Comedian Esther Povitsky taps her Skokie roots for Comedy Central special
Skokie native Esther Povitsky stars in the Comedy Central special "Esther Povitsky: Hot For My Name," which airs on Friday, July 17. And she brings her parents along for the ride.
For ballet companies, 'Nutcracker' loss is heartbreaking blowJoffrey Ballet dancer Victoria Jaiani hadn't performed for three months as a result of pandemic shutdowns, and she was doubtful she'd dance this fall. But when her bosses announced the unthinkable -- canceling "The Nutcracker" -- she lost it. "I sobbed and sobbed," said Jaiani.
It's been an eventful year for Pulitzer Prize winner Colson WhiteheadEven sheltering in place, Colson Whitehead has had an eventful year. Whitehead became the first fiction writer to win Pulitzers for back-to-back novels, "Underground Railroad" and "The Nickel Boys," which won the Pulitzer in May and is now out in paperback. He also managed to finish a crime novel, with the working title "Harlem Shuffle," that he had begun more than a year ago.
Tom Hanks on COVID-19, 'Greyhound' and wartime mentalitySince contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been busy. After recovering, he hosted a from-home episode of "Saturday Night Live." And he saw his new World War II naval drama "Greyhound" steered from theatrical release by Sony Pictures to Apple TV+ -- the streaming service's biggest movie yet.
'Palm Springs' arrives for the Groundhog Days of quarantineThough most of the films that have debuted during the pandemic never got to screen for packed movie houses, "Palm Springs" had the kind of premiere filmmakers dream of at the Sundance Film Festival in January, where it drew big laughs, enthusiastic reviews and a record deal for the festival.
Wahlburgers delays opening of St. Charles restaurantAfter hinting that its new St. Charles restaurant would begin operating next week, Wahlburgers has decided to postpone the opening of its first suburban location until the end of the month.
A sports legend's view on opening America's eyesRecently, national arts reporter Geoff Edgers chatted with basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time scoring leader, an activist and author. Here are a few excerpts from their conversation.
How to enjoy wine -- and have a little fun with itWine speaks to us through its bottle and label, its appearance in the glass, and its aromas. But you need to take a sip to decipher the wine's message.
Black YouTubers ask why they're left out of YouTube Kids"You scroll for a long, long, long, long time before you get to a Black face," says former music teacher Zerius Zontay, who has struggled to get his family's videos on YouTube's app for kids.
'Baby-Sitters Club' is ready for businessSince the growing movement to address racism and police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's death, the fresh-faced stars of "The Baby-Sitters Club," who are all 13 or 14 years old, have spoken out, largely pivoting their social media content from promoting their breakout roles to independently rallying for social justice. And the Netflix family dramedy, which began streaming July 3, echoes the actors' calls for a more equitable world.
10 books to read in JulyThe best thing about social distancing? You have a valid excuse to stay home and read. Of course, some establishments are reopening, and that includes bookstores. Patronize them when you can and remember to wear a mask when you do. You'll want to be safe and courteous as you check out July's bumper crop of new titles.
Marriott, Drury Lane theaters remain dark until 2021Sad news for suburban theater lovers, Lincolnshire's Marriott and Oakbrook Terrace's Drury Lane will remain shuttered until spring 2021.
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