| Feb 26, 2013
| 11:14 AM
The current luxury real estate market is redefining “extravagant.”
First, a 8,930-square-foot house on nine acres in Northern California found a buyer for a state record-breaking $117 million. Then word came that financier Gary Winnick is...
| Nov 26, 2012
At 60, Christie Hefner is taking the Canyon Ranch brand in a new direction. She's doing the same thing in her career and personal life.
Over a long weekend earlier this month, all three of those paths converged over some dusty walking trails in...
| Sep 10, 2012
The irony that the head of corporate responsibility for a Big Four accounting firm works out of the original Playboy mansion is not lost on Shannon Schuyler.
Before settling in to talk about her role as corporate responsibility leader and senior...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 9:30 PM
UC Irvine's dance production based on "The Rite of Spring" may jolt the audience in places, but it won't have nearly the impact that the original did in 1913. And there are several people to blame for that.
Lenny Bruce. Hugh Hefner. The Sex Pistols....
| Jan 10, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Laguna has lost a treasure. After a vigorous battle with cancer, Dennis Morin passed on Dec. 31. He was only 66, way too young for a man with such an appetite and energy for life.
Dennis was a bon vivant, a raconteur, a connoisseur and other French...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 6:27 PM
If retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus had gotten an occasional dose of supplemental oxytocin, a brain chemical known to promote trust and bonding, he might still be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, new research suggests.
A study published...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 10:25 AM
Seth Meyers and Hannibal Buress are coming home for the fifth annual TBS Just for Laughs Chicago comedy festival in June.
Evanston native Meyers, who runs the "Saturday Night Live" writers' room and "Weekend Update," is one of the festival's anchors--get...
| Apr 12, 2013
| 10:22 AM
Thomas Dyja looked at me with abject horror, then humor, then, as his face crumbled in defeat, resignation. A face that said, "See? This is why I wrote a 412-page cultural history of Chicago at midcentury that — as much as it pulls together...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 4:04 AM
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- If theres anything Tinseltown excels at, its turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the razzle-dazzle that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint.
Its not written off as routine...
| Jun 21, 2011
He's winner off course
Rory McIlroy aspires to be more than Tiger Woods, and here's hoping he gets there. As a golfer, he's just as talented. "Such a fluid motion," Luke Donald marveled. Not that that means he'll get to...
| Apr 10, 2011
In 1983, art historian Jose Arguelles was driving down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles to return a rental car when a vision bloomed: On Aug. 16, 1987, a critical mass of humanity would congregate at sacred spots around the world to bond with the...