| Jun 14, 2011
| 1:46 PM
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" turns 25 this week. For those who don't remember the 1986 John Hughes movie, it's about a day in the life of Grace (Edie McClurg), the loyal and life-affirming secretary to the harried principal of a suburban Chicago high...
| Sep 25, 2011
Much has been made this year about the behemoth baby boom generation reaching retirement age. But another significant milestone is slipping past a bit more quietly yet with noticeable impact.
The first wave of Gen-Xers has rounded 40, and they are...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 9:50 PM
I am too tired to go crazy about this. And there really are so many hugely more important things going on the world practically every day.
I cannot let the addition of HLN host Nancy Grace to the lineup of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" pass...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 8:55 AM
With the first beat of the opening number from "Jukebox," the audience roars its approval, as it does for virtually everything that unfolds onstage when Marriotts Ridge High School puts on its zany music and dance revue every October.
At least that's...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 12:36 PM
About halfway through writing the script for "The Fitzgerald Family Christmas" (which opens at the Wilmette Theatre next week), Edward Burns says he found himself at a crossroad. "Do I want to make the big, crazy, funny, holly-jolly Christmas Irish family...
| Aug 11, 2012
Picture a film shoot somewhere in Canada. On one side of a swimming pool, the gear, the crew and most of the cast; on the other side, Molly Ringwald. They're shooting the rest of the scene before her part, so she sits on a box to wait. She begins...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 3:28 PM
The conversation segued from book to book, ranging from Elizabeth Strout's “Olive Kitteridge” to the works of Philip Roth, over coffee in the Palmer House café. Molly Ringwald had come to Chicago late this spring to support 826CHI, a non-...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:19 AM
(With indefatigable recapper Amy Watts on the road this week, Diane Trap steps up to the plate in her stead.)
Cat Deeley is wearing a shiny mosaic dress, like an elegant '70s shower stall. The six remaining dancers open with a routine set to "Scream"...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:06 AM
*** (out of four)
A decidedly more '80s version of The Strokes shows up for "Comedown Machine," the New York outfit's fifth major release. How '80s is this record? It's so '80s that there's actually a song called "'80s Comedown Machine." It'd be a...
| Oct 28, 2012
Post-punk glory comes to Miami in the form of the Psychedelic Furs, playing 8 p.m. Sunday at Grand Central. The band gained popularity for its John Hughes-era hits, including "Pretty in Pink" and "Heartbreak Beat." The Lemonheads will open. Tickets cost...
| Jul 21, 2012
| 4:00 PM
It may be too obvious an intro, but filmmaker Todd Solondz — whose new film “Dark Horse” opens next week — could himself be considered a dark horse. His films have a strong following at festivals and in art houses, but they are too...