| Jan 13, 2009
| 4:30 PM
You are reading the 4,000th post in WatchDog's 20-month history. Thanks as always for your loyalty, support and contributions. To mark the occasion we link to Tom Hoffarth's post on the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time, as per......
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:54 AM
You've survived the "walkers," dodged the Deadites and outrun the American Werewolf.
It's Miller Time. Or martini time. Or happy hour. Whatever calms your nerves the quickest.
With Halloween Horror Nights in full swing at Universal Studios Orlando,...
| Oct 13, 2013
Say there, 21st century American male! You agree, right, that it's great we live in an era of unprecedented gender equality, where women can have access to education and business opportunities and can rise in the professions and be political leaders and...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:06 PM
Thomas Mars doesn’t plan in advance when and where he will crowd-surf during performances. The lead singer of French rock band Phoenix said it just kind of happens. But at 36 years old, the father of two and husband of director Sofia Coppola...
| Jul 27, 2013
Tenor saxophonist Ron Blake has been visiting Chicago's clubs and concert halls for more than two decades, in the early days backing fellow young lions such as trumpeter Roy Hargrove and bassist Christian McBride, as well as jazz eminences such as drummer...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday.
That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 8:00 PM
As you news media consumers know, an earth-shaking event took place last week; big enough to blow the presidential campaign, the pope's travels, the Supreme Court and health care, and even Kate Middleton's latest frock off the magazine covers.
| Aug 22, 2011
| 3:25 PM
Chicago’s Black Ensemble Theatre will stage a new musical about Marvin Gaye in February, as written by the late singer’s family members, along with their manager Barbara Cole. Entitled "The Prophet: A Marvin Gaye Tribute," the new show (not...
| May 14, 2012
| 8:38 AM
Donald “Duck” Dunn, who died Sunday at age 70 in Tokyo only hours after playing his final show with longtime friend Steve Cropper, was part of one of soul music’s greatest rhythm sections.
Dunn was a self-taught bass player who had been...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 1:26 PM
You usually don't hear jazz singers taking on James Brown's "Sex Machine" or Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."
But one brave Chicago vocalist will be plunging headlong into this music Friday night, when the apparently fearless Dee Alexander takes the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Big Boi is a serial collaborator, one of those endlessly curious artists who’s always thinking “what if?” when he charges into a new project. As one-half of OutKast, Big Boi helped expand the language of hip-hop. As a solo artist, he&...