Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Billy Corgan shows musical depth, deep song catalog at Ravinia debut ]]> Lead story image

The Smashing Pumpkins auteur brings out unreleased material, covers and even wrestlers. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:56:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg wedding brings out fans ]]> Lead story image

Onlookers in St. Charles get glimpses of the couple’s friends from New Kids on the Block and “The View.” ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:08:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hot Doug’s enters Hot Dog Hall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

Of course, we don’t need to tell you there’s a Chicago Hot Dog Hall of Fame. But it should be pointed out that the encased meats recognition of greatness has has a new star. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:25:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ TimeLine Theatre’s “My Name is Asher Lev” portrays artist as trangressor ]]>

“Asher Lev,” Aaron Posner’s exquisite 90-minute stage adaptation of the bestselling 1972 novel by Chaim Potok, is a portrait of a natural-born artist as he struggles to come to terms with a gift that makes him at once “demonic and divine,” and that endows him with the power to inflict profound emotional harm on those who love him, and who he most loves. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:58:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘To Be Takei’: The joyful, painful life of ‘America’s Gay Uncle’ ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: ‘Star Trek’ alum and rights activist George Takei a glittering diamond of a documentary subject. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jolie, Pitt wed in Chateau Miraval, France ]]> Lead story image

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:51:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pianist’s passion comes through in Sondheim revamps at Ravinia ]]> Lead story image

Regular concertgoers find no absence of musical talent today but often can wonder if there are performers out there who really dream big, not only in terms of technical ability or career advancement but in matters of new ideas and new works. There are successful pianists who combine genres, but New York pianist and teacher Anthony de Mare is committed to something beyond that. He has merged his devotion to new keyboard compositions and methods with his passion for the music of Broadway composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim and spent the last several years commissioning a broad range of composers to “re-imagine” … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:12:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Billy Corgan at home and at peace with making rock and roll ]]> Lead story image

Corgan is quietly redefining what it is to be a maturing rock star. He has the brand (Pumpkins) when he wants to fire up the stadium rock; he has a neighborhood teashop (Madame ZuZu’s) when he wants to indulge in noise experiments to 30 people. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:30:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ The must-see acts of North Coast Festival ]]> Lead story image

There’s no coasting even in its 5th anniversary — organizers have filled each of North Coast’s three days with a slew of electro acts, jam bands, hip-hop legends and indie pop rockers. Here’s who to see this weekend, from Snoop Dogg to Little Dragon. ACTION BRONSON This New York rapper began his creative pursuits as a gourmet chef, but he quickly evolved to saucing up rhymes that caught the attention of VICE Records. The label has one of the hottest releases of 2014 on its hands with debut “Mr. Wonderful,” a title Bronson lives up to with the new “Easy … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:47:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Festival of the Arts creates pan-African experience in Washington Park ]]> Lead story image

During Labor Day weekend, Washington Park will be transformed into one of the nation’s largest African marketplaces, with each of the five “bazaars” affiliated with a powerful African empire or city. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:47:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Jackson birthday celebrations kick off Thursday in Gary ]]> Lead story image

Celebrations for Michael Jackson’s birthday have grown from a block party around his boyhood home to a three-day festival set to start Thursday in what local officials and event promoters hope will become an annual affair. ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:03:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pianist Dan Tepfer blends classical music with jazz improvisation ]]> Lead story image

Dan Tepfer can lay down a captivating take on a standard and swing with the best of them. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:12:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sun Ra Arkestra returns to its ‘ancestral home’ to play Chicago Jazz Festival ]]> Lead story image

This 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival appearance is the Sun Ra Arkestra’s fourth; its first two took place when the band’s extravagantly unique founder and leader, Sun Ra, widely hailed as the father of avant-garde jazz, led the band. . ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:37:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Arsonists’ lights a blazing, provocative fire ]]>

HEDY WEISS: In Strawdog Theatre Company’s ideally mad, razor-sharp production, Max Frisch’s 1953 play opens itself up to a slew of contemporary interpretations. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:45:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jessie Mueller to help launch a new musical theater incubator in Chicago ]]>

Chicago-bred actress Jessie Mueller, who received the 2014 Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical for “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical,” but she has not lost touch with her roots. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:30:55 -0500