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Maybe I'm just getting old, but I tend to regard any new holiday songs, movies or TV shows with extreme suspicion.
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).
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…
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.
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.
How the MediaWatcher got started on the small screen, circa 2011.
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.
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.)
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.
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…
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…
I remember when I used to know things; I just don't remember the things I used to know.
Sam and Beth Maravilla
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 …
God Almighty first planted a garden; and, indeed, it is the purest of human pleasures.
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