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Young Chicago actors don't let 'Trevor' or 'Billy Elliot' down

The creative team behind “Trevor” — the new musical about a lovable young teen with a tough road but a passion for Diana Ross — was gathered in the Times Square offices of U Rock Theatricals the other day, trying to figure out the next…


'Fashion Police' to end, celebrate Joan Rivers with E! finale

"Fashion Police," the style talk show that long served as a platform for the late comic Joan Rivers' famous wit and biting commentary, is coming to an end. Cable channel E! will bring the franchise to a close with a series-finale special…

Wednesday, Oct 18


Why TV shows about black Chicagoans by black Chicagoans matter

Chicago Tribune

Earlier this week, Comedy Central announced that it is greenlighting “South Side,” a new series that will film in Chicago, centering around a rent-to-own business in Englewood and two longtime friends looking to better their lives. This…


Rhiannon Giddens and her MacArthur Fellowship: 'Genius'? She's not buying


Technically speaking, she’s now entitled to bragging rights as the world’s first officially crowned “genius” banjo player. The idea elicits a chuckle from Rhiannon Giddens. To be honest, she says, she isn’t a fan of the “genius grant ...


Forget the Cubs. The Chicago Symphony can't lose

Having long ago planned a fall West Coast tour, the Chicago Symphony couldn’t have possibly known that when this mighty Midwest orchestra and its mighty maestro, Riccardo Muti, arrived Monday at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall…


Bipartisan deal on Obamacare subsidies stalls amid GOP opposition

Chicago Tribune

Trump, who had cut off the cost-sharing payments last week, appeared to endorse the deal. (Oct. 17, 2017). Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Amy GoldsteinWashington Post. Yet another last-ditch effort to tackle the nation's health care…


Showrunner on Spike series 'The Mist' accuses Bob Weinstein of sexual harassment

Spike network is investigating reports of sexual harassment by the brother of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein against the female showrunner of a series produced by The Weinstein Co. and aired on Spike. Amanda Segel, a former…

Tuesday, Oct 17


'Star Wars' Han Solo movie title announced

The "Star Wars" Han Solo spinoff had finally been titled: "Solo: A Star Wars Story."


Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

In the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal, countless women across the world have stepped forward to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie…


'The Daily Show' in Chicago dishes deep on the city

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has arrived in Chicago for a week of shows at the Athenaeum Theatre starting tonight. (Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune). Steve JohnsonContact ReporterChicago Tribune. With his first of four “Daily…


'The Daily Show' lands in Chicago to film this week

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has arrived in Chicago for a week of shows at the Athenaeum Theatre starting Monday night. Dozens of people made the trek to watch Noah’s blend of humor during the first taping with musician and actor…

Monday, Oct 16


#MeToo campaign proves scope of sexual harassment, flaw in Mayim Bialik's op-ed

I was going to write a dispute of Mayim Bialik's problematic sexual harassment op-ed, but tens of thousands of women and men beat me to it with two simple, terrible words: Me too. The one-two gut punch populated social media feeds for most…


Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy

Embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting allegations of…

Sunday, Oct 15


Harvey Weinstein expelled from motion picture academy

Embattled film mogul Harvey Weinstein — a once-dominant force in the Academy Awards who rewrote the rules of Oscar campaigning — has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting allegations of…


Violence. Threats. Begging. Harvey Weinstein's 30-year pattern of abuse in Hollywood.

Producer Harvey Weinstein participates in the "War and Peace" panel at the A&E 2016 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif. Weinstein was expelled Oct. 14, 2017, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in response to mounting…

Saturday, Oct 14


Ken Griffin donating $1 million to Puerto Rico relief effort

Billionaire hedge fund founder Ken Griffin is pledging $1 million to help rebuild Puerto Rico, which was devastated last month by Hurricane Maria. The Citadel CEO is making the donation after being contacted by former New York Yankees…


'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz's home burns down in Santa Rosa fire

In this Feb. 12, 2000, file photo, cartoonist Charles Schulz displays a sketch of his beloved character "Snoopy" in his office in Santa Rosa, Calif. (BenMargot / AP). Michael CavnaThe Washington Post. Charles Schulz once drew his iconic…

Friday, Oct 13


Weinstein rebukes pile up; brother says movie business 'continuing as usual'

As condemnation of Harvey Weinstein, left, continued, his brother Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Co., issued a statement that "Business is continuing as usual as the company moves ahead." (AP). Mark KennedyAssociated Press.…


Gloria Estefan, Chance to headline Obama Foundation concert

The Obama Foundation will end its star-studded Summit to be held at the end of the month with a large community concert featuring Gloria Estefan and Chance the Rapper, officials announced Friday.


Amazon Studios chief suspended amid sexual harassment allegations

Roy Price, the head of Amazon's video division, was suspended by the company Thursday after a producer publicly accused him of sexually harassing her. The move follows accusations by actress Rose McGowan to Amazon's CEO that her complaints…


McGowan alleges Weinstein rape as NYC, London police take fresh look at claims

Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein now that some 30 women have accused the Hollywood film producer of inappropriate conduct. New York Police…

Thursday, Oct 12


Recommended Chicago-area classical concerts

Chicago Philharmonic: Artistic director Scott Speck conducts the season opener, which holds Carl Orff’s splashy cantata “Carmina Burana,” along with Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite and Christopher Theofanidis’ “Rainbow Body.” The Apollo ...


With pop tax repealed, Preckwinkle says up to commissioners to fix budget

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday finished the job and repealed the short-lived pop tax, but Board President Toni Preckwinkle suggested afterward that their work is just beginning. Soda drinkers won’t have to pay the much-reviled tax…

Wednesday, Oct 11


Fall colors enliven salads, plus savory pull-apart bread you need to make now

A colorful fall salad combines variations of red, from the protein-packed quinoa to the crunchy radicchio and sweet red grapes. Serve it with the cheesy pull-apart bread (in the background). (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune; Mark…


Cook County pop tax one step away from repeal after 15-1 test vote

The Cook County pop tax is headed for repeal after commissioners overwhelmingly signaled their intent to do away with it, marking a big win for soda companies and store owners after both sides spent millions of dollars to sway public…

Tuesday, Oct 10


After monthslong search, man charged with shoving stranger onto CTA subway tracks

Chicago Tribune / News

Chicago police released video on Sept. 8, 2017, of a suspect who allegedly pushed a man onto CTA tracks Aug. 1 as he was waiting for a Blue Line train downtown. The man was not seriously injured. (Chicago Police Department). Katherine ...


'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' drops trailer during Monday Night Football

The trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" debuted in dramatic fashion during Monday Night Football's Bears-Vikings halftime.

Monday, Oct 9


Delilah, radio host to the brokenhearted, reveals son's suicide

On-air personality Delilah Rene hosts the iHeartRadio Ultimate Valentine's Escape at Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ in Las Vegas. Rene announced on Facebook Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, that her son took his own life on Oct. 3. (Andrew Estey…

Sunday, Oct 8

'The Walking Dead,' 'Fear the Walking Dead' plan character crossover next year

The worlds of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and "Fear the Walking Dead" will collide at some point next year. A character from one show will crossover to the other series -- that's what "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman told fans Saturday…


Jason Aldean pays tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims and Tom Petty on 'Saturday Night Live'

Jason Aldean, who was performing when shooting broke out during the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas Sunday night, opened "Saturday Night Live" by paying tribute to both the victims of the tragedy -- and Tom Petty. The show opened…