Thursday, Feb 22


Amy Poehler, 'Parks and Rec' team in Twitter tussle with NRA and its 'pro-slaughter agenda'

Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson and Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in NBC's "Parks and Recreation." (Ben Cohen / NBC). Travis M. AndrewsWashington Post. The NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation" was a show about the power of community and civic…

New Chicago radio station mining gold from rap classics

For the past few months, Todd Cavanah has been experiencing something he can equate only to frequent deja vu. The radio executive will request an Uber, hop in the backseat and, like clockwork, 104.3 JAMS — the “throwback” hip-hop and R&B…


Steve Wilkos, talk show host and former Springer security director, faces OUI

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Steve Wilkos, host of "The Steve Wilkos Show," arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 2016. Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in…


'Icarus' tonight at the Davis; Doc10 festival arrives in early April

Every April, in a city packed with film festivals up and down the food chain, one of Chicago’s most valuable pocket-sized offerings puts a handful of nonfiction films before the public and lets the truths fall where they may. You can see…


Meryl Streep calls Harvey Weinstein 'pathetic' for quoting her in his legal defense

Harvey Weinstein and actress Meryl Streep attend the Australian Academy Of Cinema And Television Arts International Awards Ceremony at Soho House on Jan. 27, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif. (John Shearer / WireImage). Brian MelleyAssociated…

Wednesday, Feb 21


'This is not feminism': Jennifer Lawrence tells critics of her Versace dress to 'get a grip'

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Jennifer Lawrence during the 'Red Sparrow' photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on Feb. 20, 2018 in London, England. (John Phillips/Getty Images). Sonia RaoWashington Post. Jennifer Lawrence will wear what she wants to, gosh darn it. "Get a…


'Annihilation' review: Natalie Portman leads journey to the center of the blob

In the popular culture and various corners of our own lives, we confront the unknown in one form or another, learning something about our own fears and desires. The examples defy rational explanation. The Monolith in “2001: A Space Odyssey…


Stephen Colbert praises Parkland students' campaign for gun reform

There's only one group Stephen thinks can actually defend the kids. And it is. . . the kids. Sonia RaoWashington Post. Stephen Colbert would like to change the voting age. "Until we do something about guns, you can't vote if you're over 18…


What 'Black Panther' director Ryan Coogler can teach Hollywood about making the industry more inclusive

When Ryan Coogler first signed on to co-write and direct Marvel’s “Black Panther,” the potential for history-making was evident. After all, a black person would be helming a major studio film in the superhero cinematic universe starring a …

Tuesday, Feb 20


'Porgy and Bess' uncut: Revelations on an American classic in Michigan

Morris Robinson, who plays Porgy, and Talise Trevigne, who plays the role of Bess, rehearse "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Feb. 13, 2018. (Jeff Karoub / AP). Howard ReichContact…

Already seen 'Black Panther'? Here are some references you might have missed

Trailer for Marvel's "Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Elahe IzadiWashington Post. "Black Panther" is a mass-appeal superhero movie, breaking box-office…


With new song cycle, Lawrence Brownlee explores a black man's life in America

“We talk about hate, we talk about religion, we talk about consciousness. We talk about waking up every morning with something to be thankful for. ... Our goal is not to shake our fists at anyone,” Lawrence Brownlee says. (Chris Sweda /…


Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. heads to home towns for death threats and taxidermied rats

Welcome to home town week, when things typically get serious on "The Bachelor." We're headed to Virginia Beach, Minneapolis, Santa Clarita, California, and Weiner, Arkansas -- which the show accidentally abbreviates as Alaska, whoops!…

Monday, Feb 19


Fergie's NBA All-Star Game national anthem confuses, amuses

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Watch Fergie's rendition of the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 18, 2018. Greg BeachamAssociated Press. Fergie tried something different with her national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game, and not everybody was cheering.…

Sunday, Feb 18


Katt Williams at Wintrust Arena: '11:11' is a blend of funny new stuff and funny recycled stuff

It’s 11 o’clock on a Saturday night inside the Wintrust Arena — the stadium and event center that opened in the fall next to McCormick Place and is the home court for the DePaul Blue Demons and the WNBA’s Chicago Sky — and a comedy show…


