| Mar 14, 2013
The conversation crackled after Wednesday night's Chicago Forward program on the future of the arts in Chicago.
“I thought this was an especially auspicious panel with views you don’t often hear,” Tribune arts critic and co-moderator...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 11:55 AM
A staggering amount of modern American comedy has passed across the stages of The Second City, the acclaimed improv group headquartered in Chicago. Its alumni stretches from Oscar-winner Alan Arkin to Stephen Colbert and generations of “Saturday...
| Mar 31, 2013
Allison Klotz remembers the scene perfectly.
It's 1974, and she is in her family's driveway. She is about to depart California for Chicago, where North Park College and nursing school await. Her mother is taking pictures, her father is scrambling...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 4:00 AM
JOHN CENA VS. RYBACK: 3 STAGES OF HELL FOR WWE TITLE
John Cena will win in two straight falls and we won't see an ambulance match.
Just kidding. One "guarantee" in this match is that it will go to the third fall. To me, this is more important for...
| 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...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 12:06 PM
A Dekalb tattoo artist will compete for the title of "Ink Master" when Spike TV hit returns for a third season in July.
Chris May, the owner and a tattoo artist at Proton Tattoo in Dekalb, decided to audition for the competition series after almost...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 11:09 AM
The Onion and Second City, both based in Chicago, have delayed their joint theatrical enterprise, "The Onion Live," which was to have toured nationally to theaters this fall.
Several presenting venues, such as the Harbison Theatre in Irmo, S.C., had...
| 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...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:55 PM
The legendary singer Paul Simon showed up unannounced Thursday at the Second City mainstage in Chicago and then, as is traditional for visiting celebrities, took to the stage during the post-show improv set.
Simon told funny stories and then,...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 9:35 AM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City are joining forces to stage a public tribute to Bernie Sahlins, the late co-founder of The Second City. The event, to contain performances and speeches, is slated to take place 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 on Navy...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...