| Nov 5, 2012
| 3:36 AM
"I just want you to be my gangster" - Billie Kent
"Boardwalk Empire" teased viewers with two pretty slow-and-go episodes heading into “The Pony.” Gillian’s creepy disposal of Bizarro Jimmy aside, the show had crawled to a haunting,...
| Aug 29, 2013
Bathed in an eerie blue glow, a narrow wall of tightly packed skulls looms over the staircase descending into Three Dots and a Dash, Chicago's newest tiki lounge and most recent Lettuce Entertain You venture. Evocative of the shrunken heads of campy tales...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 4:56 AM
"I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies."- Al Capone
"Two Imposters" picks up no more than a couple hours after the crate containing Owen Slater showed up at Nucky Thompson's door. Right away, "Boardwalk...
| May 9, 2013
| 2:18 PM
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What do you think of when you think of Chicago?
Oddly enough, the 1860 Republican convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln.
Who is an author you'd like to meet, dead or alive?...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:17 PM
What's in a name? If you're a Chicagoan and your surname is Capone, everything. There is perhaps no more notorious name associated with the city (except perhaps Gacy, or for a time, Bartman). Growing up, Deirdre Marie Capone lived what she calls a "shame-...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:31 AM
"What are we going to do?" Sloane asks in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," after climbing into his "borrowed" Ferrari convertible.
"The question isn't 'what are we going to do,'" Ferris replies. "The question is 'what aren't we going to do?'"
| Oct 1, 2012
| 10:00 AM
Two guns found on the bullet-riddled bodies of star-crossed outlaw lovers Bonnie and Clyde in 1934 were auctioned off this weekend for more than half a million dollars.
The weapons are staying together, bought by the same, unnamed Texas collector.
| Sep 12, 2013
| 9:00 PM
The history of the oldest house in Hartford's West End is all about the extreme makeover.
First, the Elisha Wadsworth House, built in 1828, was an inn facing Albany Avenue. Then, in the early 1900s, it was turned to face Prospect Avenue and converted to...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| Jul 8, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's a warm spring day in downtown Los Angeles, but inside the gloomy Palace Theatre it's 1926 Detroit and actor Ken Marino is playing Harry Houdini as he dies onstage.
Literally dying — staggering and heaving, attempting card tricks and failing...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Before gangster Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) explores a money-making opportunity in Florida, he takes care of business on his Atlantic City turf in Episode 38 (“Resignation”) of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”