| 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...
| Feb 5, 2012
The first Queen Elizabeth was standing under an English oak tree when she learned that she had become queen.
The second Elizabeth was high up in a mgumu tree in Kenya when she became queen, at the moment her father, King George VI, died in his sleep more...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 7:40 AM
The verdict is in, at least in the United Kingdom: Women are better parkers than men. A parking lot company in the U.K. called National Car Parks conducted a month long study in which it evaluated how men and women park. The group covertly studied 2,500...
| Mar 7, 2012
With a cast of 21 actors crammed into the minuscule Gift Theatre, Sheldon Patinkin's production of Rodney Ackland's loquacious but fascinating play, "Absolute Hell," three hours and 15 minutes of mostly plot-free bohemian behavior in post-war London, is...
| 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,...
| 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 17, 2012
In her native England where her new album “Fall to Grace” debuted at number two, Paloma Faith performs to an average of 5,000 people. She recently played for a crowd of 40,000 as part of a BBC radio event, also featuring Emeli Sande and Jessie...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 11:32 AM
In 1971, when I was 8 years old and growing up in Rochdale in the North of England, I'd occasionally get to ride in the front seat of my parent's Hillman Imp. “Clunk Click,” my dad would say, “Every Trip.” I'd laugh at that. And...
| 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...