| Aug 4, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Harry Lennix, who played a general in "Man of Steel" and the assistant director of the FBI Counterterrorism Division on NBC's "The Blacklist," has quietly become a prolific producer with three movie projects already completed.
"I decided that I needed to...
| Jul 17, 2014
MOUNT DORA — The Mamie Eisenhower Decency Act is in force in a small town in the Midwest in the 1950s — no loud music, no public necking and no tight pants.
Then up rolls Chad on his motorcycle, fresh from prison, who will change everyone in...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Along with a thousand or so of their closest friends, a high-octane Independent Shakespeare Company ensemble opened the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival’s fifth season with a highly accessible “Twelfth Night” that takes its...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:00 PM
How do you find your next favorite wine? (Hint: Looking for the label with the weirdest animal on it won't necessarily get you there.) Wine bars are a great starting point if you're just dipping your toes into the wine world, and Chicago doesn't lack...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 1:55 PM
If you were to see the Shakespeare's Globe "Hamlet" in dusty South Sudan, or in the tiny nations of Tuvalu or Nauru, or on St. Kitts and Nevis (maybe both if the touchy latter island decides to execute its right to secede from its Caribbean twin), this...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Why, this is very midsummer madness.
—Olivia, "Twelfth Night," Act 3, Scene 4
There are a slew of Shakespeare shows happening outdoors in Connecticut in July and August.
Shall we compare them to a summer's day? Sure, why not? The plays...
| May 28, 2014
| 4:05 PM
Maya Angelou was a diva of American culture: an actress, singer, dancer and film director as well as an essayist and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated poet, whose mainstream magnetism led her to write verses for Hallmark and recite one of her poems at the 1993...
| Jul 1, 2014
I alluded in my column today to an email that first began circulating in the late '90s and purported to explain the origins of many popular expressions on the basis of life in 1500s England. Here it is: Anne Hathaway......
| Jul 3, 2014
| 9:00 AM
An ancient Chinese legend is revisted in "The Orphan of Zhao" at La Jolla Playhouse, Four Clowns reimagines two Old Testament tales at Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House, and the greatest love story Shakespeare ever told gets two very...
| 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...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Most years, the last day of school comes with a sigh of relief, but this year what students and teachers describe is more akin to the body-draining feeling of finishing a marathon.
"If I could frame it in one word I would just say 'exhausted,' " said...