| 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...
| 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opera producers such as New York City Opera (which suspended operations in October) and San Diego Opera (which in May rescinded a unanimous vote made by its board two months earlier to close the company) bemoan the difficulties of sustaining an...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
| 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...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 2:30 AM
LOS ANGELES - Yager is entering the free-to-play video game space with a unique sci-fi multiplayer aerial armada combat game, "Dreadnought." At E3 2014, the developer had five versus five gameplay running in pre-alpha, although from the...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:02 AM
Lyric Opera Baltimore, which scaled back from three productions to two after its 2011-2012 inaugural season, is scaling back again. Only one staged work, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," will be presented during 2014-2015, the company's fourth season.
| Jun 6, 2014
She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
Summer lends itself to reading and vacations, so why not combine the two into a literary trip?
The homes and studies where many great writers toiled over their prose have been preserved. See original manuscripts, often in the author's own handwriting....
| May 28, 2014
| 7:28 AM
Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer.
As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...
| 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....