| May 17, 2015
Mark Baratelli knows that by simply putting Judy Garland on the menu, he's going to get orders, and plenty of them. Last year's "Judy Garland: Is It Just Me or Is It Just Me?" sold out most of its shows — and it wasn't even listed in the program. So...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 8:22 AM
When documentary filmmaker Joan Kramer was growing up in Rogers Park, she didn't realize that she would one day work with many of the beloved movie stars who thrilled her on the screens of the old Howard or Granada theaters.
For years, Kramer regaled...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:38 AM
Just over 20 years ago, a little-known singer named Linda Eder made her Chicago debut at Park West before a small audience that had no idea what it was in for.
Here was a voice that was immense in scope, but that was just part of the story. On that...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 10:28 AM
New York jazz singer Hilary Kole was exposed to the Great American Songbook from an early age. In particular, she fell in love with the songs made famous by Judy Garland.
A year ago, she began doing a show called "Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 9:00 AM
Judy Garland is remembered in "End of the Rainbow" at International City Theatre in Long Beach, A Noise Within presents the Brecht-Weill classic "The Threepenny Opera" in Pasadena, and Deaf West Theatre stages David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at Cal State...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:30 AM
"MOST OF our assumptions have outlived their uselessness," said philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
NOW we are reaching a saturation point in stories about Jennifer Aniston and how she failed to get a nomination for her movie "Cake," and that there's no...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The packaging is unadorned, the artwork rudimentary, the promotion nonexistent.
Yet in an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
A press release from Random House sent Jan. 4, 1960, proclaimed “a book for which publishers have been angling for years has been signed and sealed.”
That book was “The Judy Garland Story.” The then-37-year-old star of such...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Joey Luft remembers it well: appearing on the 1963 Christmas episode of his mother Judy Garland's CBS musical-variety series with his two older sisters, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli.
On a recent afternoon, Luft was rewatching the show, his eyes wide and...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:09 PM
Joey Luft, son of Judy Garland, will headline a show about his mother at this year's Summer at the Pasadena Playhouse, the company's annual performing arts offerings. The lineup also includes Mary Bridget Davies, who was recently seen on Broadway...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"CONTROL YOUR own destiny, or someone else will," said entrepreneur Jack Welch.
PEOPLE SEND me the most fascinating things! The other day I received a wonderful photograph of Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe embracing. I love it because it is so dramatic,...