| 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...
| Dec 14, 2013
Holidays are just dates on a calendar? Well, it depends.
This Thanksgiving I had been musing about two events: First: Thanksgiving and Hanukkah occurr on the same night. Everyone was excited, especially Israeli cooks who made turkey matzo balls, corn...
| 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.
| Sep 6, 2012
At the risk of inviting legions of conservatives to swoop down and tell me I'm drowning in the Obama Kool-Aid (actually, it's not just a risk; it's a guarantee), I'm just going to come out and say it: Michelle Obama was spectacular at the Democratic...
| Nov 20, 2012
President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Elections have consequences. People who attain political power daily make decisions that affect citizens in myriad ways, some not so obvious.
For example, one of the more underanalyzed (but long lasting) consequences of a re-elected Barack Obama is...