| Dec 14, 2012
Columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn joined musicians Thursday night at the Old Town School of Folk Music for the first of four Songs of Good Cheer programs. Click here for a photo gallery.
This is the 14th year for the caroling party, which grew out...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 1:26 PM
You usually don't hear jazz singers taking on James Brown's "Sex Machine" or Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."
But one brave Chicago vocalist will be plunging headlong into this music Friday night, when the apparently fearless Dee Alexander takes the...
| 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...
| Nov 22, 2012
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend:
Muriel Anderson: Three years ago, the mighty Chicago jazz guitarist John Moulder enriched one of his many engagements at the Green Mill Jazz Club by sharing the stage...
| Nov 25, 2012
I occasionally make a list of things I've liked recently. Here's one for the holidays.
1. Gift idea: a pizza stone
My colleague Kevin Pang, culinary savant, told me I had to put this on the list. His testimonial: "This $45 slab of rock has changed...
| 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”...
| Nov 11, 2012
Goodbye to Seamus, the Irish setter that 29 years ago rode 650 miles in a crate strapped to the roof of Mitt Romney's family station wagon, and to Rafalca, Romneys' Olympic-caliber dancing horse.
Goodbye to President Barack Obama's "you didn't build...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Long before anybody (besides their parents) was paying attention to Chicago's Emanuel brothers, the city could boast of lots of other siblings who made good — or, at least, made headlines.
Chicago can claim brothers of wide-ranging accomplishments...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 9:53 AM
We're about to begin a remarkably lively jazz weekend, even by Chicago standards. Among the highlights:
The Engines: This enterprising ensemble has been offering a stylistically free-ranging music for nearly a decade, but this weekend's engagement...
| 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.
| 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...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:35 PM
Pope John XXIII Preschool is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2 through 4 on Saturday March 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 …...