| Jul 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
George Morrison, an acting teacher and director who trained, worked with, and inspired great actors including Gene Hackman, Edie Falco, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Klugman, Sandy Dennis, Judy Collins, Susan Dey, Jane Alexander, Jill Clayburgh, Joel Grey, Stanley...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 11:24 AM
I remember first stumbling upon one of John Hubley's animated films when his Oscar-winning 1959 short "Moonbird" screened here last year. It returns this weekend in a retrospective featuring seven other Hubley shorts at the Siskel Film Center, which is...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:48 AM
If you drive downtown on the Jones Falls Expressway, you might have noticed a new billboard just south of Orleans Street featuring a blurry image of George Washington and the word “DRUNK” in big bold letters.
No, it’s not a leftover...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
On Sunday, more than 750,000 LGBT and allied hetero celebrants are expected to converge for Chicago's annual Gay Pride Parade to commemorate progress in human rights issues since the 1969 Stonewall Riots. Gear up at these stage shows taking place in...
| Jun 19, 2014
Chicago attorney Julie Wiorkowski concedes she doesn't listen well in court, a flaw that can hurt her chances of success.
"I'm usually somewhat listening to the other party, but I'm already thinking about what I'm going to say," Wiorkowski said.
| Jun 17, 2014
| 9:56 PM
Growing up in Wilmette under the watchful eyes of three older sisters, Dan Ronan was the irrepressible little brother who enjoyed entertaining the family with his spirited song, dance and comedy routines.
So when Mr. Ronan graduated from New Trier...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Jane Lynch is going operatic. The Dolton native and “Glee” star will emcee Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 60th anniversary concert, Nov. 1 at the Civic Opera House, the company announced Wednesday.
Joining the actress and the international...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The Chicago Women's Funny Festival is back for its third year with 77 shows featuring 400 comedians on four stages across four days.
OK, a few of the 400 performers are male—it's not the "Anti-Men Funny Festival"—but for co-producers Jill...
| May 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Margaret Hicks says her training as a comedian has served her well in her new vocation: Chicago tour guide.
Hicks runs Chicago Elevated, dedicated to walking tours, mainly around the Loop. There's the architectural tour, the disaster tour (think the...
| May 24, 2014
| 9:00 AM
It's raucous backstage at the Groundlings after a Tuesday evening improv show — red wine and buckets of salty snacks will do that to a roomful of comedians, as will having just killed it onstage. A fluffy border collie lumbers through the crowd,...
| May 16, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Late on a Friday afternoon in early spring, inside a cavernous soundstage on the Warner Bros. studio lot, Pete Holmes stood in the dark. He had finished the monologue of his talk show and introduced the latest video comedy sketch he made with his...