Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Celebrating Black Cinema ]]> Lead story image

Here’s a pop culture hint: If you want to know, right now, what’s going on in the world of black cinema, get ye to the black Harvest Film Festival. This year marks the 20th since the fest first opened its proverbial doors to filmmakers — and movie goers — interested specifically in cinematic depictions of the African Diaspora and the black experience. More than blaxploitation, ghetto classics and documentaries, Black Harvest has become a month-long, well-rounded look at what’s out there in black cinema. It’s a space where the young and old gather to discuss everything from plot lines to … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:18:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Everything you need to know about Lollapalooza 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Before you spend three days in Grant Park soaking up the rays as you run from stage to stage at Lollapalooza, hit up these tips of the trade. ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:42:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A giddy space oddity makes the summer sunnier ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The mostly lighthearted comic-book movie boasts whiz-bang action, some laugh-out-loud moments and a wisecracking raccoon you’ll come to care about. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Northern Exposure: Some Wisconsin festivals, attractions to discover ]]> Lead story image

As we head into the midpoint of Chicago’s summer fun season, we decided to take a look to the north — at some notable Wisconsin festivals/attractions worth considering for a day trip/overnight stay/weekend getaway. Closer to home, we’re also taking a look at some Illinois festivals that go well beyond the weekend lakefront treks and annual neighborhood blowouts to some events well-worth discovering. Not the complete picture — for those you would do well to visit and, for dozens of other ideas. We just want to get you started. 1) Milwaukee Irish Fest, (Milwaukee, Aug. 14-17, Henry W. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Provocateurs’ art exhibit beckons Lollapalooza festgoers ]]> Lead story image

Not only does Lollapalooza’s first-ever visual art exhibition, “Art Alliance: Provocateurs,” aim “to change the thinking of those who think street art is vandalism,” as its curator, celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey, phrases it. This plus-sized expo – 200-plus works from 40-plus artists — also harnesses Lolla’s sprawling music-fest energy to help sow a fresh new crop of gallery-goers. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:23:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ HEAR: Chance the Rapper premieres new song “Wonderful Everyday” ]]>

The tune at features a classic Wyclef sound, complete with horns and futuristic riffs at times. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:18:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Watch: Bill Zwecker goes behind the scenes in Chicago ]]>

Wondering what to do this weekend? It’s Lollapalooza all the time, but there are other great bets for fun this weekend. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:38:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ National Youth Orchestra makes grand Chicago debut at Grant Park Music Festival ]]> Lead story image

Lovers and presenters of classical music have legitimate concerns about the future of audiences for their art forms. Some, such as Peter Gelb of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, respond with handwringing and doomsaying. Others, such as former Chicago Symphony Orchestra president Deborah F. Rutter, with an enthusiasm to face the challenges and develop solutions. And while there may be issues with audience development and maintenance — and there is far from widespread agreement on this — of the making of performers of classical music there is no end. Music conservatories have more applicants — and graduates — than they know … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:02:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Naked’ ambition can help you make it in reality TV ]]> Lead story image

The “Dating Naked” series is the latest example of reality television’s newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:15:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chris Pratt can’t believe his ‘extraordinary’ luck ]]> Lead story image

Though he’s top-lining the comic-book epic ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ the actor thinks of himself as “a bit of a doofus.” ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:31:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Penn & Teller challenge magicians to ‘Fool Us’ ]]>

It’s a ‘glorious’ feeling to be stumped by another’s illusion, says Penn Jillette, starring on a new CW competition series. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:19:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tyson, Foxx talk about biopic ]]> Lead story image

Mike Tyson says he’s met with Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx about collaborating on a possible biopic on his life. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:16:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Plenty of action, muscles galore elevate ‘Hercules’ ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — You’ll have to say one thing for Brett Ratner’s production of “Hercules”: This movie has a sense of proportion. Running just over 90 minutes, the movie is often clunky, but at least it’s fast and unpretentious. And its likable star, Dwayne Johnson, manages to murder legions without ever seeming sadistic. Less violent than “300,” less compelling than “Gladiator,” this new addition to the sword-and-sandals genre seems likely to please the fanboy audience and stir up some impressive box-office numbers. The film begins by recounting the legend of Hercules, with snippets of his famous 12 labors. But this … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lollapalooza math: How to hashtag the musical acts ]]> Lead story image

This year’s expansive lineup might have you feeling a little lost-a-palooza while planning out who to see next weekend. Read more here. … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ The 312: Calling out how 'I'm So Chicago' on social media ]]> Lead story image

Facebook recently was taken over by local love notes of Chi-town nostalgia. ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:03:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ The smarter 'Lucy' gets, the dumber the movie gets: Roeper ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: Scarlett Johansson expands her mind in one of the worst movies of the year. ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:25:37 -0500