| Dec 19, 2010
I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...
| Mar 30, 2012
Many musicians have dreams. Some materialize. Others are broken. But singer and songwriter Julie Frost feels like Cinderella. After standing alongside Madonna onstage at the Golden Globes and accepting the award for co-writing the best original song in...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Jul 21, 2012
If half of the recommendations in the draft of the Chicago Cultural Plan — heck, even 5 percent of the recommendations — were implemented, Chicago would become an artistic nirvana without global peer.
There would be new city grants,...
| Nov 23, 2011
I've reviewed John Reeger and Julie Shannon's "The Christmas Schooner" in these pages about a dozen times, and now at three different Chicago-area theaters. At this point, this sentimental musical yarn in tribute to the 19th century Christmas tree ships...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 8:05 AM
The Old Town School of Folk Music is producing a theater piece for the first time in its 425-seat venue in Lincoln Square.
"Keep a Song in Your Soul: The Black Roots of Vaudeville" was commissioned by the school. It's a collaboration between the North...
| Nov 4, 2011
| 10:00 AM
At one point in "Keep a Song in Your Soul," a project billed as the Old Town School of Folk Music's first foray into the world of theater, a narrative description is provided of how the great Bill "Bojangles" Robinson danced through his pain with his...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Is it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas? No, it is not. Even those of us in the cast of Songs of Good Cheer, the winter holiday sing-along parties at the Old Town School of Folk Music aren’t yet......
| Dec 10, 2010
| 4:32 AM
Mary Schmich and I will be honored to join with faculty and students from the Old Town School of Folk Music for this week's Caroling at Cloud Gate, Friday at 6 p.m. in Millennium Park at the sculpture commonly know......
| Jan 3, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Under old business today, a final report on the “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” song parody contest held this year in conjunction with last months boffo, sold-out “Songs of Good Cheer” concerts at the Old Town School of Folk Music.......
| Mar 7, 2011
| 4:22 PM
RedEye sat down with Michele Smith, one of the candidates hoping to replace Vi Daley as 43rd Ward alderman. Smith, the Democratic ward committeeman, faces hospital administrator Tim Egan in an April 5 runoff election....
| Mar 15, 2011
| 4:32 PM
The expansion of the Old Town School of Folk Music -- long on the drawing board -- has shot into the sky lately across from the school's main building at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. Last I looked it......