| Sep 13, 2011
| 2:39 PM
No doubt about it, virus movies are a tough sell.
I'm not talking about action movies where the bad guy threatens to unleash a deadly virus and the hero has to stop him by riding a motorcycle and causing explosions.
I'm talking about movies that...
| Sep 15, 2011
| 9:44 PM
"Contagion" is the latest film about a deadly virus that threatens humankind. It borrows from movies like "Outbreak" and "The Andromeda Strain." But the basic concept goes all the way back to the real Black Death of the Middle Ages.
A healthy person...
| Nov 30, 2011
A visitor would expect to see the latest weapons in the battle against heart disease or cancer at the new Rush University Medical Center.
But the hospital — which will give the public a sneak preview Dec. 10 — is also stocked with an...
| Sep 25, 2011
Fear of epidemics is spreading from movie theater to movie theater, with "Contagion" all over the screen. But real-life epidemics have been reported recently as well — measles in Somalia, dengue fever in Pakistan, encephalitis in India. Here are...
| Oct 9, 2011
| 4:13 PM
I used to enjoy poetry. I'd go to spoken word events nonstop, attend theater performances such as HBO's "Def Poetry" tour and read poetry books. Then there came a time when I was bored out of my mind with poems about drugs, suicide, bad relationships...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 3:21 PM
In a perfect world, everybody who has fallen ill would cover their mouths when coughing, or wash their hands after encountering public property riddled with germs. In director Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion,” the reality of...
| Oct 16, 2011
The cristal baschet is one of the most beautiful musical instruments you will ever see, made of vibrating, tuned steel, fiberglass amplification cones and wire "whiskers" that shimmy when fingers rub the glass-rod keyboard. Film composer Cliff Martinez'...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Editor's note: The Artist, the recipient of 10 Oscar nominations, opens Friday at the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St. Showings are at 7:30 each night. Admission is $8. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 100 minutes. The odds are good that it will run two...