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This Week’s Must-Read Stories in Chicago Culture

A toast to Phil Cohran, some long-shot Lolla predictions, and three glowing reviews of Kimberly Senior’s The Diary of Anne Frank

Grouplove at Lolla 2014. Who will jam in their place this year?   Photo: Joshua Mellin

Somber Shots

Crime Then and Now, a photo exhibit currently running at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, sets the Tribune’s early 20th century crime shots against the paper’s modern-day coverage. Slate takes a look at some of the show’s most poignant images.

Dear John

Los Angeles genre-benders For the Record will premiere Dear John Hughes, a musical mashup of the director’s best cheese, at Broadway Playhouse this evening. RedEye catches up with leading lady Rumer Willis ahead of the show.

Pickapalooza

Because festival-prep season would be nothing without a guessing game, Chicago takes a stab at who might just maybe play Lolla 2015.

Doomgods

For nearly a decade, local doom quartet Bongripper has been searching for an audience—and after last year’s underground megahit Miserable, they’ve found a vaster one than ever. The Reader profiles Chicago’s sludgiest metalheads.

Tonal Troops

During jazz’s darkest years, local trumpeter Phil Cohran’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians worked to save the genre from near-extinction. Howard Reich toasts the collective on its 50th birthday.

South-Side Savior

Now in its eighth month booking shows, the Promontory is bringing long-absent performers back to Hyde Park. Chicago meets the team making it happen.

Review Revue: The Diary of Anne Frank

Writers Theater’s Kimberly Senior-helmed run of The Diary of Anne Frank, which uses Wendy Kesselman’s true-to-the-book 1997 rewrite, is getting nods for its hyper-human protagonist and claustrophobic punch.

Chicago Tribune: “Fortunato, in [the] last few minutes of this show, is doing the best work of his career…It is a howl of anguish that will carry you back from Glencoe to wherever you might live.”

TimeOut Chicago: “Jack Magaw’s set design, in the theater’s auxiliary venue at the back of Glencoe’s Books on Vernon, forces us to enter through a twisty, makeshift labyrinth, cleverly evoking the hidden space, before seating us in the thick of the action.”

Chicago Sun-Times: “Under Kimberly Senior’s direction…this production starts off a bit slowly and stiffly, but gradually builds in intensity as it moves to its conclusion — a finale as devastating as it is inevitable.”

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