‘Nobody Asks Us Our Opinion as Girls’: Chicago Young Feminist Conference Gives Voice to Next Generation
“’Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion about what’s happening in the city.’”
“’Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion about what’s happening in the city.’”
The need to feed the body, soul and ego are among the many ways in which hunger manifests itself in “What of the Night?”.
The avant-garde work was written by María Irene Fornés, who became prominent during the 1960s for presenting feminist perspectives and multi-site
performances on Off-Off-Broadway in New York. Due west and decades later, a revival of the Pulitzer-Prize nominated play is now making its Midwest
premiere in Chicago thanks to Cor Theater and Stage Left Theatre.
How to use family vacation as an opportunity to exemplify feminist values
Lewis' debut solo release "Rabbit Fur Coat" may never get the credit it deserves for its genre-blending effects on the independent music scene – or for giving young women the confidence to be simultaneously strong and sweet or “Nice as F*ck,” if you will – but fans at the Chicago Theatre were more than ready to honor the album that has meant so much to them over they years, soaking in every perfectly executed note and line of captivating, heartfelt storytelling.
Over the course of Ava Duvernay's documentary, it becomes clear, for anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, that the American descendants of enslaved
Africans were never meant to surpass their ancestors’ non-citizen status.
A look back at the great rebelle rockers, comedians and performers who visited Chicago in 2016.
Choosy feminist foodies know: It's the Rebellion that makes it taste so good. From 'Goats' to gelato, portobella melts to pastries, here are our picks for some of the city's most inspired Rebelle-made eats.
Chicago’s Goodman Theatre is taking on the Big Apple with its revival of the Leonard Bernstein musical “Wonderful Town” directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman, who Janet Arvia had a chance to interview.
"Honestly, it wasn't until I was standing there in front of my ballot that I made my decision on who I was voting for. The entire drive to the voting
poll, I was running so many things through my head and trying to figure out who deserved my vote. As I was standing there in front of my ballot,
I knew I had to go with my heart."
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In an attempt to bring light to survivors' experiences, I was honored to hear the following firsthand
account from Jane,* a survivor.
To transform tragedy into triumph through art, the grant-writing private Alphawood Foundation transformed a former bank into exhibition space through April
2, 2017. This is the only Midwest venue for the show, which is an extension of the national touring exhibition “Art AIDS America,” originally organized
by Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Louise LeBourgeois has lived near Lake Michigan—in Hyde Park and Rogers Park—for 30 years. It’s fitting, then, that the lake has become an important focal point in her work as a visual artist.
Leigh Stein’s memoir "Land of Enchantment" is about so many things: grief, abuse, growing up, the power of prose, and, through it all, the changing landscape of love.
There are bakeries. And then there’s Brown Sugar Bakery. Nestled on a busy street in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, woman-owned Brown Sugar Bakery provides all the comforts of home with cakes that are steeped in African-American traditions.
Beth Stelling closed out Chicago's Tomorrow Never Knows Festival with a hilarious set on Jan. 15.
My first exposure to the love and light that is Taryn Brumfitt happened several years ago when scrolling through
my Facebook feed. Not wanting to face a looming deadline, I clicked onto the site, and there in front of me were two split-screen photos of Brumfitt—the
“before,” a tanned, thin woman in a bodybuilding competition. The “after” showed her naked and sitting sideways, smiling after recently giving birth
to her third child.
Welcome to "Body Love," a monthly column where I will interview inspiring women active in the body positivity movement. They will help answer questions about why many of us we feel the way we do about our bodies, how we can change those feelings for the better and look at ourselves with more compassion, acceptance and love. While several of the stories here may pull at your heartstrings, the idea of this column is not to be negative, but to be honest.
“We’re one part rock show, one part sporting event, one part pro wrestling, one part charity fundraiser.”
Chicagoland native Jennifer Keishin Armstrong will be in the area this month to discuss her latest book at “Jerry & George & Kramer & Elaine:
An Evening with the Bestselling Author of Seinfeldia.”
Chicago's edition of the What A Joke Comedy Festival generated lots of laughs while raising thousands of dollars for the ACLU.
French artist – and soon-to-be superstar – Héloïse Letissier launched the North American tour for her alter ego's band in Chicago.
Two authors with back-to-back readings at Women & Children First next week both explore womanhood and sexuality in very different ways.
The Goodman Theatre production starring first ladies of theater Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden is a must-see
for women of all ages.
