| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:39 AM
The television event of the year so far — yes, the year has hardly begun, and, yes, we've watched the dull Golden Globes, and seen an incalculable number of reporters shivering while standing near huge piles of street salt — has been the...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 11:57 AM
Da Chicago: The Second City is second to none when it comes to dining and imbibing, and West Town's Mott St. restaurant, an Asian-fusion follow-up to chef Edward Kim's Ruxbin, is proud to make a delicious cocktail out of his hometown. Da Chicago, $13,...
| 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,...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 10:20 AM
CBS on Sunday has Jon Stewart in the morning and Steve Carell in the evening. How do you like that "Daily Show" domination?
Stewart is promoting "Rosewater" on "CBS Sunday Morning." Carell is being profiled by "60 Minutes" for "Foxcatcher," in which his...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 11:53 AM
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...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 11:35 AM
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...
| Nov 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
With the warm scent of synthetic cinnamon in the air, it's easy to get distracted from the real holiday tradition of feeling like you're going to die alone without ever having lived up to your family's expectations.
Lucky for you: The holidays are the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The Tony-winning musical "Kinky Boots" struts into the Pantages, and a fashionable French actress is remembered in the world premiere of "O Réjane" at Bootleg Theater.
Into the Woods Reunion Celebration of the hit musical features composer-lyricist...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:47 AM
"Happiness" (PBS, Monday). I am, as a rule, a fan of the films that make up the PBS documentary series "Independent Lens," which tend to spend intimate quality time with the kinds of people TV usually ignores for being too far off, too foreign, too poor...
| 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 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…
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