Casablanca’s Gift to Marrakech and the Birth of Morocco’s Modern Art Movement

Fifty years ago, in the Atlas mountain city of Marrakech, a group of leading Moroccan artists hung their dazzlingly experimental abstract paintings in the Jemaa el-Fna, the great market square in the oasis city at the crossroads of Saharan trade routes. The small artists’ group behind it, the Casablanca Art School, whose influences ranged from

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Staff Picks: Free Verse, Farewells, and Fist City

Nell Zink. Photo: Francesca Torricelli. Nell Zink’s Doxology is the first truly great novel to tackle the 2016 election. I’ve been a fan of Zink’s work since The Wallcreeper, but in this new novel, she’s sharper and slyer than ever before. At times, it almost feels like she’s winking at Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, with its

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Watch Japanese Breakfast Cover Wilco At Lollapalooza

Japanese Breakfast played not one but two shows in Chicago yesterday. Michelle Zauner and her band performed at Lollapalooza, and afterwards, they did an aftershow at Lincoln Hall. And during both shows, they debuted a brand new cover of hometown heroes Wilco. “We learned this song especially for Chicago…so hopefully we do a good job,”

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Watch Childish Gambino Join 21 Savage For “Monster” At Lollapalooza

A whole lot of artists and their fans are descending on Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza this weekend. Yesterday brought dozens of fence-hoppers and a surprise onstage collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie and Chance The Rapper. And it also brought Childish Gambino and 21 Savage together, with the former hopping … More »

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