| Aug 25, 2014
| 5:49 AM
The Stratford Festival of Canada, a popular summer destination for Midwesterners, has announced its 2015 season, themed around “eureka” moments, which it defines not unlike how Oprah Winfrey defined “Aha!” moments....
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:35 PM
High on my list of the top Chicago shows of 2011 was "En Route," a remarkable show created by a boutique Australian theater company called One Step at a Time Like This. Due in part to its very limited capacity — the Melbourne-based company...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 11:02 AM
Aug. 29-31: DeKalb Corn Fest. Started in 1977 the festival draws more than 100,000 visitors. There'll be live music, a carnival, beer garden and food, classic car show and more. 815-748-2676, cornfest.com. Miles from Chicago: 65
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:23 PM
Our club: The North Park Dads Book Club
Our meetings: We meet the third Tuesday of every other month at the Red Lion in Chicago's Lincoln Square.
One unique thing about us: The club is all men, we only read fiction, and we actually read and discuss...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 12:50 PM
True story: A teenager saw me with Matthea Harvey's new book of poems as I sat with it in a café and asked if she could look at it. She was the scowly sort, angry tattoo on her shoulder, who I thought was going to ask me if I had a cigarette; not,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 7:50 AM
In the McConnaughey house, on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, a robot sits as a centerpiece on the dining-room table.
Three teenage girls question whether their creation will be ready for its next challenge. Snacking on guacamole and chips, Hannah,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 10:35 AM
By 11 p.m. Sunday night, the roughly two dozen cast members of The Hypocrites' production of Sean Graney's "All Our Tragic" had been together with their deeply loyal audience (and their hardworking crew) for 12 straight hours. They'd eaten pita bread...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 12:24 PM
The Moonlight Players are mixing in rock and soul music among their lineup of plays this season. Thomas Kline takes over as artistic director of the group, though founder Jan Sheldon will direct the season-opening play: Shakespeare set in the Old West....
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 12:30 AM
LOCARNO - The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Argentine Matias Pineiro's "The Princess of France," which opens Locarno's International Competition on Thursday.
The U.S. distribution deal continues a relationship between Pineiro...
| 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...