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The huge dramas playing out from Boston to our flooded basements are weighing on our hearts now. But humans are not wired to be stressed out 24/7/365. When our imaginations are ready to soar, we couldn’t be in a better place than Chicago. Local...
For RedEyeWhen Jim Gaffigan plays the Chicago Theatre this weekend, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the Northwest Indiana native. His comedy makes no effort to hide his love for the simple things of Midwestern life. He talks openly about his love of food and...
Tribune reporterSecond City is headed back to the opera in June; a performance this weekend at the UP Comedy Club will preview what's to come. "Improv & Arias: A Sneak Peek," from Second City and Lyric Opera Chicago, will be an evening of informal evening of sketches,...
For RedEyeAs hard as we try, we can't always control how we—collectively and as individuals—are perceived or what our path through the world will be. Those twists and turns form the through-line of The Second City's 101st mainstage revue, "Let Them...
Allison Klotz remembers the scene perfectly. It's 1974, and she is in her family's driveway. She is about to depart California for Chicago, where North Park College and nursing school await. Her mother is taking pictures, her father is scrambling...
Susan Hahn Susan Hahn was editor of TriQuarterly for 14 years. She is author of a recent novel, “The Six Granddaughters of Cecil Slaughter”; nine books of poetry, including “Self/Pity” and “The Scarlet Ibis”; and...
Nathan Rabin Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
Mike Gray, an author, activist and documentarian who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "The China Syndrome," the provocative 1979 film about a cover-up at a nuclear power plant, died Tuesday of heart failure at his Hollywood Hills home, his...
Seven years after launching the profitable and long-running “Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play,” Pub Theater has acquired its own theater space just a few blocks north of Wrigley Field at 3914 N. Clark St. The longtime home of Live...
It was the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, and most of the crowd for The Second City's Chicago-themed revue in the UP Comedy Club apparently didn't have to work the next day, because the room remained packed for the free extra set beginning at 10 p.m....
Tags: Poetry, Music, Culture, Music Theater, Holidays
A staggering amount of modern American comedy has passed across the stages of The Second City, the acclaimed improv group headquartered in Chicago. Its alumni stretches from Oscar-winner Alan Arkin to Stephen Colbert and generations of “Saturday...
Tags: Alan Arkin, John Belushi, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell
The conversation crackled after Wednesday night's Chicago Forward program on the future of the arts in Chicago. “I thought this was an especially auspicious panel with views you don’t often hear,” Tribune arts critic and co-moderator...
Tags: Rick Bayless, Chris Jones
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