| 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
| 12:51 PM
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”...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:01 PM
A new edition of Michael Harrington's "The Other America: Poverty in the United States," an eloquent appeal to the American conscience, has been published on the occasion of the book's 50th anniversary.
"The Other America" is a masterpiece, a powerful...
| 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...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
"Manifest Injustice" is an apt, allegorical title for Barry Siegel's latest book, which makes three points didactically: First, the law can be an ass — to a greater extent than Charles Dickens imagined. Second, when it comes to administering...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 2:42 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million-pound ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary.
Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street in central London with his family...