"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" Star Reflects on his Career, Show

Matthew Brumlow is a Chicago actor who plays the soulful country singer Hank Williams fives times each week in “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” the drama/musical about Williams now in an extended run at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. On Aug. 21, Brumlow, the star of the show, was honored with a nomination for... Read more »

Chicago Actor Matthew Brumlow Reflects on Thursday's Jeff Award Nominations

  Matthew Brumlow, 40, plays the trailblazing and troubled singer Hank Williams in the musical “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” now playing in an extended run at Chicago’s Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. On Aug. 21, Brumlow was honored with two Joseph Jefferson Award nominations: first, his show was nominated for Best Midsize Musical... Read more »

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" Cast Members Discuss Williams' Life

On the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 10, following the 2:30 p.m. performance of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” several members of the American Blues Theater cast, as is customary, took off their costumes and make-up and participated in a post-show Town Hall-style meeting with members of the audience. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, and the... Read more »

"Into the Storm" is a Tornado Movie that Will Blow You Away

s free “Into the Storm,” released nationwide on Aug. 8, follows a team of storm trackers as they chase down massive tornadoes pummeling small towns across the western U.S. What’s that? You’re thinking, ‘Not the most original idea for a movie.’? Hold on. This movie will blow you away! It won’t win any awards for... Read more »

"Boyhood," a slow-paced panorama of a film, is worth seeing

“Boyhood,” the new film written and directed by Richard Linklater, is a slow-paced, naturalistic panorama of a film. Critics across the nation are singing its praises. For example, the Chicago Tribune gave the movie four stars, its highest rating, and the New York Times called it “One of the most extraordinary movies of the 21st... Read more »

Global Garden is One of Many Community Gardens Thriving in Chicago

Most Chicagoans spend their free time in typically urban pursuits: watching movies; riding around in cars or buses; eating meals in restaurants. For Megan Owens, however, time away from raising her children is often spent down on her hands and knees, tending to her vegetable plants growing in the good brown earth of her neighborhood,... Read more »

Woody Allen's new film, "Magic in the Moonlight," is a heartfelt summer lark

“Magic in the Moonlight,” the latest film written and directed by Woody Allen, is a hopeful, summer lark of a movie. Though far from perfect, it’s a movie with real heart. If you like Allen’s work at all, go see it. Set mostly in the south of France, the film features gorgeous locales and outstanding... Read more »

"Hank Williams: Lost Highway" is Rockin' Chicago Theater

“Hank Williams: Lost Highway,” which just opened at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., is a rockin’ piece of Chicago theater. It is basically the life story of Williams, who is considered one of the greatest country musicians of all time. But in addition to actors portraying characters on stage, the audience is... Read more »

Chez Simo: A Taste of Paris on Chicago's Lawrence Avenue

Simo Yacobi, the owner/proprietor of the charming French bistro Chez Simo, 1968 W. Lawrence Ave., came to Chicago 23 years ago from his native Morocco to study computer science at what was then called Loop College. While a student, he started working at a French restaurant downtown, the well-known Le Bordeaux. And basically, Yacobi has... Read more »

Wilhemina and Richard

Today I’m posting something new to my blog: a short story. It’s called “Wilhemina and Richard.” I wrote it earlier this year.   WILHEMINA AND RICHARD By Lawrence Hartmann Copyright 2014                                 Dear Reader, I want to begin our time together by thanking you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to... Read more »
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