Posts in category "Christianity"

Easter Sunday Service at The Moody Church

I’ll be live blogging the service below.

Goodman Theatre's 'Measure' anything but measured with Shakespeare's play

Goodman Theatre's 'Measure' anything but measured with Shakespeare's play
Shakespeare’s plays are comparable, in some ways, to the paintings of Mark Rothko. The more one tries to imitate or to tweak them, the more one realizes how delicately and deliberately balanced they are, and how hopelessly they collapse if the balancing act is frustrated. Robert Falls‘ interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” at the... Read more »

At MCA Chicago, music tempts

At MCA Chicago, music tempts
Faith, it seems, can’t exist without temptation. The serpent seduces Eve with the promise of omniscience; the devil tests Jesus in the wilderness; and entrapment is also central to many Buddhist narratives. Without the presentation of dangerous blunders disguised as luscious alternatives, everyone would be a saint, which is to say there would be no... Read more »
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Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated

Look, ma has no hands! At Buena Park church, Mary is amputated
At 7 p.m. tonight, the parish council at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in Buena Park/Uptown met to discuss the two Mary sculptures in front of the church, which was designed by Henry Schlacks, on the 4200 block of Sheridan Rd. “We are looking for ideas as to how to replace the statue of... Read more »

Beneath commercialized Valentine’s Day, elusive saint emerges in art history

For most people, the visual experience of and leading up to Valentine’s Day consists of a bombardment of the senses with hearts, Cupids and putti (winged babies), chocolates, and roses — all in a palette of pastel reds and pinks. Love is in the air, and it gets plastered on gift cards, kitschy tchotchkes, and,... Read more »

On Cubs, Blackhawks and the pope's resignation

[View the story "Chicagoans respond on Twitter to pope's resignation" on Storify] Chicagoans respond on Twitter to pope’s resignation Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement that he will resign at the end of the month has, as one would expect, sparked a vibrant debate from Chicagoans on Twitter. Here are some highlights. Storified by Menachem Wecker· Mon,... Read more »
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SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago
Marc Chagall’s mosaic Four Seasons in Chicago, which is permanently installed outdoors in Chase Tower plaza, or Exelon plaza — the rectangular area bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets — is packed with symbolism. Those who are familiar with the works of the Russian Jewish artist, Chagall (1887 – 1985), particularly White Crucifixion (1938) which can be... Read more »

Nudity, violence prominent in Ill. native's vision of Eden

Nudity, violence prominent in Ill. native's vision of Eden
Choreographers mining the Genesis 3 story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden for gripping props will find no shortage of suitable choices. There’s a crafty (Hebrew: arum) serpent, some kind of Tree of Knowledge (often assumed to bear apples), another Tree of Life, fig leaves, leather clothes, and ultimately, fear-inducing Cherubim guards and rotating,... Read more »

2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago

2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago
It’s easy to wander the halls of a museum — particularly a world-class comprehensive one like the Art Institute of Chicago — convinced that the masters whose works are represented on the walls were perfect. After all, when every blade of grass and every hair has been so carefully rendered, with painstaking attention to the... Read more »
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    An art critic and painter, Menachem Wecker holds a master’s degree in art history from George Washington University and writes for "Houston Chronicle," as well as various religious publications. He is coauthor, with Brandon Withrow, of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, of the forthcoming book, "Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education" (Cascade Books), and is the former education reporter at "U.S. News and World Report."

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