| Feb 5, 2015
| 7:35 AM
Chicago a cappella: The vocal ensemble under principal guest music director John William Trotter is joined by the Ensemble Espagnol Spanish Dance Theater for a tapestry of classical and popular music from Mexico, Spain, Cuba and South America. Ole! 8 p.m....
| Feb 2, 2015
Retail therapy might not be the best medicine, but aroma therapy makes scents.
These are among the secrets to spending smarter that can be gleaned from academia's study of consumer behavior, which examines not only what we buy but why.
Here are some...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 1:05 PM
Chicago Philharmonic: The Highland Park-based Mexican pianist Jorge Federico Osorio performs Ravel's Concerto for the Left Hand and Falla's "Nights in the Gardens of Spain." Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" and "La Mer" serve as program...
| 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 —...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 10:48 AM
In 2014 architecture put the recession in the rearview mirror.
A wave of residential towers washed over American downtowns while, in Chicago, controversies flared over George Lucas' plan for a massive museum along the lakefront and Donald Trump's...
| Dec 9, 2014
| 8:16 AM
In concert, in the classroom, on the radio and over the Internet, Seth Boustead uses every available platform to spread the word that classical music is a living tradition, an art form of vast global-outreach potential that's thriving as perhaps never...
| 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-...