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Chicago Tribune reporterWen Huang suggested we go to Chinatown. Initially, the idea seemed gauche, kitschy, stereotypical — the last place in Chicago you would want to meet a local writer whose thoughtful new memoir recounts his childhood in China. Indeed, to anyone...
Jeremy Smith, Second City associate producer and stage manager, answers 5 quick questions for "Behind the Curtain." Q1: What’s your role with "Chicago Live!" (and what does that actually mean)? JS: I am the associate producer and stage manager for...
On the opening night of Chicago Live! Thursday, in its new home at Pipers Alley with The Second City, the show didn't feel new: It felt like a homecoming. No one from Chicago would feel out of place. Rick Kogan needed no script to talk about the 43rd...
Show TrackerAnna Deavere Smith, whose play "Let Me Down Easy" premieres on PBS, talks about the writing process and documentary theater....
Olivia Clemens, Mark Twain's wife, once tried to shock her husband out of his habit of profane tirades by repeating one to him verbatim. Bemused, he replied that he hoped he didn't sound like that because, "You got the words right, Livy, but you don't...
With his gig at the Steppenwolf Theatre now seemingly an annual event, Tony Fitzpatrick is taking on the air of Garrison Keillor, and his motley crew of sidekicks is looking a bit like a cut-rate cast of "Prairie Home Companion." As seen from the back...
Literary editorOn Nov. 3, 2002, Arthur Miller stepped up to the Armour Stage at Symphony Center, stood at the podium and read from his book "On Politics and the Art of Acting," in which he explored the American political stage. As inaugural winner of the Tribune...
Tags: Chicago Tribune, Music, Elizabeth Taylor, Concerts, Chicago
Special to Tribune NewspapersLately, I've been trying to cure myself of my packrat tendencies and have been sorting through boxes of papers and mementos I've amassed over the years. In the box I most recently opened, I found an old Comiskey Park ticket stub from a Sox game I attended...
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
Jacket CopyBestselling author Barbara Kingsolver will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize....
Frankly My Dear - Orlando SentinelThis book dropped on my desk Friday and I almost recoiled. A Roger Ebert memoir? What can you say about it? If it's trite, self-serving, and/or badly-written, who wants to beat up on the sick man? If it's great, who'll believe you? You're taking pity on...
President Barack Obama and speechwriter Cody Keenan, a Chicago native, were praised for the president's address after the Arizona shootings. Next comes Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Here are 10 things to talk about: 1. Sometimes a long...
Tags: Politics, Kentucky, Near North Side, Barack Obama, White House
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