| Jul 19, 2013
Tremaine Johnson, who raps under the name Tree and lives in Englewood, has a boyish face, broadening with age. He has a thick, distinctive growl. And Sunday, when he opens the final day of Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, it will be because he...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:43 AM
The Transformers filmmaking crew will return to Chicago next month, but the disruption may not be as significant or conspicuous as it was three summers ago, when Michigan Avenue was shut down and adorned with faux destruction.
A casting call for paid...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago opened with a thunderbolt Thursday night at Millennium Park, thanks to the apparently inexhaustible energies of 76-year-old Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra.
Playing music that pulsed...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 4:21 PM
There's a good chance you will cross paths with one of the many projects filming in Chicago this summer — especially if you work or live downtown. After all, there are three major-studio movies and five (possibly six) TV series scheduled to shoot in...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Dana Hall's Black Fire: Chicago drummer-composer Hall continues his exploration into music of unjustly overlooked pianist-innovator Andrew Hill. 9 p.m. Tuesdays in September and October at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10 at 312-642-6805 or...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:22 PM
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Chicago's fall classical music season will be dominated by the year's big composer anniversaries: the birthday bicentennials of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and the centenary of Benjamin Britten. The...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will look, feel and sound different from its predecessors, which should be good news for anyone who loves this music.
Specifically, fest-goers will be liberated from Grant Park, where the dreadful acoustics of the...
| Jul 15, 2013
This year's weather has been among the worst in a decade for air travel in the United States, aviation authorities say, with the most volatile period possibly still ahead as the summer thunderstorm season is underway.
In June, 15 percent of flights by...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:06 PM
Q: Is there a reason people leave diesel trucks running when parked? For instance, I see work trucks stopped at job sites and they are left idling while the workers are performing their work. — S.S., Chicago
A: It seems like a waste of fuel,...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:53 AM
Brooklyn Rider: For its Ravinia debut, the new-era string quartet sandwiches recent works by second violinist Colin Jacobsen between quartets by Mozart and Bartok. 8 p.m. Tuesday in Martin Theatre, Ravinia, Green Bay and Lake -Cook roads, Highland Park;...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:17 PM
Here's what firefighter Gary Martin did on his vacation to Chicago: He chased down a purse-snatcher who robbed an elderly woman on North Michigan Avenue and pinned him to the ground.
"I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck,'' said Gary Martin, 47,...