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  • A screen's-eye view of Chicago

    Chicago has been involved in filmmaking since the technology's very beginnings in the early 1900s, when some of the world's first movie studios operated here. From those early days, when neighborhood kids would sneak onto the Selig Polyscope Co. lot at Western Avenue and Irving Park Road — many old Selig Westerns include children curiously peeking out from the bushes during shootouts — Chicago has permeated the movies shot here. The iconic Chicago blockbusters of the 1980s, including "The Blues Brothers," "Risky Business" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" along with more recent hits like "The Dark Knight," are imbued with Chicago's presence. Chicago's distinctive look is an integral part of their narrative landscape. And yet the city, much like the mercurial lake which it sits upon, never seems to appear the same way twice. Other, lesser known productions have harnessed Chicago's chameleon-like qualities and showcased areas not normally seen in the more mainstream Hollywood films shot here. Here's a roundup of a few underappreciated movies filmed in the city. 
  • Raising Cain: HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' goes by the book

    When trimming a household budget, premium cable is an easy expense to cut. Hold on to your HBO, though. Its "Mildred Pierce" miniseries, premiering March 27 and spread out over three Sundays, is worth it. Kate Winslet turns in a sublime performance as...

    Five great audiobook performances

    Five great audiobook performances
    It takes a certain kind of genius to create a century full of characters — including an unforgettable Thomas Cromwell and an impetuous Henry VIII — and give each a distinctive voice and a fully formed personality. Simon Slater more than...

    Yasmina Reza publishes new novel in France

    Yasmina Reza, the Tony Award-winning French dramatist whose stage hits include "Art" and "God of Carnage," has a new work out this month but it isn't a play. Reza has published a new novel in France titled "Heureux les Heureux." The 190-page book...

    Runners of all levels welcome at Catonsville Fall into Fitness race

    For most people, spring is a time of renewal. After a long winter, it's time to go outside and get back in shape. But the Catonsville Rotary Club, the Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore's Boys of Summer organization are bucking that...