| Mar 2, 2013
One of the great guffaws in the 2004 movie "Sideways" comes when Miles drops the F-bomb, shouting "No more … merlot!" If you're in the know about wine, though, an even better laugh comes toward the end of the film, when Miles is at the hamburger...
| Mar 6, 2013
When he answers the phone Monday afternoon from his Best Western hotel room, comedian Neil Hamburger, true to form, explains that he's just finished ticking off yet another group of people.
"I was having an argument with these guys at the motel that I...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 1:04 PM
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it.
Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:59 PM
As a mom of three 8 year olds, I must hear about 50-plus tattle-tales a day so I don’t pay much attention to most of them. I usually reply vaguely, “work it out yourself” or a weak “don’t do that again” or “if I...
| Jan 24, 2013
An R-rated horror action comedy fairy tale — how's that for genre bending?
"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is more Gatling guns and grenades than the Brothers Grimm. It takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they've parlayed their fame...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 12:37 PM
Errant followers of this blog may recall that this summer I went with a couple of friends to Iceland where we gallivanted around, interviewed the mayor of Reykjavik, and stayed in the band Of Monsters and Men’s old apartment.
My friend Trin went...
| May 17, 2013
| 6:50 AM
The owner of a local ad agency is so disgusted by comments from Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries that this morning he's hanging posters from his high-visibility office window with, well, a special message for the clothing retailer.
Let's just say...
| May 3, 2013
| 12:49 PM
The young musicians of the Civic Orchestra, as enamored as they were of the prospect of being mentored by Yo-Yo Ma, didn't see it coming.
The world's most celebrated cellist, who's the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's creative consultant, was chatting...
| Apr 21, 2013
| 4:59 PM
After a marathon that danced with joy and ended in horror, surely we see what sports can mean to a city. By now, after pregame tributes marked by an anthem singer's fist pumps and the most appropriate f-bomb in New England history, yes, we see how...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 9:44 AM
Barack Obama once again seemed to have a firm grip on the Hollywood vote during this year's election, so it's no surprise that stars came out to support the president Tuesday at his election night rally at McCormick Place. And because, to them, there...
| Oct 20, 2012
What's with the sudden B-movie fascination in South Florida?
Over the last several months, a handful of local theaters and art spaces have been transformed into houses of horror, screening what could be described as the anti-Hollywood film: the B-movie....
| Apr 26, 2013
| 8:47 PM
There's a certain kind of a cabaret where the audience just basks in the almighty glow of the diva, awed just to be in her presence.
That's not really Emily Skinner's style, as she demonstrated Friday night on the opening weekend of the Orlando...