| Jul 3, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Have you heard the news? The explosion of rock 'n' roll as a cultural force was ignited 60 years ago this week, on a hot day in Memphis when a truck driver named Elvis Presley was called to a recording session by producer Sam Phillips, the savvy owner...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:44 AM
It's not Chicago's longest running yet, but it's on its way. The Chicago production of "Million Dollar Quartet" at the Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln Ave.) will play its 2000th performance Thursday.
The rock 'n' roll jukebox musical (now selling...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 6:30 PM
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, the producer, engineer, songwriter and singer whose career with Sun Records and RCA saw him man the mixing boards for a plethora of canonical rock and roll and country recordings, died Aug. 8 in his home in Nashville as a result...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Variety selects the videos (below), games, apps, books, music and more (photo gallery, above) you should know about each week.
Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical
Rhett & Link
The comedy duo, known for their viral advertising videos, direct a cast...
| Sep 6, 2013
As the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, the theater scene offers its own bountiful fall harvest. From heirlooms to hybrids, homegrown treats to intriguing imports, the list below highlights just a few of the toothsome possibilities on the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:26 PM
A bunch of Broadway musicals, the return of favorite rocking Christmas shows, a classic crooner and comedians, an iconic performer’s daughter and more fill the 2013-14 season that was just announced for Easton’s State Theatre. Yup, Little...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 9:15 AM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of your house and into the long-delayed sunny season, Chicago theaters of all sizes unleash some of their most promising offerings of the year. When you're ready for a break from the beach and the ballpark,...
| Aug 20, 2012
A dozen managers sat around a rectangular table at the Wit hotel in the Loop, their attention fixed on a man in an Armani suit standing in the front of the room.
They waited quietly, the CTA Red Line train periodically rumbling by, until the tall,...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 10:24 PM
Imagine putting Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash on stage together and letting them cut loose in song. What else would you need for a night's entertainment?
I hope your answer was "nothing," because that's all you get in...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 9:13 AM
As we bid farewell to the Summer of Swelter, it's a grand time for pulling up the appointment app on your smart phone (or pulling out the day planner, if you're a traditionalist) and setting aside some play dates with the hottest shows in town.