Riot Fest Lives Up to Its Name at Douglas Park on September 15-17, 2017

Eugene Hutz from the band Gogol Bordello
Story by Erika Kristen with additional reporting and photos by Cindy Barrymore You know why Riot Fest gets harder, better, faster, stronger every single year? They give you back your right to “riot”! Festival organizers have learned from their mistakes, although the verdict is still out as to whether they were wise to segregate most of... Read more »

Common Makes History at Ravinia Festival on June 24, 2017

Common Makes History at Ravinia Festival on June 24, 2017
Although his AAHH! Fest has become a staple in his hometown of Chicago the last couple years, rapper Common asked, jokingly to the crowd on Saturday night, “I wonder if they like hip-hop at Ravinia.” Notably, he’s among the first (if not the first) rap artists to ever perform at hundred-year old outdoor festival.   No doubt the administrators of Ravinia recognize that... Read more »

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Attends “Underground” Screening and Q&A at DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois, on February 17, 2017

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Attends “Underground” Screening and Q&A at DuSable Museum in Chicago, Illinois, on February 17, 2017
On March 8, 2017, Jurnee Smollett-Bell returns for season two of WGN America’s slave narrative Underground. The former child actor (from the movie Eve’s Bayou) portrays shy houseslave-turned-firebrand abolitionist Rosalee, who is the daughter of white plantation owner and his head house slave Ernestine. With the help of her lover Noah and four other runaway... Read more »
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Statement From Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Chicago Cubs Winning the 2016 World Series

Statement From Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the Chicago Cubs Winning the 2016 World Series
“From Opening Day in April to a historic November night, the Cubs championship season united the city of Chicago and fans around the world behind this incredible team. The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series is about more than a game, more than a team, and more than a sport. It is about the families... Read more »

Brandi Carlile at Thalia Hall in Chicago on December 30, 2015

Brandi Carlile at Thalia Hall in Chicago on December 30, 2015
Brandi Carlile in the first of two sold-out shows brought church tinged with equal parts hoedown to Thalia Hall last night. Not just in her  soulful delivery of staples like “The Story,” “The Eye” or “Wherever Is Your Heart,” but also in the way she engaged the crowd. (See also her performance of “The Things... Read more »

Banks at the United Center in Chicago on November 6, 2015

Banks at the United Center in Chicago on November 6, 2015
Banks served as one of two opening acts touring with The Weeknd during his stop at the United Center.
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Stargazing in Chicago

Stargazing in Chicago
I have contributed to over six-dozen national and international publications as a writer and photographer, covering world leaders, famous actors, athletes and rock stars, alike. Enclosed you’ll find one-of photos of my weekly entertainment escapades. Gosh, I love my work! Check back often as I add more images to my gallery.

Bryan Ferry at the MCA Gala for David Bowie Is - Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bryan Ferry at the MCA Gala for David Bowie Is - Saturday, September 20, 2014
A day before his Chicago Theater appearance musician Bryan Ferry performed at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) gala for David Bowie Is. Chicago is the only U.S. venue for this retrospective, outlining Bowie’s 50-year career. The exhibition (which runs from September 23, 2014 and January 4, 2015) assembles more than 400 objects for the first time, including photography,... Read more »

Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places

Garth's Got Friends in Low—and High-Flying—Places
After a 13-year hiatus from performing,  the country star produced a humdinger of a comeback. The Garth Brooks World Tour opened with seven sold-out nights at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Noting how long he’d be out the game, Brooks during his press conference on September 4, 2014, remembered the venue by its previous name of the Rosemont... Read more »
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CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Actress Chloe Grace Appears at Sprinkles Cupcakes

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Actress Chloe Grace Appears at Sprinkles Cupcakes
A line of fans clamoring to see Chloe Grace Moretz at Sprinkles Cupcakes wrapped around the corner yesterday. Fans began arriving as early as 9 a.m. in anticipation of Moretz’s 4:30 p.m. appearance. The actress appeared alongside best-selling author Gayle Forman whose book “If I Stay” was made into a film, in which Moretz stars. The pair... Read more »