Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ School drama educates about how teachers are tested ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: Stage Left and Theatre Seven present the world premiere of Joe Zarrow’s “Principal Principle,” a story set in a Chicago public school that nails the issues with an ideal mix of stinging satire and abiding sadness. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:06:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lori’s list: Pop stars come to Pawnee on ‘Parks and Recreation’ ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: The week’s other notables include a pair of disappointing premieres: ‘Bad Teacher’ and ‘Black Box’ ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:03:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Would you buy a used car from Chris Meloni? ]]> Lead story image

The “Law & Order: SVU” alum is dealing wheels in “Small Time” on the big screen. ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:41:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Music remains one of Kevin Costner’s great loves ]]> Lead story image

When deciding whether or not to get back into the music scene nearly 10 years ago, Kevin Costner had a few fears. “I didn’t want to embarrass to myself. I wanted to bring something substantial to an audience that thought enough to come and pay,” the actor/director/musician said. “And I wanted to be judged on the music, not some clever critic who just thought to try to take me to task.” Several albums and world tours later, Kevin Costner & Modern West continue to perform their country rock in front of sold-out audiences. Now on tour, the band will perform … ]]> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Big cities line up to land 'Late Show'; but here are 10 reasons Chicago is Colbert's kind of town ]]> Lead story image

We know who will take over “Late Show” when David Letterman retires next year. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:08:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gabriel Garcia Marquez, revered Latin American author, dies at 87 ]]> Lead story image

The Nobel laureate and author of “Love in the Time of Cholera” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude” was the best-known practitioner of “magical realism,” a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:44:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Aloe Blacc headlines Chicago’s Global Citizen’s Night ]]> Lead story image

Aloe Blacc finds himself at that eminent moment of his career where he can do no wrong — so he is doing something so right. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ In the Spotlight: Butch Walker/ Petty Fest Chicago ]]> Lead story image

The popular mythology of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle is rooted in unrestrained indulgence. If Bob Geldof taught people anything with his massive Live Aid concerts, however, it’s that great music provides a means to rally compassionate people around a good cause. On Wednesday, Metro will host Chicago’s first Petty Fest benefitting the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. The first concert by The Best Fest organization honored Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday in New York’s East Village. Chicago’s event will be the third of three Petty Fests this month, following dates in Los Angeles and Seattle. A beverage sponsorship allows all door … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:43:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chevelle still in the right place at the right time ]]> Lead story image

Sam Loeffler is waxing nostalgic about the time Chevelle scored its first real gig in Chicago the late ’90s. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:25:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Il Divo celebrates Broadway ]]> Lead story image

The hunky members of Il Divo are doing something pretty risky on their latest tour. Rather than performing the songs that made them platinum-selling recording artists, they are turning all their attention to their latest album, the Broadway-themed “A Musical Affair.” Fans of the group are probably gasping in horror: No “Adagio”? No “Time to Say Goodbye”? And, for heaven’s sake, no “Unbreak My Heart”? “We love ‘Unbreak My Heart,’ “ says Spaniard Carlos Marin, a member of the international quartet. “It was, of course, the song which started Il Divo for us all. After much debate, we decided to … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:09:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marlon Wayans takes the offense on being inappropriately funny ]]> Lead story image

Marlon Wayans could’ve used some extra beef to handle a boisterous situation at an open air question and answer session at the culmination of his “A Haunted House 2” premiere in Chicago. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:29:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Easter treats get grownup pairings ]]> Lead story image

Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:25:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ For Bob Saget, telling all was ‘really hard’ at times ]]> Lead story image

If the Motion Picture Association of America were to rate Bob Saget the stand-up comic, he’d easily earn an R — a hard R. But the F-bomb-dropping devotee of genitalia jokes is also the devoted father of three daughters and famous for playing lovably neurotic dad Danny Tanner on the hit sitcom “Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1995 and lives on in syndication. An eight-year stint as host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” only reinforced the wholesome image he’d cultivated. Hence the title of his new memoir, “Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian.” … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Concert review: The National at the Chicago Theatre ]]> Lead story image

The National, if they weren’t making music, looks like they could be buzzing around the office of a start-up internet company. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:08:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Misfits find meaning in their work-a-day lives ]]> Lead story image

Chicago playwright Marisa Wegrzyn’s “Mud Blue Sky,” and a terrific cast at A Red Orchid Theatre, combine for a story that is at once very funny, heartbreaking and full of unexpectedly profound surprises and insights into the importance of work. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:25:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Books explore 100 years of Wrigley Field ]]> Lead story image

Having waited 106 years (and counting) for their team to return to a World Series, Cubs fans have an acute, bittersweet sense of history. Here are some recent books, timed to the yearlong celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:43:44 -0500