| Jan 1, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Two Lehigh County couples who recently intended to tour Turkey instead endured a rocky journey to get a refund after their prepaid trips were canceled at the last minute.
Tony O'Malley of Emmaus and Dick Baumann of Allentown contacted the Watchdog to...
| Jun 26, 2014
Broadcast television exhaled Wednesday like a reality show contestant who survived elimination.
A 6-3 Supreme Court vote ensured that the broadcasters and their multibillion-dollar business model remain intact and that proprietary programming —...
| Jun 28, 2013
So what did Bernie Sahlins, who died June 16, have in common with such fellow Chicagoans as Cyrus McCormick, Ray Kroc, Gustavus Swift, George Pullman, Potter Palmer, Wallace C. Abbott and Aaron Montgomery Ward?
Not much, you may be thinking. Sahlins ran...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:21 PM
Two components of many a Chicago summer of live entertainment are absent this year — there's no Cirque du Soleil tent at the United Center and no Riverfront Theater at the Tribune Company's Freedom Center. So you'll have to go camping for fun...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 1:16 PM
For the past two decades, a touring show from Cirque du Soleil has typically arrived in Chicago every other year. The most recent production was "Ovo" in 2011, performed in the parking lot at the United Center.
The current touring Cirque show, "Totem,"...
| Jul 23, 2012
New York has a spiegeltent, pitched in Times Square. Las Vegas has both "Absinthe" and "Zumanity," each Strip show offering arty, athletic, mildly shocking eroticism for the pleasure-seeking refugee from the quotidian hinterlands. But until this week, the...
| May 23, 2012
| 1:38 PM
A potential superhero awaits the unleashing of his powers. Tracy Letts mourns over Moscow. A Chicago disaster is revisited. A young man misses his appointment with Goldman Sachs. Oedipus hits the streets of Los Angeles. Hats fly on the Goodman Theatre...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 2:36 PM
The adult circus "La Soiree," which did reasonably well this past summer at the Riverfront Theatre, is returning for an encore engagement during the upcoming holiday season.
There will be new acts: the contortionist Captain Frodo, a ‘large and...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 3:03 PM
Q: "My latest Comcast bill includes a new fee, the Broadcast TV Fee, for $1.50. The explanation is the 'fee recovers a portion of the cost of retransmitting television broadcast signals.' Isn't that basically what cable TV does? Why a separate fee? A...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:19 AM
The issue of the Wrigley Field renovations came up at the Cubs Convention last weekend.
Or I should say, the lack of renovations came up.
“I think you know what the holdup is,’’ said Crane Kenney, the team wonk in charge of...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:43 PM
As long as this Chicago winter might feel, it's a mere blip compared with the ongoing movie awards season.
The Movie City News website runs a column called "20 Weeks to Oscar," which translates to about 38 percent of the year — yet if you count...