| Feb 23, 2012
| 8:41 PM
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: The multi-racial Chicago band specializes in West African highlife music, which should be a perfect way to experience Old Town’s new, dance-oriented performance space in the Myron R. Szold Music and...
| 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,”...
| Aug 8, 2012
| 1:31 PM
“Dhoom 3: Back in Action” -- the latest sequel in the popular Bollywood buddy cop series -- will shoot on and around lower Michigan Avenue Thursday and Friday.
There will be street closures from 9:30 am to 4 pm both days on lower Michigan...
| Aug 9, 2012
In a dental office overlooking the Magnificent Mile, Valerie Carlson teared up as she recalled traumatic dental surgery that left her filled with fear when she was a teenager.
On this day, she was to undergo preparatory work for dental implants. Normally...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 12:39 PM
Levon Helm was the rarest of musical multi-taskers: an unflappable drummer and a singer who wrung soul out of every note. He also was a terrific team player and bandmate; he made the people around him sound good.
Helm was "the only drummer who could make...
| Dec 19, 2012
When it comes to adventures in dining and drinking, Chicago definitely delivered this year. Hot chefs expanded their empires with new restaurants. New words made their way into our nightlife vocabulary. And, of course, there were doughnuts. And pie. And...
| Dec 14, 2012
Columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn joined musicians Thursday night at the Old Town School of Folk Music for the first of four Songs of Good Cheer programs. Click here for a photo gallery.
This is the 14th year for the caroling party, which grew out...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 6:59 PM
Temperatures in Chicago hit 70 degrees in December for only the third time in recorded history Monday, prompting Chicagoans to dress like they did a season ago.
So Angela Beata boldly strolled around the city with her legs bare in a miniskirt and her...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 2:20 PM
The makers of the Chicago-sprung indie "Older Children" have not bitten off more than they can chew: The film barely runs an hour in length, and in his group portrait of married and single friends — variously rudderless, self-protective and...
| Nov 11, 2012
Goodbye to Seamus, the Irish setter that 29 years ago rode 650 miles in a crate strapped to the roof of Mitt Romney's family station wagon, and to Rafalca, Romneys' Olympic-caliber dancing horse.
Goodbye to President Barack Obama's "you didn't build...
| 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...