| Jul 25, 2012
| 12:17 PM
LONDON - The exterior of Westminster Abbey is imposing and grandiose.
Our plan was simple: Pay the admission, stick our heads inside to see what it looked like, and then quickly duck out and move on to a museum.
The museum never happened.
| Aug 24, 2011
Jimmy Kimmel's uncle and comic foil
Frank Potenza, 77, a former New York City police officer who turned to comedy as "Uncle Frank" on his nephew Jimmy Kimmel's late-night talk show, died Tuesday.
In a statement, ABC's"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"...
| Aug 29, 2012
The notion that one of Lake County's displays of splendor was going to ruin needled those who have sampled its delights.
And no wonder. The mansion built by citrus grower and developer William J. Howey is a gem like no other in these parts. Designed by a...
| Feb 12, 2012
Oatman. If it was good enough for Clark Gable and Carole Lombard on their honeymoon, Oatman should be good enough for you, although it's been 73 years since the Hollywood couple spent their honeymoon night in the allegedly haunted...
| Jan 29, 2012
The ancient story of Samson and Delilah shows how important a man's hairstyle can be. The tale has inspired sculptors, composers and screenwriters, and Samson's long locks are part of a long list of classic men's hairstyles. What follows is a look at...
| May 11, 2012
Thanks to the indefatigable Ann Murray, Chicago enjoys a weekly gift of classical music under the world's largest Tiffany glass dome.
And Al Booth's dream lives on.
Those Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are the brainchild of the late, legendary Elias...
| Apr 3, 2011
So you hate royal weddings. Or you love them. Or maybe you've caught yourself attending to arcane details of Prince William and Kate Middleton's plans for April 29, but you can't say exactly why.
Here's one reason: They defy time.
Start with just the...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 8:29 AM
City Lit, the long-standing company that specializies in literary adaptations, has announced its 2012-13 season.
The company's 33rd season consists of “Frankenstein” by Bo List, adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley (opening in October);...
| Dec 6, 2010
| 9:26 AM
On Monday's show, Oprah Winfrey announced her new book club selections for the winter: "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens.
While in recent years Oprah has stuck to choosing newer releases, in the past she has been known to...
| Oct 18, 2011
| 5:46 PM
"Charles Dickens at Home"
Published in time for the bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth next year, this handsome and richly illustrated book is a must for Dickens aficionados. Author Hilary Macaskill captures the details of Dickens' remarkable life...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 3:39 PM
The Ridgewood Book Club has been meeting since 1968. The club is named for the subdivision in Western Springs where most of us still live.
Our book club reads a variety of fiction and nonfiction. One of our members asks annually to have "Great...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 2:00 PM
Our club has been meeting for about 10 years. We started out with six neighbors and have expanded to 11 current members.
Our membership includes a lawyer, nurse, teacher, administrative assistant, freelance writer and small-business owner. Our...