"We've played to some of your mothers and fathers," Queen guitarist Brian May remarked to the full-house crowd during their show at United Center on Thursday. "And some of your grandchildren, I'm sure." Certainly, Queen's reign has spanned generations. And with their current incarnation including former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert as singer, the audience's ages at the opening night of their North American tour ranged from younger G...
Before "Transformers 4" pounds into cinemas next week ( sorry , "Transformers: Age of Extinction" ), let us take a moment to step back and consider a much smaller, 25-minute film from Chicago-based critic Kevin B. Lee called "Transformers: The Premake," which went live on YouTube earlier this week and will screen at the Nightingale Friday.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra 's thoughtfully conceived and executed "Truth to Power" Festival is ending as it began, with major symphonic statements by Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten. Both scores play to Jaap van Zweden's knack for digging deep and pulling out musical "truths" that register like powerful temblors.
Last week while on vacation, I waited 65 minutes for chicken (Zuni Cafe in San Francisco). It was worth the wait. I mention this because earlier today, I sat at Mini Hut, a hole of a restaurant in Garfield Ridge, once again fussing with my iPhone as I awaited chicken. The cashier said I made a rookie mistake in not calling ahead to order its fried chicken. Now I had 25 minutes to kill.
In the latest collaboration between the renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and a Chicago-area arts institution, Gang and her firm, Studio Gang Architects, have designed a new acoustical shell for Lyric Opera the company will use for its concert performances at the Civic Opera House beginning in the fall, Lyric announced Wednesday.