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  • 'Marco Polo' leads Netflix into uncharted territory

    Netflix, the home of the highly esteemed "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black," goes epic Friday with the release of the 10-episode period epic "Marco Polo." They spent some money on it. The series, which embroiders fancifully on the life and...
  • Standard CSO program takes on new vitality under Honeck

    Standard CSO program takes on new vitality under Honeck
    You could hardly have imagined a more textbook example of standard symphonic repertory than the program that brought Manfred Honeck back to the podium roster of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Thursday night at Symphony Center. But an assemblage of...
  • 'She's Beautiful' gets the word out

    'She's Beautiful' gets the word out
    Those who bristle at the term "feminist," which inexplicably has fallen out of fashion among many young adults, might find a vibrant new documentary enlightening and inspiring. "She's Beautiful When She's Angry", director Mary Dore's incisive portrait...
  • At Porridge and Puffs, spoonfuls of devotion in every bowl

    At Porridge and Puffs, spoonfuls of devotion in every bowl
    We all have particular ideas of what a porridge restaurant might look like, whether a Hong Kong-style congee shop like Delicious Corner in Monterey Park or a Taiwanese porridge hall like Lu's Garden in San Gabriel, Atlacatl and its list of Salvadoran...
  • Restaurant review: Boca Kitchen in Winter Park

    Restaurant review: Boca Kitchen in Winter Park
    When word began to filter out that Be-1 Concepts would bring Boca Kitchen Bar & Market to Central Florida, the Twittersphere was buzzing. Be-1 runs the successful Boca eatery and Ciro's Speakeasy & Supper Club in Tampa. Even fellow food journalists in...
  • Review: 'Essays After Eighty' by Donald Hall

    Review: 'Essays After Eighty' by Donald Hall
    'In the morning, I turn on the coffee, glue in my teeth, take four pills, swallow Metamucil and wipe it off my beard, fasten a brace over my buckling knee ... then read the newspaper and drink black coffee," writes Donald Hall, former U.S. poet laureate...
  • Beer review: Golden Road Brewing's Back Home Gingerbread Stout

    Beer review: Golden Road Brewing's Back Home Gingerbread Stout
    The hop-loving brewers at Golden Road Brewing have turned toward sugar and spice for their latest seasonal release, and Back Home Gingerbread Stout is a balanced and flavorful holiday-time treat. The bouquet of cinnamon, ginger and allspice springs from...
  • Review: 'Brahmin Bulls'

    Review: 'Brahmin Bulls'
    When a character's first on-screen act is as heartless as the one in "Brahmin Bulls," it will take a lot to redeem him. The character is a thirtysomething architect dealing badly with career frustration and a dying marriage. The cruel act: dumping a...
  • Restaurant review: Carriage House

    Restaurant review: Carriage House
    From one end of the United States to the other, Southern cooking is hot. And while Chicago doesn't abound with Southern dining options, restaurants like Big Jones, Table Fifty-Two and The Southern -- to say nothing of our growing crop of Southern-informed...
  • 'Salt of the Earth' captures photographer Sebastiao Salgado

     'Salt of the Earth' captures photographer Sebastiao Salgado
    When he looked over the edge of Brazil's massive Serra Pelada mine, about to take one of the 20th century's most iconic photographs, SebastiĆ£o Salgado said, "every hair on my body stood on edge. The pyramids, Babel, the history of mankind unfolded. I...
  • Chris Rock a rough, raw, rare diamond in 'Top Five'

    Movie critics irritate Chris Rock. So do obsessed fans, reality TV, celebrity culture and Hollywood in general. Frankly, I'm thrilled that all these things push Rock's buttons. That pique produces the stinging, sweet hilarity of "Top Five." It has...