| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:05 PM
Here are my favorite concerts from 2012:
1. Neutral Milk Hotel at Athenaeum Theatre, Feb. 6: After releasing two acclaimed albums in the ‘90s, Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum drifted away for more than a decade. His return stacked up as...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 8:55 AM
Until this spring, Chicago's Theatre Y focused exclusively on Romanian playwright Andras Visky, with productions of "Juliet: A Dialogue About Love" and "I Killed My Mother," both of which have toured internationally. But the company...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 1:47 PM
Amid rumors that Kristen Wiig is leaving “SNL” at the end of this season, the show’s team has been auditioning female comedians, including The Second City e.t.c. cast member Jessica Joy, who’s been making a name for herself in...
| Apr 10, 2012
| 12:26 PM
Fiona Apple played a short series of promotional shows earlier this year to support her upcoming album. Now, she's launching a full tour for "The Idler Wheel is Wiser" that includes stops in Baltimore and Washington D.C.
Apple's mini-tour, her first...
| Jan 27, 2012
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For months, buzz for Lana Del Rey suggested that she’s the greatest thing since (fill in the blank). Now that the nostalgic singer-songwriter’s debut “Born to Die” has arrived, we can finally...
| Feb 5, 2012
Somewhere deep in the catacombs of Capitol Studios in Hollywood, Bethany Cosentino has found a little place of her own. It's squeezed into a tight corner in the control room of Studio B, where she sits behind an ancient synthesizer to relax or think or...
| Feb 6, 2012
| 8:12 PM
Phew! Two hours of “The Voice” is a lot to process. The NBC show was heavy on the tug-at-your-heartstrings contestant backstories tonight, which can make for some intense emotional weight-lifting. But we all survived, and slowly but surely,...
| Oct 14, 2011
Rock 'n' roll is to the Kibitz Room at Canter's what onions are to chopped liver. The two have been closely aligned since the little bar opened just off the beloved Fairfax Avenue deli's annex dining room in 1961. Only now, instead of a bunch of hippies...
| Nov 1, 2011
| 12:06 PM
Although Margaret Cho's latest concert film, "Cho Dependent," will close Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival that begins Thursday, the comedian herself cannot make the 30th annual event.
She's on the road.
In "Cho Dependent,"...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 10:19 AM
Emily Satterlee's dream is to make music her career. But for now, she's working toward her break and waiting tables at two Huntington Beach restaurants.
The 27-year-old commercial music student at Orange Coast College wants to sell her original songs to...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 2:36 PM
Years ago when I was a student at Northwestern University, a handful of executives at America Online came to my class and explained that you, I and everyone we know would soon find ourselves pleasantly stranded on "information islands." We nodded,...