| Nov 22, 2013
When it comes to recommending books, I'm often hesitant to reach for collections of short stories because when I talk to readers — even very dedicated and passionate readers — they often tell me that they'll read just about anything, "except...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:09 PM
SOUTH BEND -- Braden Shipley threw seven dominant innings and right fielder Socrates Brito launched a key two-run homer as the South Bend Silver Hawks defeated the Great Lakes Loons 5-1. The win inaugurated the newly rechristened Four Winds Field at...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 7:43 PM
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox by holding on for a 6-5 victory Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia (13-11) allowed three runs and...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 8:25 PM
Center fielder Breland Almadova laced a bases-loaded single to right field in the bottom of the ninth as the South Bend Silver Hawks snapped an eight-game losing streak with a thrilling 8-7 victory over the Great Lakes Loons. Left fielder Mike Lang...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
They're both in their 70s now, seasoned men of jazz who are entitled to kick back, relax and enjoy the admiration they command around the world.
But Wadada Leo Smith and Ramsey Lewis seem to be turning up the dial, and the premieres they'll present this...
| Aug 11, 2013
Susan O'Halloran writes about searching as a child for "models of whiteness to be proud of."
She was an Irish-Catholic kid growing up in the '50s and '60s on Chicago's vehemently segregated Southwest Side. She recalls her neighbors and relatives...
| Mar 26, 2013
| 2:03 PM
These are very sweet days for Sugar Blue.
In a few months, he'll be a father once more, his wife and bass player Ilaria Lantieri expecting their first child together in late May or early June.
In the meantime, the two — who own a home in...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:59 AM
He is the poet laureate of Chicago jazz and blues, a man who conveys in words as much melody and rhythm as the musicians he immortalizes in print.
For more than four decades, Sterling Plumpp has transformed the sounds of Chicago jazz giants – such...
| May 20, 2013
| 4:10 PM
A committee building a new memorial in Annapolis has extended the deadline for names of those who took part in the August 1963 March on Washington, where the Rev. Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
The committee had initially...
| Aug 31, 2012
This summer might have been too darn hot, but the theater scene is about to zoom into the red zone. It's impossible to do justice to the awe-inspiring variety of work that is waiting in the wings this season at theaters large, small and in-between, but...