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  • ''Silicon Valley" comedian T.J. Miller coming to ArtsQuest Center

    ''Silicon Valley" comedian T.J. Miller coming to ArtsQuest Center
    Comedian and actor T.J. Miller, a cast member of the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," will perform at Banko Alehouse Cinemas at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, it was just announced. Miller will perform at 8 p.m. June 22, 8 p.m. Tickets, at $17...
  • For Chicago, no superlative too grandiose

    Chicago loves to brag. World's Busiest Airport (Well, once upon a time.) World's Greatest Newspaper (You decide which one.) World's Greatest Lake (Or at least a great lake.) World's Best Patronage (Or its worst, depending on your politics.) World's...
  • What Don Draper, David Letterman had to say about retirement

    What Don Draper, David Letterman had to say about retirement
    Within the space of 72 hours last week, a pair of aging alpha males, one real, one fictional, said goodbye for good. Both feel like the last of their breed. Both carried great symbolic weight. Both revealed a lot about the changing face of retirement...
  • Judy Blume, forever: The author and confidante to generations of women reflects on her career

    Judy Blume, forever: The author and confidante to generations of women reflects on her career
    The first time I read Judy Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” was on an eight-hour road trip over the winter holidays. I was seven. We were on our way to visit cousins and I was squeezed in the backseat with two older...
  • Sheldon Patinkin, a giant of Chicago comedy and theater, dies at 79

    Sheldon Patinkin, a giant of Chicago comedy and theater, dies at 79
    Sheldon Patinkin, a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists, died Sunday at the age of 79,...
  • Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86

     Dick Schaal, a Second City pioneer and former husband of Valerie Harper, dies at 86
    Richard "Dick" Schaal, a pioneer at the Second City comedy theater in Chicago, the former husband of the actress Valerie Harper and a familiar face from a plethora of character roles on movies and television, including "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and...
  • REVIEW: 'The Art of Falling' by Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

     REVIEW: 'The Art of Falling' by Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
    Aside from being a hugely entertaining and strikingly emotional show, "The Art of Falling," Second City's not-to-be-missed new collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, is a very significant formative moment in this city's long history of...
  • Stephen Colbert departs, and his Nation mourns

    Stephen Colbert departs, and his Nation mourns
    Watching the first episode of "The Colbert Report," I remember thinking, He cannot possibly sustain this. Mine wasn't the early-days concern I have heard expressed most often as Stephen Colbert prepares to deliver his final "Colbert Report" Thursday:...
  • Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground

    Emmy nominations reinforce Chicago's rep as comedy training ground
    Nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys include several former Chicagoans, continuing a trend from years past. The 2011 winner for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series, Plainfield native and “Mike & Molly” star Melissa McCarthy, was again...
  • Underrated for years, Bob Odenkirk gets the call for 'Saul'

    Underrated for years, Bob Odenkirk gets the call for 'Saul'
    A few years ago, on a TV show that you likely never watch and probably never heard of but eventually might appreciate, Bob Odenkirk crafted a brief and remarkable performance. In fact, until Odenkirk joined AMC's acclaimed "Breaking Bad" in 2009 as the...
  • Final 'Colbert Report': Colbert confers self immortality, sings 'We'll Meet Again'

    Final 'Colbert Report': Colbert confers self immortality, sings 'We'll Meet Again'
    So, apparently, there might be more of “Stephen Colbert,” the fictional wing-nut talk show host portrayed so winningly by Stephen Colbert during nine-plus years of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. What else are we to make of...