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'critical role' and 'harmonquest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun.


watching shows on youtube is old hat, but not as old hat as tabletop role-playing games. combining the two — watching people onscreen (online or tv) who are playing role-playing games — would seem to go a step too far in terms of our need to be entertained. at least two programs, though, are making...






'critical role' and 'harmonquest' prove watching role-playing games can be fun.


watching shows on youtube is old hat, but not as old hat as tabletop role-playing games. combining the two — watching people online who are playing role-playing games — would seem to go a step too far in terms of our need to be entertained. at least two programs, though, are making it work.  the...






new trier freshman starring on chicago shakespeare stage


at 14, wilmette's aaron lamm has the kind of an acting career many adult performers dream of. the new trier freshman has credits at the biggest equity theaters in chicago. he's signed with an agent. and through march 26, he's playing a major supporting role in chicago shakespeare's production of...






chicago weather playing a big role in nlds


back in the spring of 2005, cubs manager dusty baker was looking forward to getting back to chicago for the home opener. “one thing i've figured out is i've never seen the speed of photosynthesis that can happen there,” he said. “there can be no leaves on the trees, no ivy on the wall, and then...






trump administration signals that some temporary bans on entry into u.s. could b


the trump administration doubled down tuesday on its commitment to transforming the nation’s border law enforcement, signaling that some of the temporary bans on travelers from seven predominantly muslim countries are likely to be made permanent and elevating a deportations official to run the...






denver native josh perkins elevating his role as a leader at point guard for top


josh perkins last summer began preparation for an elevated leadership role with the no. 1 team in america by joining his old high school buddies at the gym in highlands ranch with tall glass windows and a scenic view of the rocky mountains.






books: marc maron, rupi kaur, scary stories for halloween and more


welcome to the books newsletter from the l.a. times. i’m books editor carolyn kellogg — let’s get started. the big story marc maron is known for his podcast “wtf” and his comedy tours and his role on “glow” and now he has a new book, “waiting for the punch.” co-written with “wtf” producer brendan...






new skylanders mobile role-playing game is in the works


activision has partnered with developer com2us to create a new mobile role-playing game based on the skylanders franchise.






summon asteroid! space rock looks like dungeons & dragons dice


fancy a little role-playing in space? an asteroid that whizzed by earth on feb. 7 looks very much like a die used in complex role-playing games like dungeons and dragons.






ryan says trump playing constructive role on healthcare


house of representatives speaker paul ryan said on thursday that president donald trump is playing a constructive role in new health care legislation and helping bridge differences among congressional republicans. “this president is getting deeply involved,” ryan said at a news briefing....






earth day 2017: how it is playing a crucial role in saving energyearth day 2017:


in honor of earth day, we look at how the iot and software are improving the productivity of the world's energy producers, while decreasing their carbon footprint.






real-life examples of how salesforce trailhead is transforming careersreal-life


only 2 years old, and salesforce's trailhead digital skills program is already transforming careers. here are eight people who used the program to skill up to launch a new career.






playing with the pros: locals tee up 'for the caddies' in bmw pro-am


playing in the foursome behind jordan spieth was the next-best thing to playing with him for mark flavin of highwood. flavin was one of 156 amateurs, many from the chicago suburbs, and spieth was among the 52 pga professionals competing in the gardner heidrick pro-am on sept. 13, at conway farms...






brad pitt won’t be playing charles manson — but maybe another role — in new quen


it doesn't sound like quentin tarantino is talking to brad pitt about playing charles manson but another role in his film about the notorious 1969 murders.






books are playing a role in elevating and transforming chicago communities


illiteracy rates are high in chicago, and open books is working to fill the void. snuggled under scaffolding in chicago’s west loop is an inconspicuous entranceway that leads to open books, a bookstore with over 54,000 used books on its shelves. nearly all of the books for sale are donated, as are the 55,000 for sale online and the 20,000 more at its pilsen location. this thanksgiving will be the eighth anniversary of the first store opening, in chicago’s river north.here in the west loop, open books is the anchor store for the space above it, the literacenter, a co-working space of 123 chicago-area literacy programs and organizations that range from theater and poetry to childhood homelessness support and books for prisoners.tim o’brien, open books executive director—and a former open






books are playing a role in elevating and transforming chicago communities


illiteracy rates are high in chicago, and open books is working to fill the void. snuggled under scaffolding in chicago’s west loop is an inconspicuous entranceway that leads to open books, a bookstore with over 54,000 used books on its shelves. nearly all of the books for sale are donated, as are the 55,000 for sale online and the 20,000 more at its pilsen location. this thanksgiving will be the eighth anniversary of the first store opening, in chicago’s river north.here in the west loop, open books is the anchor store for the space above it, the literacenter, a co-working space of 123 chicago-area literacy programs and organizations that range from theater and poetry to childhood homelessness support and books for prisoners.tim o’brien, open books executive director—and a former open






books are playing a role in elevating and transforming chicago communities


illiteracy rates are high in chicago, and open books is working to fill the void. snuggled under scaffolding in chicago’s west loop is an inconspicuous entranceway that leads to open books, a bookstore with over 54,000 used books on its shelves. nearly all of the books for sale are donated, as are the 55,000 for sale online and the 20,000 more at its pilsen location. this thanksgiving will be the eighth anniversary of the first store opening, in chicago’s river north.here in the west loop, open books is the anchor store for the space above it, the literacenter, a co-working space of 123 chicago-area literacy programs and organizations that range from theater and poetry to childhood homelessness support and books for prisoners.tim o’brien, open books executive director—and a former open b






