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The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas is celebrating its first birthday and is looking ahead with a schedule of diverse productions. The center, which opened March 10, 2012, hosted more than 450 performances during its first...
William Rainey Harper High School, in West Englewood, is known for a few things. It has a really good football team for its size. In 2010 it was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for its success in boosting a dismal academic record....
Comedian and former sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia is on medication now and has a wife, thank you very much. But a conversation about his ascendant career should begin, of course, with his well-placed stint on Ira Glass' NPR program, "This American Life,"...
Most playwrights become fond of their characters. Annie Baker, whose sweet and beautiful little play "The Aliens" is playing for the first time in Chicago at A Red Orchid Theatre, clearly goes beyond mere affection when it comes to the sensitive souls who...
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The SantaLand Diaries By David Sedaris. Directed by Rob Ruggiero. Through Dec. 23 at TheaterWorks, 233 Pearl St., Hartford. (860) 527-7838, theaterworkshartford.org "My costume is green. I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock,...
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For RedEyeWithout a doubt, Chicago is the biological parent of the spoken word. The city might laud and favor improv and sketch comedy out of all its performance art children, but there's an even younger sibling that's growing up--fast. Live lit has taken the...
Hipster icon Ira Glass comes to the Ridgefield Playhouse Sunday night to talk about his NPR show "This American Life," and what it takes to put the program on the air. He'll play back funny and memorable moments and discuss the behind-the-scenes process,...
If you were building a Chris Ware, if you were constructing the most celebrated cartoonist of the past couple of decades, drawing up the plans for an Oak Park illustrator so routinely referred to as a genius that the accolade is more like fact than...
When it comes to apologies, some people are like scent hounds: They can sniff them out anywhere. This is especially true when it comes to the supposed regrets and self-hatred of President Obama. Though he began his term with a series of speeches in...
With the Republican National Convention set to kick off this week, an anti-Obama documentary did surprisingly well at the box office on one of the slowest moviegoing weekends of the year. The No. 1 film was still "The Expendables 2," which claimed the...
VarietyThe Marvel universe is poised to invade ABC next year as the Alphabet as ordered a pilot for a drama involving the S.H.I.E.L.D. org featured in the summer blockbuster "The Avengers." "Avengers" helmer Joss Whedon will co-write the pilot with his brother,...
Movie fans trekking to Telluride, Colo., for the resort town’s annual film festival this weekend are set to see some of the fall’s most anticipated performances, including Bill Murray as FDR in “Hyde Park on Hudson,” Michael...
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