| May 8, 2014
| 12:17 PM
Films about drug addiction tend to have a punishing quality. Even the good ones. I'm thinking of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Requiem For a Dream," "Trainspotting" and "The Man with the Golden Arm." Full-blown drug addiction is bleak. Why would an honest movie...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 6:58 PM
“Barbershop” and “Soul Food” producer Robert Teitel revealed to the audience at the 11th annual Creative Chicago Expo at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday the list of Chicago-based projects he is trying to get off the ground,...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Letters to the editor from Orland Park, Tinley Park, Lansing, Homewood and Lockport.
Tax the wealthy
Abraham Lincoln, considered by many the greatest president in U.S. history, believed government could do great things. Lincoln, the creator of our...
| May 5, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Spring is traditionally a time for transformation, but actor Nate Braga takes that concept a step further than most. The 30-year-old Rochester, Minn. native—who spent six years in Chicago acting and earning a musical theater degree from Columbia...
| May 7, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Being a mother means holding a naked toddler while trying to go to the toilet. It is a scar the shape of a wide smile across an abdomen. It involves years of tests, injections and regimented scheduling. It gives a grown-up permission to play dead, get...
| Feb 23, 2014
For a kid from Piqua, Ohio, Terri Hemmert was surprisingly unimpressed when she moved to the Chicago area to attend Elmhurst College in the late '60s. She saw Chicago as a bigger Dayton, Ohio.
"Then I discovered all that it had to offer: the music,...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Even into his so-called golden years, the writer Sam Greenlee was outspoken about the curious fate of his 1973 film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door." A Chicago native, Greenlee, 83, died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home.
| May 19, 2014
| 2:44 PM
What do Chance the Rapper, Rockie Fresh and Vic Mensa have in common, other than being Chicago rappers garnering national attention?
They've all worked with Closed Sessions, meaning that Michael Kolar and Alex Fruchter, the team behind the Humboldt...
| May 23, 2014
| 9:37 AM
The world is a mess. Noisy. Prickly. Guilty. Fidgety. Hot. A case of psoriasis, holes in the ozone layer, rivers running this way and that. Who has time to make room for 29 new personal essays by Megan Stielstra, a Chicagoan whose life — as a...
| 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 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...
| 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...