| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:22 AM
When Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara released its most recent album, “Heartthrob,” a year ago, there was more than a bit of consternation that its synth-heavy ‘80s new wave vibe was too much of a change from the indie......
| Jun 12, 2014
| 7:30 AM
The Library of Congress announced Thursday that Charles Wright is to be the 20th U.S. poet laureate. Wright, who had previously been approached about the position but demurred, will begin his term in September.
“I’m going to try to pull up...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 10:56 AM
PEN International has condemned the slaying of Thai poet Mainueng K. Kunthee, the pen name of activist Kamol Duangphasuk. The 45-year-old writer was in a car in a parking lot when he was shot by an assailant who fled on a motorcycle; the poet and activist...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Spray-painted lines that recently appeared on grass at the edge of Waiola Park in La Grange caught neighbor David Wilkinson's attention.
After learning the markings meant AT&T would be installing a couple of bulky utility boxes in the parkway, Wilkinson...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 11:25 AM
St. LOUIS – From all evidence, a growing number of Chicago opera buffs rely on the Opera Theatre of St. Louis to help satisfy their cravings during the spring-summer dry spell when neither Lyric Opera nor Chicago Opera Theater is open for business....
| Jun 10, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Since first teaming up to make music in 2012, Chancelor Bennett (a.k.a Chance the Rapper) and Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino) have had an undeniable chemistry. While they aren't on the level of other famous rapper partnerships like Method Man &...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 8:23 AM
Thursday's Poetry Night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center takes a turn to the longer form of fiction this month. To celebrate the start of summer, several local novelists will share their favorite beach reads on Thursday, June 12:
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:54 PM
I almost got arrested 15 years ago in Paris when I took pictures of poems on display in the Metro train system. The photo ban was for security reasons. I explained that I was a Chicagoan wanting to show pictures to city officials so that our CTA might...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 10:00 PM
American opera producers such as New York City Opera (which suspended operations in October) and San Diego Opera (which in May rescinded a unanimous vote made by its board two months earlier to close the company) bemoan the difficulties of sustaining an...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 6:21 PM
One of the last things Karen Sykes would ever publish was a modest blog post about a modest trail in an out-of-the-way part of Washington state.
In it, the Seattle poet and outdoor writer brought good tidings from Snohomish County: She had found trees...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 7:19 AM
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
Though many evangelical Christians have been...