| Nov 27, 2013
There was nothing funny about Saturday's blog post by Scott Adams, creator of the "Dilbert" comic strip.
"I hope my father dies soon," it began. "And while I'm at it, I might want you to die a painful death too."
The 600-word essay was a raw,...
| Apr 23, 2013
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:44 AM
We all remember: talking about our periods with our parents was totally embarrassing...and watching those horrendous tampon commercials was just as bad.
Well, how about a new approach that gets kids and parents laughing together...inspiring discussion...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 10:16 AM
Liberal media bias.
So incessant is this complaint from conservatives that the three words string together as one, like Holy Roman Empire. But like the old saw about that infamous regime being neither holy nor Roman nor an empire, liberal media bias...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:59 AM
After decades of complaints about the poor acoustics and dismal production values at Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival launches a new era on Thursday.
That's when the 35th annual event begins, with all outdoor performances unfolding in...
| Sep 2, 2013
Dogs may run and hide and toddlers cover their ears, but when I hear thunder followed by a sudden rush of rain I head for the porch to enjoy the show.
The other day, rain was coming down in torrents, a pounding tattoo on the metal roof. I settled in...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:39 PM
In recent days, Gov. Dannel Malloy and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy have endorsed state Sen. Toni Harp for mayor of New Haven. This is fairly unusual, but maybe it makes up for the fact that Harp did not initially endorse herself.
No. She originally...
| Mar 16, 2008
| 6:24 AM
Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich spoke with Marian McPartland shortly before her 90th birthday in 2008.
Marian McPartland knows exactly what she wants for her 90th birthday: Stevie Wonder.
That is she'd like to have the master songwriter...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 12:04 PM
If Marian McPartland had done nothing more than bring jazz to millions of listeners through her long-running National Public Radio program “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz,” she would rank among the most important figures in the art form....
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Aug 18, 2013
With the newspaper business in such financially shaky shape — next thing you hear, the New York Times will have been bought by Honey Boo Boo — you might think I'm worried about my job prospects.
But I'm not. I just discovered I am qualified...