27th Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party at Chicago’s Mayne Stage

Second City Director Billy Bungeroth

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Billy Bungeroth is proud to have had the opportunity to direct such a superlative group of actors. He also extends his love and thanks to The Second City, Eric Dolphy, Powell-Peralta Skateboards, TJ, The Anarchist Cookbook, Matt Hovde, Marrs Blackmon, Alison Mf”n Riley, Butter, A. Rimbaud, Lupe Fiasco, Dr. Mick Napier, JC Brooks & the Read more…

Stellar Award Nominee Marco the Poet

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Check out Marco the Poets performance on The Dinner Party below, or listen to Marco The Poet on WBEZ. Click here. To view the full June 25 Dinner Party, click here. Share This!

Last Week at The Feb. 27 Dinner Party

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Chicago soul singer JC Brooks and guitarist/Second City director Billy Bungeroth brought down the house Monday night with their exclusive performance for The Dinner Party audience (watch below). And that wasn’t all, performers from Luna Negra Dance Theater stunned the live audience, sweeping the stage with a raucous romantic ballad. The dancers wore patchwork suits Read more…