| Apr 15, 2010
Hooray, it's Income Tax Day! How will you celebrate?
What, you say you're not in a partying mood? Gee, what a surprise.
Let's see, is there any upbeat news on the tax front? Well, roughly three out of four of us get a refund from the feds. If you're...
| 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 ...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 11:06 AM
Lyric Opera patrons attending the duo recital by soprano Renee Fleming and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham Thursday night at the Civic Opera House probably did not expect they would be getting a guided tour of belle epoque Paris along with an exquisitely...
| 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...
| Sep 27, 2012
Politics is by nature a brutalizing business. It is a business of ambition and lies. Stay around it too long, and your heart becomes coarsened. It thickens and gets numb.
It happens to cops, from years of listening to predators rationalizing why they did...
| Oct 22, 2012
When the Goodman Theatre announced its prices for its current production, "Sweet Bird of Youth," starring Diane Lane, it listed $89 as the top ticket price for that show, a price that duly appeared in this newspaper. And had you bought your decent main-...
| 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...