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Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga to Star in Macbeth on Broadway

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga are starring in an upcoming production of the Shakespearian tragedy Macbeth on Broadway. Craig is returning to Broadway for the first time since 2013’s Betrayal to play the titular role. Negga is making her Broadway debut as Lady Macbeth. The new production is directed by Sam Gold and is scheduled to begin performances on March 29, 2022, ahead of opening night on April 28 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre. Gold has staged several Shakesperian plays, including Hamlet, starring Oscar Isaac, and Othello, also starring Craig. A press release announcing the show promises “this thrilling new production will capture the passion and ferocity of Shakespeare’s most haunting text like never before.” Tickets will go on sale on October 8th.

Kindred Pilot Based on Octavia Butler Novel Announces Cast

FX has announced the cast for its upcoming pilot, adapting of Octavia E. Butler’s influential novel Kindred. FX had previously announced that newcomer Mallori Johnson would be starring in the show. Now, joining her are Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and David Alexander Kaplan. Character descriptions are still under wraps as of right now. Kindred is a project from writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen), Courtney Lee-Mitchell (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures (Black Swan, The Wrestler), Joe Weisberg (The Americans), and Joel Fields (Fosse/Verdon). 

Semicolon Bookstore Reopens This Saturday in New Wicker Park Storefront

Semicolon Bookstore, the popular Black-woman-owned bookshop, is reopening its door this Saturday at 1714 W. Division Street in Chicago. The new storefront is a space that’s four times larger than its previous space in River West. Owner Danielle Mullen says the new space “means we have four times the books, and it just feels good, it feels free, it feels open, and that’s what we’re going for. It also feels very homey. You walk in and you just want to sit down, and that’s also what we’re going for.” The new space also includes a children’s room, art gallery, and coffee shop. Semicolon Bookstore will be open Tuesday through Sunday every week. Exact hours are still to be determined.

20 Easy Bookish Halloween Costumes for Kids and Adults

Halloween is on the horizon, at long last! If you’re still scrambling to think of a costume, here are 20 easy bookish Halloween costumes for kids and adults.