| Nov 20, 2013
Do not go west, young Frenchman.
And the South Side south of 59th Street? Non, non, non.
If you read my colleague Katherine Skiba's story in the Tribune on Tuesday, you know what I'm talking about. The French government has been advising visitors to...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 7:26 AM
New Year's Eve arrived early at the Mayne Stage on Sunday evening, a capacity audience counting down the last 10 seconds until 2014, then blowing noisily into party horns and otherwise whooping it up.
The occasion was the taping of the Chicago segment...
| Aug 21, 2013
They say it's a bad corner.
Pastor Michael Allen hadn't thought of it that way.
In his eight years as pastor of Uptown Baptist Church, Allen has known that the corner of Wilson Avenue and Sheridan Road in Chicago was at the border of rival gang...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:18 AM
Is there any other way to think of the Comedy Central special that comedian Kristen Schaal delivered last spring? It appeared on April Fool's Day at midnight, a dead giveaway of its intentions (and probably the lamest thing about it)....
| Oct 15, 2012
The first thing you notice about the 1905 mug shot of Laura Scott is her Sunday-go-to-meeting hat, large with wayward bows. Then, you take in the information surrounding the photograph that reveals her physical measurements and describes her as a 40-year-...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:26 PM
Early on in "The Salinger Contract," the new book from acclaimed novelist and West Rogers Park native Adam Langer, the protagonist, a character also named "Adam Langer," stumbles across the truth about J.D. Salinger. He discovers why Salinger seemingly...
| Sep 14, 2013
Samantha Irby, who may well be the most talented inappropriate woman in Chicago, sat against the window, facing the bar, an arm draped across a wooden booth, supremely confident. She delivered great line after great line, quip after quip. She referred...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 1:03 PM
Haymarket Opera Company's first foray into the German baroque repertory, Georg Philipp Telemann's comic opera "Pimpinone," presented in three performances over the weekend at Mayne Stage, was a happy excursion into a largely forgotten niche of operatic...
| Jul 4, 2013
Barbecue still holds a romantic allure. At its heart, you take meat and apply heat via smoke of a wood-burning fire. There's something primordial and attractive about the process. Unlike grilling a steak or frying a pork chop, smoking meats requires...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 7:20 AM
Tina Fey doesn't tell a lot of stories on herself, not really, in her new book "Bossypants," which is actually bits of so many books that it could be placed fairly in Memoirs, Management, Women's studies, Comedy, or that section where they give you book...
| Nov 11, 2010
| 7:29 AM
To anyone who has encountered New Yorkers' maddeningly internalized sense of superiority about their place of residence, a hubris perhaps best expressed in Saul Steinberg's famous New Yorker magazine cover, "View of the World from 9th Avenue," here is a...