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This Week’s Must-Read Stories in Chicago Culture

Tink makes the cover, Chicago’s best documentaries, and the world’s only button museum.

Behzad Dabu, Arya Daire, and Joe Dempsey in Samsara, currently running at Victory Gardens.   Photo: Michael Courier

Think Tink

Another week, another Chicago rapper on the cover of Fader. Jenna Wortham profiles Tink, Calumet City’s next breakout star.

Buttons on Buttons

What has 25 miles of lakefront, 2.7 million people, and the world’s only button museum? It’s Chicago, and DNAInfo has the story.

Modest Arrangements

Why is a Cuban artist voluntarily spending three weeks in a crawl space? Jason Foumberg visits the man inside the walls at Chicago Artists Coalition.

Hard Knox

Chicago’s most entrancing songwriter works the projectors at Music Box Theatre, learned to play piano in hotel lobbies, and lives in a friend’s "closet." The Reader retraces Daniel Knox’s unlikely road to brilliance.

Prized Puppets

Was NBC’s 1940s puppet show Kukla, Fran and Ollie the last TV series to unite audiences young and old? Slate recalls Burr Tillstrom’s Chicago-birthed program.

Enduring Docs

What’s the best Chicago documentary of all time? Robert Loerzel picks 10 contenders in light of the Life Itself DVD release.

Review Revue: Samsara

Lauren Yee’s riff on surrogacy is having its world premiere at Victory Gardens, and critics have spoken:

Chicago Tribune: “…there’s a throbbing play here with a bleeding heart and a laudable awareness of how we sometimes only get one shot at happiness or escape, and of how macroeconomics and geopolitics don’t always embrace personal need.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Not since the “in utero” appearance of twins in Noah Haidle’s Smokefall have the unborn been so happily ornery and wildly entertaining.”

TimeOut Chicago: “[Lauren] Yee, [Seth] Bockley and their gung ho cast ensure every character—even Parker’s intentionally notional Frenchman—is fully drawn.”

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