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15 Halloween Shows to Thrill and Chill You

Published by: The Chicago Reader; October 2018

Love haunted houses but wish they had a plot?

Join the action of these immersive performances instead.

Inspired by an 1897 concert in the Paris Catacombs, Les Innocents, by (Re)Discover Theatre, is a queer thriller that follows a composer on a quest for love through the land of the dead. Conjure spirits, face mortality, and help goodness prevail in this interactive experience. 

Through 11/4: Thu-Sun 8 PM, ASL-interpreted performance Fri 10/19, Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence, 312-884-1733, rediscovertheatre.com, $30.

What an Autism Diagnosis Taught Me About Being Human

Published by: Release the Women: Where Spirituality and Feminism Collide; April 2019

On January 2, 2019, I was diagnosed with the branch of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) formerly known as Apsergers Syndrome. 

And it was one of the happiest days of my life.

Prior to the three-month diagnostic process that led to this moment, all I knew about Autism was what most people know: Rain ManThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, inspirational youtube videos about people who couldn’t talk but could recreate city skylines by glancing at a picture. I knew children who made noises and pulled hair, who threw tantrums at the slightest provocation. And I thought that, deep down, no one really liked people with Autism.

Then, two things happened...

The Peach Pit Incident

Published by: Zimbell House Publishing; July 2017

Andromeda’s first dinner back at home was uncomfortable.

She had gone to college in Rhode Island to get away, to be small and invisible in a cold dormitory on the street where the crazy hoboes lived, and she did not like it.

Her freshman roommate, a girl with red hair and a fiancé and a life plan, was too happy. She ate ice cream and went jogging and asked questions.

Plus it was cold, and there wasn’t a Chipotle nearby.

There had been one good art teacher who, in an introductory sculpting class, had told her she could be very successful if she worked hard to solidify her style. He had looked like Dumbledore but smelled like her great aunt’s linen closet – lots of green and moldy blue smells.

But then her grandpa started dying, so she went home. In a way she was relieved to have an excuse to leave, though she would never say that out loud.

It wasn’t working anyway, the hiding. Her boyfriend still called her from Illinois.

A Brief History of Autism

Published by: Thimble Literary Magazine; Summer 2019

Last year, one boy ran up to me in the middle of a lecture on birds.
He handed me a story.
His story.
It even had a title page. He said he thought I should read it to the class. His face was so serious.
It reminded me of my son, that face.
I’m so tired. I wake up at two in the morning with a cramp in my foot and the vision of my son crying.
I want to take his pain, but he thinks I’ll break it. Maybe I would.

2016 Finds Redemption in African Film and TV

Published by: New University Newspaper; January 2017

According to Co-Founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association, Gil Robertson, “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film.” In an interview with the Huffington Post in November, he even went so far as to call it the “best year ever,” and the numbers agree.

2016 saw a large number of critically-acclaimed and extremely popular film and television releases created and performed by African Americans. “American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson” on FX was the most-watched new cable series of 2016, and the most-watched new FX series ever. The Netflix series “Luke Cage” was so popular that Netflix servers crashed the day it was released when too many people tried to watch it at once.

From Barry Jenkins’s independent film “Moonlight” taking awards season by storm to the successful adaptation of popular web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” into the high-ranking comedy series “Insecure” by producer, director and actress Issa Rae, new projects from African American voices are proving just how powerful and popular their stories can be.