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What's your tradition?

What's your tradition?

Maybe I'm just getting old, but I tend to regard any new holiday songs, movies or TV shows with extreme suspicion.

November 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Last Resort

When normal people start anticipating the holiday season, their main focus is on gift shopping, travel/vacation time, reunions with loved ones…and, of course, cookies. But for me, the highlight of the season is the holiday cards (and, of course, cookies).

November 17, 2013 7:00 am
Luna Gale Force: Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Director Robert Falls latest collaboration in January

Luna Gale Force: Playwright Rebecca Gilman and Director Robert Falls latest collaboration in January

If you were to assume that one of the hottest playwrights in Chicago is being interviewed in a trendy downtown coffee house or backstage at a theater, surrounded by hip sycophants…you would be very wrong. In fact, Rebecca Gilman is calling from her Wisconsin home, having moved to “higher gro…

November 17, 2013 7:00 am Photos

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Mediawatcher: Risk Management

Mediawatcher: Risk Management

Well, it’s that time of the year again: no more lazy, carefree evenings basking outdoors in the dappled sunlight. It’s time to get serious, buckle down and adhere to a strict routine. I’m speaking, of course, about the advent of a brand-new fall TV season.

October 15, 2013 11:19 am
Mediawatcher: All in a Day’s Work

Mediawatcher: All in a Day’s Work

Even though we spent the eighties taking Loverboy’s advice and “Working for the Weekend,” now that the proverbial “weekend” has arrived, we are squandering our relaxation time by watching TV shows about… working.

September 17, 2013 2:40 pm
MEDIA WATCHER Mind games where the players go faceless

MEDIA WATCHER Mind games where the players go faceless

How the MediaWatcher got started on the small screen, circa 2011.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am
Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

Mediawatcher: Countdown to Ecstasy, Chasing the charts down memory lane

I used to think that surfing iTunes was the perfect gateway to my pop past (“Hey, look! Here’s that song that was playing on the Himalaya ride at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1977!”). But then I got a subscription to satellite radio for my car and iPad—and the “wave of nostalgia” became a tsunami.

July 15, 2013 5:45 pm Photos

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Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

Mediawatch: Of a Certain Age

I don’t care what anyone says—turning 50 is a massive gut-check, and those who say that it’s not a big deal are either a) in denial, b) lying, or c) in their 90s. (Also, to all of my fellow body-conscious Baby Boomers out there, I apologize for using the words “massive” and “gut” in sequence.)

June 25, 2013 2:15 am Photos

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Last Resort: The kindness of strangers

Last Resort: The kindness of strangers

I’m normally not one to brag, but I possess a very special skill: I can walk into any live-performance venue and predict who—out of the large crowd milling around in the lobby—will eventually be seated in close proximity to me.

July 27, 2012 10:00 am
Eating evolution: When it comes to our food habits, there are few constants in life

Eating evolution: When it comes to our food habits, there are few constants in life

Whether or not we're willing to admit it, the planning, acquisition, preparation and consumption of food dominates our lives. The most disciplined of us briefly interrupt our daily routines three times a day to eat a sensible breakfast, a light lunch, and a nourishing dinner. Those of us who…

January 23, 2012 1:21 pm
Actor John Mahoney finds his muse

Actor John Mahoney finds his muse

When the phone rings and you see the name "John Mahoney" on the caller ID, it's a no-brainer that you're going to be talking about the actor's memorable roles in television and film and on stage with Chicago's Steppenwolf ensemble. Less predictable, on the other hand, are the topics of Speed…

November 14, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Continuing Education: You're never too cool for school

Continuing Education: You're never too cool for school

I remember when I used to know things; I just don't remember the things I used to know.

March 21, 2011 12:00 am

I DID

Sam and Beth Maravilla

February 02, 2007 12:00 am
THE EXTREME CHOCOLATE  LOVER TOUR

THE EXTREME CHOCOLATE LOVER TOUR

True chocolate lovers have secrets. Deep, dark—and milk—chocolate secrets. They are filled with shame and self-doubt when their children—their own flesh and blood—innocently order strawberry milkshakes. They pretend to agree—unconvincingly—when their friends turn down the Death by Chocolate …

June 01, 2006 12:52 pm
The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect

God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.

April 01, 2006 2:33 pm Photos

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