| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:00 AM
The world has yet to take the full measure of Chicagoan William Russo, whose life's work proved – among other things – that jazz, classical and blues languages are not natural enemies.
These sounds, and others, converged in Russo's...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:06 AM
No single concert could possibly sum up the achievements of Chicago composer-conductor William Russo – or even reference all of the high points.
But Saturday evening's expansive homage, which attracted a turn-away crowd to the Jazz Showcase,...
| Nov 29, 2013
As the Tribune acknowledged in its initial call for a new Plan of Chicago, it may not have to look far for good ideas to tackle the city's economic and social challenges. Many creative, workable ideas are out there already. Some have gained a foothold and...
| Dec 5, 2013
Looking over the Siskel Film Center schedule recently, a little-known film from 1944 called "Christmas Holiday" starring Gene Kelly caught my eye. Hang on. Hang on! Gene Kelly made a Christmas movie? How have I missed this?
"It's one of the oddest...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:17 AM
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
Vernita Gray and...
| Nov 26, 2013
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court on Monday ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
| Nov 23, 2013
For companies like Tomy, the next month is go time.
At just four weeks before Christmas, the toy giant, which has its U.S. headquarters in Oak Brook, is eager to get its new Battroborg arena game before as many people as possible. With the game priced...
| Nov 17, 2013
Columbia College Chicago students were the stars of the show for the third annual Open Doors Gala on Nov. 9 at the school's Media Production Center in the South Loop.
Allen Turner, outgoing chairman of the college's board of trustees, was honored with...
| 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...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 8:57 AM
We're political animals, we're told — and sometimes, it seems, raging political beasts. But sanity might be within reach. In a twofer courtesy of MetLife's "New Stages for Dance" initiative, Joanna Rosenthal of Same Planet Different World Dance...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:59 AM
Imagine trying to squeeze your entire life and everyone in it — family, lovers, verbally abusive strangers, porn actors on the Internet — into 70 minutes of storytelling, structured into one-minute anecdotes randomly selected and arranged...