Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Meshell Ndegeocello finds ‘Comet’ a liberating ride ]]> Lead story image

Though known for thematic albums, the singer-songwriter decided that for her new set, “I just wanted to make good songs.” ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:18:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Creepy Crawley: ‘Downton Abbey’ actor cuts loose in ‘The Guest’ ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Dan Stevens plays a mysterious charmer in a thriller that’s the right kind of insane. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:51:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tina Fey, Jason Bateman play siblings with a history ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: The comic actors cemented their “deep bond” with a precarious scene on the roof in “This Is Where I Leave You.” ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:23:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joliet actress plays it straight on ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Janina Gavankar, formerly of ‘The L Word,’ says her detective on the NBC series is “a little Type A.” ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:45:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ One last collage before Tony Fitzpatrick takes wing ]]> Lead story image

HEDY WEISS: “The Midnight City,” A music-and-video-infused theatrical collage, deals with everything from art and birds to aging and mortality. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:22:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Melissa Gilbert takes tasty trip back to ‘Little House’ ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: In her new cookbook, the actress shares recipes and TV memories. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:26:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Riot Fest 2014: The Cure, Weezer close out third day ]]> Lead story image

Riot Fest appears to have the longest, and most eclectic band line-up than any other Chicago music festival. And while there is a healthy mix of old and new, sometimes the new sounds just like the old. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:49:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Englewood Jazz Festival aims to connect culture to community ]]> Lead story image

The annual Englewood Jazz Festival, set for Sept. 20 on the grounds of the Hamilton Park Cultural Center, is part of an effort to show that the neighborhood is more than what headlines about violence represent. “Just bringing culture back to the neighborhood in general, that’s the reason in a nutshell,” Ernest Dawkins, one of the city’s most respected saxophonists and composers, says. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:27:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rachael Ray hopes new channel brings new fans ]]> Lead story image

BILL ZWECKER: Host loves having a show for both celebrities and regular folks. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:00:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ The music serves Shakespeare in Bloch’s seldom heard ‘Macbeth’ ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Opera Theater gives us a riveting, 110-minute evening of power-hungry madness, blood and regret for what cannot be undone. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:35:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Park’s Cecily Strong out as ‘SNL’ anchor ]]> Lead story image

An NBC spokeswoman confirmed Thursday that Oak Park’s Cecily Strong is stepping down from the “Weekend Update” desk on “Saturday Night Live.” Moving into the chair alongside Colin Jost will be Michael Che, a former “SNL” writer. READ MORE … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:11:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Drop’: Acting of quiet brilliance by Hardy, Gandolfini ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Dialogue tells only part of the story in a crime drama marked by stunning performances ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:14:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Collaborative Works Festival a blend of old, new ]]> Lead story image

The Poetry Foundation’s acoustically brilliant jewel-box auditorium at Superior and Dearborn was the setting for the launch of the third annual Collaborative Works Festival of their Collaborative Art Institute of Chicago.  READ MORE ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:10:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago’s World Music Festival celebrates an eclectic variety of music from around the globe ]]> Lead story image

Here’s a sampling of the eclectic performers at World Music Festival Chicago. The free shows are scheduled at venues across the city. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:53:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankie Ballard is one ‘Helluva’ country music maker ]]> Lead story image

Growing up the son of a Waylon Jennings fan was “pure fun” for the chart-topping singer. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:03:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ At 50, Natalie Merchant returns with new songs, heavy heart ]]> Lead story image

The former 10,000 Maniacs singer’s first album of original music in 13 years is colored by her worries about the world. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:09:44 -0500