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Good Southern cooking gets ultra-urban twist

Good Southern cooking gets ultra-urban twist

May 5, 2014

At the far end of a cobblestone alleyway surrounded by brick walls with chipping paint, the smell of Texas-style barbecue lingers in the West Loop. The source of the smell is Green Street Smoked Meats, ...

Dramatic, gritty ‘Joe’ anything but average

Dramatic, gritty ‘Joe’ anything but average

By Josh Weitzel

April 21, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Reviews

It is about time moviegoers saw Nicolas Cage in peak form again. For years, he has been the butt of numerous jokes because of his stilted acting in films such as “National Treasure” and “Ghost R...

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

‘Captain America’ ends brutal winter with summer blockbuster action

By Josh Weitzel

April 14, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Reviews

Marvel Comics’ ever-expanding movieverse has been impressive since its arrival on the big screen six years ago and what makes “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” successful is its contribution t...

‘The Jewels’ a lackluster attempt to shine

‘The Jewels’ a lackluster attempt to shine

April 14, 2014

In its world premiere, “The Jewels,” from TUTA Theatre Chicago at the DCA Storefront Theatre, 66 E. Randolph St., shows that Paris, the city of light and romance, is not always perfect in springtim...

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

Dopey DeMarco shows depth

By Brandon Howard

April 7, 2014

Filed under Arts & Culture, Reviews

The last time Mac DeMarco played at The Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave, was in July 2013. At the time, the young Canadian lo-fi indie rocker was just finishing recording his new album Salad Days, releas...

Bottlefork a smokin’ success

Bottlefork a smokin’ success

April 7, 2014

In what looks like a cross between a tavern and a cooking show, business-casual twenty and thirty-somethings sit at crowded tables and giant booths divided between two bars—one for the drinks and the other for ...

‘Noah’ rocks the boat, nearly capsizes

‘Noah’ rocks the boat, nearly capsizes

April 7, 2014

Director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," Requiem for a Dream") has taken on a subject rife with controversy for his first big-budget blockbuster "Noah." A biblical epic is a risky project, and religion...

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ worth extended stay

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ worth extended stay

March 31, 2014

Eccentric director Wes Anderson, known for “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Moonrise Kingdom,” is one of this generation’s most recognizable talents. Through a unique visual and topical style he has ma...

Lorde Almighty

Lorde Almighty

March 31, 2014

Under a twinkling night sky dusted with surreal clouds stands a miniature castle and a meek, doe-eyed Lorde, wearing an oversized blouse and suit pants, wailing above a pulsating beat to a crowd.“You cou...

‘Veronica Mars’ mystery worth investigating

‘Veronica Mars’ mystery worth investigating

By Stephen Hall Film Critic

March 17, 2014

Filed under Reviews

In the early 2000s, “Veronica Mars” delighted audiences with three seasons of the heroic tales of its teenage title character, who solved mysteries while dealing with the pressures of high school. ...

Fast food gets gourmet twist

Fast food gets gourmet twist

March 17, 2014

Burger lovers searching for somewhere new to eat should look no further than Lakeview’s newest restaurant, Spritz Burger. Since its Feb. 14 opening, Spritz Burger, 3819 N. Broadway, has brought a br...

Play about immigrant struggles touches audiences

Play about immigrant struggles touches audiences

March 10, 2014

Seen as the ultimate melting pot of old and new, America has long been a destination for immigrants dreaming of success and opportunity. Steppenwolf Theatre’s new production “Russian Transport” exp...

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