| Oct 27, 2013
| 6:40 PM
BAKERSFIELD — Peddling the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the heart of Bakersfield — when you're neither Owens nor Haggard — could rank on the scale of tough gigs right up there with hauling coals to Newcastle and selling ice...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:25 AM
When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 7:20 AM
No one can adequately categorize, sum up, pigeon-hole or otherwise pin down the music of John Zorn. It's too eclectic, free-wheeling, wide-ranging and wildly unpredictable.
Jazz, klezmer, classical, avant-garde, cinematic – all this and more...
| Oct 7, 2013
In 2012, Northwestern University junior Alex Nee was appearing in a college mainstage production of "Rent" and thinking about life after graduation. But a chance visit from a casting director led to the lead role as Johnny in the second tour of...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 7:54 AM
You have a Netflix queue, which you maintain, nurture, cull and arrange just so.
Therefore you curate movies.
You have iTunes playlists on your computer, each of which probably tells a kind of story. Therefore you curate music.
I don't have a...
| Oct 6, 2013
Ever since The Baffler left town and Stop Smiling ceased publication, Chicago's small-press scene has been on life support. Now, an indie journal of cultural criticism is poised to fill the void.
This piece first ran in...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:32 AM
Most of the international performance work that arrives in Chicago is on what you might call the prestige level: the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Maly Theatre of St. Petersburg, the Market Theatre of Johannesburg. Stuff like that. So it's refreshing...
| Sep 29, 2013
Expo Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, attracted more than 3,000 people to Vernissage, an opening-night preview party Sept. 19 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Attendees...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 3:10 PM
The fall theater season of 2013 is already very much underway. From the scores of intriguing possibilities, here are 10 Chicago shows, opening between now and the holidays, that sound especially juicy. They're listed in alphabetical order; date ranges...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
As its summer season draws to a close, Ravinia is stepping out of its commercial comfort zone long enough to introduce its public to two important recent works by living American composers. Each happens to be a modern passion play and each is receiving...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 1:16 PM
Rather than use a plastic wiffle ball bat like everyone else who faced off against retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood Saturday during Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field, former WWE Champion CM Punk briefly opted for a folding chair, not unlike...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 7:33 AM
David Nail knows exactly how he would have handled success had it come as early in his career and as intense as it did for fellow country singer Taylor Swift, who was 16 when she released her debut album, which has sold over 5 million copies, and for whom...