| Oct 24, 2012
| 8:15 AM
Need a brain escape after election day?
Award-winning British stage and screen actress Miriam Margolyes will perform her celebrated production of “Dickens’ Women,” where she portrays 23 of the author’s best-loved characters, on...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Veteran Broadway actor Will Rhys plays Scrooge in a one-man stage stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, playing Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m
Rhys adapted the stage piece and...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
It was no accident that British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn resembled his most famous movie creation — Yoda, the wrinkled, ancient sage from the "Star Wars" films.
"I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I was comic, with all these...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:28 AM
Niche, 14 S. Third St., offers a two-course tasting all day Dec. 7. Choose an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert for $32/person.
Gibby's Wine Den, 1772 Randall Road, will be offering Twilight Tasting, tasting holiday favorite wines and...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 6:45 AM
Banana Joe, the lovable affenpinscher who won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, has chosen Broadway for a victory lap.
The pooch was scheduled to make a cameo appearance Wednesday evening in the Broadway...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 1:59 PM
It's tough to go wrong with “Oliver” at the holidays. You've got tousle-haired urchins, pathos, Fagin, melodrama and power ballads — orchestrated with a whiff of the sounds of Dusty Springfield's Swingin' London — and a...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Mar 19, 2013
| 12:29 PM
Lifeline Theatre, a venerable Off-Loop theater on Chicago's North Side, has announced its 2013-14 season.
Mainstage productions slated include (in the fall) Karen Tarjan's adaptation of the novel "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara; a new adaptation...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:19 PM
‘Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt” by Jurji Zaydan opens “On a moonlit night long ago, two women of exceeding grace and beauty, though far apart in age, sat gazing at the silver waters of the Nile.” The year is 1250, the Ayyubid...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes.
We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...
| Dec 2, 2012
Books for children and teens are not Snuggies. One size doesn't fit all. So when choosing books for young readers this holiday season, it helps to know their style. Maybe he likes roomy epic fantasy novels he can get lost in, whereas she prefers the...