| Apr 5, 2014
Writing letters since: 1977
Life story in 100 words or less: Grew up in Chicago Heights with two brothers, two sisters and his parents. Parents owned a mom-and-pop grocery store, where the whole family worked. Completed seminary school in...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant will be among the featured performers at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The complete...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 8:49 AM
Chicagoans are being urged to power down tonight in honor of Earth Hour, called one of the largest global environmental events.
Earth Hour calls on residents, businesses and governments to switch off non-essential lights and other electronic items for...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 6:58 PM
“Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 1:58 PM
Libraries represent perhaps the best crossroads of our public and private selves available in the civic landscape. They are where we quietly seek out other peoples' stories while surrounded by fellow citizens on their own quests for literary treasure...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:50 PM
A few days ago I mentioned the Peace on Earth Film Festival to someone whose eyes glazed over so fast I might as well have said I was planning to stare at the wall for the next hour.
Who doesn't like peace? Honestly, now.
And yet there's something...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 9:56 AM
The annual appearances of the Chicago-based new-music sextet known as eighth blackbird on the MCA Stage series at the Museum of Contemporary Art are among the most anticipated events of the concert season. The ensemble's program over the weekend reflected...
| Mar 14, 2014
Randall Albers still gets emotional when recalling a cherished memory from Story Week, the festival of writers he founded 17 years ago. In 2000, Hubert Selby Jr., author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn," was greeted with a standing ovation.
"When he came...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Aiming to boost tourism and elevate its status as a design center, Chicago next year will mount a global exhibition of cutting-edge architecture that will strive to duplicate the cachet and commercial success of a cultural spectacle in Venice, Italy....
| Jun 17, 2014
| 4:08 AM
Macy’s on State Street next week will officially unveil a new visitor information center that it has developed in partnership with the city’s marketing agency, Choose Chicago.
The flagship Macy’s at 111 N. State St., which until...