As I wrote in my first column here, my kids are my primary job. So when I take a sick day—or three—I’m still in my office. I can hear my coworkers raising general hell
just a few feet from my churning stomach. And my place of employment has no awareness of sick leave for full-time employees.
As his questions and commentary wore on, the comments and glances in the salon also faded away. When a person enjoys life without inhibition to the
degree that my son did that day, societal constraints and gender expectations become increasingly less necessary.
When I went to bed on election night, I was hopeful that a female president would be as commonplace to you and your brother as female pilots and firefighters.
I was filled with optimism that we had turned a centuries-old page in our country’s history.
The F-word is being redefined as Chicago’s theater scene addresses feminism, an all-female cast, free admission and “Fefu and Her Friends,” thanks
to Halcyon Theatre.
The July 16 fair, founded by Asadah Kirkland, will present a counter-narrative to Chicago’s violent reputation that’s perpetuated by the media, and it’ll
do so in Woodlawn, a neighborhood known for high crime. That was by design.
As concerns of Roe v. Wade being overturned, Russian hacking being permitted, and the most qualified candidate (a woman) losing the highest office
to the least qualified candidate (a man) sink in, citizens may want to check out an old western to vicariously release their frustrations.
TDC Artistic Director Melissa Thodos and Broadway veteran Ann Reinking reimagine the challenges and triumphs of Keller and her empowering teacher
Anne Sullivan via the movement of 12 dancers and music by Bruce Wolosoff.
Overshadowed by brawls over immigration and emails, early childhood education might be Hillary Clinton’s least controversial proposal. The vast majority
of voters support increased federal funding to make early childhood education more accessible to lower-income families. Yet, aside from a handful
of articles, the topic has evaded scrutiny throughout this endless campaign season.
February marks the first time Chicago artists Jessie Mott and Rhonda Wheatley will showcase their work in solo exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Donald Trump, a vengeful Oompa Loompa with a hairpiece fashioned from a stale piece of Laffy Taffy he found under a park bench, is the only logical
OH GOD OH GOD WE'RE ALL DOOMED
Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Terrifying Hellscape in Which We Live
Living in Chicago is something of a blessing when it comes to dating—it’s the culture capital of the Midwest. Admittedly, it’s not hard to be a culture capital of the Midwest (especially when the competition is the godless hippies of Minneapolis or the noted pervs of St. Louis) and the restaurants are some of the best in the world, if you ignore the cheese-laced laxative that passes for pizza in this city. Taking into account the amazing restaurants, bars, and museums that make up the Second City—I decided to take my date to the American Girl Place.
I love America, but damn, these killings and the muted effort to change is gut-wrenching.
It feels like the country that my ancestors helped to build with blood, sweat and tears, the place that I call home and miss terribly now that I live
in Norway, just doesn’t care about me or those who look like me.
Melissa Range's poetry collection "Scriptorium" should be read by fellow word lovers. It should also be read by those who wrestle with ideas, family, faith,
(or perhaps anything one feels an obligation to), because it so well depicts how beauty is found in the struggle.
Stefanie Berecz and Brendan O’Connell of The Right Now share insight into their musical style, songwriting process and how the election has transformed the catchy chorus of their new album, 'Starlight,' into powerful war cries.
Your struggles may not be the same as mine, but if you are both a feminist and a parent, then I’m sure they exist. This column is therefore not a cookie-cutter
how-to guide for raising feminist boys and girls. Rather, it is a walk together through this ever-changing—often challenging—journey of
Rebelle in Chief Karen Hawkins is on a mission to meet & interview 47 Rebellious entrepreneurs and leaders in 2017. These are her stories. Oh, wait...wrong
Rebellious sex and relationship advice from an experienced queer non-monogamous kinkster.
Five of the stages of grief are widely known (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), but less discussed is the sixth stage: Eating.
Grab a group of girlfriends, get a bottle of wine or a craft cocktail from their seasonal menu, and tackle a 48-oz. Porterhouse at Chicago’s only female-owned steakhouse.
Minneapolis-based feminist-punk group, Kitten Forever, share their thoughts on feminism, rock and the rebellion of Beyonce.
Iliza Shlesinger and Cameron Esposito proved to deliver two of the funniest sets of the Oddball Comedy Festival.
'Tranny' is an honest and brutal testament to what happens when you live in a cloud of self-hate — thus, the title.
With 'The Black Hills,' the L.A.-based band welcomes listeners to 'the in-between'
In honor of October being Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Chatima has opened her Facebook page as a platform to educate via social media.
The Douglas Park event was loaded with unforgettable sets, including a few from some of the strongest female-fronted groups in the business.
