May 20, 2013 |
EAT Finch's Beer Dinner Pl-zen 1519 W. 18th St. 312-733-0248 Local brewery Finch's is the star of a four-course dinner - served all night - featuring duck carnitas tacos paired with Finch's Threadless IPA; short rib sliders with garlic chips, caramelized onions and horseradish mayo served with Fascist Pig red ale; and more. Stick around for free Finch's educational presentations at 7 and 9 p.m. 5 p.m.-midnight. $30. RSVP recommended: email@example.com . Ramp Menu Sola 3868 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-327-3868 Ramps - a spring onion variety - are the highlight of this...
December 19, 2013 |
To Gillian Flynn, dread is "that sense that you've got a rope around your middle and it's pulling you toward something. " That's what the author of "Sharp Objects," "Dark Places" and the breakout hit "Gone Girl" wants you to feel while reading her work, rather than old-fashioned fear. "To me, dread is always the more potent feeling that I like to talk about," she said in a phone conversation from her Ukrainian Village home, where she lives with her husband and son. Here are five quick hits with Flynn.
November 14, 2012 |
I warn you: the wrong nerd debate has broken out over the upcoming film “World War Z.” After the trailer debuted , I was dismayed beyond consolation. The highly anticipated Brad Pitt film based on the insanely popular book by Max Brooks, is going to be massively disappointing, and that disappointment will tip over to the point of it “sucking.” It takes a lot for a movie to suck. Most bad movies are just “Meh, I wish I hadn't paid $11 to see that.” Because you can tell within five seconds of the majority of most movie previews that they will suck,...
December 12, 2013 |
*** (out of four) At some point in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is inspired by the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to license the film version of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to shout, “They said one spoonful of sugar, not two!” And, yes, it will help if you say that with the accent of an old British lady. A double dose of sweetness probably can be expected when the Walt Disney company makes a movie about the Walt Disney company making a movie.
April 4, 2013 |
Singer/guitarist Marnie Stern's evaluation of her discography sounds a bit like Goldilocks reviewing porridge. "With the first record I thought, 'Oh, it's too experimental,'" she said. "With the second record I thought, 'Oh, it's too rock.' With the third record I thought, 'Oh, it's too emotive.'" The musician has similarly clashing views of her new record, "The Chronicles of Marnia," a more mature effort that tones down Stern' trademark guitar shredding and places more influence on her voice.