| May 17, 2014
| 8:00 AM
When Joe Wilder was traveling with a band in 1949 and playing trumpet at a club in Chicago, his solos were disrupted by college kids shouting racial slurs.
In his low-key style, the dapper Wilder put them in their place: "I know you probably don't...
| May 12, 2014
| 7:39 AM
With the arrival of each new season, Lisa Melillo noted, there’s a different mood, a different approach.
And with summer coming up, she added, there’s no question what that mood will be like at the Winter Park Playhouse.
| May 5, 2014
| 4:31 AM
There are plenty of Americans who purchase a high-mileage vehicle for environmental reasons, and sales of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles surged 84 percent in 2013. But when you start comparing the steady rise in sales of higher-fuel-economy...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 5:00 AM
A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry.
Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night,...
| May 27, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Saxophonist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Miguel Zenon, veteran drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, pianist Myra Melford and Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid will play the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park and the Chicago...
| May 20, 2014
| 7:46 AM
A world premiere by Chicago drummer-bandleader Dana Hall, a solo concert by the innovative pianist Craig Taborn and a high-profile engagement by genre-defying Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid will play the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running Sept....
| May 15, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Chicago ragtime piano master Reginald Robinson is on a tear.
In recent months he has completed three new works, two of which he'll play Saturday night in a nearly ideal venue for his intimate art: Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, in Oak Park.
| May 4, 2014
| 10:45 AM
After weeks of emotional debate, Winfield trustees recently voted 5 to 1 to allow a temporary homeless shelter to open Tuesday nights during the summer at Sebahar Hall at St. John the Baptist Church, S233 Church St.
Trustee Philip Mustes, who has been a...
| May 8, 2014
| 8:47 AM
The concert that will unfold Sunday afternoon at the Harris Theater will be more than a tribute to Duke Ellington and more than a Mother's Day jazz soiree.
It's no exaggeration to say that the performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra with vocalist...
| May 6, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Last year, audiences crowded into shows at the first Israeli Jazz Festival to play Chicago, so it was no great surprise to learn that the event would be coming back.
But few would have expected that this fledgling attraction would nearly double in...
| May 20, 2014
| 4:01 PM
All things Irish will be celebrated Friday through Monday at Chicago Gaelic Park's 28th Irish Festival in Oak Forest.
More than 40 artists from the states and Ireland will provide continuous music on four stages. Two more stages cater to kids and...