| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:12 AM
Whether it's time or technological preference, many of us watch movies in ways we would've considered ridiculous a few years ago. The other day, blowing off the sensible Not Safe for Work guideline, I reviewed "Nymphomaniac: Volume I" at the office by way...
| Mar 14, 2014
On the far South Side of Chicago — "out south," as the locals like to say — is a neighborhood called Parkland. It's an all-black community, dating back to the 19th century, hemmed in by white neighborhoods on three sides and open prairie on...
| Mar 21, 2014
Janet Burroway takes the stage at Women & Children First bookstore on a Thursday evening. She's appearing with her close friend, the award-winning writer Rosellen Brown, to promote the new anthology "A Story Larger Than My Own: Women Writers Look Back...
| Mar 14, 2014
Randall Albers still gets emotional when recalling a cherished memory from Story Week, the festival of writers he founded 17 years ago. In 2000, Hubert Selby Jr., author of "Last Exit to Brooklyn," was greeted with a standing ovation.
"When he came...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 11:47 AM
Early in 2007, break dancer Raphael Xavier woke up with a sore neck and shoulders. He wasn't worried — "I usually work out really, really hard," he says — but the soreness kept getting worse. "One day I couldn't walk, and then one day I...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:12 PM
Columbia College Chicago has announced that it will present theater artist Jim Jacobs with a 2014 honorary degree.
Jacobs is best known as the co-creator of “Grease,” the popular Broadway musical and film that had its world premiere in...
| Apr 4, 2014
| 9:10 AM
Imagine a nightclub setting for a biblical story, and you've got some idea of Reggie Wilson's 2013 "Moses(es)." A rich pastiche of live and recorded music from the African diaspora combines with onstage banked lights, footlights, the occasional disco ball...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 1:09 PM
Chicago arts organizations will receive $1,233,500 in grants from the National Endowment for The Arts this year, headlined by a $100,000 grant to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for its Movement As Partnership dance education program, $90,000 for Chicago...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 11:55 AM
Two weeks ago when Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announced they were divorcing, many focused on the labored "conscious uncoupling" argot used in their announcement, which was posted on Paltrow's lifestyle website goop.com.
Elaine Lui, the...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 8:18 AM
Samantha Hill awaits your input. And awaits.
Then awaits some more.
"I think people know I'm here," she said on a recent afternoon, not sounding all that certain.
She laughed nervously.
The Hyde Park Art Center was quiet. Hill, who is 39 and...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:29 AM
When you encounter a movie titled "Love & Air Sex" (this week at Facets) the obvious question is what is air sex?
"It started in Japan," said director Bryan Poyser, who comes to town for post-show Q&A's Friday and Saturday.
| Apr 22, 2014
| 9:01 PM
Saint Millie is screwed.
OK, maybe that’s pushing it. But it only sort of matters that the 22-year-old Oak Park native (born Milton McKinney) is talented and professional and honest in interviews; that he’s personable in ways that rappers...