| Jan 6, 2011
Because I left Mexico when I was 6, my recollections of our holiday traditions are often dreamlike and vague.
But my memory of Three Kings Day, or el Día de los Reyes Magos, remains vivid because it came right after Christmas, in the first week of...
| Jan 6, 2011
Raffi Kendirjian clearly remembers celebrating Christmas Eve as a boy growing up in Beruit — the family gathered at the home of an elderly relative, broke fast and waited for the parish priest and council members to make the rounds through the...
| Jan 4, 2012
| 3:57 PM
Every Saturday morning for most of my life, it has been the sweet, lingering smell of fresh-baked bread, rather than an alarm clock, that has lulled me out of a drowsy haze and brought me gently back to reality.
In a ritual initiated by my dad, the...
| Jan 7, 2012
Nearly 20 years after he was imprisoned, Juan Rivera walked out of Stateville Correctional Center and into a throng of jubilant family members Friday evening after he was exonerated in the murder of a Waukegan baby sitter.
His release came less than...
| Dec 4, 2011
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In the third installment of this lavish series, a teen girl is menaced by a powerful sorceress in a mystical fantasy world.
The Annotated Peter Pan
| Nov 29, 2011
| 1:59 PM
TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — The Greeks started filing into church about 8 a.m., but I'm neither Greek nor churchgoing, so I spent the morning walking.
I started where everyone would be in a few hours: the bayou just off the downtown, where more than...
| Dec 28, 2011
| 11:45 AM
Local artist Paul Batch displays some of his small landscape paintings, perfect for post-holiday giving, or a unique Three Kings Day gift idea. Batch plays with light in his paintings, to capture the mood of transitional moments like a sunset or a passing...
| Feb 16, 2012
At first sight, it comes across as, well, a little unusual. A large wreath-shaped cake bedazzled in vibrant shades of purple, green and gold — there's nothing subtle about it. It might be flavored simply with a touch of cinnamon sugar, or maybe it's...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 7:21 AM
A brief preface for the liturgically uninformed:
Kathleen looked up from the comics pages this morning and marveled, "There are really people who think that this is the second day of Christmas." I believe she was looking at Mother Goose and Grimm.
| Nov 7, 2012
| 5:36 AM
The repetitions of ritual are the point. They establish continuity and reassurance through familiarity. So you can be sure that you will hear "O Come, All Ye Faithful" at the late-night service on Christmas Eve, that you will eat the same holiday dinners,...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...