| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:10 AM
The relationship between taverns and writers (and other artists) has long been established and celebrated. It has also been derided, mostly by people who don't go to taverns.
The tavern — or bar, saloon, gin mill, dive, pub or whatever you want to...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 9:41 AM
Auto show season is in full swing. The North American International Auto Show in Detroit wraps up this weekend, just as the Washington Auto Show kicks off in the nation’s capital. Chicago is up next, running from February 8 to February 17.
| Jan 29, 2014
| 10:56 AM
In a move that comes after NBC's "Saturday Night Live" reacted to intense pressure to hire more minority performers, Chicago's Second City says it has created a new (and tuition-free) multi-performer fellowship designed to fast-track talented minority...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 4:22 PM
Lehigh Valley Music Awards has announced the first of its special honorees to be recognized at the 15th annual awards ceremony, set for March 9 at Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem. The announcement comes as voting for the......
| Jan 10, 2014
| 8:32 AM
I wasn't the only "Community" obsessive to breathe a sigh of relief when the NBC comedy returned for its fifth season last week, with creator Dan Harmon reinstalled at the helm after being discharged from his duties last year. The show suffered for it,...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 11:32 AM
When the 13th annual Sketch Comedy Festival kicks off at Stage 773 next week, it will mark the return of Danny Pudi, who performed in the first few installments of the fest before landing the role of Abed on NBC's "Community."
This is the first time...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Improv, that Chicago comedic staple, has been in the news recently for some of the wrong reasons. The debate about the lack of diversity on the famed sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live" prompted the broader question of whether a lack of diversity...
| Dec 13, 2013
The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 7:37 AM
NEW YORK — Adam McKay still has the improvising chops that made him a Second City standout, but now he's doing his work with microphone in hand, video monitors arrayed in front of him and fellow funny guys Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Some Chicago theater companies become important by growing to the point they become institutions — entities that hire actors, build subscriber bases, raise money for new buildings, that kind of thing. That's one form of influence. But what of that...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Here's something you may not know about Bill Cosby.
"He orders lunch for everyone," Robert Townsend said when I reached him in Los Angeles by phone. "Usually somebody like a production assistant does that. But he will call the restaurant himself and...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, faces arraignment in a Washington court Wednesday morning after being charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.
Radel was arrested on Oct....