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  • 'Big Fish' writer chats with the minnows

    'Big Fish' writer chats with the minnows
    A group of influential screenwriters will converge on Chicago this weekend, including Lucy Alibar (whose script for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was nominated for an Oscar this year) and Bob Gale (who wrote all three "Back to the Future" films). They'...
  • Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013

    Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013
    The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
  • Toned down 'Today Show' hits Chicago

    Toned down 'Today Show' hits Chicago
    Big picture, not much went right for the “Today Show's” planned broadcast from Chicago this week.  First, terrible, significant news happened in Oklahoma, meaning stars Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie would never make it to the live location...
  • Seth Meyers and the rise of the Chicago writer-performer

    Seth Meyers and the rise of the Chicago writer-performer
    Back in 1999 — a gut-wrenching 14 years ago — a theater just north of Wrigley Field was filled on weekend nights with the nervous laughter of people on dates. "Pick-Ups and Hiccups" (a title with admirable descriptive prowess), was a hugely...
  • 2013 Equity Jeff Awards: 'Good People' and 'Sunday' are big winners

    2013 Equity Jeff Awards:  'Good People' and 'Sunday' are big winners
    The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama "Good People," and its lead actress, Mariann Mayberry, emerged triumphant at the Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace on Monday...
  • Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley

    Second City plans major expansion at Piper's Alley
    Second City, the famed Chicago comedy theater, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the former AMC movie theater inside the Piper's Alley complex at 230 W. North Ave. Second City plans to fill the new space with “student-centered facilities,&...
  • 'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO

    'Silicon Valley' boys ready to disrupt HBO
    For one of the final scenes of the first season of the new HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," creator Mike Judge and his production designers re-created TechCrunch Disrupt, the intense annual San Francisco conference where computer engineers,...
  • Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived

    Intoxicating mix of booze, written word long-lived
    The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns. The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...
  • Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong says 'Weekend Update' still being updated

    Interview: 'SNL' star Cecily Strong says 'Weekend Update' still being updated
    Cecily Strong says her sign-off with Colin Jost at the end of “Saturday Night Live's” “Weekend Update” is still a work in progress. Strong and former co-anchor Seth Meyers blew kisses to the audience or gave each other a fist...
  • Chicago gets new international puppet festival

    Chicago gets new international puppet festival
    The depth of the Chicago winter next year is to be enlivened by the coming of puppets from far and wide. Slated for Jan. 15-26, 2015, the new city-wide cultural festival is to feature puppet shows at a variety of arts venues around the city.  The...
  • 'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight

    'Mr. Magoo's' creator gets an overdue spotlight
    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...