Ethics, bio-ecology and the environment are among the many issues addressed (at least by one of the candidates) in the present presidential election. Yet
artist Diana Thater has been focusing on these topics for years.
With more than 50 groups listed under “outdoors and adventure” in the Chicago area, Meetup.com is a great place for lovers of the outdoors to find like-minded individuals, as well as unique outdoor activities.
The legendary singer-songwriter and her holiday trio got Chicago fans ready for a "blues" Christmas at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts on
Michelle Wolf's headlining set at The Hideout on Jan. 13 brought the funny to the Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in Chicago.
In January, harassment allegations led major improv theaters in the city to develop new sexual harassment policies.
Would you like to be the ones to explain to my five-year-old what the word "bitch" means?
The Women's March on Chicago is a long walk to protest the uphill battles of the next four years.
Since starting out in comedy at the tender age of 19, Paula Poundstone has provided insightful, discerning jokes at every turn. Whether she is interacting with audience members – something Poundstone loves to do – sharing homemade web videos or discussing politics with some of the greatest minds of today on NPR's “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!,” Poundstone welcomes fans into her world with thoughtfulness, originality and impeccable humor.
The co-president of Frommer Media sat down with us ahead of her appearance at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show next weekend in Rosemont.
'I usually ask what heaven would look like for your pet and go from there. I try to incorporate all the good things the pet might want around them. All the talismans of good life.'
The name "Dated Emcees" is a double entendre. Hodge speaks of dating emcees, “no jazz men left: i date emcees,” and dated emcees, “washed up / rappers,
finger-dead can holders, uprocking on / inflamed knees, asking what to do with the next decade . . .”
Chanting "This Pussy Votes" and "Love Trumps Hate," jubilant protesters gathered outside Chicago's Trump Tower on Tuesday, Oct. 18.
Roseanna Ander, the founding executive director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab , has dedicated her life to solving problems related to poverty and urban violence. She’s also my cousin. We sat down to chat about her work, what inspires her and her freakishly high energy.
"Women-Owned Wednesday (“WOW”) makes it easy to leverage your holiday spending to celebrate and accelerate women building businesses."
What began as an evening reception three years ago has grown into a daylong conference with practical sessions organized around two tracks – business and
lifestyle – along with three “Legislative Conversations.”
What Makes Chicago Foundation For Women's K. Sujata Rebellious?
RVA Executive Director Sharmili Majmudar on how all of us can be agents of change to stop sexual violence, how men and male-identified folks can be part
of the movement and what the media gets right – and wrong – in covering sexual violence.
We're excited to share gift ideas for the feminist on your list from some of our favorite women-owned and feminist-friendly Chicago shops. From lipstick
that will rock her world (wink) to technology tips & tricks, we've got a little sumthin' sumthin' for everyone. Happy shopping!
Before Bernie backed Hillary, Hillary picked Kaine, and Melania plagiarized Michelle, we asked our Rebellious readers and contributors to tell us who they're
supporting for president and why.
On Feb. 18, Kathy Griffin stopped by the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts for a hometown show that was full of celebrity gossip, Trump tales
and hilarious jokes.
Everett emerged like a hurricane, opening her cabaret set with “F*ck Sh*t Up,” singing, “Everybody better freak the f*ck out 'cause The Bridge is coming
down and she's turning it out/No one can tell where that woman's been but she's smiling in the night with a mouthful of sin.”
Sarah Silverman and her hilarious friends closed out the 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival with a foul-mouthed show at Chicago's Civic Opera House.
Speedy Ortiz's Sadie Dupuis stopped by Chicago's Beat Kitchen for an empowering performance with her new solo project Sad13.
The Louisiana rockers treated Chicago fans to tunes from their debut release 'Get Gone'
undeniably, my favorite Prince song is "When You Were Mine." track six on his "Hits" album. my mother didn’t have an extensive library of Prince music, but somehow I’d managed to pick this album – all stubbled profile and lace on its cover – and take it with me on summer cross-country bus trips with my grandmother’s church group. 75 older black ladies, a few other kids and me on a charter bus headed to New York City by way of Daytona Beach, Fla. I managed to get an empty pair of seats and spread out across them both with blankets and snacks and Prince in my Walkman.
For far too long, you’ve been holding back.
Opportunities have presented themselves, and you’ve passed on them. Chances have leaped in front of you and you skipped them, but you’re not sure why. Some days, you feel like you’re in a 10-foot-deep rut; in the book “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes, you’ll see how to get out.