| Jun 28, 2012
| 4:50 PM
The Volvo XC70 is the quintessential station wagon, the most "Volvo-like" Volvo on the road today. Having one parked in my driveway takes me back to my childhood — riding to and from school in a wood-paneled station wagon, dressed in my finest...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 9:05 PM
Next season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will offer two operas, welcome back Andrew Lane and Michael Andrew, collaborate with Orlando Shakespeare Theater and turn its attention to Broadway.
And hang on to your programs: The Phil will also...
| Feb 10, 2012
| 8:20 PM
A Branson entertainer says he is shocked to be at the center of an extortion scandal involving the Duggar family from Arkansas. The family stars in the hit TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.”
An Iowa woman, Theresa Hunt, is charged with...
| Jan 7, 2012
Much as we like to boast about Chicago's long roster of homegrown comedic talents (insert meaningful nod in the direction of Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert), audiences can sometimes forget how deep the local bench is at any given moment. But then every...
| Jan 11, 2012
| 4:14 PM
I thought it was clever that the teen comedy Easy A had the kids in class reading The Scarlett Letter – as a real life version of that was happening to the characters. For a short time, this movie seemed to be loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’...
| Apr 4, 2010
"Look at me, do I look like an alter kocker?" Jerry Weintraub asks. Verily, he does not. At the moment, he looks like a guy ready to swing a golf club at a visitor for asking him if he feels like -- to offer a rough translation from the Yiddish -- an...
| Jul 12, 2009
Some pianists launch their career by challenging the work of the composers they play -- making a piece their own with a radical re-interpretation. The young Glenn Gould took J.S. Bach at an unheard-of speed, while Vladimir Horowitz found an unplumbed...
| Sep 12, 2009
Larry Gelbart, the award-winning comedy writer best known for developing the landmark TV series "MASH," co-writing the book for the hit Broadway musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and co-writing the classic movie comedy "Tootsie,"...
| Nov 5, 2009
| 3:52 PM
I hope all you mockers are happy. I hope all you backpack-wearing lovers are happy as well. Thanks to the mad genius of inside guy Adam Caldarelli (a fellow Evanston Township grad), you guys have backpacker wallpaper.
What's funny---for those coming late...
| Sep 7, 2007
Jan Mickelson wouldn't budge. His friendly chat with Mitt Romney had veered into a discussion of abortion and Mormonism, and the Republican presidential hopeful -- eyes wide, arms waving -- was clearly annoyed.
"Let me once again say I understand my...
| Nov 30, 2008
First of Three Parts
The summer after her first year of law school, Pamela Dowden dug a red calico sundress out of her closet and left her apartment in Sacramento. It was a hot, shadeless morning. She drove her orange Datsun pickup out of town as...
| Dec 4, 2009
1. Garry's mixtape:
a. I Need a Lover: John Mellencamp
b. The Letter: Joe Cocker
c. I'll be Your Man: Black Keys
d. Breathe: Faith Hill
e. Jealous Guy: Roxy Music
2. Intern Laura's mixtape:
A. You Belong With Me: Taylor Swift