| Aug 30, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Over the past 25 years or so, two surging art forms have elevated cultural Chicago on the global stage: theater and fine dining. Is this coincidence or correlation?
I mean no disrespect to dancers, musicians or rockers, nor architects, painters, poets...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 9:03 AM
NEW YORK -- At the top of "Look, I Made a Hat," the second half of his exhaustively detailed two-volume set of collected lyrics to such incomparable musicals as "Gypsy" and "Follies," Stephen Sondheim addresses some of the complaints about the first book,...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 11:00 AM
Jackie Taylor, the founder and artistic director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, is staring at an utterly transformative fall.
On Nov. 18, the $19 million new Black Ensemble Theater will open at the hitherto moribund 4450 North Clark St.,...
| Feb 18, 2013
| 2:31 PM
It's not every day you get invited to witness a museum destroy a work of art.
And not just any work of art — a nearly 60-year-old piece from the Japanese master Saburo Murakami. In fact, because Murakami died in 1996, the Museum of Contemporary...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 2:30 PM
LITTLE ROCK -- When a retrospective of Carroll Cloar's works opened here, I asked a local art dealer how he would explain Carroll Cloar's appeal.
"Appeal or success?" he wanted to know.
Appeal. Success comes and goes. Like popularity. Or any other fad....
| Mar 22, 2014
When the Suffolk Art Gallery staged its first juried photography exhibition in 1985, it was definitely the little kid on a block ruled by the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Everybody who was anybody in Hampton Roads photography — and a lot of unknowns,...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Nominations are trickling in for my Hall of Fame of the area's most colorful characters and for the Mount Rushmore of the four greatest Hall of Famers.
I have developments to report, including an expansion of the original request. More on that in a...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 2:31 PM
It's officially spring. We're deep into pothole season, which, like other holiday seasons, seems to grow longer every year. This pothole season could be the longest yet. Potholes are out of control. The Chicago Department of Transportation said last month...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 6:30 PM
Roundhouse worker William London is a sight: raccoon eyes, thanks to the goggles he had been wearing; soot on his face, thanks to his job amid coal-burning trains; and a freshly lit cigarette burning in his mouth.
London's is one of the striking...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
AARP recently mounted a complete website do-over -- not just travel; everything. But travel did get some updates that you might find useful.
The biggest addition is a "Trip Finder" application that makes destination suggestions based on parameters you...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Poor Basil. He was assaulted by bears. And Kate? She was struck by an ax.
Xerxes was devoured by mice, Victor was squashed by a train, and little Neville met what may be the most painful and terrible fate of all. He died of ennui.