| Apr 6, 2015
| 7:48 AM
The Tribune asked theater actors to tell us about memorable encounters with sleeping audience members, and the stories came tumbling in. We ran the first batch on Sunday; today we have even more to share. Here they are all together, with the newer...
| Apr 3, 2015
| 9:00 AM
"They keep waking me up!"
A sleepy audience member actually said this, midperformance, during a Chicago production of the play "Faulkner's Bicycle" in 2001. The actors onstage, one gathers, were interfering with the guy's nap.
When I asked actors from...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 6:25 PM
SeaWorld has ratcheted up its offensive against former trainer John Hargrove, who last week published a book criticizing the company.
On Tuesday, SeaWorld sent to reporters an almost 5-year-old video of Hargrove drinking and repeatedly using a racial...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 5:30 PM
I keep reading in the liberal print media that Republicans live in a place called "In Denial," but it turns out that Democrats have established their own colony there as well.
How else can you explain the 18-month-old racist baby?
That's right, a...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 1:54 PM
Way too many people are crammed into W.C. Harlan for the semi-frequent Shade live reading series to hear @EricAllenHatch rattle off a series of his absurdist movie review tweets, a brief break from the night’s emboldened but much more heady poetry:...
| Mar 27, 2015
| 11:17 AM
What do you do with a brightly illuminated shopping mall hallway at 100-feet long and six-feet wide?
Why not host an art show?
That's what Northbrook Court officials decided to do with the hallway leading to the mall management offices on the upper...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 1:41 PM
Johann Sebastian Bach would have turned 330 on Saturday, but his compositions are safely in the hands of some local young musicians, who paid a birthday tribute to the old master in an afternoon concert at the Larry Zarian Transportation Center —...
| Mar 12, 2015
| 4:49 PM
With inevitability staring Illinois in the face Thursday at the United Center, Michigan led by 19 early in the second half when something happened that encapsulated the plight of the Illini.
Coach John Groce implored his team to apply a full-court press,...
| Mar 10, 2015
| 10:56 PM
The two helicopters had just taken off and were flying in tandem over some of Argentina's most rugged terrain, carrying well-known French athletes and others who were participating in the popular TV reality show "Dropped."
Then one of the aircraft...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 9:14 PM
I dislike the Boston Red Sox.
Unless they're beating the pine tar out of the despised New York Yankees.
As happened a decade ago during the American League Championship Series. In the thick of a historic comeback from a 0-3 hole, Red Sox pitcher...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 8:50 AM
When my son, Casey, was diagnosed with autism at age 4, I thought our world had ended. I thought our family was doomed to defeat and misery and decades of frustrated, circular searches for meaning: "Why us? Why him? Why anyone?" I have never been so wrong...