Arts & Entertainment
All it takes to put Vladimir Putin in his place, “Saturday Night Live” opined, is a little Chicago-style macho. In the show’s cold open this weekend, President Obama (Jay Pharaoh) got a lesson in menace from surprise guest Liam Neeson, trash-talking the Russian president and again boasting of his “particular set of skills.” What followed
by Mark Guarino Prepping for St. Patrick’s Day does not necessarily require lifting pints at your local Irish bar or a screening of “The Commitments.” An alternative is an afternoon in Old Town this Sunday spent with Irish and Japanese musicians who in collaboration for a concert to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Midwest
by Mark Guarino She straddled the flying wiener. Oh, and was strapped in by a guy dressed as a yellow mustard bottle. Could this be secret code for some kind of Illuminati conspiracy? Or maybe a piece of German expressionist theater critiquing the cruel annihilation of animals for purposes of globalized food production and consumption?
Thursday night’s premiere of the Robert Redford-produced “Chicagoland” didn’t give CNN the primetime boost it was looking for in terms of ratings. The docuseries debut finished third among cable news networks nationally in total viewers for the 9 to 10 p.m. (Central) hour. Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” dominated with 1.43 million total viewers nationally, according
‘SEMINAR’ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED When: Through April 13 Where: Haven Theatre at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Tickets: $32 Info: (773) 975-8150; www.theaterwit.org Run time: 1 hours and 40 minues with no intermission She’s got them nailed. From the moment they open their mouths, the members of the writing group who gather in Theresa Rebeck’s play,
Now president and general manager of WGN-AM (720), the fast-talking, f-bomb-dropping radio impresario — who helmed WLUP-FM (97.9) “the Loop” during its 1980s heyday — made a vast fortune when he sold his company, AM/FM, Inc., to Clear Channel Communications in 2000. But while these days he’s shedding material possessions (and would like to shed
Want to eat well next week? Use the weekend to buy, prep and cook food for meals during the upcoming busy work week.
This weekend the 40th anniversary of the breakthrough TV musical “Free To Be Me and You” will be celebrated, and its creator, Marlo Thomas, talks about the progress and the “snapping back” women’s issues have seen.
Hopefully Lindsay Lohan is truly taking Oprah Winfrey’s “tough love” advice to heart — as we’ve seen in the promos for “Lindsay,” the docu-series premiering at 9 p.m. Sunday on OWN. Clearly Winfrey has been worried that the actress is in danger of risking her sobriety and returning to her wild ways. One good sign:
Just got word that veteran Hollywood director and producer Jon Turteltaub (“National Treasure” films, “Phenomenon,” the Chicago-made “While You Were Sleeping”) will lead what should be a very candid and thought-provoking conversation with Morgan Freeman when the Oscar winner is honored at the Gene Siskel Film Center’s 2014 gala, Saturday, June 7. The acclaimed