UChicago Folk Fest 2019: 59 Years Strong

The University of Chicago Folklore Society’s Folk Festival has been a part of the world (in its current form, at least) for fifty-nine years, this past Folk Fest being its fifty-ninth. (It began in the infancy of the American folk revival, a wee bit before my mother’s jug band days.) It’s been part of my life since I was a few months old. We went … Continue reading UChicago Folk Fest 2019: 59 Years Strong

Fuente Ovejuna at City Lit: the Past is Present

There’s something marvelous about reading works from the Spanish Golden Age, and from the English Early Modern: they are incredibly modern. It’s one of the things that has always drawn me to Shakespeare; it’s drawn me to Sor Juana, too, and to adaptions and re/imaginings of her work and life. So—in a very rare case of Facebook getting its advertising right—when I saw a sponsored … Continue reading Fuente Ovejuna at City Lit: the Past is Present