| Nov 12, 2013
| 9:14 AM
Record executives, radio stations and arts critics love making crisp distinctions among jazz, blues, gospel, soul and you-name-it.
But music doesn't necessarily break down that way, and few performers epitomize the stylistically borderless nature of...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
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...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 10:47 AM
Former Chicago resident John Lehr has another season to tame the Wild West in Hulu's original series "Quick Draw." The online service Monday announced it has renewed the comedy for a 10-episode second season.
"Quick Draw" premiered this summer, becoming...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:13 AM
After nearly a decade in Uptown, the Annoyance Theater announced plans this past spring for a new venue at 851 W. Belmont Ave., just west of Clark Street. Lakeview is thriving neighborhood for sketch and improv (with ComedySportz, The Playground and The...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 9:21 AM
On October 26, an ornery puppet named Moses from Blind Summit Theatre’s “The Table,” which recently concluded an acclaimed stint at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, took to another one of Chicago’s famous stages — The Second City...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 6:36 AM
Really, in the grand scheme of things, it's a minor, minor point, somewhere between apocalyptic and not-very-apocalyptic-at-all: The 24-hour Starbucks in Piper's Alley, the large, busy one that hugs the corner of North Avenue and Wells Street in Old Town,...
| May 2, 2013
| 8:27 PM
Mike Gray, an author, activist and documentarian who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The China Syndrome," the provocative 1979 film about a cover-up at a nuclear power plant, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Hollywood Hills home, his...
| Jun 19, 2013
Bernard "Bernie" Sahlins, co-founder and former owner of The Second City, the influential Chicago comedy venue that pioneered rapid-fire comedy sketches using ideas plucked from the audience, died Sunday at his home in Chicago. He was 90.
His wife, Jane...
| May 25, 2013
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...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 5:39 PM
John Lehr and Nancy Hower didn't know a lot about Westerns when they embarked on writing their new Hulu comedy, "Quick Draw." But they dug up comedy gold while researching the Old West.
"It's amazing the stuff that never made it into the Westerns because...
| Oct 11, 2013
There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot...