| Oct 20, 2013
| 12:31 PM
Chicago has its Civic Orchestra, Miami Beach its New World Symphony. Each is an innovative incubator of gifted young instrumentalists on the fast track to professional careers in symphony orchestras across the nation.
Not content with only being...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 6:18 PM
On Saturday afternoon, as the Chicago International Film Festival unspooled across town and audiences sat through brooding German family dramas and biopics from Denmark, Julianna Cueuas, of Andersonville, reclined in a small auditorium at the Irish...
| Oct 13, 2013
Joseph Epstein got it right. With wit and maybe just a smidgen of venom — his patented brew — the veteran essayist and literary critic based in Evanston described the frustration of encountering a famously difficult novel: “The first...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 3:10 PM
(Paterson, N.J.) The other day Junot Diaz drove back to his home state. He had promised a college friend who teaches eighth grade here in this tattered, slate-colored, chain-link-fenced town, that he would make an appearance. And so he'd collected his...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 1:00 PM
Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras and Northlight Theatre are among 18 Chicago-area arts organizations that will receive funding for global projects from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T....
| Oct 8, 2013
Marguerite Duras' semi-autobiographical novel "L'Amant," or "The Lover," paints in many hues. It is a tactile portrait of the colors of Southern Indochina in 1929; it reminds us that not all colonialists were rich or powerful, complicating people; it...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Sep 29, 2013
When I was 11 years old, I met my first novelist.
Growing up with a mother who owns a bookstore (as I did) comes with some perks, one of which is that when she asks the author of one of her son's favorite books to visit his sixth-grade class, the author...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:48 PM
A physician who has created a new model for providing health care to those who can least afford it.
A novelist who takes readers into the swampy backwaters of the Everglades.
An astrophysicist who searches for other planets — and finds them....
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Early on in "The Salinger Contract," the new book from acclaimed novelist and West Rogers Park native Adam Langer, the protagonist, a character also named "Adam Langer," stumbles across the truth about J.D. Salinger. He discovers why Salinger seemingly...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 2:45 PM
To survey the Gettysburg Battlefield — strikingly quiet when I was last there — is to feel the weight of history in an unusually intense way. There is something about this particular patch of Pennsylvania grass that takes the sprawling Civil...