May 1, 2012 |
When Derrick Rose went down with a torn ACL in Saturday's playoff-opening game at the United Center against Philadelphia, sports talking heads were near unanimous in their declaration that the Bulls could not win a championship without their superstar point guard. Fans, while perhaps dubious, pledged their support, believing the Bulls can persevere as they did when they went 18-9 during the 27 games Rose missed during the regular season. Tuesday night began the test of those two competing lines of thought.
November 5, 2012 |
Circuit nightclub, a Boystown mainstay for 15 years, has closed and its outlook for reopening is uncertain. Owner Michael Macharello said the club was closed by the landlord after years of arrears in rent. "Just getting through this economy and surviving it has been difficult," he said. But the landlord for the property, Frank Friedman of Sterling Properties, said Macharello is not the leaseholder and that the club's closing resulted from Macharello permanently removing the liquor license from the property.
July 2, 2012 |
No, your paychecks haven't been getting smaller - and neither has your kitchen. If it seems like it's getting harder to find an affordable, spacious rental in Chicago, that's because it is. Rents are up and vacancies are down as the economy continues to tread water. Net rent prices increased 14 percent from 2005 to 2010 - the latest data available. Meanwhile, about 40 percent of Cook County residents are renters, according to a 2011 study released by the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies.
March 13, 2012 |
Lucas Neff wants you to tune in to his Fox comedy, "Raising Hope," and he offered an extra incentive to watch the March 13 episode. "You have me getting spanked a lot," he told me Sunday at the Coffee Studio in Andersonville. (Watch the video above.) The Chicago native is back in town helping shepherd to the stage a play he's written, "The Last Duck. " The Jackalope Theatre Company is doing the play, his first to be produced, and will premiere it at the ViaDuct Theatre March 22-23.
June 21, 2012 |
** (out of four) I'm no dating expert, but testicular cancer does not seem like a very promising first-date conversation topic. Not that awkward, overweight Abe (Jordan Gelber of “Boardwalk Empire”) and mopey Miranda (Selma Blair) have any potential in the first place. He's all pathetic desperation; she's all exhausted disappointment, barely generating the energy to suggest she sees his advances as worth dignifying. This sort of relationship falls right in line with the worldview of writer-director Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”)
November 26, 2012 |
** (out of 4) Following the success of Adele's widely accessible “21,” Alicia Keys must have been tempted to head into the recording process for “Girl on Fire” with a conservative outlook. Keys, who owns the soulful piano ballad lane, is one of the few artists who can credibly and reliably deliver an album of just-edgy-enough comfort R&B that the music-buying public (aka. moms) can get behind en masse. So the fact that her fifth album shoots for a more modern, adventurous rebranding - it opens with a song called “Brand New Me” - is, in...