| Jan 23, 2015
| 7:58 AM
Reginald Torian Sr., who has had a very good career and fine life singing songs on stages across the world, could be found last Wednesday sitting inside the beautiful and new nightclub and restaurant called The Promontory in Hyde Park.
He was, as usual,...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:39 AM
The television event of the year so far — yes, the year has hardly begun, and, yes, we've watched the dull Golden Globes, and seen an incalculable number of reporters shivering while standing near huge piles of street salt — has been the...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 8:28 AM
If you have ever wondered "who plays a tuba?" — and who hasn't? — you will be able to find an answer, or hundreds of them, Saturday at the venerable and exquisite Palmer House Hilton, where some 400 tuba-playing people will gather with their...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 8:27 AM
Monday night in the coach house of the extraordinary Glessner House, William Tyre stood behind a podium and spoke to the hundred or so people who had come in from the cold and were sitting in chairs along the walls and standing in the middle of the...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 6:03 AM
Music is a large part of the holiday scene, of course, and so it was a bit strange to be standing on Michigan Avenue two Saturdays ago amid the mob that grows larger every year to experience the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and listening to Hlengiwe...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 8:32 AM
The suburb of Burr Ridge was founded in 1956, when Dennis DeYoung was a tiny 9-year-old boy living in the Chicago neighborhood of Roseland, fooling around with an accordion and dreaming some sort of musical dreams.
Whatever those might have been —...
| Nov 14, 2014
| 10:23 AM
Consider the naked man, standing on a small platform in Bottle & Bottega, a cozy and handsome BYOB painting studio in the Lakeview neighborhood. It is 7 p.m. on a Friday and there are 42 sets of eyes fixed on the naked man, the eyes of women who have...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 3:25 PM
That I have spent more than four decades writing for newspapers has done nothing to enlighten me to the mystery of photography. Working with dozens of men and women with cameras who accompanied me on hundreds of stories, I have watched as they did their...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 4:28 PM
Ebola is now part of our daily lives, inescapable in headlines and on TV, in conversations and nightmares.
But it has been part of my life for 20 years, coming at me in the pages of a book titled "The Hot Zone" and then in the presence of the author...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:57 AM
Nelson Algren used to write books in and about Chicago. Though his name and reputation have diminished over the last decades, he lingers in the shadows. The Tribune has presented yearly literary awards for short stories in his name since 1981, though some...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 8:45 AM
It's a long way from the street corners of Gary to the White House, but Henry Farag and some of his pals have made that trip four times. As part of the doo-wop singing group Stormy Weather that he started in 1974 doing its a cappella thing, Farag and...