June 8, 2012 |
One of three chefs with Chicago ties on Bravo's"Around the World in 80 Plates"reached the end of the road Wednesday night. On a show of big personalities, travel agent-turned-chef Gary Walker proved himself a reliable supplier of one-liners and a steady source of entertainment for fans. The ladies of the Kappa Phi Delta sorority house at Illinois Institute of Technology, where Walker worked as a chef before filming the show, even got a shout-out when he chugged beer during a pub crawl challenge on the show's first episode filmed in London.
May 29, 2013 |
He was the biggest little star of 80s TV and pop-culture. Gary Coleman -- who gained fame with his quip “Whatchu talkin' about Willis” as Arnold Jackson on 80s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" -- is set to be the centerpiece of a summer-long exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communication. The exhibit will explore the Zion, Ill. native's impact on pop culture and TV during the height of his career in the 70s and 80s. “What was it that America fell in love with?
October 23, 2012 |
You'll notice that around election time many more of my posts become constructed around arguments I've had with strangers in bars (I maintain that this is not my fault; trouble finds me, not vice versa). So I was back in Ohio this past week, and somehow got into an extended conversation in a Cincinnati bar with a kid who claimed he was going to vote for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, which elicited a range of raving, drunken responses that I will attempt to summarize with a bit more cogence than I had the patience for at that bar. First of all, I...
October 22, 2012 |
**1/2 (out of 4) If you regularly read music press, you've heard about Gary Clark Jr. and his vintage sound. Regarding the Texas guitarist, the word "blues" gets thrown around a lot. You're going to see a lot of reviews where people call “Blak and Blu” a "blues" album. It isn't. Clark's full-length debut is an R&B album with more guitar than you're used to hearing. On multiple times during the record, you think you're getting one style, then you're thrown for a loop on the very next song. Creativity isn't a bad thing, but if I'm being promised the messiah of...
December 12, 2011 |
If you've seen Gary Oldman play Sid Vicious (“Sid and Nancy”), Lee Harvey Oswald (“JFK”) or Dracula (“Dracula”), you know Gary can be scary. In fact, “Scary Gary” was reportedly his on-set nickname during “Air Force One,” in which he played a terrorist. So it's quite the reality check to watch and listen as the 53-year-old, soft-spoken Englishman talks about eating Gary's popcorn (not Garrett's, I asked) and watching “The Sound of Music” in Grant Park while in Chicago to film “The Dark...
April 10, 2014 |
*** (out of four) At a certain point, the backcountry stories become a blur. Even when they're well executed, and they usually are, movies like "Winter's Bone" and "Mud" and "Out of the Furnace" and now "Joe" all exist in comparable, dangerous worlds. Kids grow up fast and both booze and angry dogs frequently factor into a violent community that spends little time worrying what the law thinks of any sort of behavior. In its own, rugged landscape, though, each film carves itself into the tree.