| Oct 3, 2013
Those "Old Jews Telling Jokes" have excellent timing.
I mean, opening in Chicago in a week when the democratically elected government took a walk, just because it could? Was not Wednesday enough to ready anyone for some quality time with a schlemiel...
| Oct 2, 2013
Why another shutdown? Our government has three political parties these days: Democrats, Republicans and the new "radical Republicans."
That radical Republican label has some history. The old radical Republicans were the Grand Old Party's progressive...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 11:10 AM
Why does the tiny island nation of Cuba rank as a kind of musical superpower, turning out colossal virtuosos who tend to dwarf their counterparts around the planet?
Some of the answers were on stage Sunday night at Symphony Center, where multiple...
| Sep 29, 2013
Gentle reader, I know what you probably think about us newspaper columnists. You think we're a bunch of hard-boiled, hard-bitten cynics who care for naught but conflict and controversy, right?
But while I am indeed hard-bitten — the mosquitoes were...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 7:47 PM
Add these personality quirks to the qualities that mark you as a social dinosaur:
You're not comfortable renting out a room in your house or turning over the keys to your car for hours or days at a time to total strangers. When you travel you prefer...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Gianpaolo Chiriaco is an Italian researcher who's in Chicago studying African-American vocality. What is vocality, you ask? It's the entirety of values, qualities and techniques related to voice, independent of language.
So, think about the voice not...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:19 PM
Obamacare is driving a transformation in the way pharmacies do business, so get ready.
The healthcare reform law will expand access to medical services for millions of people. That's going to place added pressure on primary healthcare providers and...
| Aug 28, 2013
Are you going to write about Miley Cyrus?
An editor asks. I sigh. I was trying not to. But.
It seems to be every American's patriotic duty this week to have an opinion about Miley Cyrus, and about the media coverage of Miley Cyrus, and about those...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 1:00 PM
CULVER CITY, Calif. — It's 4:30 p.m. on a warm November Monday in a nondescript building in Culver City. Trey Parker is pacing around the writers room at the so-called South Park Studios — which, once you're inside, feels like a cross...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:59 AM
Following is a thumbnail guide to the most promising shows of the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Thursday through Sept. 1. For a complete lineup to the free event, visit chicagojazzfestival.us or phone 312-744-3316.