From America’s golden girl to the butt of every late-night joke, pop star Britney Spears has become a media case study in the way our misogynistic society tees women up only to tear them down.  …

Improv

On the heels of a new regime at Second City, Chicago’s premier improv institution, comes “Black and White News: The Plan!,” a new show co-created by a Loyola alum, tackling race and politics.  Atra Asdou, …

Arts & Entertainment

While some families grew tired of each other after a year of pandemic-induced isolation, brothers Steven and Santos Gomez used the opportunity to start a family business — and it’s brought them closer than ever.  …

Film & TV

The recipe for Netflix’s new series “Firefly Lane” includes a hefty dose of cheesiness, a dash of emotional manipulation and just a touch of nostalgia. Based on the novel by Kristin Hannah, “Firefly Lane” takes …

Poptimism

In 2006, “The Real Housewives,” SoulCycle and, most importantly, “High School Musical” were born. 15 years later, the world is a vastly different place, but the legacy of the Disney Channel Original Movie lives on. …

Art

In a year marked by societal upheaval and isolation, local artists CJ Williams and Kristianna Jacques sought to provide levity for the Rogers Park community through artwork. Encompassing an exterior wall of Honeybear Cafe (7036 …

Music

While many have spent their year in quarantine losing motivation, Taylor Swift is renewed and recharged, dropping “evermore” Dec. 11, her second album in six months. “evermore” expands on the subdued, lyrically focused “folklore,” offering …

Film & TV

Netflix has taken cues from the cable television staple The Hallmark Channel over the past few years by releasing a wide array of holiday romances. With an overwhelming list to choose from, here’s a ranking …