| Jun 1, 2013
| 6:56 PM
Although no one advocates the value of a good book more than a newspaper writer, there are ways to enjoy that summer beach read on the cheap.
From websites devoted to finding free digital books to special library sales, here are some ideas for cutting...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:24 PM
"As everybody knows," sings Charles Dickens, "I started writing prose."
Under the 19th-century facial hair is English actor and musician Mathew Baynton. He presents the life and works of Charles Dickens in a three-minute pop song that sounds like it...
| May 29, 2013
What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
I think of home! I grew up in the southwest suburbs, went to college at Northwestern, and came back for a few years in the early '00s. Because of all this, I also think of really good pizza.
Who is an...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 3:10 PM
It's like stuffing a car full of clowns ... A carload of TV stars with Chicago ties are among the 765 artists set to make funny April 1-7 at the 16th annual Chicago Improv Festival.
"I'm thrilled that Craig and I will finally get to make stuff up for...
| May 24, 2013
A mother and daughter anxiously scan the aisles of an Israeli supermarket. They're not looking for fresh produce but rather a clandestine glimpse of a young man a matchmaker has proposed as a potential husband for the daughter. The mother's eye is...
| May 18, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Vincent Kartheiser will swap his sharp suits for ruffles and coattails. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis announced that the “Mad Men” star will play Mr. Darcy in its summer production of “Pride and Prejudice.”
The adaptation by...
| Dec 29, 2012
| 12:19 PM
When, a couple of days ago, I suggested accepting they as a singular to provide the epicene pronoun English otherwise lacks, there was the sort of brouhaha that one encounters whenever some minor idol is toppled from its plinth.
It occurs to me that...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 5:14 PM
In this new year, we're enjoying memories from last year's highlights on Anne Arundel's theater scene — and looking forward to encore performances in 2013.
In 2012, residents were treated to stellar performances in drama, comedy and dance, along...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:26 PM
Rarely does a literary classic transfer from page to stage as eloquently as Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" does in the current production by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company at Bowie Playhouse.
Everything works beautifully, beginning with Jon...
| Dec 22, 2012
| 11:28 PM
A friend’s mom left her senior living facility and moved into an apartment because of “too much information.” She said residents conversed only on two topics: health problems and neglectful children.
After the third colonoscopy...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:30 AM
"SURPRISES ARE FOOLISH THINGS. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable," said Jane Austen.
Well, I always hate to disagree with the usually astute Miss Austen, but sometimes, surprises provide a lot of pleasure and no...