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  • 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,...
  • Bravo to the Bears defense—whoever they are

    Bravo to the Bears defense—whoever they are
    It's Packers week, and I'm marking it down as a "win." A bold move, but we're there. It's not that the Bears are great, it's that the Packers are not. The Bears, if they were a car, I would have them solidly in "Buick" territory. They're more than a...
  • A new day for Romanian cimbalom master in Chicago

    A new day for Romanian cimbalom master in Chicago
    For the Romanian cimbalom virtuoso Nicolae Feraru, who has lived in Chicago since 1993, life changed last September. That's when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive his adopted country's highest honor for folk arts, the National Endowment for...
  • Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.

    Wednesday: Eat. Drink. Do.
    EAT Bell's Brewery Beer Dinner The Monarch 1745 W. North Ave. 773-252-6053 Executive chef Peter Coenen prepares a five-course dinner including blue crab dip, escargot clam chowder and grilled venison loin, paired with Bell's Oarsman ale,...
  • Steve Carell and Tina Fey: from Chicago to TIFF

    Steve Carell and Tina Fey: from Chicago to TIFF
    For reasons only partly related to his virtually unrecognizable presence on screen, Steve Carell appears headed for an Academy Award nomination (actor? supporting actor? tough call) for an eerily subtle portrayal of the unstable and ultimately murderous...
  • Fifth Star Awards lineup announced

    Fifth Star Awards lineup announced
    Singer Kurt Elling, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City will perform during the Fifth Star Awards ceremony honoring icons of Chicago culture: Lou Conte, Richard Hunt, Ramsey Lewis, Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt...
  • Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks

    Review: 'Poking a Dead Frog' by Mike Sacks
    A more ponderous proposition there is not than a scholarly analysis of what comedy is and why we laugh at something. Take Arthur Schopenhauer — please. Humor, Schopenhauer writes, can be "traced to a syllogism in the first figure with an...
  • 'Fargo' star Allison Tolman is having quite a year

    'Fargo' star Allison Tolman is having quite a year
    August 2013: Chicago actress Allison Tolman, unemployed and doing temp work in the mornings, stops by her agent's office to tape an audition for the new FX series "Fargo." August 2014: Tolman is headed to the Emmys. That's quite a 12-month span....
  • Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines

    Reductress parody takes humorous stab at women's magazines
    Beth Newell and Sarah Pappalardo make a living poking fun at our deepest insecurities — and the magazines that feed them. Newell and Pappalardo are the founding editors of Reductress, the year-old fake women's news magazine. Their site has been...
  • Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us

    Del Close's lasting impact on iO, and the rest of us
    His shadow is a substantial thing, shading the increasingly active and ever-expanding Chicago comedy world in the same way that Louis Sullivan still influences young architects, Muddy Waters impacts bluesmen or Nelson Algren whispers to writers. Del...
  • Theater, Improv Backgrounds Help Build Emmy-Nominated Comedy Casts

    Crafting an ensemble cast that has chemistry and serves a series takes experience and skill to a degree, but it can entail a healthy dose of risk-taking and finger-crossing as well. When Jeanne McCarthy and Nicole Abellera first began assembling the cast...