| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
By a fortunate coincidence of scheduling, two of the most influential trumpeters in jazz – Wynton Marsalis and Dave Douglas – will play our stages this weekend. Their appearances say a great deal about the multiple stylistic currents...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:00 AM
The world has yet to take the full measure of Chicagoan William Russo, whose life's work proved – among other things – that jazz, classical and blues languages are not natural enemies.
These sounds, and others, converged in Russo's...
| Nov 29, 2013
As the Tribune acknowledged in its initial call for a new Plan of Chicago, it may not have to look far for good ideas to tackle the city's economic and social challenges. Many creative, workable ideas are out there already. Some have gained a foothold and...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:17 AM
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
Vernita Gray and...
| Nov 26, 2013
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court on Monday ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
| Nov 23, 2013
For companies like Tomy, the next month is go time.
At just four weeks before Christmas, the toy giant, which has its U.S. headquarters in Oak Brook, is eager to get its new Battroborg arena game before as many people as possible. With the game priced...
| Nov 17, 2013
Columbia College Chicago students were the stars of the show for the third annual Open Doors Gala on Nov. 9 at the school's Media Production Center in the South Loop.
Allen Turner, outgoing chairman of the college's board of trustees, was honored with...
| Sep 27, 2013
"Geezer Zombies Devouring the Young" should be the biggest Hollywood hit of all time.
What? You haven't seen it? Oh, well, too bad.
It is a generational horror flick, with hordes of predatory geezers, aged 45 on up, running amok.
In this picture,...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Gianpaolo Chiriaco is an Italian researcher who's in Chicago studying African-American vocality. What is vocality, you ask? It's the entirety of values, qualities and techniques related to voice, independent of language.
So, think about the voice not...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 8:57 AM
We're political animals, we're told — and sometimes, it seems, raging political beasts. But sanity might be within reach. In a twofer courtesy of MetLife's "New Stages for Dance" initiative, Joanna Rosenthal of Same Planet Different World Dance...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:59 AM
Imagine trying to squeeze your entire life and everyone in it — family, lovers, verbally abusive strangers, porn actors on the Internet — into 70 minutes of storytelling, structured into one-minute anecdotes randomly selected and arranged...