Ninety Years at the Goodman

program cover, dedication goodman theatre, october 20, 1925

This fall the Goodman raises the curtain on its 90th anniversary season. They have an exciting lineup of plays beginning with an encore production of the critically acclaimed Smokefall. The Goodman was officially dedicated on October 20, 1925. The Repertory Company gave a performance of three works that night all by the late Kenneth Sawyer […]

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New Mexican Cinema Films with Nail-Biting Plots

Source: Matt, Flickr

Whenever I think of Mexican movies, classics that feature Mexican icons like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante, and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" always come to mind. While my dad is a huge fan of Cine de Oro (Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), I am not. Luckily I discovered Nuevo Cine Mexicano, which started in the early 1990s and features contemporary […]

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Festive Fall Activities

Autumn leaves

I've always loved fall, probably because my birthday is in October. So I'll take any excuse to put on a sweater, pick some Apples and stomp through some crispy leaves. The official first day of autumn is September 22, which means it's time to heat up some apple cider and hunt for the perfect pumpkin to carve. You […]

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Find Your Creepy Family

Addams Family original cast

They may be creepy and kooky and altogether spooky, but the Addams family has been around since 1964. My favorite Addams was always Uncle Fester. His silly tricks never failed to make me giggle. Celebrate 50 years of this kooky crew by seeing some of the original TV show hijinks, watching one of the Addams Family movies or trying one […]

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MacArthur Genius Grants

Book cover, Fun Home

The annual MacArthur fellows have been announced, and as usual, reading about the winners is inspiring and even intimidating (statistical analyses? cryptography? nanomaterials?). Also, as usual, several of the winners have written books and several have ties to Chicago. Congratulations to University of Chicago historian Tara Zahra, author of The Lost Children, whose work (as described by the Tribune) […]

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Arrr! Pirates for a Day

pirate ship at sunset

Yo-ho-ho mateys, arrrr ye ready!? September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day! What can be more fun than dressing like a pirate? Talking like one!! Talk Like a Pirate Day started as a small celebration among friends in 1995 after an outburst of "Aaarr!" when John Baur and Mark Summers were playing racquetball. They realized that […]

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Simon Brett Mysteries

Eastbourne Pier

Charles Paris is painfully aware he's not a successful actor. Or husband. Or much of anything else, except sleuth. In his latest novel in this long-running series, Simon Brett puts Charles through his paces with a collection of murders during the Christmas pantomime season in The Cinderella Killer. Kenny Polizzi is a big-name actor from the […]

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We the People

Original document with preamble of the U.S. Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” This didn’t mean […]

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Paul Konerko: A Class Act!

baseball resting on homeplate

After 16 years of playing baseball for the Chicago White Sox, first baseman and team captain Paul Konerko is retiring from the game. He has given the city of Chicago some unforgettable moments during his illustrious career. The one that resonates with most fans is the grand slam he hit in Game 2 of the […]

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Technology that changed Chicago: Wooden Barrels

Men loading barrels on truck

Wooden barrels have been used since ancient times. Barrels have been part of American life since the beginning of European immigration. Our first barrel maker came over on the Mayflower. Barrels were fairly cheap, reusable, strong, crushproof, weatherproof, watertight, somewhat tamperproof and could be stamped or branded with the content information.  They could be rolled […]

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