| Dec 24, 2012
| 3:42 PM
2012 was a characteristically plentiful year in jazz performance, Chicagoans hearing a tremendous range of music.
The best concerts, in chronological order:
March 1: Tammy McCann at the Jazz Showcase. The majestic Chicago singer designed her four-...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 9:25 PM
Public League coaches were so upset at the way last year's map was drawn that they threatened to boycott the tournament and create their own instead.
That talk died down quickly and isn't likely to be rekindled, but the problem hasn't gone away.
| Dec 13, 2012
| 11:03 AM
For those who prefer holiday music that's performed at a high artistic level, this will be a noteworthy weekend – as well as an historic one.
Specifically, a Christmas-music tradition in Chicago is coming to an end, while a Hanukkah musical...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 11:24 AM
Trombonist Jeb Bishop has been a key player on Chicago's avant-garde jazz scene for the past two decades, working prolifically with such similarly indispensable figures as reedists Ken Vandermark and Dave Rempis, guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Kent...
| May 6, 2013
| 5:02 AM
A Las Vegas trip was cut short for four Chicago women Friday when they were arrested and charged with identity theft as they attempted to board their flight at O'Hare International Airport, according to Cook County prosecutors and court documents.
| Apr 15, 2013
| 7:07 PM
William Friedkin, the director of “The French Connection” and “The Exorcist,” a pair of acclaimed Tracy Letts adaptations (“Bug” and “Killer Joe”) and author of “The Friedkin Connection,” a new...
| Apr 3, 2013
Joe Herb McFarlane's legs shook as he awaited the first time he would be in the same room with the man charged with killing his 18-year-old daughter.
Jim McPherson, 21, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges Tuesday in the Feb. 15 death of Janay...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 10:19 AM
Court Theatre, the longstanding Equity company in residence at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, will stage the Chicago premiere of Katori Hall's Broadway play about Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Mountaintop," as part of its 2013-14 season, along...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 9:53 AM
We're about to begin a remarkably lively jazz weekend, even by Chicago standards. Among the highlights:
The Engines: This enterprising ensemble has been offering a stylistically free-ranging music for nearly a decade, but this weekend's engagement...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 1:32 PM
You may well think you have seen David Auburn's "Proof," the story of a single, 25-year-old Hyde Park woman grieving for the mathematically brilliant father who has left her bereft. The Broadway national tour came through Chicago. There was a very solid...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 8:29 AM
On Sunday I arrived in Hyde Park straight from O'Hare airport for a matinee performance of "Proof," directed by Charles Newell and now extended through April 14.
Less than 24 hours before, I'd seen a hot young TV star in a Broadway show. I'm not...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 11:17 AM
You can imagine the scene in thousands of family rooms: "Mom and Dad, I want to major in comedy." Silence. "Comedy? Not on our dime, you don't."
To some parents, the notion of heading to Columbia College Chicago for a full-on degree program in matters...