As 2019 winds down, The Phoenix takes a look back at the biggest stories of the year from the arts and entertainment section.
Rogers Park’s Leather and Archives Museum has documented and preserved the history of the leather community — people involved with kink, fetishes and BDSM — and its Chicago connections.
In an unassuming brick building, it has been a part of the neighborhood since 1991.
The museum includes memorabilia and a library, which includes items that exist nowhere else.
The founder of Loyola’s student-run radio station WLUW 88.7, Sammy “Doc” Danna, passed away this year leaving broadcast students and those with WLUW to remember his legacy.
He focused on the students’ experience, giving out informal “Sammy Awards” to outstanding students.
Said to be hardworking and passionate, Danna taught at Loyola from 1969 to 2012.
Pint and Plate took a break from exploring eateries around Chicago to invite three Jesuits over for dinner.
The group opened up about life stories and experiences in the Catholic Church, including Fr. Michael’s previous gang affiliation and Fr. Henry’s time working with chef Jamie Oliver.
All this was over homemade gnocchi with a vegan demi-glace and vegan parmesan cheese.
Diverse lineups and hoards of music fans have flocked to Grant Park for nearly 30 years to experience Lollapalooza, making it a Chicago staple.
With headliners including Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande and The Chainsmokers, this year’s fest was no different.
The Phoenix captured 2019’s crowds and performers through film photos offering a fresh perspective on the longstanding festival.
Mary Grace Ritter
For the last 27 years, Rogers Park artists have transformed a retaining wall in Loyola Park between the grass and the beach into 600 feet of collaborative public art.
Community members gather every summer for the Artists of the Wall Festival for painting and fun with friends and family.
It all comes together through the hard work and planning from community members and the help of local businesses.
A local photographer documented decades of Rogers Park history, capturing the charm and personality of the neighborhood.
Featuring now-destroyed local landmarks such as the Heartland Cafe and the Red Line Tap, Erik Oefelein’s photos ensure these places aren’t lost.
The black and white photos equally emphasize the people of the neighborhood through portraits, giving a fuller view of Rogers Park over the past 30 years.
Bringing new and cutting-edge films to the big screen, the Chicago International Film Festival was two weeks of movie-going madness with 132 films being screened.
They were organized into 25 programs, dividing up genre and nationality and highlighting underrepresented groups such as “Black Perspectives” and “Women in Cinema.”
Week one featured a variety of films from big-name Hollywood’s “Ford v Ferrari” and international documentary “Digitalkarma.”
Mary Grace Ritter
Loyola professors prove they’ve got talents beyond the front of the classroom as they each show their love for the performing arts.
A physics professor who’s won a Grammy for songwriting, an environmental science professor who fronts a post-punk band and a French professor with a passion for comedy and screenwriting share their stories and how they mesh teaching and art.
LGBTQ+ students use art to empower their community and express themselves.
Some of the artists take it as an opportunity to explore their queer identity while others simply want to create something beautiful.