With “The Dutchman” and other widely recorded songs, Michael Smith created emotional realities that let you feel along with his characters.
Grief and villainy are no match for optimism, dumb luck, and a banjo.
Folk singer Megon McDonough made her 1972 debut LP while still in high school and in 1990 joined Christine Lavin’s Four Bitchin’ Babes.
We get to experience the entire meteorological buffet—without the gristle of natural disasters.
Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Chicago Theatre, and more happenings from October 6-8
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
After Chicago Theatre shows end, the performers’ John Hancocks remain backstage.
In Funny: The Book, longtime comedy writer and stand-up David Misch explains his craft.
Back for its third year, Just for Laughs brings about 130 comedians to 13 Chicago-area venues. Here are some good bets: A scientist wants empirical proof that her boyfriend is the one in Losing Control, a new movie by Valerie Weiss, screening as part of the JFL Films series (Tue 6/14, 7:45 PM, Gene Siskel […]
This week’s Early Warnings include Atari Teenage Riot, Katatonia, Ty Segall, Steve Martin, Matmos, Pentagram, Phosphorescent, Slum Village, and Swans.
Once you’ve made the banjo a part of the world’s greatest comedy act, it’s tough to sell yourself as just another musician.