| Aug 25, 2011
Twenty years ago this summer, American cities staged noisy, flag-waving parades to celebrate the U.S. victory in a war we've almost forgotten: the Persian Gulf War against Iraq. The president at the time, George H.W. Bush, saw his poll ratings soar in the...
| Oct 14, 2011
| 12:28 PM
David Eldridge's "Under the Blue Sky" is a closely observed, carefully built and rather sad play — and thus ideal for Chicago's intimate and unstinting Steep Theatre — about the love lives of schoolteachers. Unless you're talking scandal,...
| Sep 12, 2011
Anybody who has ever left a tough, close-knit, working-class community for a life as a painter, writer, musician, dancer or some other creative career is familiar with a couple of abiding truths. The arts can change your life — if you're lucky...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Let us consider for a moment the Hollywood performance that never gets nominated for awards but can be just as indelible as any Oscar-winning role. I'm referring to the celebrity interview that goes viral.
Typically interviews that are done during a...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Thursday brings our annual celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in that storied year, 1776. The defiant document was preceded by Americans commanded by George Washington chasing their British masters out of Boston and followed...
| Jan 15, 2013
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When playwright Terence Rattigan's beautiful and long-neglected "Flare Path" was first performed in London in 1942, Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" was all the rage. To many Americans, Coward and his snippy pals still represent the English stiff upper lip...
| Feb 6, 2013
| 3:26 PM
"We're inventing a Rome," said Jonathan Munby over lunch recently, "that looks and feels like contemporary Washington."
Although he was born in Yorkshire, England, and bases his freelance career in London (with frequent forays to the Royal Shakespeare...
| May 18, 2012
Need a leg up? Answer Angel is here to help.
Dear Answer Angel: I know the fashion is to not wear hosiery in the warm weather so I'm wondering what you think about leg makeup. Would that be a good alternative? I've got spider vein issues so I feel...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Until recently, the Vera Wang bridal shop in Singapore imposed a non-refundable $482 fee to try on dresses. And last month a health food retailer in Australia posted this notice on its door: “As of the first of February, this store will be...
| Mar 31, 2013
| 8:18 PM
CLAVERING, England — In this rural Essex village stands The Cricketers, the once-quiet pub that launched the career of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who first cooked in his parents' kitchen. Trevor and Sally Oliver's place has grown with...
| Oct 3, 2012
In the 1990s, he was the world-famous novelist few people officially laid eyes on. Of Salman Rushdie's dozen-plus novels, it was "The Satanic Verses" (1988) that raised a hue and cry and sent him undercover: Its supposedly sacrilegious portrayal of the...