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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...

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  • 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...

  • Newt Scamander (AKA J.K. Rowling) updates "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

    Newt Scamander (AKA J.K. Rowling) updates "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"

    Somewhere, Hermione Granger is spazzing out over the Pottermore announcement that Newt Scamander's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be updated come March 14. Following the release of the super-successful "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in November 2016, J.K. Rowling is revisiting...

  • 2017 Algren contest

    2017 Algren contest accepting submissions until Jan. 31

    The Chicago Tribune's Algren Awards contest is beginning. This nationally recognized contest for original short fiction, named in honor of the Chicago literary great Nelson Algren, is accepting entries until the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017. We invite writers to submit their stories, which...

  • 7 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    7 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    Step away from the Netflix marathon and find your way into one of these local theaters for a belly laugh this week. Your guide to Chicago’s affordable and under-the-radar comedy scene awaits. THURSDAY, JAN. 5 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival Stage 773 1225 W. Belmont Ave. 773-327-5252 This annual...

  • This local artist creates masterpieces with her mouth

    This local artist creates masterpieces with her mouth

    Mariam Paré pulled up to a stop sign in Richmond, Va., in the driver's seat of her friend's minivan. A moment passed before she heard a loud bang. The windows on the car shattered, and she felt her body go limp. A bullet from an unknown assailant had passed through the side of the car and her headrest...

  • 7 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    7 Chicago comedy shows to see this week

    NeNe Leaks on New Year's Eve, a donation drive finale and more comedy to check out in Chicago this week.

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