Ahead of UK film awards, stars seek end to sexual harassment

A worker fettles a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) mask during a photo call at the New Pro Foundries, west of London, on February 7, 2018 ahead of the British Academy Film Awards 2018. (JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP/Getty Images)…

Saturday, Feb 17


Tears, exuberance as 'Black Panther' opens across Africa

"Black Panther" cast members (left to right) Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o, South African film director John Kani, U.S. actress Danai Gurira and South African actress Connie Chiume pose upon their arrival for the premiere of "Black Panther…


'Black Panther' will break box-office records. But could it change the movie business?

"Black Panther," Marvel's African-oriented comic book adaptation, is shaping up to be the most successful movie at the box office ever for a film with a primarily black cast. And it's raising hopes for a new wave of broad-interest…

Friday, Feb 16


Robert Plant feels like his time is running out, so he's on a quest for 'great sound'

Robert Plant is hell-bent on making the most of his remaining years. “You’ve got to keep moving,” says the 69-year-old Led Zeppelin singer who when calling on a recent morning from New York City, while en route to a chess lesson, excitedly…


TV rarely talks about sexual consent, but this show is an exception

In the CW show "iZombie," Liv (Rose McIver) consumes the brains of murder victims and takes on their personalities. (The CW). Rachel RaczkaThe Washington Post. If you've ever binged "iZombie," CW's dramedy about a 20-something zombie who…


What you need to know before you wok


Woks come in many sizes. Some have two short handles, while others have one long one. They can be round- or flat-bottomed. Hand-hammered carbon steel is recommended. And whatever you do, don't buy a nonstick version. (E. Jason Wambsgans /…


'Chicago PD' filming is insensitive? You're missing the point

A production crew for the television show "Chicago P.D." films a scene across the street from a memorial for police Cmdr. Paul Bauer at the Thompson Center on Feb. 14, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune). Chris JonesContact…

Thursday, Feb 15


What it's like to be a reality TV alum in Chicago

Chicagoan Kenneth "Diggy" Moreland participated in "Bachelor in Paradise" over the summer. (Paul Hebert / ABC). Tracy SwartzContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Kenneth “Diggy” Moreland was running late as he hustled from the airport to a…

Hell in a Handbag sets 2018 season


AJ Wright, Ed Jones, Adrian Hadlock and David Cerda in Hell in a Handbag Productions' "The Golden Girls– The Lost Episodes." (Rick Aguilar). Morgan GreeneChicago Tribune. The Golden Girls will make their return in Hell in a Handbag's 2018…


Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour comes to Chicago in August

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Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on March 26, 2017. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP). Greg KotContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Billy Corgan, aka William Patrick Corgan, is having his…

Is 'The Bachelor' making me dumb? I hopped in an MRI to find out

The first time "The Bachelorette" autoplayed into my life in 2013, I knew I was a goner. I had not sought out this show. It had chosen me, delivered by the whim of a Hulu algorithm and ensnaring me in its rosy grasp. As soon as I had begun…


Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing at least 17

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Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Terry Spencer and Kelli KennedyAssociated Press. A former student opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle at a…

Wednesday, Feb 14


Video: 'You, You' from Pride's 'Yank!'


William Dwyer sings “You, You” from “Yank! A World War II Love Story" with accompaniment by Justin Harner. See the show at the Pride Arts Center (Roger Morales / Chicago Tribune). Morgan GreeneChicago Tribune. William Dwyer sings a…


Best chocolate shop in Illinois: The Daily Meal


You don't have to be a chocoholic to enjoy a good chocolate shop. You, do however, need to know where the best one's are. The Daily Meal is making it easy for you, this Valentine's Day. The food website has done the footwork for those last…

Chance the Rapper and Skrillex's managers team with top sommelier for new wines


Tim Smith, left, and Pat Corcoran, managers of Skrillex and Chance the Rapper, respectively, have teamed up with sommelier Ryan Arnold to create the company No Fine Print Wine. (Ben Snowman Slavich). Joseph HernandezContact ReporterChicago…