NBC’s heartwarming, family-oriented show, “This Is Us,” returned to air Sept. 26 with “A Father’s Advice,” an episode packed with drama, laughs and answers to questions that have haunted viewers since season one. Kate (Chrissy …

Arts & Entertainment

At the core of Loyola’s spirit lies Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, known best as Sister Jean. Famous for sporting her bright red sweater and passing out the sweetest gift of all — a smile — …

Arts & Entertainment

The National brought its unique brand of mellow, alternative rock back to the music scene on Sept. 8 with the release of its seventh record, “Sleep Well Beast.” Formed in 1999 in Cincinnati, the band …

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A leading artist in the indie-folk genre returned to the spotlight Aug. 25 with his sixth full-length studio album. Sam Beam, who commonly goes by his stage name, Iron & Wine, released “Beast Epic,” a …

Arts & Entertainment

If you’re craving a new sweet spot in the Edgewater area, look no further. Edge of Sweetness Bakery (6034 N. Broadway) is a family-operated business that sells cakes, cookies and a variety of other sweets. …

Music

The Shins are back after five years with a new studio album called “Heartworms.” The indie-alternative rock band took an enormous shift from its usual, laid-back sound. The album, produced by lead singer James Mercer, …

Music

Aspiring artists don’t settle for what they have, and no one understands that better than Amber Bain, who played a sold-out show at the Bottom Lounge (1375 W. Lake St.) on Feb. 25. The British …

Theater

“Bootycandy,” a new production playing at the Windy City Playhouse (3014 W. Irving Park Rd.), is a semi-autobiographical account of the life of the successful director and writer Robert O’Hara, who grew up a gay …