| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:52 PM
"From Time Immemorial," an against-the-grain account of the Israeli-Arab conflict, started a heated controversy when it was published in 1984.
The book's author, Joan Caro, 78, died of complications from a stroke Monday, Jan. 5, in her Chicago home, said...
| 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 1, 2014
As political theater, the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial race between Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn is a natural. Pitting a hard-charging businessman against a streetwise incumbent, it evokes a wrestling card: "Daddy Warbucks vs. The Common Man." But this...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Did riots break out in Ferguson, Mo., because the police overdressed?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon seemed to think so and he may be right. During four nights of rioting, the governor told a room full of reporters, the suburban St. Louis town "looked a little...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 4:03 PM
I first met then-Gov. Abraham Ribicoff in the summer of 1958 when he was running for re-election and I, a 26-year-old, was working for John Bailey, the Democratic state chairman.
To say I "met" Ribicoff is a considerable exaggeration. Bailey told me...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:52 PM
So let's start with this little mathematical nugget: 1968 was almost half a century ago.
I make that point to underscore that the year, monumental in American culture, is not recent history. It's much smaller in the rearview mirror than it may feel to...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:36 PM
A few years back, the transcript of an early story meeting between the creators of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" surfaced on the Internet. In it, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Steven Spielberg sit down with executive producer George Lucas, who...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:01 PM
Art Shay, who has spent his career documenting the lives of others, is now the subject of a documentary himself.
Milwaukee filmmaker Ken Hanson says he and his collaborators are about 10 months into the project about the renowned Chicago-based...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 11:01 AM
There are episodes of “Mad Men,” like last week’s “The Better Half,” where it’s hard to believe how much is packed into a single hour of television. Then there are episodes like “A Tale of Two Cities,”...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Los Angeles County leaders once thought the world of Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
In a gilt-edged 1992 proclamation that still hangs behind Weinstein's desk, officials declared him "a dynamic and inspirational leader"...