| Jul 6, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Raymond Rodriguez was 10 years old in 1936 when his immigrant father walked out of the family's Long Beach farmhouse and returned to Mexico, never to see his wife and children again.
The son would spend decades pondering the forces that had driven his...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 5:11 PM
During Caroline Kennedy's childhood, poetry was a family affair. Her father, President John F. Kennedy, had admired Robert Frost enough to give him a prominent place at his inauguration, and her mother, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, had loved poetry since...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 5:39 AM
Briarcliff has a new patient and she claims to be the infamous Anne Frank who died during the Holocaust. Only she didn’t die, she says. She continued her life in America so her martyr status would open the world’s eyes to the injustices...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 6:49 PM
FERRARA, Italy — Venice's Jewish ghetto is better known, perhaps, but by no means was it the only one in Italy. In the mid-1500s, Ferrara had become a haven for Jews fleeing hostility elsewhere in Europe. The Este dynasty invited Jews here and...
| May 12, 2013
| 7:21 PM
As Mona Golabek signs books immediately after each performance of her one-woman show, "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," at the Royal George Theatre, people ask her variations on a theme:
"How do you do this every night?"
"What do you go through every...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 2:41 PM
When death comes for me — and, as Markus Zusak's novel, "The Book Thief," makes very clear, death surely is coming for us all — I wouldn't mind if he were played by Francis Guinan.
Guinan, an ensemble member at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company...
| May 17, 2013
| 1:01 PM
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's legislative budget-writers went bombastic this week when a business-backed group suggested that with the help of surplus taxpayer cash they had spread more pork throughout the $74.5 billion state budget.
| May 14, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Picking a volunteer vacation is a lot like dating: The choices are mind-boggling, but finding the right fit takes work. Treat the search like a job.
Opportunities to travel and immerse yourself in a different culture are everywhere. You can enlist...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Actor-producer Lisa Kudrow had two season premieres on different networks this past week — Showtime's "Web Therapy," which goes into its fifth season with Kudrow playing Skyping shrink "without patience" Fiona Wallice, and "Who Do You Think You Are?...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 11:13 AM
After Comedy Central's roast of James Franco on Sunday (a.k.a. the night Miley Cyrus went cray-cray at the MTV Video Music Awards, and 'N Sync reunited), the honoree could sum it up only one way.
"It was pretty dirty up there," Franco said backstage...
| Aug 28, 2013
On the day before the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana, a dozen or more customers will queue up in the parking lot of Northbrook's Elegance in Meats at opening time, not to pick up tickets or win giveaways, but to have a cooked hunk of meat sliced....