Thursday, May 24


Kelly Zutrau is back in control of Wet, and that's good


On a recent morning, Kelly Zutrau is brimming with nervous energy. “I’m freaking out a little bit,” the Wet singer-songwriter says while picking out her outfit for that evening’s show in Philadelphia: a pair of bike shorts and a huge XXL T…


Nathaniel Rateliff is a missionary of a different kind now

When 18-year-old Nathaniel Rateliff moved with a missionary group from his rural hometown of Hermann, Mo., to Denver, the journey was more difficult than he anticipated. "We actually were caught in a pretty gnarly blizzard. Interstate 70…


Jason Bateman 'incredibly embarrassed' after 'mansplaining' to 'Arrested Development' co-star Jessica Walter

Amid movements such as #MeToo and Time's Up, Hollywood is experiencing an era of change. While a number of men in the industry have stepped up to support their fellow female actors, a recent New York Times interview featuring the…

Wednesday, May 23


Michael Jackson estate slams ABC TV special on his last days

The Michael Jackson estate is objecting to an ABC TV special airing Thursday on the end of the life of the late King of Pop, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children. The estate said in a…


Robert Redford headed to north suburban Riverwoods for award, performance June 1

Robert Redford is headed June 1 to the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in north suburban Riverwoods, where he and his wife, German-born environmental activist and multimedia artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford, are to be honored for their…

R. Kelly's fall comes as Chicago, black women finally turn their back on star

Award-winning poet, spoken-word artist and author Tara Betts didn’t think Chicago would ever call out singer R. Kelly about claims of abuse and sexual coercion of young women and girls after years of consistent hits had made him largely…


'Pretty Woman: The Musical' swaps leading men for Broadway


The producers announced Wednesday that Steve Kazee, who played the lead role of Edward Lewis during the show's pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago this spring, had been replaced by Andy Karl, best known for playing the lead role in the Broadway…


Julia Louis-Dreyfus to receive the 2018 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Chicago Tribune

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most decorated actors in television history. She holds the record for the most Emmys ever won by a single performer - 11 total, six of which were consecutive wins for "Veep" - as well as a Peabody Award,…


'The Voice' finale: How Brynn Cartelli's win could be a game-changer for the show

Kelly Clarkson was a brand-new coach on "The Voice" this year - but that didn't stop her from making a bold proclamation in the very first episode of the season in February, when she made a bid for contestant Brynn Cartelli. "I can win…

Tuesday, May 22


When's the last time you saw a real baby on stage? A suggestion for 'Cry It Out'

When did you last see a baby at a show? And when did you last see a baby in a show? If you attended one of the early previews of Tracy Letts’ “Mary Page Marlowe” at the Steppenwolf Theatre in 2016, you likely saw a bona fide, real-life…


After R. Kelly is a no-show in court — and his attorneys quit — Chicago judge tosses lawsuit

Chicago Tribune

After his two attorneys abandoned ship and no one else showed up for a series of court hearings, R. Kelly has lost a lawsuit. Last April, the embattled Chicago R&B singer filed a federal lawsuit locally against Comcast Spectacor, which…


A Red Orchid announces its 2018-19 season, including two Chicago premieres

On Tuesday, A Red Orchid Theatre announced its 2018-19 season lineup, including two Chicago premieres and a production one of Eugene Ionesco’s final plays. Things kick off in the late fall with the Chicago premiere of "Small Mouth Sounds"…

The 9 most topical 'SNL' moments this season, from 'Black Jeopardy' to a Trump-heavy 'Bachelor'

Season 43 of "Saturday Night Live," which began on Sept. 30, faced a heavy news cycle, to say the least. Newspapers were jam-packed for months with stories including the rise of the #MeToo movement, mass shootings in America and the…


Sara Gilbert: The spark that ignited the return of 'Roseanne'

Around this time 21 years ago, “Roseanne,” the groundbreaking sitcom about the blue-collar Conner family, came to an end after a successful 10-year run. The notion that it’d be pulled out of retirement more than two decades later and…


Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' is back with a graphic second season. It's more disturbing than the first, many say.

