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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critic’s Choice

Wednesdays at 10:00 am
Saturdays (after the opera)
Sundays at 8:30 am
Critic’s Choice is a weekly feature in which WFMT’s Critic-at-Large Andrew Patner shares his observations on arts and culture, from performances at Orchestra Hall to happenings in overlooked Chicago neighborhoods to festivals around the world.

Selma

selma

Andrew recommends the film Selma, the chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign for equal voting rights via a 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Round Up (Part 2 of 2)

In the second of a two-part Critic’s Choice, Andrew reviews some of 2014’s Chicago classical music highlights.

Round Up (Part 1 of 2)

In the first of a two-part Critic’s Choice, Andrew reviews some of 2014’s Chicago classical music highlights.

Some Poems for the Season

Andrew reads some poetry for the season.

Auditorium Theater Turns 125

Andrew reviews the Auditorium Theater’s 125th Anniversary Gala.

Designing a Ring

Andrew talks about Tuesday’s press gathering with the design and creative teams of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s forthcoming Ring Cycle.

Remembering Mike Nichols

Andrew shares memories of Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at 83.

Happy Almost 90th Birthday, Pierre Boulez

Andrew talks about the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s commemorations of Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez’s upcoming 90th birthday.  Happy almost birthday, Maestro!

Intimacy and Connection

Andrew discusses intimacy in performance in this week’s Critic’s Choice.

Happy Anniversary, Lyric!

Andrew reflects on various anniversaries of Lyric Opera of Chicago as it turns 60.