| Apr 25, 2013
| 10:42 AM
During my recent trip to Prague, I reunited with Jeff Weller, a former student. Jeff was in my class 35 years ago. He’s an expatriate who owns a hotel near the Legion Bridge. His sons, Emil and Damek, study political philosophy at Charles...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 4:50 PM
I’m still at loss for words trying to express the essence of the La Cañada High School choral artists’ Cantemus tour through Central Europe. If you remember, when I last wrote, the choir had just finished singing in Bratislava, Slovakia....
| Mar 7, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Ending a 34-year run that made him one of the longest-tenured artistic directors on the Southern California theater scene, Thomas F. Bradac has announced he’ll retire as leader of Shakespeare Orange County after its coming two-play summer season...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 11:26 AM
Vaclav Havel, the former dissident playwright who led Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" against communism and then served as his country's president, died Sunday. He was 75.
Havel, a former chain smoker with chronic respiratory problems, had been...
| Jul 9, 2011
Award-winning Cuban guitarist
Manuel Galban, 80, a Grammy-winning Cuban guitarist who rose to international fame as a member of the Buena Vista Social Club, died Thursday of a heart attack in Havana.
Born in 1931 in Gibara, in the eastern...
| Mar 13, 2012
Albert Muick books a four-star hotel through Expedia in Prague. Turns out, it's just a three-star property. When he asks for a refund, he's sent a series of form letters. What now?
Q: I recently booked a hotel in Prague through Expedia. While perusing...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 8:04 AM
On the fifth floor of the Chicago Tribune Tower is a square windowless room accessed by a single door.
This room is called, with a regrettable lack of imagination, the Book Room.
It will not surprise you to learn that it is filled with books. Day...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 9:23 AM
Backward reels the bad guy, pummeled and stunned. Round goes the good guy's granite fist, finishing its gorgeous orbit after connecting with the villain's smirking mug.
Up jump hope and inspiration, fortified by daring fictional heroes on the page and on...
| Feb 4, 2011
| 2:09 PM
By releasing the paperback edition of "Keeping the Feast" on Feb. 1, it's almost as if Paula Butturini and her publisher knew that I would need a good book to survive Chicago's 2011 snowpocalypse.
Stuck inside for two days, I needed something to warm...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 12:58 AM
HARTFORD, CT -- While Steven Hayes sat on Connecticut's death row late in 2011, the trial of his accomplice in the Cheshire home invasion killings was underway in a New Haven courtroom.
Joshua Komisarjevsky's lawyers were rolling out a no-holds-barred,...
| Jun 30, 2012
| 7:01 AM
While he sat on Connecticut's death row late in 2011, the trial of his accomplice in the Cheshire home invasion killings was underway in a New Haven courtroom. Joshua Komisarjevsky's lawyers were rolling out a no-holds-barred, detailed defense,...
| Oct 20, 2010
| 4:34 AM
The Orlando Philharmonic's intimate Focus Series takes a trip through time to kick off its season, and stops Prague in 1787. It's a splendid time to visit Mozart and listen to the great composer's music. Along for the journey: Operatic soprano Susana DÃ...