| Jun 13, 2008
Don't look for deep meaning in "A Very Brady Musical" at Theatre West. A parody wrapped in a spoof surrounded by a lampoon, this world premiere musical satire is a study in concentrated silliness.
That's mostly to the good. The show is based on "The...
| Nov 17, 2009
Ken Ober, a comedian and actor who as host of MTV's "Remote Control" in the 1980s guided the raucous question-and-answer trivia contests on the irreverent cable TV game show, was found dead Sunday at his home in Santa Monica. He was 52.
Lee Kernis of...
| Dec 19, 2013
I'm standing at the customer service counter at the Dominick's in my neighborhood. I want postage stamps, but they no longer sell them now that they're closing. The gentle-looking young man behind the counter apologizes.
"So is it true this might become...
| Dec 2, 2013
I recently wrote about a mentoring camp for black male teens that took place at Chicago State University and was sponsored by talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey.
The main requirement for the teens to participate in the Steve Harvey Mentoring...
| Nov 9, 2013
Writing letters since: The great Chicago blizzard of 1967 and the race riots of 1968 (more than 15 published pieces in the Tribune).
Life Story in 50 words or less: Born and raised in Chicago's Jefferson Park; graduated from Steinmetz High...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 4:32 PM
Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth HBO special Nov. 16: Enjoy a front-row seat in this Spike Lee Joint as “Iron Mike” Tyson recounts the highs and lows of his life in his signature candid style in this concert film of his one-man Broadway stage show....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 9:08 AM
I've always thought that an excellent attraction for one of our studio-themed parks would entail re-creations of the sets of popular television shows. Guests would walk from room to room, finding photo ops in living rooms as seen on TV.
| Sep 17, 2013
| 5:23 AM
Literary legend has it that James Michener saw a great blue heron above the St. Michaels property he was inspecting and immediately decided to buy the 25 acres and the old house that sat on a creek off the Choptank River, near the entrance to the...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 4:19 PM
Faith and dogs: two things that mean a lot to a lot of people.
Three friends from Laguna Beach have combined the two into an online clothing line for canines, complete with catchy phrases that appeal to Christians, Jews and people of other religions....
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:00 PM
Jill Soloway bought longtime friend and fellow Chicagoan Jane Lynch a lap dance when they were in Las Vegas years ago for Jill's mom's wedding.
Lynch, now a star on the Fox show "Glee," deemed the experience "very embarrassing" but said she loved...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 1:15 PM
"Didn't he play a serial killer?" an editor asked when I brought up Gary Cole's name not long ago. Not a serial killer, but the 1984 TV miniseries "Fatal Vision" was Cole's first major role. Playing Jeffrey MacDonald, the real-life Army doctor who was...