| Dec 19, 2011
Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 8:29 AM
Karine Vanasse was a child lip-syncing to Celine Dion when she knew she belonged onstage.
As the crew adjusts the lights on the set of ABC's "Pan Am," Vanasse recalls realizing that Dion's voice may have been a bit overpowering to be coming out of a...
| Feb 16, 2012
Although she was an Oscar-nominated songwriter, Dory Previn was better known for ballads that spoke to wounded souls. A gifted lyricist, she mined her traumatic childhood and later mental illness to write confessional songs that found an audience —...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Tommy Femia is a man. Let's get that out of the way up front. But his imitation of Judy Garland's voice and mannerisms is pretty spot on. He'll be at the Bijou Theatre Friday night accompanied by his musical director, Connecticut native David Maiocco,...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:42 PM
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards.
But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 1:30 PM
A Bel-Air house that was home to a young Judy Garland, in the days of her star turn as Dorothy in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market at $7.1 million, roughly a year after its previous sale.
Updated and renovated, the two-story...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:24 PM
"The Wiz," let us stipulate, was always a weird show. With the passage of 36 years, it only has become stranger.
Although a big hit in 1975 — it ran on Broadway for some 1,600 performances — "The Wiz" generally has defeated most attempts to...
| Jul 19, 2011
| 12:46 PM
The animated cat and mouse never will be mistaken for Judy Garland, but they get their own shot at a classic story in this made-for-video feature-length cartoon.
The basics are the same, as a tornado sweeps Dorothy and Toto out of Kansas and into a...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 12:08 PM
Lila Lee Wilson Boyle, age 84, died Monday, July 25, 2011 after a miraculous five year battle with stage IV cancer. Her petite frame was deceiving. Her fighting spirit was as strong as that of any giant. Lila was united in paradise with her Savior...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 10:50 AM
1. Shoot to Thrill - AC/DC
2. Do I Do - Stevie Wonder
3. Respect Yourself - Marc Broussard
4. Party Train - Gap Band
5. Rock & Roll - led Zepplin
1. Feeling Good - Michael Buble
2. Viva Las Vegas- Elvis Presleybr> 3. With Plenty of...