| 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...
| Sep 19, 2013
Bon Appetit Presents Chicago Gourmet returns next week for its sixth year, celebrating Chicago's chefs over two days (three, counting the preview events) of food and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, seminars and more.
Bigger and more ambitious...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 8:58 AM
This is going to be one of your last opportunities to watch “Transformers: Age of Extinction” film in Chicago.
The robotos-in-disguise sequel starring Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer will be shooting around the 111 S....
| Jul 20, 2013
| 7:44 AM
It's difficult enough for a first-time conductor at the Grant Park Music Festival to make a positive impression under the normal challenges that bedevil alfresco music-making at Millennium Park. But when you add merciless heat and withering humidity to...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 1:12 PM
This is the week when Riccardo Muti and his Chicago Symphony Orchestra take on the first big project of their monthlong homage to Giuseppe Verdi on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The music director, along with his orchestra, the Chicago Symphony...
| Dec 7, 2012
The holidays always seem to come too soon and leave too early.
One minute you're wailing that the stores are playing "Jingle Bell Rock" at Halloween, the next you're whimpering that it's Jan. 2 and you never really felt the holiday spirit.
By "you," I...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Back in the late 1980s, Chicago drummer-bandleader Dana Hall made a musical discovery that has fascinated him ever since.
When a revived Blue Note Records began reissuing albums that had been collecting dust in the vault, Hall naturally began snapping...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 10:07 AM
Since Riccardo Muti took office at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010, he has made it a tradition to perform a free community concert at the beginning of each season. The maestro did so again Wednesday night in west suburban Cicero, some 24 hours...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 11:25 AM
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera driving the Giuseppe Verdi bicentennial bandwagon, there nevertheless is room for other local organizations to climb on board.
Chicago Opera Theater is doing so, big time, this weekend, when it dusts...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Brooklyn Rider: For its Ravinia debut, the new-era string quartet sandwiches recent works by second violinist Colin Jacobsen between quartets by Mozart and Bartok. 8 p.m. Tuesday in Martin Theatre, Ravinia, Green Bay and Lake -Cook roads, Highland Park;...