| Apr 5, 2011
| 4:23 PM
From the Chicago Park District: The lineup for this summer's Theater on the Lake! Each summer, the Chicago Park District’s open-air stage is home to the best dramatic, comedic and innovative performances the city of Chicago has to offer, all...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 4:35 PM
Happy 85th birthday, Marilyn Monroe, reader of Ulysses and Bertrand Russell....
| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Oct 25, 2009
Normal People Don't
Live Like This
Persea: 182 pp., $15 paper
The power of a girl -- so large, so threatening that civilizations build their religions and bureaucracies, their rules and regulations, their apples and snakes and burkas...
| May 16, 2008
If you want to catch two wicked talents get into trouble, head for the Fountain Theatre, where Tony winner Tonya Pinkins and "Cold Case" actress Tracie Thoms are tearing it up in "And Her Hair Went With Her," Zina Camblin's vivid if uneven look at African...
| Apr 20, 2008
FOR much of the 19th century, scores of French painters, laden with knapsacks and portable easels, trekked through the Forest of Fontainebleau to capture the shifting wonders of nature with their brushes right on the spot. Some came for weekends; some...
| Apr 18, 2010
Beatrice and Virgil
Spiegel & Grau: 218 pp., $24
When I was little, maybe 6 or 7, my mother read a book that pushed her over the edge. She literally rose from the book and ran into the lobby of the hotel in which we were staying,...
| Nov 1, 2009
The Suicide Run
Five Tales of the Marine Corps
Random House: 198 pp., $24
The business -- and I use the word advisedly -- of posthumous publication is a troubling one. We honor our dear dead. Yet there are certain kinds of attention...
| Jul 14, 2010
| 9:35 PM
We've never thought of off-leash dog parks as a place to show off one's clothing -- more like a place to get splattered with muddy paw prints and covered in fur. Those perils to fine clothing haven't stopped some fashionable......
| Aug 23, 2010
| 4:36 PM
Photo: Daniel Resch, 22 (left), and Johnique Shackelford, 23, both of Silver Lake, at the Silverlake Dog Park, with Gonzo, a Pomeranian-chihuahua mix -- whom Johnique likes to dress up in "pirate-y things." As for the people, Daniel is waring a vintage...
| Sep 29, 2004
Say "bouillabaisse" to a knowledgeable cook and you're likely to hear, "We can't make that here. We don't have the right fish."
French food purists will tell you you need rascasse, that terrible-looking scorpionfish that lends the broth its velvety...
| May 8, 2005
One was a convent-bred beauty with melting black eyes who abandoned her husband and ran away to Paris, where she went through lovers like handkerchiefs.
The other, homely and bookish, devoted her prime to theology, then scandalized Victorian London by...