| Sep 13, 2011
| 11:51 AM
“The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern, Doubleday, 384 pages, $26.95.
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mention or advertisements in local newspapers....
| Jul 27, 2011
In March 2003, an executive from Park Place Entertainment, then the owner of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, stood inside the casino. His company had just spent $95 million to build the 4,000-seat Colosseum theater as the new home of superstar Celine Dion....
| Nov 15, 2011
| 9:17 AM
Navy Pier has booked a locally produced circus for a week in February.
Dubbed "Windy City Circus," the all-new show will be staged in the Grand Ballroom Feb. 17-26. A Pier spokesman said that the show will be themed around Chicago, and feature "guest...
| Nov 26, 2011
On a recent Wednesday night at Blue Chicago, a long-running club downtown, you had to elbow your way forward just to get past the doorman. Men and women in business suits — collars loosened, beers in hand — packed the place, barely leaving...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 7:25 PM
Christmas — the commercial version — is wearying. But then you hear a group of kids singing in the middle of Lehigh Valley International Airport and the spirit of the true Christmas wriggles its way up from the bottom of your soul, where it'...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 12:12 PM
Pinetop Perkins lived the blues.
Born on a cotton plantation near Belzoni, Miss., in 1913, he worked the fields from age 7, drove a truck for a living at 18 and got stabbed in the arm in his late 20s.
The barroom attack tore his tendons and cut his...
| Aug 29, 2011
He was the son of a sharecropper, the grandson of a slave and -- for an extraordinary 80-plus years -- the voice of the Delta blues.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards picked cotton and pulled corn on Mississippi Delta plantations from age 9, living the hard...
| May 25, 2011
| 12:04 PM
The circus is coming, the circus is coming.
Hancock’s annual visit from the renowned Kelly Miller Circus takes place Saturday in Widmeyer Park, with shows at 2 and 5:30 p.m.
Go down to the park early on Saturday, around 9 a.m., to see the big...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 7:04 PM
The Hancock Arts Council will sponsor "Professor Mike's Amazing Flea Circus" Sunday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center at Town Hall at 126 W. High St.
Featured performances and acts include the Springs Chamber Ensemble musical...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 5:02 PM
Ever since David Carradine played a warrior monk on the run in that 1970s TV classic "Kung Fu," the Shaolin Warriors of the Henan province in China have been the public face of qigong, that uber-disciplined form of exercise that makes the rest of us...
| Jan 24, 2012
The tragic sinking of the Costa Concordia cruise ship last week is leaving a line of worried passengers in its wake. Betty Westbrook is among them. The retiree from Allen, Texas, called me hours after the ship sank off the Italian coast, hoping that I...