| Feb 1, 2015
| 6:32 PM
The Super Bowl on Sunday finally gave up trying to make its halftime show a concert and made it unabashedly a show instead.
The result of pop singer Katy Perry’s performance more clearly defined what, exactly, the halftime show is. But it was a...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 3:57 PM
Greetings, and welcome to the Super Bowl column I'm constitutionally obligated to write because I'm a journalist and the Super Bowl is Sunday and that's all we're allowed to write about.
(This requirement was added to the First Amendment in 1968,...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:28 PM
In 2006, Ahmed Rehab, then communications director and now head of the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and I engaged in an online dialogue sparked by the controversy over the violent response in the Muslim world to the...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 11:26 AM
Herb Alpert is an award-winning American musician who, with his Tijuana Brass, brought us such standards as "Taste of Honey" and "The Lonely Bull," as well as his hit single "This Guy's In Love With You."
On Oct. 11, the iconic trumpeter, composer...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Tinashe Kachingwe seemingly came from nowhere to become a fixture on the Billboard singles charts with "2 On," but a visit to the singer's home reveals a long road to stardom.
A poster from her time with a childhood modeling agency hangs in one corner....
| Sep 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Sometimes “The Voice” can surprise you, but here’s one thing you can pretty much count on: If a contestant is shown ahead of a blind audition declaring that he or she is aiming to impress a specific coach, that contestant will end up,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 9:12 AM
It's my least favorite episode: "Most Memorable Year." Let's see what the 17-year-old has to say. Which of the presumably 12-13 of them that she can remember will she pick? I also hate the shameless manipulation -- you will cry, and you will like it....
| Sep 30, 2014
| 4:32 PM
My wife hates sports and has always had special vitriol toward football. Being an art school chick who hung out with goths and hipsters, she learned to tune out all the maniacal Green Bay cheese heads in her family while growing up in the suburbs of...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 2:32 PM
Pardon me while I feign outrage for a fake institution.
The annual conundrum known as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees list was announced Thursday, and it's as baffling as ever. In fact, so shaky is its philosophical foundation that arguing seems...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 6:59 AM
A steam train of emotion came roaring through the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom on Most Memorable Year night – a three-hanky salute during which celebrities revealed significant moments in their lives, heartstrings were tugged, and...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 2:30 AM
"I BETTER get them black cha-cha heels...!"
So said the late great Divine, aka Harris Glenn Milstead, in John Water's immortal "Female Trouble." Perhaps it is odd to be quoting Divine on this second day of the new year. You were expecting something...