| Oct 30, 2014
| 11:01 AM
Each fall, some of the most innovative musicians from two continents converge in a single place: the Chicago Cultural Center. And for two illuminating nights, Chicagoans hear sounds never encountered before.
The annual European Jazz Meets Chicago...
| Nov 12, 2014
| 9:13 AM
Q. I live in a homeowners association and my neighbor expanded his deck significantly into the common areas without asking permission from anyone, and then went to the village and obtained village approval for his deck expansion in an attempt to...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Michael Kutza sliced through the crush with a smile. It's what he has done for decades. Well-wishers, sponsors, staffers, friends, filmmakers, moviegoers, people who say Chicago would be a culturally poorer place without him and people who say he's an...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:04 AM
With a major European tour set to launch in less than a week, the last thing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra management needed was the sudden withdrawal of a guest conductor.
That's what took place earlier this week when Jaap van Zweden canceled his...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 12:32 PM
Nobody will mistake this one for Al Pacino in "Stand Up Guys," or Uma Thurman in "Motherhood," to name two recent, featherweight Chicago International Film Festival opening-night selections.
For its 50th edition, which begins Thursday and continues...
| May 5, 2011
| 5:33 AM
For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me.
I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:26 PM
“Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace”: That’s the title of a new book by Downbeat associate editor (and Tribune contributor) Aaron Cohen. Focusing on Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel album, the book is a jumping off point for...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 9:17 PM
“Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll”: If you know that’s the title of the rockabilly classic by Billy Lee Riley you’ll likely enjoy the new book of the same name by Jake Austen. The Rocktober magazine editor and “Chic-...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:59 PM
Steppenwolf Theatre said Wednesday that the actress Julianna Margulies will be the guest of honor of its annual Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon.
The star of "The Good Wife" (a CBS drama set, but not filmed, in Chicago) will be interviewed by...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 3:33 PM
How many of you feel you need more grounding in some basic elements of classical music? Let's have a show of hands. I thought so!
Some of you may simply want to know what distinguishes a symphony from a sonata, or what makes music “modern,”...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 7:24 AM
If you were building a Chris Ware, if you were constructing the most celebrated cartoonist of the past couple of decades, drawing up the plans for an Oak Park illustrator so routinely referred to as a genius that the accolade is more like fact than...