| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:12 AM
Genre mash-ups are de rigueur these days. Of course, writers like Margaret Atwood have been tight-roping the misty border between literary fiction and speculative fiction, fantasy and mystery for years. But a new outcropping of younger upstarts, such as...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 3:02 PM
Spencer Meeks was walking home early Saturday on the Far North Side when a teenager on a bicycle grabbed his iPhone, but, thanks to an off-duty Chicago police officer and Meeks' reaction, the thief didn't get far. Charged with felony robbery, was Jose M....
| May 31, 2013
| 7:46 AM
I was in 7th grade when "The Breakfast Club" opened in theaters, and I distinctly remember thinking the movie was totally right about everything. I wasn't in high school yet (and that was surely one of movie's allures; a peek in a world I would soon...
| May 23, 2013
| 9:23 AM
Chance the Rapper is going to make sure he gets this right: rap music, a pop-star ascent from Chicago, a record deal, that whole fame thing — and on his own terms.
Chance, whose full name is Chancelor Bennett, has been drawing increasingly large...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 12:08 PM
Whenever I find myself in a bleak mood, a quick glance at the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness usually does the trick. A near-perfect melding of minds between the "Parks and Recreation" writing staff and actor Nick Offerman, this visual guide on how to...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 11:01 AM
Chicago's comedy scene just got a little bit more serious this week after Columbia College announced Tuesday that it will be partnering with The Second City to offer a new four-year degree in comedy writing and performance.
The new bachelor's degree,...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Last week, in a valiant effort and one that deserves to be applauded, the mayor and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas took the point in an effort to raise money to expand the at-risk youth basketball program known as Windy City Hoops.
“For me, as a...
| Feb 25, 2013
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Chicago's dance music scene, whether in its original house setting or more recent electro incarnations, has always been distinctly urban: boisterous, cluttered but regimented, social. But Columbia College student Nick Zanca, aka...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 7:51 AM
If comic book characters are a driving force in Hollywood, it's worth noting that Wonder Woman, one of the most iconic characters of the last 70 years, has yet to star in her own live-action movie.
She hasn't been completely ignored. Two years ago,...
| Jan 11, 2013
| 8:57 AM
"I am a child stuck between two countries," says 15-year-old Fang "Jenni" Lee in the insightful new documentary "Somewhere Between." Adopted at age 5 and raised in Berkeley, Calif., she is one of roughly 80,000 girls who have come to the U.S. since...