| Mar 13, 2014
| 12:54 PM
The veteran Chicago actor Larry Yando, best known currently for his annual turn as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Goodman Theatre, will play King Lear in a new production of William Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Barbara Gaines, Chicago Shakespeare...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 5:25 PM
"Le Week-End" is a sour and misanthropic film masquerading as an honest and sensitive romance. A painful and unremittingly bleak look at a difficult marriage, it wants us to sit through a range of domestic horrors without offering much of anything as a...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Have friends or family expressed wonder—or concern—about your encyclopedic knowledge of "Battlestar Galactica?" Ever passed up a date to avoid ending a role-playing game marathon? Does your idea of a perfect weekend include binge-viewing "Dr....
| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:09 PM
LONDON — Trying not to be penny-wise but pound-foolish, Britain announced Wednesday that it will ditch its venerable round 1-pound coin in favor of a new 12-sided model specially designed to foil counterfeiters.
The new piece, to enter circulation...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 2:30 PM
In 2013, Hollywood saw big box office hits with Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Sandra Bullock in "Gravity" and Melissa McCarthy (and Bullock again) in "The Heat." But none of these girl-power sagas were directed by a woman.
| Jan 24, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I inherited this vase from my mother but know nothing about it. Here are images, including the Japanese signature on the bottom. Info?
A: The glass vase seen in an image is a tall cylinder with crimped top and bottom. We have no details on size, but...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Book clubs can meet up in public places that serve alcohol, New Yorkers discover. Who knew?
Well, plenty of people, particularly those who attend book clubs in bars in L.A.
On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal reported on four book clubs in New York and...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:32 AM
The word “shelfie” finished far behind “selfie” and other neologisms recently when the Oxford Dictionaries announced their nominees, and the winner, of the Word of the Year for 2013.
Like the selfie (which had a recent moment...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 12:10 PM
Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775. Happy 238th birthday, Jane Austen!
Austen, of course, was the author of novels that have endured and delighted for centuries. Her biggest hits are "Pride and Prejudice," "Emma" and "Sense and Sensibility" --...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 3:49 PM
Amazon workers in Germany went on strike Monday, protesting the working conditions at the online retailer's shipping centers. The workers' union, Ver.di, also sent a delegation to the company's Seattle offices.
"The Amazon system is characterized by low...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 8:31 AM
Pray consider this sentence from one of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe murder mysteries: "Everyone has something they don't want anyone to see; that is one of the functions of a home, to provide a spot to keep such things."
I offer it not as a response to...