Tag: entertainment

Taking carriage horses off Chicago's streets is an idea whose time has come

If you’re like me, your heart has ached witnessing horses hauling carriages down congested Mag Mile area streets in the brutal cold of a Chicago winter night, or the scorching heat of summer, and you’ve felt helpless to do anything for these creatures. On Wednesday, September 12, at 11 a.m., the Chicago City Council Committee... Read more »

Loss of Tom Wolfe, Philip Roth leaves big literary shoes to fill

In the space of less than two weeks, we lost two giants in modern American literature. Both of the same generation, each groundbreaking and provocative in his own way, but at the same time very different in style and substance. Tom Wolfe, of course, was the dapper, eccentric Southern-gentleman author of such classics as The... Read more »

Tarantino's Manson movie invites more apprehension than anticipation

When I first read that director Quentin Tarantino was shooting a film centered around the 1969 Charles Manson murder rampage, I rolled my eyes. Why, Quentin, why? Tarantino, the former video store clerk turned directing genius, is one of my favorite filmmakers. But not only has this particular story been done to death (no pun... Read more »
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Freaks, Aliens & Things: Ten Must-See Classic Horror Films

“One of us, one of us…” 

This 1932 film about traveling circus “freaks” is just a little over 60 minutes long, but it’s one of the most profoundly disturbing films ever made. The ending alone makes the movie. The revenge exacted on the cruel and scheming female trapeze artist by the freaks will have you going, “But that can’t be right.”
It’s almost Halloween, my favorite holiday, which means horror movies, my favorite film genre. For years I’ve been reading other people’s top-horror-films-of-all-time lists, and been like, “How could they leave that movie out???” and “Poltergeist, really?” So back by popular demand (well not really, but it’s fun to say that), here are my Top Ten scarefests,... Read more »

The Tragic Life of Killer Whale Tilikum Is a Lesson

Another celebrity death has made the news, although this one may pass under most people’s radar. Tilikum, the infamous and beleaguered killer whale kept captive for 25 years at SeaWorld Orlando, died yesterday at the age of 36 of what is being reported as a lung infection. The media headlines seemed to be announcing the... Read more »

Shirley Jackson Wrote Chick Lit from Hell, and It Was Unforgettable

This month marks the centennial of the birth of Shirley Jackson, one of the best American writers most people have never heard of. If she is remembered at all it is for “The Lottery,” but she contributed so much more to contemporary literature than that one, profoundly disturbing short story. If you’ve never read “The... Read more »
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Taste of Chicago: A Non-Meat Eater’s Guide to Carnivore Nirvana

The Taste is upon us once again. After avoiding it like a bad cold for almost a decade, reports that a bunch of new restaurants were joining the stale old lineup of Robinson’s Ribs, Billy Goat and Eli’s Cheesecake piqued my curiosity. Dare I venture back into the belly of the beast? After reading the... Read more »

The Hamilton Mystique

With its conquest of the Tony Awards last week and Chicago tickets hitting the market today, Hamilton fever is in overdrive. Tickets are more precious than gold, reportedly going for upwards of $8,000 on sites like StubHub, according to the latest reports. People are camping on the sidewalk like it was 1985 at the height... Read more »