| Feb 26, 2012
| 9:42 AM
Michael Shannon will return to A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago next season to star in a show, the actor has said.
“It’s going to be our 20th anniversary at Red Orchid next season, so I’m going to come back and do a show,”...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 12:57 PM
Chicago's A Red Orchid Theatre has announced its new season, composed of three shows not seen before in Chicago.
In the fall, the long-running Old Town company will stage Nick Jones' "Trevor," a piece about a showbiz chimp who is long past his prime....
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It is very difficult to say "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Japanese.
"There is no direct Japanese word for St. Patrick's Day," one scholarly Japanese friend tells me. "However, there are a number of written languages in Japanese, and one of these is...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 9:04 AM
Jeff Garlin, the Chicago comic and improviser who found fame after his stint on the HBO show "Curb Your Enthusiasm," is headed home for a series of intimate gigs at the Zanies comedy club.
Garlin, who has worked of late in larger venues, will appear...
| Jun 12, 2013
Perhaps it’s not surprising that Michael Shannon, an Oscar nominee (“Revolutionary Road”) known for playing troubled characters, appears as tortured madman General Zod in “Man of Steel,” opening Friday. Would he be open to...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 11:48 AM
The urge to create is as old as the human race, as ancient as the day someone felt the urge to draw colorful lines across bodies and faces or, more permanently, paint on or carve into the walls of a cave. This sort of self-expression reaches a natural, if...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 9:33 AM
An unforgiving icy wind blew across the three dozen — young and old, black and white, rich and poor — gathered on Palm Sunday in front of the ancient and shuttered St. James Catholic Church in Bronzeville.
It was a cold morning for the...
| Apr 5, 2013
Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
DNAinfo Chicago reports: The Great American Songbook meets the Golden Age of Rail Travel in a newly-announced partnership between Old Town School of Folk Music and Pullman Rail Journeys. For its Chicago-to-New Orleans service on restored Pullman rail...
| Nov 19, 2010
| 4:32 PM
For years we have avoided "Sleigh Ride" at our annual Songs of Good Cheer singalong programs, not because the lyrics are saccharine and the song commonly associated with corny vocal stylings from another generation, but because it's so melodically...
| Jan 3, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Under old business today, a final report on the âO Come, O Come Emmanuelâ song parody contest held this year in conjunction with last months boffo, sold-out âSongs of Good Cheerâ concerts at the Old Town School of Folk Music.......