| Aug 8, 2012
| 9:55 PM
| Apr 13, 2012
| 8:36 AM
We're heading into a crowded weekend for film fests in Chicago, with no fewer than three major events competing for attention. This kind of overlap is far from ideal, but then again filmgoers are a self-selecting bunch, and the three festivals on tap...
| Nov 21, 2012
Here’s the thing about a “Slap Shot’’ night like the Tribune is sponsoring: You can’t stage that kind of evening without a Hanson Brother. Not in my world, anyway.
And so, we’ll be joined by Steve Carlson. If you&...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 2:43 PM
College football is played on Saturday. And in the Jewish religion, Saturday is the Sabbath.
That might create some complications if you happen to be an observant Jew as well as the longtime radio voice of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. But in fact:...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 1:50 PM
Mitzi Gaynor's opening line: "Call me Mitzi."
Real name: Francesca Marlene de Czanyi von Gerber. "I'm a Hungarian by descent. And a Virgo. And a Catholic. So if you want guilt, talk to me, darling."
Born: Chicago, Sept. 4, 1931.
| Nov 15, 2012
| 2:59 PM
The first several minutes of "Sushi: The Global Catch" (at the Siskel Film Center through Wednesday) lure you in with a quiet but detailed look at the extensive training required of sushi chefs in Japan.
The seven-year apprenticeship is not for...
| Nov 21, 2012
Look, I’m as bummed by the NHL lockout as you are. You hockey fans, anyway.
I’m sure we’re all getting tired of watching online highlights of Traktor Chelyabinsk scoring on Bars Astana in the Kontinental Hockey League, and while the...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The last time I spoke with comedian Eddie Pepitone was June, just prior to the world premiere of his movie "The Bitter Buddha" in Chicago, where it screened during the Just For Laughs festival. Nine months and several tour stops later, he and director...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Let’s talk about the most famous call at The Masters.
It did not occur this year at the recently completed tournament, although the way Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera played golf’s version of H-O-R-S-E for the last hour certainly lent itself...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Leroy Collins never says anything about it. He never tells his neighbors he was once a movie star — once.
Collins is 89 and lives by himself in the Montgomery Place retirement community in Hyde Park. Scientists who worked on the Manhattan...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 1:56 PM
NEW YORK — There are shows that revive aging material through revisionism. And there are productions that prefer to celebrate the pull of nostalgia, especially when the songs are great. "Pippin," the brilliant Diane Paulus revival of the...