| Sep 5, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Chicago has not exactly built a reputation for being a world-class hub of art song performance and study. But this fall could bring about a sea change, thanks to the dedicated efforts of Nicholas Phan and friends.
In fact, the gifted American tenor will...
| Sep 8, 2013
| 3:17 PM
If Hollywood remains the symbolic dream factory, more than ever the Toronto International Film Festival qualifies as the dream factory's biggest buzz saw.
The movies generating the loudest, most persistent awards-season buzz at this most public of major...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 12:08 PM
All summer long they pop up, those neighborhood events known as carnivals. Though there are some pleasures to be had in that northern playground that is Great America and there's a bit of fun available at Navy Pier, nothing can match the rough-and-...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:07 AM
With few exceptions, Ravinia has not gone out of its way to provide exposure for young conductors who are making their way up the professional ladder and who have yet to become household names. Fortunately the Grant Park Music Festival and its principal...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 7:51 AM
Seven years ago, an ad hoc group of South Siders decided to stage a neighborhood jazz festival unlike anything else in the city.
Instead of herding musicians and listeners into a one-size-fits-all downtown park, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival would present...
| Sep 30, 2013
I'm looking forward to the second annual Wings and Wildflowers Festival, which is set for Friday through Sunday at Hickory Point Park in Tavares and various other venues. Last year, I went to the festival for a few hours and came home with several...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 6:36 AM
A version of "Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)" sung by Judy Garland plays over the opening moments of "Four Days in Chicago," Haskell Wexler's documentary about the protesters who came town last year during the NATO summit. As Garland sings of State Street,...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:48 AM
It started out as a seemingly quixotic attempt by a group of South Side jazz lovers to celebrate the music – and it has become one of Chicago's most ingeniously presented jazz gatherings.
The seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:49 AM
Aponte, Bangs among Endurance Festival winners
Pedro Aponte, 41, of Lutherville won the Bugeye Classic at the 10th annual ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on Saturday at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, finishing the 1.2-mile swim, 25-mile...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 8:10 AM
Several of the city's best jazz musicians converged on one of its toughest neighborhoods over the weekend for the 14th annual Englewood Jazz Festival, a small but indefatigable institution conceived by Chicago saxophonist-bandleader Ernest Dawkins....
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Back in the late 1980s, Chicago drummer-bandleader Dana Hall made a musical discovery that has fascinated him ever since.
When a revived Blue Note Records began reissuing albums that had been collecting dust in the vault, Hall naturally began snapping...