| Jul 15, 2014
| 9:36 AM
The more than 200 solo organ works that bracket the prodigious composing career of Johann Sebastian Bach have long been every organist's Bible. Rare is the organ recital that doesn't include such favorites as the mighty "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" or...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 2:33 PM
Hero. Ishmael. Ramsey. Sophie. Bonnie.
Those are, in order of appearance, the names of thedogs — all mutts — with whom I have shared my life from the time I was 4 years old. And if you listen to Wade Rouse — which you most assuredly...
| Dec 30, 2010
Are you always tired? Do you have trouble concentrating or get frequent headaches? If you work odd hours, you might have Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD).
"Shift Work Sleep Disorder is when someone has trouble sleeping because you work nights or have...
| Oct 27, 2012
| 7:29 PM
This is a hard book to read, because while the story compels readers to read with urgency, the linguistic prowess is so stunning that one is forced to slow down and reread passages.
Narrated by Dell Parsons, surely one of the most memorable characters in...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Wives with more education than their husbands no longer have a higher risk for divorce. Yippee! But, wait, they used to?
For couples married between 1950 and 1979, if a wife had a higher level of education than her husband, their marriage was one-...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Human beings sometimes have a troubling inability to hold two thoughts in mind at the same time. This is true not only when those thoughts contradict each other, but even when they simply appear to be in conflict with each other but actually aren't. And...
| Jul 31, 2014
The Fourth Annual Chicago French Film Festival is at the Music Box Theatre through Tuesday, featuring 10 selections in all. I got a look at three — each different in tone and genre, but remarkably sharp and well-made.
"Playing Dead" ("Je fais le...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 10:31 AM
Introducing our Top 10 Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater. We have improvisers and comedians, singers and storytellers and impeccably trained actors aplenty. We think you're looking here at some soon-to-be-famous faces. Either way, once the heat of summer...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Before "Transformers 4" pounds into cinemas next week (sorry, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"), let us take a moment to step back and consider a much smaller, 25-minute film from Chicago-based critic Kevin B. Lee called "Transformers: The Premake,"...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:23 AM
"Do you know who I am?"
It is possibly the most obnoxious thing a celebrity can say. And therefore the funniest. But I would argue it is also the most revealing. A bald-faced expression of desperation and despair. What's really going on when a celebrity...
| Jul 23, 2014
It's easy to forget that there is also some good news in the world.
For one thing, the overlords of big-time college sports seem resigned to getting their comeuppance.
Predicting the outcome of court cases is as fruitless as trying to fill out a...