| Nov 1, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Few tapestries woven in Europe during the Renaissance surpass in sheer beauty, technical mastery and narrative charm one that Pieter Coecke van Aelst designed in 1548.
It depicts God accusing Adam and Eve of perfidy in the Garden of Eden. Like a...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:06 PM
I am glad that Election Day is almost here. It will allow me, I confess, and thousands of others to correct a damaging mistake we made four years ago when we voted for Dannel Malloy for governor. He is not the sensible, moderate Democrat that he told us...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 9:31 AM
For travelers, Great Britain is a work in progress, richly rewarding those who visit with up-to-date information. Here are a few important changes to be aware of for 2014.
London continues to grow and thrive post-Olympics. Free Wi-Fi is everywhere, bus...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 8:53 AM
Devotees of early Romantic Italian opera must have thought they had died and gone to bel canto heaven last week, when two masterpieces of that genre, neither of them overly familiar, opened in downtown Chicago within three days of each other.
| Oct 5, 2014
| 7:45 AM
Anyone who has suffered the ignominy of a fire pit, a backyard full of guests and a pile of soggy wood could only empathize with Redmoon on Saturday night.
After rain and cold hit Chicago cruelly early in the season, the trio of floating mansion...
| Apr 30, 2011
Just when you think you've got the guy's number, he turns around and confounds you, giving all the stereotypes about him a swift kick in the keister.
On Aug. 3, 2001, Mayor Richard Daley — he of the mangled syntax and truncated vocabulary, he of...
| May 22, 2011
| 5:00 PM
I thought about titling this piece “Hell Freezes Over” but couldn’t come up with it in Gaelic, and when I called a cousin whose Gaelic is far superior to mine he was at a pub and I couldn’t wait that long to start writing.
| Dec 9, 2011
When faced with a dark night of the soul, the powerful often seek the sustenance of subordinates. Such juicy, on-the-cusp moments — real or merely possible — are hard for playwrights to resist. Thus just as "Nixon's Nixon" memorably imagined...
| Dec 24, 2011
Connie Rice was 13 and her father was a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base when the family drove from the high desert to church at First AME in L.A. She saw the city's ghastly gray air and said to herself, "Well, I'll never live here." Not only has...
| 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...
| Oct 29, 2011
Who wrote Shakespeare? Sounds like "Who's buried in Grant's tomb?" Yet about 150 years ago, people on both sides of the Atlantic began asking how an otherwise obscure William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon could have crafted the most brilliant works...