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  • Robert Sickinger, pioneer of Chicago theater, dies at 86

    Robert Sickinger, pioneer of Chicago theater, dies at 86
    Robert Sickinger, a pivotal figure in the development of Chicago's off-Loop theater scene, died Thursday morning at his home in Delray Beach, Fla. Sickinger was 86. His daughter, Erika, said her father died from natural causes. To the extent that...
  • Five books: Graphic novelists at Lit Fest

    Five books: Graphic novelists at Lit Fest
    Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir that essentially legitimized cartooning as a literary form, will kick off this year's Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 8, as winner of the Chicago Public Library's Harold...
  • Understanding autism -- Mike Royko's son updates his family's experience with its 'greatest tragedy'

     
    (Photo taken by Brad Schade) David and Karen Royko had many advantages, including a steady income, health insurance, a helpful school district and supportive parents. But the cost of dealing with their son Ben's severe autism pushed them into bankruptcy.....
  • Weeks in review

     
    A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Editorial Board Roundtable Chicagotribune.com -- Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold talks about the week's news...
  • A new book from Royko

     
    The late columnist Mike Royko's son David has written memorably and movingly about how his son's profound autism has changed the lives of everyone in his family. Those works are now collected in "The Chronicles of Ben-- Adventures in Autism,"......
  • Cultural 'crisis' -- one man's explanation

     
    It's not consumerism that makes millions of people turn away from their churches. It's not relativism. Or narcissism. Or secularism. It's common sense. These churches ask their worshippers to believe in things that are ridiculous. The acid burning through...
  • Eschew on this: The grand marshal of world-weariness says it’s OK to hate parades and stay home

     
    Friday's print column Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at noon Saturday from the intersection of Balbo and Columbus Drives in Grant Park and head north about half a mile to Monroe Drive. You couldn’t pay me......
  • Where were you when you decided you'd had it up to here with the Baby Boom generation?

     
    Nick Gillespie's article JFK Still Dead, Baby Boomers Still Self-Absorbed at the Daily Beast calls out the actual greatest generation -- ahem -- for its navel-gazing ways: Since they were born, they were told—and came to believe—that the world...
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. 10 things traditional Christians got terribly wrong by Amanda Marcotte, Alternet. Quiz: How...
  • Open thread: Weeks in review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is now an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup......
  • 'Shame that Tune!' at Printers Row

     
    Tribune columnist Barbara Brotman will be among the storytellers at a special "Shame That Tune!" show Saturday at 8:15 p.m. on the Center Stage at the Printers Row Lit Fest. This monthly musical-comedy game show was devised by Chicago Reader......