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On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place. Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
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Chicago Tribune reporterChicago lost a longtime member of the city’s sketch and improv scene last week. Performer and teacher Mike Enriquez, who mentored current “Saturday Night Live” featured players Vanessa Bayer and Paul Brittain, died Thursday at St. Joseph...
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Kelly Leonard, "Chicago Live!" co-executive producer and Second City executive vice president, reflects on his memories of Chicago's golden era of entertainment and its influence on "Chicago Live!" "Chicago Live!" will open its new season Feb. 2 in a...
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We’ve moved! While our Chicago Live! team is busy finalizing appearances by the likes of Jonathon Brandmeier, Rick Bayless, Homaru Cantu and J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound (Guest details here), I want to tell you about our new home. The new...
Tags: Rick Bayless, Arts and Culture, Uptown, Pump Room, Entertainment
Tribune reporterPlainfield native Melissa McCarthy has picked up a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her performance in the R-rated comedy"Bridesmaids." It's been quite the year for McCarthy, who saw her fame rise with the release of “Bridesmaids”...
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CHICAGO FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION 2011 WINNERS BEST PICTURE(-) The Tree of Life BEST DIRECTOR(-) Terrence Malick--The Tree of Life BEST ACTOR(-) Michael Shannon--Take Shelter BEST ACTRESS(-) Michelle Williams--My Week with Marilyn BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR(-)...
Zap2ItCasey Wilson, Penny on ABC's "Happy Endings," isn't sure but thinks she probably always was funny. Her first memory of working an audience was cracking up her parents. Her aunt left the room and she did a spot-on impersonation. "I don't even change my...
BoystownWith songs like “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis,” the cocaine-fueled rewrite of “Let It Snow,” and the pregnancy confessional “Santa's Baby” —drag darling and Second City alum Jackie Beat...
A fifth anniversary might not be the grandest of milestones, but it's nothing to laugh at — except in this case. This weekend, the Baltimore Improv Festival marks its first five years with four days of activities at the Creative Alliance. "It's...
5 - 6 a.m. The Morning Show with Orion Samuelson and Max Armstrong 5:10 a.m. What is it like to have the President of the United States visit your company in a small rural Illinois community? You’ll find out when Orion visits with Bill Wyffels...
Despite the famously lengthy titles of its revues, the Second City has come up with a very short name for its new venue in the Piper’s Alley complex on Chicago’s North Side: “Up.” Intended as a riff on stand-up comedy and the...
New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish of...
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