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  • Kindergartners Cuyler Hart, right, and Devin Lee pretend to play trumpets Thursday as they watch the Justin and Liam Show during “Explore the Arts Day” at Laura B. Sprague School in Lincolnshire. Students participated in workshops that included dance, art, music and theater.

    Sprague School students explore the artsApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    More than 600 students from Laura B. Sprague School spent Thursday afternoon printmaking, singing, drawing and hammering during “Explore the Arts Day.” Students in kindergarten to second grade tried their skills in workshops that included dance, art, music and theater.

     
  • Local artists’ works on display at local businessesApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Northwest Cultural Council recently changed the art on exhibit at several locations through its Corporate Gallery Exhibition program. The public may view the work, which will be on display for three months and which is for sale, during business hours. Here’s a look at what is on display at several locations.

     
  • Poi Dog Pondering plays on the same bill with Matthew Santos at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, April 18.

    Weekend picks: Poi Dog Pondering plays the ParamountApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The eclectic Hawaiian band Poi Dog Pondering plays the same bill with Matthew Santos Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. See the 1971 feature film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” at the Ogden 6 Theatre in Naperville. And Modern Day Romeos plays an intimate set of rock and blues at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville, all this weekend in the suburbs

     
  • The light and movement show “LUMA” plays at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday, April 13.

    Sunday picks: 'LUMA' dazzles Schaumburg's Prairie CenterApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.

     
  • Comedian and Chicago native Danny Kallas performs at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora Saturday, April 12.

    Weekend picks: Local comedian hits ShrineApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rising comedian Danny Kallas is from Elmwood Park, so expect some hometown flavor when he performs this weekend at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

     
  • George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars,” is considering Chicago as a home for a museum that will exhibit memorabilia and visual art that has inspired him over the years.

    ‘Star Wars’ creator eyes Chicago for museumApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is considering Chicago as the site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which will celebrate visual storytelling from Norman Rockwell's paintings of everyday life to the exotic space aliens of Lucas's movies.

     
  • Auditions and art showsApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, April 11, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

     
  • Miles Zabin headlines with his band Tiny Miles & the Big Kids at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn.

    Weekend picks: Tiny Miles brings rock and bluesApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tiny Miles & the Big Kids, a Chicago blues and rock trio, headlines at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catch up with comedian Ron White and his latest hard-living exploits at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

     
  • “Bountiful Blue,” a painting by Batavia artist Alyce Van Acker, will be on display April 17-May 2 as part of her solo show, “Sharing Color,” at the Kavanagh Gallery of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

    Longtime painting teacher shines in solo show at Fine LineApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Honoring the painter for her talents as well as recognizing her years as a devoted art teacher all comes into play for Batavia artist Alyce Van Acker’s upcoming solo show in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles.

     
  • Singers Brandon Boyd, left, and Michelle Williams, right, perform at the “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena spectacular press performance Friday in New York.

    Star-studded ‘Superstar’ to tour North AmericaApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of ‘N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

     
  • “This Is Your Life,” by Ronnie James Dio

    2 horns up for Dio tribute albumApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album “Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life” brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer.

     
  • Roots artist Chris Vallillo, pictured, joins folk musician Bucky Halker for a concert hosted by the Lake County Folk Club on Sunday, April 6.

    Sunday picks: Roots rocker plays In-Laws in GurneeApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Folk musician Bucky Halker joins roots artist Chris Vallillo in a concert of folk music at the In-Laws Restaurant. Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin returns this weekend for a series of shows at Zanies. See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena.

     
  • Warren High hosts free arts festivalApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Warren Township High School hosts an arts festival Thursday night.

     
  • Jeff Garlin appears at Zanies Comedy Clubs in Chicago and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Jeff Garlin home for the weekendApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Morton Grove native and comedian Jeff Garlin returns this weekend for a series of shows at Zanies. See what happens when furry Elmo gets his hands on Abby Cadabby's magic wand in “Sesame Street Live: Can't Stop Singing” at the Sears Centre Arena. And you can sample plenty of fine wines and brews at DiCarlo's Spring Wine, Food & Craft Beer Festival in Mundelein.

     
  • Explosive choreography and exuberant performances define director/choreographer Marc Robin’s revival of “Cats” for Marriott Theatre.

    Marriott grooms ‘Cats’ to near purr-fectionApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" has its fans and its critics. But in a revival for Marriott Theatre, Marc Robin's savvy storytelling and fresh, exhilarating choreography make "Cats" worth seeing.

     
  • Elgin Community College graduate Corey Dillard speaks during Thursday’s ceremony honoring the late Florence B. Palmer, who established a foundation in 1999 to fund ECC’s annual poetry contest. Dillard is a previous Palmer Contest winner.

    Florence Palmer honored for her contributions to ECCApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elgin Community College honored the late Florence B. Palmer Thursday as a poetry wall on campus was dedicated to the longtime teacher and poet.

     
  • In this 1943 photograph by Jack Delano, Clarence Dwight Averill takes a break from his job as a freight train conductor. The West Chicago man spent nearly 50 years working for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway.

    Photography exhibit shows suburban railroaders on the jobApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A new photography exhibit opening Saturday in the Chicago History Museum features suburban railroaders who helped power a key industry during World War II. For the descendants of the workers, the images fill missing chapters in family history. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I see my father in him,'" said Marilyn Theobald, when she studied a photo of her grandad.

     
  • Alternative rock band Blue October will play in Libertyville next week.

    Music notes: Blue October, Against Me! stopping in the suburbsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Punk rockers Against Me! and alternative band Blue October will makes stops in Palatine and Libertyville, respectively, during the coming week. Former Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, meanwhile, will bring her new band, the Julie Ruin, to Chicago.

     
  • Congressional art contest accepting entriesApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s office announced Tuesday. High school students who reside or attend school in the 8th Congressional District may participate.

     
  • Aurora celebrates art, music, theater with First FridaysApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    With eight venues and two theater shows, the First Friday on April 4 in downtown Aurora is the biggest yet. First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invite the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater and more on the first Friday of the month.

     
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