| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 9:11 AM
There have been many voices — millions of them — pouring into the air during the long and zany, smart and silly, enlightening and brain-numbing history of radio, and a few weeks ago one of the relatively newer ones told me, "Radio gives me a...
| May 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
August Wilson used the different decades of African-American experience to organize his life's work. The very juicy playwright Leslye Headland is expeditiously working her way through the Seven Deadly Sins.
Hollywood already has found Headland's take on...
| Sep 12, 2012
I went down to the union rally in the Loop on Monday, the first day of the teachers strike, not knowing what I'd find or even what I wanted to.
It was a startling, thrilling sight.
Thousands of red shirts were swarming south on Clark Street, chants...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 8:04 AM
Nick Offerman, the former off-Loop actor who went on to play Ron Swanson on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," now apparently is a big-enough name to headline the Chicago Theatre.
The former Defiant Theatre company member will play the downtown...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 8:21 AM
From an inquisitive reader (edited for space):
My husband and I are theater and concert fans who prefer to dine after a performance. Some of the places we've sampled are really designed for late-night mating dances among 20- and 30-somethings. Can the...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:56 AM
It was a battle of art vs. urban wear and tear, and the results weren't pretty.
When Jessica Stockholder's "Color Jam" installation sprang to life in June, it transformed the previously drab intersection of Adams and State streets into a blast of orange-...
| Apr 18, 2009
Our tour of Midwestern universities gets off to an excellent start when -- I think it was at Purdue -- the little girl inquires as to whether they have "you know, a high-end spa here?" Then one night in Chicago, I have a cheeseburger so huge that I will...
| Nov 19, 2009
Despite a demographic that would make most restaurateurs salivate, Hinsdale has not always been kind to its dining options. Since finally permitting liquor licenses in 2001 (Hinsdale was DuPage County's last bastion of temperance), the town has bid...