| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:15 PM
Sandy Shinner, the former associate artistic director of the Victory Gardens Theater, has a new job. She is to become producing artistic director of the Shattered Globe Theatre, a venerable Off-Loop theater company that once occupied its own famously...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 3:45 PM
From around a table in the Loop offices of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, the reviews were mixed.
How true to women's prison life is the new Netflix series, "Orange Is the New Black?"
Daily prison life looks pretty realistic,...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Tuesday night's Magnificent Mile opening — or rather re-heating — of the TimeLine Theatre Company's production of "To Master the Art" was, for a number of reasons, quite the celebratory brioche. Here was a cooked-in-Chicago play about the...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Maybe Lady Gaga isn’t so different after all.
The pop star known for her eccentric outfits and music videos admitted during an interview with Sirius XM Hits 1 radio Friday that she has a hard time resisting Chicago pizza like the rest of us....
| Aug 25, 2013
Contrary to what the guidebooks say, there is more than one Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.
The one at State and Kinzie streets has Garfield Goose, Oprah's door and a camera from the first Kennedy-Nixon debate. But a few blocks away on...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 8:40 AM
If you were expecting the “Divergent” trailer to be a commercial for Chicago tourism, you’re probably going to be disappointed.
The two and a half minute video released today is light on recognizable Chicago landmarks, other than the...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:41 PM
You don't likely know the playwriting duo of Chance Bone and Andrew Burden Swanson — they're mostly a pair of young Chicago actors. But there's enough to "The Casuals," a very intriguing, impressively unpredictable, heartfelt and promisingly complex...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Nov 11, 2013
It was wild how many people recognized Ben Hollis.
He strode through the Loop wearing his signature safari jacket and pith helmet, waving at people and handing out announcements for this Sunday's screening of the newly completed DVD "The Golden Age of...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:49 AM
In 1955, a 27-year-old singer appeared at the Chicago Theatre. Although she was becoming known for her singing on a TV show from New York, known informally as "Tonight," the pretty vocalist was by no means top of this Loop variety bill. She came in...