A person who committed suicide returning as a ghost. A student arriving at school armed with guns. A brutal rape in a school bathroom. Warning: This article contains spoilers. These are just three reasons why Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" has…


Iowa native Maddie Poppe wins 'American Idol'

The results are in on the rebooted "American Idol" and the winning contestant is... Maddie Poppe. From the moment 20-year old Iowa native Poppe auditioned with "The Rainbow Connection," she was a clear frontrunner. And week after week,…

Monday, May 21


First Floor's 'Refrigerator' aims big with dystopian sci-fi story of the IceBox

If class and social status determine how we live, why shouldn't it determine how we die? That premise is the jumping-off point for Lucas Baisch's “Refrigerator,” now in a world premiere with First Floor Theater. In Baisch's world — a…


'Deadpool 2' creative team breaks down three of the film's biggest secrets and surprises

From the very beginning, the creative team behind the “Deadpool” franchise has stuck to one very simple rule that guides every decision they make: “We always say, ‘If you can’t do it in another superhero movie, you’d best be doing it in a …


Billboard Music Awards: Janet Jackson returns, school victims honored

The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS…

Sunday, May 20


Tina Fey brings famous friends and her Sarah Palin impression to 'SNL' finale

Tina Fey hosted the May 19 season finale of "Saturday Night Live" and she brought with her some of her famous friends. For her opening monologue, the former "SNL" writer and actor said she was told she was allowed to do anything because it…


'Shoplifters' wins Palme d'Or, grand prize to Spike Lee; Asia Argento tears into Weinstein at Cannes

A tumultuous Cannes Film Festival concluded Saturday with the Palme d'Or awarded to Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Shoplifters," a tender portrait of a poor, impoverished family, while Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento vowed…

Saturday, May 19


Prince Harry marries American bride Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle

Chicago Tribune

The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern…


Drummer Dana Hall shows the beauties of Spring

Chicago drummer Dana Hall leads so many distinct ensembles, and thrives in so many stylistically far-flung settings, that it’s impossible to say which one reveals the most about his musical identity. But surely none shows a greater…


'Bar Rescue' special revisits Chicago bar that closed days ago

A “Bar Rescue” special that revisits a River North bar that got a makeover on the show is scheduled to air days after the bar closed its doors for good. “Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer visited Blue Frog's Local 22 in 2011 and recommended…

Friday, May 18


Saudi Arabia said to detain women's rights advocates who challenged driving ban

Chicago Tribune

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained at least five prominent human-rights activists, including women who for years campaigned to win Saudi women the right to drive, according to people with knowledge of the arrests. The detentions…


Amid heated debate, city approves plan for Obama Presidential Center

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After more than seven hours of emotional and passionate testimony from hundreds of residents, community activists and elected officials, the Chicago Plan Commission voted overwhelmingly to approve the Obama Presidential Center on Thursday…

Thursday, May 17


Ron Howard strikes back with 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' and has nothing but praise for Phil Lord and Chris Miller at Cannes


The sign reads “Press Hospitality Room,” but there are no journalists to be found. Instead there’s crumpled napkins, unclaimed pens, forgotten umbrellas, a half-empty Coke bottle and a solitary bluebottle fly out of a Raymond Chandler…


Some of the men competing on 'The Bachelorette' have Illinois ties

A few of the men vying for Becca Kufrin’s heart on “The Bachelorette” have ties to Illinois. ABC does not share the contestants’ full names in its announcement, but Internet sleuths often track down who the contestants are before the…


That's a wrap: The 12 best series finales of TV's current golden age

Chicago Tribune

The series finale is a do-or-die moment when a show gets one last chance to say whatever it has to say and do whatever must be done. Expectations are high, failures are frequent and viewers are seldom 100 percent satisfied. Our complaints…


'Things could have gone much worse': Charges filed against ex-student accused of exchanging gunfire with cop at Dixon High School

Chicago Tribune

A school resource police officer is being lauded as a hero for intervening when a former student at Dixon High School opened fire Wednesday morning near the school gym where students were gathered for a graduation rehearsal, authorities…