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  • Sunday picks: Feel the beat at 'Stomp' Jan 25, 2015 6:00 AM
    The internationally acclaimed percussion revue “Stomp” returns with new routines and out-there objects to make drummed-out music at the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. Vladimir Kulenovic conducts the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in "Hopes, Confessions, Testaments” featuring the music of Mozart, Schumann, Ives and Rachmaninoff at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. And get some great new ideas for renovations around your home at the Home and Garden Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

     
  • Lincolnshire theater marks a milestone as area’s longest-running musical theater Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM
    The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire celebrates its 40th anniversary this season, and it has played an important role in debuting new works, regional debuts of Broadway hits and numerous revivals. Previous stars even include Jennifer Hudson, before she shot to fame in "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls."

     
  • Author appearances: Paula Hawkins joins authors at Anderson’s event Jan 24, 2015 7:01 AM
    A number of authors/novelists will be on hand for an adult author panel event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville. Authors who will take part in the event include Paula Hawkins (“The Girl on the Train”), Cecilia Eckback (“Wolf Winter”), Elizabeth Blackwell (“While Beauty Slept”), Jacqueline Carey (“Autumn Bones”) and others.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local comedians share standup bill Jan 24, 2015 6:00 AM
    Chicago-area comedians Denise Ramsden and Nate Weatherup share a standup bill at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. See the classic 1939 Frank Capra film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. And get some great new ideas for renovations around your home at the Home and Garden Expo at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace.

     
  • Review: Reading e-books on different devices tough Jan 24, 2015 7:31 AM
    While Amazon hasn't, other companies have embraced a format called EPub. In theory, that means books bought for one non-Kindle device can be read on another. But trying to move my EPub books around gets frustrating. Here are som examples.

     
  • American Grands performance fills ECC with music Jan 24, 2015 5:34 PM
    More than 400 pianists of all ages and skill levels performed during American Grands XX at the Elgin Community College Arts Center on Saturday.

     
  • Theater events: Chicago Children's Theatre remounts 'Selfish Giant' Jan 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    Chicago Children's Theatre remounts its 2008 production of “The Selfish Giant.” This retelling of the Oscar Wilde story concerns a grumpy giant who forbids the children in his neighborhood from playing in his garden. Court Theatre revives "Waiting for Godot"; Goodman Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of "Rapture Blister Burn"; and Oracle Productions begins its fifth season of free public-access theater with "Circle-Machine" this week in Chicago-area theater.

     
  • Sleater-Kinney, Decemberists look to add to their legacies Jan 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    The new album “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” sounds a lot like the old Decemberists, only slightly milder and with a just-visible sense of self-loathing. Two other vintage indie bands also dropped new albums this week that indirectly grapple with the same issues: the trailblazing Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love,” their first album in 10 years; and Scottish pop band Belle and Sebastian’s career rebooting “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance,” their first since 2010.

     
  • Weekend picks: Country's Dan + Shay come to Genesee Jan 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    Dan + Shay, semifinalists for ACM New Artist Of The Year, perform their hit song “19 You + Me” and others tonight at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. The Mustangs take listeners back in time with Woodstock-era hits at Dock's Bar & Grill in Wauconda. Aurora University faculty perform chamber and solo music from a variety of French composers in the “La France” concert in the Crimi Auditorium at Aurora University in Aurora. And Chicago-area comedians Denise Ramsden and Nate Weatherup share a standup bill at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

     
  • Northwest Symphony winter concert Sunday at Forest View Jan 23, 2015 4:10 PM
    The award-winning Northwest Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert “Reveries” 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, featuring violinist Maria Storm performing the rarely heard “Winter Song” by Belgium composer Eugene Ysaye.

     
  • Drury Lane revives well-done ‘West Side Story’ Jan 23, 2015 5:11 PM
    “West Side Story” is about as close to perfect as a musical gets. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with a masterwork score by Leonard Bernstein, the groundbreaking show about prejudice and acceptance resonates as profoundly today as it did when it opened 57 years ago. Reviving it is a huge undertaking, for which Oakbrook Terrace’s Drury Lane Theatre — with its dynamic duo of director Rachel Rockwell and music director Roberta Duchak — is especially well-equipped.

     
  • ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions hit Chicago this weekend Jan 23, 2015 4:08 PM
    Local residents are invited to sing, dance or show off other talents this weekend during a two-day open audition in Chicago for the 10th season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

     
  • ‘Rose Tattoo’ an early valentine to Chicago theatergoers Jan 23, 2015 5:15 AM
    Shattered Globe Theatre delivers to theatergoers an early valentine in the form of its heartfelt, exquisitely acted revival of “The Rose Tattoo,” Tennessee Williams’ love story about a fiery Sicilian seamstress consumed with sorrow over her husband’s death, whose passion is rekindled by an unlikely suitor.

     
  • Naperville’s Ribfest bringing The Band Perry in for July 5 finale Jan 23, 2015 4:27 PM
    Naperville’s Ribfest is bringing The Band Perry to perform on the festival’s final day — Sunday, July 5. The Band Perry, a sibling trio from Greeneville, Tennessee, gained country music fame in 2010 with the hit “If I Die Young.” “This is one of our attempts to take our music up a level from last year,” said Don Emery, Ribfest marketing chairman.

     
  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Jan 24, 2015 8:55 AM
    Spend the day with the kids at the "Frozen" ice show in Rosemont? Or seek out home improvement ideas in Oakbrook Terrace? These are just two of the things to do this weekend in the suburbs.

     
  • Bob Dylan says he would be a teacher if not a musician Jan 22, 2015 10:44 AM
    Bob Dylan tells AARP magazine: 'If I had to do it all over again, I'd be a schoolteacher.'

     
  • Musicians get chance to learn industry's business side Jan 22, 2015 10:06 AM
    Musicians get chance to learn industry's business side during free summit Saturday

     
  • Jazz greats Hancock, Corea announce 1st tour in 37 years Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM
    Jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea to make 1st duo piano concert tour since 1978

     
  • Ariana Grande to headline NBA All-Star halftime show Jan 22, 2015 1:06 PM
    Ariana Grande to headline NBA All-Star halftime show Feb. 15 in New York City

     
  • Zany romp through 'Into The Woods' has bewitching singing Jan 22, 2015 10:06 PM
    Zany romp by Fiasco Theater through 'Into the Woods' has bewitching singing

     
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