Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’: A dark, exhilarating sequel ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: There’s a lot of movie going on in these multiple storylines about cheating, gambling and plenty of killing. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:08:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges’ sound mirrors his films ]]> Lead story image

Even though he is an Academy Award winner and one of the most respected film actors of his generation, Jeff Bridges has kept things down to earth by making music. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:30:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summer’s Last Stands — Festivals that keep the warm weather party going ]]> Lead story image

Summer is quickly heading into fall (Labor Day weekend is almost here!), but there are still plenty of festivals and events to keep the spirit of the sunny season alive. Here’s a sampling of some upcoming events worth checking out. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:07:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago actors poised to claim lots of Emmy gold ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Though he predicts defeat, former West Sider Andre Braugher is in winning form, as are Allison Tolman, Anna Gunn and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:43:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Father of ‘Homer Simpson’ voice actor dead at 99 ]]> Lead story image

Louis Castellaneta, who raised a creative family that includes son Dan Castellaneta, the voice of countless animated characters including Homer Simpson and Krusty the Clown on TV’s “The Simpsons,” died Friday at his home in the Chicago suburbs. He was 99. Dan Castellaneta said his father was “a wonderful, creative and talented man” — and funny, too. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:33:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eat to the beat ]]> Lead story image

Recognizing local talent and the relationship of the two art forms of food and music that Chicago has in spades, the Chicago Food Social was born. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:38:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rachel Barton Pine undertakes marathon concert program at Ravinia ]]>

The music on her “Lullabies” album, the violinist says, is “really an interesting part of violin history as well as being wonderful tool for putting babies asleep.” ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:00:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Outspoken Chicagoan Gina Rodriguez stars on ‘Jane the Virgin’ ]]>

LORI RACKL: The St. Ignatius grad looks for roles that help girls feel more liberated. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:10:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jessica Alba balances real life with her ‘Sin City’ role ]]> Lead story image

For the mom and business boss, revisiting the ‘drunk stripper girl’ isn’t as simple as one might think. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:17:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Steans singers’ closing program a theatrical feast ]]> Lead story image

The Steans Program for Singers closed out its calendar Monday night at Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall. ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:41:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Longtime ‘Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dead at 96 ]]> Lead story image

Don Pardo, one of TV’s best-known announcers for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and the original “Jeopardy!,” has died at the age of 96. “There was no greater thrill than hearing Don Pardo bellow your name for the first time in the opening credits of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” said longtime cast member Tina Fey. With his death, Fey said, “Late night will never sound as cool again.” ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8 reasons to see ‘Dreamgirls’ in its one night only at Millennium Park ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Though fictional, the musical starring Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson in many ways trumps “Motown the Musical.” ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:54:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taylor Swift sets country aside, records “official pop album” ]]>

Coming in October, “1989” honors the year she was born and the sounds of the late ’80s. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Choreographer Alex Sanchez finds inspiration in vaudeville for ‘On the Town’ ]]> Lead story image

The 1944 musical “On The Town” follows the zany adventures of three sailors on a 24-hour shore leave in New York City during World War II. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Navy Blue Angels precision team back in action for Chicago Air & Water Show ]]> Lead story image

There was an undeniable absence in the sky over last year’s Chicago Air & Water Show, as a slew of Navy Blue Angels that once flew were grounded due to a rash of government budget cuts. The much-loved air troupe is back this year and looking forward to once again witnessing the Chicago sights they have yearned to see for the past two years. “I can see the hands and faces of spectators pressed against the windows of the iconic Chicago skyline as the skyscrapers zip by our periphery,” explains Blue Angels right wing pilot Lt. Cmdr. John Hiltz. The … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:02:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lush harmonies, arrangements propel Moonrise Nation ]]> Lead story image

The stars are aligning for ’60s-sounding trio Moonrise Nation, who headline Lincoln Hall Saturday night. ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:05:22 -0500