| Jul 10, 2013
| 7:04 AM
The Up North Vocal Institute will present a musical theater concert from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, in Ross Stoakes Theater at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.
Following the performance in the theater, institute participants will head out to...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Sixty years after leaving destitute Greece to pursue the quintessential immigrant’s dream of striking it rich in America, Eftichios “Van” Vlahakis is back trying to do business in his again-impoverished homeland.
Vlahakis, who at age...
| Jun 6, 2013
If he is not careful, President Barack Obama is in danger of becoming viewed as just another president, a damaging transformation in the image of a man who sailed to office on a wind of big promise.
This settled on me in a college classroom near the end...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:20 AM
Given that concertgoers have been paying almost three times as much to see the Rolling Stones on their current tour as they did in 2005-06 (about $355 per ticket compared with $135 on average on the previous tours, according to Pollstar), one might draw...
| 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 29, 2013
| 12:00 PM
In the midst of another-night-at-the-office greatest hits show for the Rolling Stones, the eternal drummer Charlie Watts kept things swinging. He smashed a cymbal so hard it looked as if it had been cracked by a two-by-four. And he even allowed himself...
| May 21, 2013
| 4:52 AM
Donald Trump seems to relish an image as a no-nonsense businessman and boss, some might even say a bully.
But the real estate mogul might have met his match in an Evanston grandmother who had humble beginnings growing up in a children's home.
| May 1, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and saxophonists Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Heath and Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 29...
| Apr 30, 2013
| 12:20 PM
Jorge Federico Osorio knows firsthand the power of classical music to move young minds and hearts.
"Many years ago I was playing a concert in a church in the Mexican city of Leon," the Mexican-born, Highland Park-based pianist recalls. "When I began...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:54 PM
Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:53 PM
Susan Hahn was editor of TriQuarterly for 14 years. She is author of a recent novel, “The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter”; nine books of poetry, including “Self/Pity” and “The Scarlet Ibis”; and...