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  • A Chicago jazzman's 'Homage to Nelson Mandela'

    A Chicago jazzman's 'Homage to Nelson Mandela'
    The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come. But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
  • 'Bulrusher,' a Pulitzer finalist, is given a mesmerizing L.A. premiere

    'Bulrusher,' a Pulitzer finalist, is given a mesmerizing L.A. premiere
    The Los Angeles premiere of 2007 Pulitzer finalist “Bulrusher,” presented by Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble, is a sometimes undisciplined outpouring that can frustrate and fascinate in equal measure. Nevertheless,...
  • The stars move in for Chicago Jazz Festival

    The stars move in for Chicago Jazz Festival
    For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31. From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
  • Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'

    Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'
    Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was gunned down on a concrete slab a few feet away from the railroad tracks that have long served as the dividing line between rival gangs in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood known as Pocket Town. How a fourth-grader...
  • The New Racism: First you deny racism exists.

    The New Racism: First you deny racism exists.
    Did you know Michael Brown was a devoted gang member with an extensive juvenile record who routinely robbed convenience stores and committed acts of mayhem? And did you know that when Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown, he wasn't using unjustified force, he...
  • Franklin McCain dies at 73; one of the 'Greensboro Four'

    When teenager Franklin McCain decided to make a stand against segregation at the F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in 1960, two thoughts weighed on him. "If I were lucky, I would go to jail for a long, long time. If I were not quite so...
  • Maryland Film Festival 2014 lineup includes 'Ping Pong Summer'

    Maryland Film Festival 2014 lineup includes 'Ping Pong Summer'
    Next month's Maryland Film Festival will feature the local debut of "Ping Pong Summer," writer-director Michael Tully's coming-of-age tale set in Ocean City in the 1980s and starring Susan Sarandon, Lea Thompson, John Hannah and Amy Sedaris. Tully's...
  • Healing starts with '12 Years a Slave'

    A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see "12 Years a Slave" now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I'll even spring for the popcorn. You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly...
  • A never ending war [Commentary]

    A never ending war [Commentary]
    In the days leading up to the end of the Michael Dunn "loud music" case — in which a white Florida man shot and killed a 17-year-old black teen after getting into an argument over the boy's so-called "thug" music — I was overwhelmed with...
  • Arthur R. Thompson Sr., Chicago police officer, 1924-2014

     Arthur R. Thompson Sr., Chicago police officer, 1924-2014
    Arthur R. Thompson Sr. began a 32-year career with the Chicago Police Department as a patrol officer on the South Side, where one of his assignments was the security detail at the funeral of Emmett Till. The death of Till, the 14-year-old black...
  • Boy, 14, killed in drive-by: 'My baby is gone...my house will never be the same'

    Boy, 14, killed in drive-by: 'My baby is gone...my house will never be the same'
    Laveta Richardson never wanted to end up like those grief-stricken mothers on television who express sorrow and anger toward the loss of their children to Chicago’s gun violence. But on Thursday, relatives consoled the mother of three through...