| Dec 3, 2014
| 8:56 PM
Lop off your fingers, the new "Star Wars" lightsaber will. Know this, every Jedi knight should.
Happily, I can't write this entire column using a Yoda Speak Generator. So in simple Chicagoese, I'll tell you this: My experts insist that if you use that...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Buildings going up in flames. Militarized police forces. Demonstrators disrupting routines of city life.
These images aren't from news coverage of fallout from controversial police actions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island. They form a record of...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 11:09 AM
This has been a year of bittersweet goodbyes, as some of the brightest curators in Chicago have left for Toronto, Philadelphia, Kassel, Germany, and beyond. 2015 will fill those Lucite platform shoes with who-knows-who, but in the meantime, here's what we...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Sometime soon, should you find yourself backstage at the Museum of Contemporary Art, wandering its administrative offices, be sure to look for the pencil drawing of David Bowie as a banana. It is not an official curated piece of museum art; rather, it...
| Dec 14, 2014
| 6:53 PM
At this awkward stage in its young life, the new Maggie Daley Park brings to mind a gangly teenager. Energetic? Absolutely. Graceful? Not yet.
It's strange to come upon this park, whose towering, tripod-shaped light masts resemble giant praying mantises...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 1:47 PM
Thad Seymour, president emeritus of Rollins College, raised his glass and gave a toast, "To perseverance!"
It was elegant in its simplicity.
And dead on in summarizing the grit and resolve it took to get to this moment.
It's been one year since...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 1:49 PM
Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra: Concertmaster David Taylor is the soloist, playing Lalo's "Symphonie Espagnole" on the season opener under the baton of music director Alan Heatherington. Dvorak's "Carnival Overture" and Brahms' Fourth Symphony complete the...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Long before Lollapalooza became a fixture in Grant Park, long before Riot Fest and Pitchfork Music Festival and the myriad other concentrations of cultural events that have come to define the city's warm-weather entertainment scene, there was the...
| Sep 24, 2014
| 2:22 PM
On Monday, Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" opens on the main stage of the Goodman Theatre. If you follow theater in Chicago, you might have read something about this remarkable play about a Grand Rapids, Mich., family seen across several generations. It...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 8:25 AM
The artist William Wegman is probably best known for his photographs of Weimaraners. For decades now he has been able to coax his pet dogs to pose stoically before his lens, offering a steady, curious, tolerant gaze to the camera despite the oddball...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 2:18 PM
'Anna Bolena': Lyric Opera's vocally vibrant new production of Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece features Sondra Radvanovsky as the doomed Anne Boleyn, Jamie Barton as her rival Jane Seymour and John Relyea as Henry VIII. Patrick Summers conducts, Kevin...