| May 4, 2014
| 9:34 PM
Teresa Valcarce wants to see Congress keep a promise it made in 1783.
Back then, the year the Revolutionary War ended, Congress agreed to display a portrait of Bernardo de Galvez in the Capitol to honor the Spanish statesman's efforts to aid the...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 3:35 PM
Forty years after Augusto Pinochet's military coup in Chile, the surname "Allende" comes up far more often in literary than political discussions. Andrea Thome's "Pinkolandia," in a Chicago premiere at Berwyn's 16th Street Theater...
| Dec 3, 2013
When parents tell me they're going to Europe and ask me where to take their kids, I'm sometimes tempted to answer, "To Grandma and Grandpa's on your way to the airport."
It's easy to make the case against taking the kids along. A European vacation with...
| Nov 8, 2013
This year, the German Film Awards were dominated by "Oh Boy." In the movie, an elderly stranger confesses to a young Berliner he meets in a bar that, as a boy, he watched his father join a mob to smash the windows of Jewish-owned businesses, including...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The memoir "12 Years A Slave" was published in 1853, a year after Harriet Beecher Stowe's classic, "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Now Solomon Northup's personal narrative is a bestseller — 161 years after it first came out — through a tie-in to the...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter.
She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World." In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:42 AM
"American Horror Story" returned Wednesday night with its third iteration--"Coven"--on FX, and viewers quickly learned that hump day will take on a whole new meaning with this posse of witches.
The season leads viewers into New Orleans, where...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Vandals have been systematically defacing copies of books by and about Anne Frank in public libraries in Tokyo, according to Japanese media reports Friday.
More than 250 copies Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and other books about the Dutch...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 8:15 AM
A youngster in World War II-era Germany is the title character in this acclaimed adaptation of Markus Zusak's novel, casting Sophie Nelisse as the girl who shares the books she's stolen with the Jewish refugee (Ben Schnetzer) being sheltered by her foster...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Writers Theatre in Glencoe announced its 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
Since the theater plans to break ground on a new Studio Gang-designed building later this year, replacing the Women's Library Club venue on Tudor Court, two of the three shows next...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 2:53 PM
It's Friday morning in Skokie, and several elementary school kids are huddling around two large TV screens, intently watching Sam Harris describe what happened to him during the Holocaust and how he's trying to prevent it from happening again to...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Five of the more promising words on offer to the American television audience, and reason enough for even those put off by the absurd amount of sexual violence, sadistic brutality, extreme gore and downright silliness that...