| Sep 18, 2014
| 2:45 PM
You can call this version of Shaquille O’Neal “Shaqasso.”
The retired four-time NBA Champion – who gave himself the nickname, as he is known to do – appeared Thursday at Expo Chicago at Navy Pier to discuss the exhibit he...
| Jan 12, 2010
| 7:40 PM
A column last week about a 35-year-old parka that has kept me toasty since I bought it as a teenager prompted readers to share their stories of old coats and dealing with frigid temperatures.
I shivered reading some of them. One reader described having...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 6:41 AM
Before making the final media rounds to promote his “Woody’s Winter Warm-Up” benefit, the Cubs’ Kerry Wood stood in the waiting area of the posh 316 Club Barber Spa last week — where he would receive a haircut and shave...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 9:52 AM
Scores of shows are opening in Chicago this fall. Here are 10 productions to anticipate with particular relish.
Just a few weeks after the opening of the Broadway transfer of the Kennedy Center revival, Chicago director Gary Griffin stages...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Any chance Derrick Rose had of keeping a low profile at Wednesday’s Watch The Throne show went out the window when rapper Kanye West announced to the United Center audience that the NBA MVP was in attendance.
“Derrick Rose, I see you,”...
| Dec 4, 2011
| 9:34 PM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has signed up a cast of comedic notables for its upcoming production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Directed by Gary Griffin, the show will feature the Second City and “Saturday Night Live”...
| 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...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 10:07 AM
TORONTO — Luminato, the festival of arts, culture and ideas that just concluded in Canada's largest city, has only been held for four years. But this citywide extravaganza already attracts a collective audience in excess of 1 million and spends...
| Jul 15, 2011
| 1:01 PM
Summers, I fear, are numbered for Cirque Shanghai, the long-running circus attraction on Navy Pier. Of late, the Skyline Stage has been struggling to retain its canvas roof during the blustery Chicago winter. And in the recently announced plans for the...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 12:21 PM
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has announced casting for its upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's "Follies."
Hollis Resnik will perform the role of Carlotta (and sing "I'm Still Here") in director Gary Griffin's production. The...
| Jul 23, 2011
Most people wandering down a tourist promenade such as Navy Pier and seeing a little sign advertising a daytime production of "Pinocchio" probably would expect a tawdry troupe of chirpy, collegiate-level actors performing "Hi Diddle Dee Dee" and...