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Interview: Veronica Roth talks sophomore slump and breaking away from 'Divergent'

Dystopian young adult novels are getting an extension of their time in the spotlight thanks to Chicago-based writer Veronica Roth. With her "Divergent" trilogy wrapped up—and making its way off the big screen to a TV movie for the last film adaptation—Roth is moving out of post-apocalyptic Chicago...

  • 'Carve the Mark' review: More like 'Carve the Meh'

    'Carve the Mark' review: More like 'Carve the Meh'

    It's tough starting a new project after the previous one has been so successful. Like, best-seller-list, major-movie-franchise successful. Like ... "Divergent." So for Veronica Roth, the 28-year-old Chicago-based author who began writing the "Divergent" series while still a student at Northwestern,...

  • 6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    An inauguration day comedy festival at The Hideout, a tomato throw show at The Comedy Bar and more comedy happening in Chicago this week.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda says he'll play 'Hamilton' in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera

    Lin-Manuel Miranda says he'll play 'Hamilton' in Chicago for Oscar Lopez Rivera

    "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was "sobbing with gratitude" about the news that President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera and said he would play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance for Lopez Rivera. "I wish I was with every...

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  • 'Wicked' is coming back to Chicago this year

    'Wicked' is coming back to Chicago this year

    Goodness knows: The national tour of "Wicked" is returning to Chicago for a seven-week engagement during the holiday season at the end of this year, Broadway in Chicago announced Monday. The hit musical will be making its fourth visit to Chicago (one of which lasted for years). As is usual, the...

  • No stunt: Wayne Brady said he had to play Aaron Burr in 'Hamilton'

    No stunt: Wayne Brady said he had to play Aaron Burr in 'Hamilton'

    Wayne Brady clearly did not like being called an unusual casting choice for the role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton," an assignment he begins Tuesday night at the PrivateBank Theatre. "Why do you say that?" the actor asked, talking by phone as he made his way to one of his...

  • Meet the Chicago ceramicist who's elevating your dining experience one plate at a time

    Meet the Chicago ceramicist who's elevating your dining experience one plate at a time

    Jessica Egan's story is built on stubbornness. The good kind of stubbornness, the stuff some might call perseverance. The 26-year-old first laid eyes on a potter's wheel back in high school. At the time, no one in the school's art department knew how to use the wheels, let alone teach students...

  • 6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    6 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    A funeral for Han Solo, a spoof on "Little Women" and more comedy happening this week in Chicago.

  • Wayne Brady is next Aaron Burr in Chicago's 'Hamilton'

    Wayne Brady is next Aaron Burr in Chicago's 'Hamilton'

    As first reported by the Tribune last week, Wayne Brady is indeed joining the Chicago cast of "Hamilton" in the major role of Aaron Burr. The producer of the hit show, Jeffrey Seller, made the casting official on Monday afternoon and provided the dates for what will be a relatively short stay in...

  • This beer is perfect for the shower drinking of your dreams

    This beer is perfect for the shower drinking of your dreams

    You don't need to be a college frat star to understand the joys of shower drinking. A brewery in Sweden is capitalizing on the beauty of a warm shower and a cold beer by brewing Shower Beer, a pale ale purposefully crafted to perfect your shower-drinking experience. The Shower Beer is half the...

  • The world watched 524,641 years' worth of porn in 2016

    The world watched 524,641 years' worth of porn in 2016

    By all accounts, 2016 was stressful AF. And what do people do when they're stressed? Sometimes they do yoga. Sometimes they yell. Sometimes they watch porn. The world did a whole lot of the last one in 2016. According to PornHub's insights for 2016, there were 23 billion overall visits to their...

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