| 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...
| Sep 30, 2009
It's not a shocker, really, that the figures lifted from one of American art's most famous images and made enormous and three-dimensional have proved so popular.
There is something both surprising and pleasing about encountering God Bless America, J....
| Mar 8, 2011
The "Mona Lisa" is lying on the living room floor of a house in LaPorte, Ind.
It was removed from the wall so that Barbara and Earl Miller could find room for another, larger painting, Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks."
This "painting" and many others ...
| Dec 3, 2011
Along the 405 is L.A.'s version of a shining city on the hill -- a castle of culture in all its incarnations. The Getty Trust is more than its collections and museums; it's about worldwide research, preservation and philanthropy. Its new chief, James...
| Aug 12, 2011
| 7:51 AM
When the new $46 million Goodman Theatre opened its doors on Dec. 11, 2000, with the inaugural performance of August Wilson's "King Hedley II," the Loop was beset by a blizzard. Ever cognizant of the political perils of Chicago snowstorms, Mayor Richard...
| Sep 17, 2011
A friend of mine was fired from her first job as a TV newscaster. Her crime? She was, the news director told her with a straight face, "distractingly voluptuous." He'd considered several remedies — tying back her thick reddish-gold hair,...
| Dec 28, 2011
They buried Hubert Sumlin two weeks ago at Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery in Homewood, laying to rest the man whose ferocious guitar riffs galvanized Howlin' Wolf's classic recordings of the 1950s and '60s.
Just before Sumlin's casket was lowered...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:20 PM
Chicago makes a claim on many writers — Nelson Algren, David Mamet, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg — even if those scribes spent only a portion of their lives within its sweet confines. But Thornton Wilder, the author of such iconic plays...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:48 AM
At its 25th summit in Chicago this weekend, NATO will be preoccupied with the tricky business of how to advance its various institutional priorities — like global security and the building of stability — even as its member nations are more...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 1:45 PM
If Paul Revere had wielded a laptop instead of a lantern — cut us some slack on the historical improbability here, OK? — he would have understood Wael Ghonim.
Ghonim is the man who used social media to move his homeland of Egypt a few long...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:55 AM
The funny thing is, Pablo Picasso never even set foot in Chicago, let alone anywhere else in the United States.
That untitled 50-foot-tall sculpture in Daley Plaza, the city's most iconic piece of public art as well as Picasso's only work of its kind?...