| Sep 10, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Paul Haggis examines his own storytelling methods in "Third Person," an ambitious puzzle movie in which couples in three interlocking stories reveal different facets of a single psyche -- namely, the author's. With segments set in Paris, Rome and New...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:30 PM
We've reached it. We've now reached the amnesiac point in film culture when Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Avventura" (1960) can return to a big screen, in a restored 35 mm print courtesy of Janus Films, and confound audiences anew. The...
| 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,...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 2:04 PM
Vocal quality really matters at the Theo Ubique Theatre Company, the shabby-chic venue for small musicals in Rogers Park, so it's no surprise that director Fred Anzevino's simple but delightful and lovely new summer Cole Porter revue is beautifully sung....
| Feb 6, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Part of an occasional series Commenter ID: GJO’L Gender: Male Age: 48 Occupation: Attorney at a large law firm. I do a lot of corporate criminal defense, some work for individuals. Family info: Married to somebody very terrific. Three great......
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Ever since the Great Fire of 1871, a cycle of destruction and rebuilding has been central to the Chicago story. This month, Northwestern University secured a permit to tear down Prentice Hospital so that it can build a biomedical research facility. Also...
| Jul 22, 2012
| 7:11 PM
The self-titled sophomore album from local pop-rockers Gold Motel oozes surf and sun, even though much of it was recorded as temperatures dipped and leaves fell from the trees. "There were a few days where we were tracking and I was wearing my jacket...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 7:53 PM
Steel from Sparrows Point built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, hundreds of ships for World War II and livelihoods for tens of thousands of Baltimore-area families.
The story of the massive steel mill follows the arc of American...
| 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...
| 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...