'la la land' comes to life with chicago jazz club takeover


hollywood is still riding that "la la land" high—even with that historic oscar switcharoo—and now it's coming to chicago. to celebrate the recent blu-ray and dvd release of the award-winning musical, andy's jazz club in river north will be transforming into seb's for the night. in the film, ryan...






mlb upholds 1-game suspension for twins miguel sano


chicago (ap) — major league baseball has upheld a one-game suspension of minnesota third baseman miguel sano for his role in a scrap with detroit last month. mlb announced sano must sit out tuesday in chicago with the twins playing the white sox. the punishment was levied two weeks ago but tabled pending sano’s appeal. […]






reusse: second coffey plays big role in another minnesota turnaround


there are a lot of differences between the 1989 gophers and the current team. but both rebounded from problem seasons and both featured a coffey playing a key role.






8 author events coming to chicago soon


of course you can't wait to get outside, but don't forget about your summer reading! plenty of great books are getting released this summer, but we'll do you one better. don't just read these books—actually get out there to listen to conversations with the authors who wrote them. from actors to...






she’s ‘playing first lady’ because melania won’t: angela rye smacks down ivanka’


cnn regular angela rye smacked down a trump defender’s defense of ivanka trump as a valuable adviser to her father, saying it was fairly obvious the first daughter was playing the role of first lady melania trump because, “she’s not checking for donald.” appearing with host b...






boston college leader credited with transforming school dies


boston college's chancellor, the rev. j. donald monan, who is credited with transforming the regional roman catholic school into a nationally-regarded university, died saturday. he was 92.






boston college leader credited with transforming school dies


boston college's chancellor, who is credited with transforming the roman catholic regional school into a national powerhouse, has died. the rev. j. donald monan was 92.






2 young girls shot in chicago: this has got to stop


two scenes in chicago: •children playing basketball in a schoolyard suddenly scatter. because it begins to rain or was time to go home? yes, in most neighborhoods that's why children run with purpose. in parts of chicago, children run from gunfire. they know the sound. they know they should duck....






matt walsh takes break from 'veep' for performance in darien


after picking up two emmy nominations for playing hapless press secretary mike mclintock on hbo's "veep," chicago improv veteran (and 1982 hinsdale south graduate) matt walsh is returning to darien's frugal muse books nov. 20 for a live recording of his "upright citizens brigade sports & leisure...






harvard and yale should stop playing football


harvard and yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. they have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. but on saturday, nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the harvard-yale football game. the two...






miguel montero makes most of limited playing time


after playing a significant role in three consecutive games, miguel montero will be relegated to the visitor's dugout friday night. it's not an easy spot for the cubs catcher. "if you love to play, it's hard to get used to it," montero said. "even during my days when i played every day, i never...






rahm emanuel's summer reading list: no beach books for the mayor


in his literary life he's a networker, sharing books with chicago ald. edward burke and illinois house speaker michael madigan. he's a campaigner, offering up book recommendations to strangers on the "l." he's ambitious, plowing through thick works of history and biography, even as he navigates...






chicago's top bookstore cat, hodge, is out of a job


he’s still got his fans — across chicago, and as far away as france. he has his books: two works of fiction inspired by his storied career and larger-than-life personality, “the secret life of hodge, the bookstore cat” and “hodge sings again.” he’s got his press clippings, including a 2011 chicago...






lakers' thomas robinson gets a little help from (new) friends as he matures


there have been many times in thomas robinson’s career that he’s lacked playing time, when his role has been to wait on the bench until the team needs him. admittedly, he hasn’t always handled it well. this month, two veteran role players have helped him come to terms with it. point guards marcelo...






producers of chicago auto show serve local dealers and communities


ask most folks what the chicago automobile trade association does and the quick response is that it sponsors the nation's largest consumer auto show, the annual chicago auto show. true, and a task it has performed since 1935, but that's only part of the answer. the cata is an organization representing...






11-year-old boy dies while playing in suburban chicago river


aurora, ill. (ap) — authorities say an 11-year-old boy has died while playing in a river with friends in suburban chicago. the aurora fire department says connor lasley of aurora went into deeper water in the fox river on saturday and began to struggle. the department says his friends didn’t know how to swim, so […]






lakers' thomas robinson gets a little help from (new) friends as he matures


there have been many times in thomas robinson’s career that he’s lacked playing time, when his role has been to wait on the bench until the team needs him. admittedly, he hasn’t always handled it well. this month, two of the lakers’ veteran role players have helped the 25-year-old reserve forward...






fire's bastian schweinsteiger on playing in chicago: 'i'm ready'


bastian schweinsteiger introduced himself to chicago media and fans as the fire's new star on wednesday and the german soccer icon was greeted with weighty questions. how he will hold up in an unfamiliar league at age 32? why chicago, of all places? can he raise the sport's profile in the united...