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  • ABT's 'Sleeping Beauty' at Segerstrom a lush return to tradition

    ABT's 'Sleeping Beauty' at Segerstrom a lush return to tradition
    For most of its storied history, New York's American Ballet Theatre has tried to master all styles of all types of classical dance, an elusive goal that some critics have called impossible. While European companies have moved on to radical rewrites of...
  • ABC's 'American Crime,' USA's 'Dig' up the ante on Thursdays

    ABC's 'American Crime,' USA's 'Dig' up the ante on Thursdays
    Even by the high standards of this age of exploration and discovery, Thursday night is a pretty big night for television. Two shows are poised to debut that are not only admirably ambitious but also move their respective networks several giant steps out...
  • Ariana Grande almost got it right at the Allstate Arena

    Ariana Grande almost got it right at the Allstate Arena
    Ariana Grande has triumphed on Broadway, television and most recently, the mainstream music charts. Tuesday at a packed Allstate Arena, the 21-year-old singer strove to conquer another domain — the concert field. While the hit-making vocalist's...
  • 'CSI: Cyber's' Patricia Arquette is wired in to her role

    'CSI: Cyber's' Patricia Arquette is wired in to her role
    Patricia Arquette's Oscar win last month for her supporting role in "Boyhood" made many people happy for a variety of reasons. It is always gratifying to see a hard-working performer rewarded mid-career, and Arquette has always been an interesting...
  • Restaurant review: Momotaro

    Restaurant review: Momotaro
    Four-month-old Momotaro breaks a lot of rules. The menu is enormous, its seven pages enough to daunt even the most confident diner. The dining rooms are busy and boisterous, a far and noisy cry from the placidity toward which most Chicago Japanese...
  • Movie review: 'Queen and Country' lacks the spirit of film that came before it

    "Queen and Country" begins with a reprise of one of the most famous scenes in British cinema. It's that magical moment from John Boorman's "Hope and Glory" when a schoolboy, living in London during The Blitz, turns a corner and is stunned by a scene of...
  • Movie review: �Merchants of Doubt� presents climate change as the last stand of Cold War conservatives

    Spoiler alert. There's no magic moment of hope at the end of "Merchants of Doubt." This documentary, the first to zero in on how and why the global climate change discussion became political and how that led to government gridlock, is just an account...
  • 'The Royal Society of Antarctica': Life and love at the bottom of the world

     'The Royal Society of Antarctica': Life and love at the bottom of the world
    A three-act, three-hour play set in Antarctica? At this point in this particular Chicago winter, it is hard to imagine an onstage prospect with less commercial potential. Even this critic — who had had a day of it Monday, let me tell you —...
  • L.A. Phil's Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla lights a fire at Disney Hall

    L.A. Phil's Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla lights a fire at Disney Hall
    There is no such thing as a fluke Hollywood Bowl triumph. Given the combination of severely limited rehearsal time, amplification and summer orchestral doldrums, so much can go wrong that an outstanding conductor can easily make a poor first impression....
  • Movie review: �Champagne� makes for a fairly flat documentary

    There aren't many bubbles in "A Year in Champagne," an unfussy, unadorned infomercial for the product of that one magical region in France, the only place in the world that can produce sparkling wine that calls itself "Champagne." David Kennard's...
  • Movie review: This �Buzzard� is just circling, looking for his next victim

    Marty Jackitansky is a paranoid leech who scams everyone from the bank where he works to the frozen pizza company that makes his favorite evening meal. He lies with every breath he takes, steals without conscience and explodes in outrage whenever he...