| Sep 25, 2014
| 2:26 PM
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...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:42 AM
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,...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:29 PM
Autumn! What a magical season.
Time to trade in your overpriced iced coffee for even more overpriced pumpkin spice lattes, your window AC units for gas bills that necessitate a second job, and your shorts for…
...Wait, what’s that sound?...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 8:03 AM
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...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 1:56 PM
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...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 12:57 PM
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...
| Sep 5, 2014
Some of the classical dance this fall has been bent, folded or mutilated — in the best possible way, of course. It's set to indie rock, transformed into a ballet within a ballet, dedicated to the philosophical significance of the growth and death of...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Joan Rivers was hilarious, risque, self-deprecating — brutally honest about everything, actually — and a trailblazer. With her New York accent and staccato delivery, she broke through in the 1960s as a female standup comic back when funny...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Raunchy, gravelly-voiced and self-deprecating comedian Joan Rivers, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Sept 4. She was 81.
"She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m....
| Sep 2, 2014
| 3:04 PM
NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” will film part of an episode in Chicago this week, according to the Illinois Film Office.
The series stars iO and Second City alum Amy Poehler and is set in the fictional Indiana town of Pawnee. It’s...
| Aug 21, 2014
| 3:24 PM
Of all the sectors of the arts and entertainment industry in Chicago, none has seen anything close to the level of explosive growth in 2014 enjoyed by the institutions that make people laugh.
This has been easy to miss.
Unlike prestigious nonprofit...