| Sep 27, 2013
| 6:41 AM
Chicago's legendary comedy theater The Second City is coming to the local stage. This special performance of Second City's Improv All-Stars will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey.
The show will be an...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:49 PM
There was a time, not many years ago, when Orange County was the cultural stepchild of Los Angeles. Boy, have things changed. Today, on many fronts, the O.C. leads the charge in such areas as the performing arts, visual arts, healthcare and scientific...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:39 PM
John Lehr and Nancy Hower didn't know a lot about Westerns when they embarked on writing their new Hulu comedy, "Quick Draw." But they dug up comedy gold while researching the Old West.
"It's amazing the stuff that never made it into the Westerns because...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...
| Aug 4, 2013
| 6:10 PM
A couple of hours before the Blisters played Lollapalooza on Saturday, a drum circle broke out a stone's throw from the stage. The drum circle was composed of small children and toddlers who banged incessantly on bongos and whatever was placed before...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 9:59 AM
After decades of complaints about the poor acoustics and dismal production values at Grant Park, the Chicago Jazz Festival launches a new era on Thursday.
That's when the 35th annual event begins, with all outdoor performances unfolding in...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:55 PM
The legendary singer Paul Simon showed up unannounced Thursday at the Second City mainstage in Chicago and then, as is traditional for visiting celebrities, took to the stage during the post-show improv set.
Simon told funny stories and then,...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City are joining forces to stage a public tribute to Bernie Sahlins, the late co-founder of The Second City. The event, to contain performances and speeches, is slated to take place 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on Navy...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 11:09 AM
The Onion and Second City, both based in Chicago, have delayed their joint theatrical enterprise, "The Onion Live," which was to have toured nationally to theaters this fall.
Several presenting venues, such as the Harbison Theatre in Irmo, S.C., had...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 8:34 AM
Dennis Joseph isn’t the guy he appears to be.
The West Rogers Park native works a 9-to-5 job for a marketing company. Five o’clock stubble crowds his smile. His shirt is starched, pressed and clean.
He’s your average Joe.
| Jul 12, 2013
It took the cringe-humor masterpiece of HBO's long-running "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to finally give Chicago-style improv a measure of TV legitimacy. The easygoing yin to Larry David's irascible yang, Second City alum Jeff Garlin carries that same approach...