| Apr 10, 2013
| 8:37 AM
"L'imitation of Life"
For the last decade or so, Hell in a Handbag Productions has specialized in high camp and low humor — and every drunken, shameless instinct in between, pancake makeup and off-color jokes at the ready. When it comes to drag,...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Dennis Taylor wants to know why an "L" emblazoned on a Laguna hillside isn't better protected.
The "L" is dear to Taylor, who was one of the kids who helped in the original construction in the 1930s. He urged the council at the March 5 meeting to make it...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
As opening night glitches go, this was a good problem.
The back room at Lakeview gastropub The Dog's Bollox was jammed with people squeezing in for the debut of Story Sessions, yet another yarn-spinning event to add to Chicago's already-packed...
| May 18, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Uruguay, Latin America's second-smallest country, has produced two World Cup champion teams, and now the country is rallying behind its film business.
This year, debutant director Fede Alvarez topped U.S. charts with his "Evil Dead" remake while...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Kelsey Montanez, who got her start performing in local coffee shops at age 14, never envisioned herself auditioning for TV singing competitions like "American Idol" or "The Voice," saying, "That whole thing really isn't me."
Yet in late 2011 the...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 10:00 AM
Mysterious protagonist Aiden Pearce might be the star of the upcoming video game "Watch Dogs," but downtown Chicago lights up the box art.
Comissioned by Ubisoft to paint a scene that contained both the iconic visage of the Willis Tower and an "L"...
| Dec 22, 2011
Phew, 2011 was quite a year in Chicago theater. As the year comes to a close, ready for a quick tour back through the newsworthy highlights?
The Black Ensemble Theater bowed a gorgeous, $19 million new home on the North Side. Stage 773 on Belmont...
| Feb 26, 2012
In October 1917, a theater opened at 3535 W. Roosevelt Road that changed the moviegoing experience, in Chicago and the nation.
In the era of the nickelodeon, a term reflecting not just the price of admission, but the surroundings, motion pictures were...
| Mar 8, 2012
All the world's a stage, so wrote the Bard. To which one can reply, "Sure, but have you ridden the"L"lately?" Talk about your captive audience.
For the thousands of Chicagoans who use public transportation daily, this is your show. Same...
| Mar 26, 2012
| 3:45 PM
When he blasted WWE's higher-ups on live TV, CM Punk had GQ, ESPN and "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" banging on his door. TMZ and CNN interviewed him about his recent Twitter feud with pop star Chris Brown. But on this particular March afternoon on the Blue Line...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 10:37 PM
Beware, O Second City, of the perils of the plush-and-shiny new room with the new high-tech toys just begging to be used! Beware further of the dangerous assumption that just because we all now spend our entire lives staring at tiny video screens,...