| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:28 PM
“God has a great sense of humor and wants us to laugh,” preaches Pastor Paul Clairville of Burbank’s Westminster Presbyterian Church.
If, by some chance, that were not to be the case, Pastor Paul and more than 100 of his congregants who...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Three hundred sandwiches. That's the price one man gave to his girlfriend for an engagement ring. If a man tells you to make 300 sandwiches before he -- in Beyonce's lingo -- puts a ring on it, you may laugh it off as a joke, chalk it up to your future...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 11:56 AM
Over lunch recently at Howells & Hood, the creators of the show "Old Jews Telling Jokes" were chortling about their sign. Signage is often an issue at the Royal George Theatre on Chicago's North Side, a venue that does not exactly come with chaser...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
I'm not talking.
Not to a phone.
It may be all the rage for celebrities in iPhone commercials to have pithy exchanges with Siri, the female-sounding voice assistant, but if you ask me, they just sound stupid.
Like actress Zooey Deschanel, in her...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Marcella Hazan, whose many cookbooks introduced Americans to the true food of Italy, died Sunday morning at her home in Longboat Key, Fla., according to her husband, Victor Hazan. She was 89 and had been in failing health for several months.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 9:15 AM
As an instructor, the late Marcella Hazan, who died Sunday at her home in Florida, was nothing if not rigorous. In fact, she could be downright dogmatic, particularly when it came to what she considered to be travesties against her beloved Italian...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 7:27 AM
America has shifted from a country in which TV viewers once had weekly appointments with favorite shows — sort of like a pre-scheduled session with a therapist — to a country in which followers of TV programs engage in all-night binges —...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 1:38 PM
Anya Von Bremzen makes her living writing about some of the most wondrous food in the world. It’s a remarkable career for a woman born in 1963 Moscow, an era of bread lines and making do.
Her new book, “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
As Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" enters its second weekend of sold-out multiplexes across the country, it's becoming the cinematic event of the year. The space epic may not break the same box office records that "Titanic" did in 1997, but in some ways it's...
| Nov 30, 2013
Whether the cook on your holiday gift list is interested in reading about family and food in Soviet Russia or the preparation of classic French dishes such as jambon au foin ("ham in hay"), baking pies or making authentic pasta carbonara, this fall has...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 9:19 AM
Are you old enough to remember when French cuisine came to the United States and set the standard for fine dining? Home cooks across America were loyally watching Julia Child and rushing to buy her cookbooks, while a plethora of French eateries from...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 1:31 PM
Chicago's storefront theaters operate on very low budgets. They typically put together a season, or several seasons, on a budget far less than a single Broadway play. Yet, time and again, the artists who work within those confines ensure that audiences...