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  • 'How We Got to Now' a fun look at six big ideas, their legacies

    'How We Got to Now' a fun look at six big ideas, their legacies
    In "How We Got to Now," a six-part series premiering Wednesday on PBS, popular science writer and professional theorist Steven Johnson ("Everything Bad Is Good for You," "Where Good Ideas Come From") looks at six big ideas and the historical fruit they've...
  • The Takacs Quartet benefitted from red-blooded humanity

    The Takacs Quartet benefitted from red-blooded humanity
    The Takacs Quartet and pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin opened the chamber music season at Orchestra Hall Thursday night with an irresistible display of how to perform Belgian and French masterworks. The common approach long has been to emphasize lightness,...
  • Review: 'Rudderless' ★ 1/2

    Review: 'Rudderless' ★ 1/2
    "Rudderless" is a tragic quasi-musical that never quite finds its way. It drifts through a lot of tunes, some big-name cameos, a big twist that you won't swallow and a central relationship that is cute but trite and not for one moment believable. But...
  • Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'

    Images move, evaporate in Killarney Clary's 'Shadow of a Cloud'
    Twenty-five years ago, Killarney Clary's first collection made an international splash: The prose poems of "Who Whispered Near Me" wove evanescent description of Clary's native Los Angeles, from her childhood's backyards to her office mates' cubicles,...
  • REVIEW: 'The Art of Falling' by Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ★★★★

     REVIEW: 'The Art of Falling' by Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago ★★★★
    Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of...
  • Review: 'Expedition to the End of the World' ★★★ 1/2

    Review: 'Expedition to the End of the World' ★★★ 1/2
    In 2001 a handsome three-masted schooner set sail for Northeast Greenland, carrying an assortment of mostly Danish scientists, scholars, photographers and artists. With so much ice melting so rapidly there, the remote Greenland fjords afforded an...
  • Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention

     Fuminori Nakamura's 'Last Winter, We Parted' blurs reality, invention
    "Last Winter, We Parted," the third novel by Japan's Fuminori Nakamura to appear in English, is crime fiction that pushes past the bounds of genre, occupying its own nightmare realm. The book begins with its narrator, an unnamed writer, interviewing a...
  • At Commissary, Roy Choi gets to the essence of veggies

    At Commissary, Roy Choi gets to the essence of veggies
    Not so long ago, the greatest chefs were defined by their crawfish gratins, truffled soups and elaborate pheasant galantines. At the moment, a chef's seriousness may well depend on his or her skill in preparing carrots. Daniel Patterson, of San Francisco'...
  • Auto Review: Maximum fun with a Mini Cooper

    Engineers love to improve things, and with the often-contrary goals of performance vs. fuel efficiency and ride comfort vs. handling, it's a challenging job to get the balance right. When you toss in the need to maintain the iconic look and feel of a...
  • 'Birdman' soars feathered and unfettered

    In "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," Michael Keaton is something of a cross between an aging Icarus and the emperor with no clothes — metaphorical until the tighty-whitey Times Square streak. As a latter-day celluloid superhero...
  • Moral ambiguity fuels low-key intensity of police drama 'Felony'

    Starring a trio of top male actors in splendid roles, the intricate, intimate "Felony" is a police story crossed with a perceptive psychological drama. Three very different Sydney, Australia, detectives, each one determined to do the right thing, have...