| May 12, 2009
| 4:24 PM
by Mark Silva Carrie Prejean and President Barack Obama have something in common. So says Donald Trump, czar of the Miss USA pageant. At a news conference this morning supporting Miss California's ownership of the crown -- despite those comments......
| Dec 9, 2013
| 8:49 AM
Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, which opened its doors in 1889, announced plans on Monday morning for its 125th-anniversary season. It includes the June 2015 return to Chicago of Britain's Royal Ballet for the first time since 1978, and the return in the...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:44 AM
These are remarkable times for Herbie Hancock.
Come December, he will receive one of the country's most prestigious arts accolades, a Kennedy Center Honor, alongside actor Shirley MacLaine, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, guitarist Carlos Santana and...
| Dec 1, 2013
| 12:03 PM
The Florida scrub-jay is a rare bird.
Unlike most other avian species, this bold and beautiful blue, grey and white-plumed bird is friendly to people — even though people are responsible for the disappearing scrub-oak habitat it so desperately...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 3:17 PM
It was only a matter of time before somebody finally would be able to make a movie that is worse than "Ishtar."
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., who is also a former candidate for president, once called Hollywood "the devil's playground." Now,...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 7:56 AM
The master has returned.
When Joey DeFrancesco seats himself at the organ, listeners hear a rarefied level of musical and technical authority. Fast-moving notes fly by in a whir. Chordal swells suggest the work of two musicians, not one. Musical...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Joey DeFrancesco: In jazz, DeFrancesco stands as undefeated champion of the Hammond B-3 organ, and he proves it with his every Chicago...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:51 PM
Chance the Rapper came out to a hero’s homecoming welcome Wednesday at the Riviera, radiating energy that matched the roar coming at him from 2,500 voices. The 20-year-old South Side rapper was so hyped he resembled a speeded-up video of a street-...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 6:15 AM
Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant and unjustly little-seen biopic that starred Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor and told the story of D.C. deejay Petey Greene. That film was all about the...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 8:06 AM
No single concert could possibly sum up the achievements of Chicago composer-conductor William Russo – or even reference all of the high points.
But Saturday evening's expansive homage, which attracted a turn-away crowd to the Jazz Showcase,...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:30 PM
The Chinese Communist Party announced grand plans for "reform" at the end of its third plenum meeting in November, including a promise to end its disastrous one child per family policy.
Don't bet on it.
That one-child law leads to ugly forced...