| Oct 31, 2014
| 2:34 PM
"I'm not here to criticize my predecessor," said Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez Thursday, speaking to reporters about her dramatic decision to release prison inmate Alstory Simon.
Indeed she was not. She was there to criticize others —...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 8:48 AM
One of the final films in the long and passionate career of moviemaker Jerry Blumenthal was 2010's "Prisoner of Her Past." It has aired more than 500 times on television stations in more than 140 markets, has toured the world and continues to play in...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:33 AM
Besieged by women's requests for works by painter Annie Lee in the late 1990s, Hammond, Ind.-based art seller Yusuf Ali El traveled to the Annie Lee & Friends Gallery in south suburban Glenwood and was surprised to find the artist herself staffing the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:51 AM
He was the greatest jazz virtuoso to pick up a saxophone and a primary architect of the musical language we call bebop.
The short and turbulent life of Charlie Parker ended on March 12, 1955, when he was 34 years old, a musical genius felled by drugs...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 7:30 AM
In jazz, student and mentor often perform together to powerful effect, and that's precisely what has happened in the remarkable partnership of violinist Zach Brock and pianist Phil Markowitz.
Chicagoans will remember Brock as an aspiring musician...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 8:05 AM
If you want to hear live contemporary classical music in the Chicago area these days, you are far more likely to find it in out-of-the-way clubs and bars than in more sobersided downtown concert halls.
Or, as flutist Claire Chase, the MacArthur Award-...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 4:26 PM
John Mulaney has the benevolent wide-set eyes, cresting hair and copacetic choirboy appearance of a superhero who has taken a spa day. He is trim to the point of receding, and as angular as Peter Parker. He walks with his hands plunged deep in his...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:02 AM
Walking across Western Avenue on a muggy September afternoon, Gillian Flynn stepped through the rutted pavement of a construction zone and explained with patience and precision how she would murder me one day. Granted, I had asked. Say you needed to...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Without artists who teach, the cultural life of Chicago would effectively cease to exist.
This is true in all artistic fields: dance, art, theater, comedy, poetry, music of all kinds. It is a national phenomenon; the money provided to the arts and...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 7:00 PM
Megan Dellegrotti is looking for the area's superjocks.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball coach is involved in a new organization called Superjock, which is holding athletic competitions to raise money for scholarships and to assist needy kids...
| Jan 7, 2010
| 4:30 PM
Well, freeze my fanny.
Isn't this why you left Indiana? Or Illinois? Or New York? So you could brag in January to the suckers up North that you're basking in the balmy weather holding a fruity drink garnished with a miniature red umbrella?
I want a...