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  • Jennifer Hudson lacks personal style on 3rd album Sep 22, 2014 12:49 PM
    Jennifer Hudson’s new album, “JHUD,” would fly off the shelves if every copy included a tiny stage, complete with miniature Jennifer Hudson singing live. But three albums into Hudson’s music career, the Grammy-winning star still sounds like she’s singing other people’s music. That is to say, while “JHUD” is solid collection of tracks, Hudson seems to be conforming to fit a sound and persona not her own.

  • Wealth of riches fuels rock band New Pornographers Sep 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Soft-spoken A.C. Newman doesn’t seem like a braggart. Yet he feels so strongly that his rock band, the New Pornographers, has just made its best work that a simple good review won’t do. “Brill Bruisers,” the group’s sixth album and its first in four years, lays it on thick. Guitars, voices and electronic flourishes inspired by early-1980s Electric Light Orchestra are piled into high-energy power pop songs that use all of the New Pornographers’ considerable strengths. It debuted at No. 13 on Billboard’s top album chart. Newman is the ringmaster of the eight-piece band, frequently referred to as an indie-rock supergroup because some of its members flourish elsewhere.

  • Theater events: Gift Theatre premieres ‘Bethany’ Sep 21, 2014 11:28 AM
    Libertyville native Marti Lyons reunites with playwright Laura Marks for The Gift Theatre’s Chicago premiere of Marks’ “Bethany.” Theatre at the Center postpones its "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" to Sept. 21; Theo Ubique salutes composer Kurt Weill; Goodman Theatre remounts its 2013 premiere of Noah Haidle's "Smokefall"and "Evil Dead: The Musical" settles in for a brief run this week in Chicago area theater.

  • Sunday picks: Soprano Karen Slack takes on 'Tosca' Sep 21, 2014 2:52 AM
    Soprano Karen Slack, soon to star in the Lyric Opera of Chicago's upcoming production of “Porgy and Bess,” takes on the title role of Puccini's melodramatic tragedy “Tosca” in a concert performance with the New Philharmonic and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus this weekend at College of DuPage's McAninch Arts Center.

  • Sugar Grove teen’s advocacy gives her direction Sep 21, 2014 7:30 AM
    Sarah Feltes of Sugar Grove was just looking for a way to score free tickets to One Direction concerts when she signed up for She read a few articles and watched some videos about topics such as povertyto earn points for a prize drawing. It drew her in and now she's getting a free trip to a concert in New York City and being featured in a video.

  • Arlington Heights actress embraces role in campy 'Evil Dead' musical Sep 21, 2014 6:15 AM
    Arlington Heights resident Julie Baird makes her national touring debut in "Evil Dead — The Musical," a blood-soaked musical comedy inspired by the horror film franchise that plays the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place from Tuesday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 12. Baird plays Linda, the girlfriend of the hero, Ash, and promises plenty of singing, dancing and a "crazy zombie bloodbath."

  • Robert Plant sets aside rambling ways on new LP Sep 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Robert Plant has been a lifelong rambler with almost no interest in returning home to Great Britain. These days, though, he’s as snug as a hobbit in his hole in his native country after returning to record his latest album, and he doesn’t plan on changing his home base soon.

  • Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis memoirs Sep 20, 2014 6:45 AM
    Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. “Forgetting to Be Afraid” chronicles Davis’ hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a trailer park to Harvard Law School. Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” is a “Lean In”-style exhortation about women in a man’s world.

  • Book notes: Jim Peterik signs new book in Glen Ellyn Sep 20, 2014 6:15 AM
    Singer, songwriter and author Jim Peterik signs copies of his book "Through the Eye of the Tiger" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn.

  • Weekend picks: Prepare to swoon as Marc Anthony croons Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Grammy Award-winning singer and actor Marc Anthony brings his “Cambio de Piel” tour Saturday to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Chicago native and comedian Ralphie Roberts continues his run of standup performances this weekend at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort. And comedian Jo Koy plays a two-weekend standup run at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Suburban marching bands face off at Wheeling High School Sep 20, 2014 10:54 PM
    Nearly two dozen marching bands took the field Saturday at Wheeling High School's Chicagoland Marching Band Festival. "Marching bands are better than ever," Wheeling Band Director Brian Logan said. "The activity has become more musical -- and athletic."

  • Naperville Art League’s Riverwalk fair continues Sunday Sep 20, 2014 8:29 PM
    Fine art dressed up the crown jewel of Naperville when a juried fair returned to the Riverwalk Saturday. Shoppers had their pick of scupltures, paintings and other creative pieces against the backdrop of classical music at the Naperville Art League's banner event. "The city just takes on a whole different feel," league Executive Director Debbie Venezia said.

  • Batavia art festival adds food trucks, live music Sep 20, 2014 8:26 PM
    Suburban art fairs can be polite, highbrow affairs. Not Batavia's Art in Your Eye festival. Craft beer, live music and hands-on activities added to the entertaining mix along the Batavia Riverwalk Saturday.

  • Leonard Cohen says touring has improved his mood Sep 19, 2014 11:05 AM
    Leonard Cohen, who returned to performing after a 15-year hiatus in 2008, says touring has improved his mood. “Well, getting back on the road has improved my mood considerably because I was never good at civilian life,” says Cohen, who turns 80 next week.

  • BG Singers performing through Sunday in Buffalo Grove Sep 19, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Buffalo Grove Park District’s BG Singers will perform their 22nd annual choral concert, “Welcome to the Theater,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove.

  • Reception for Mt. Prospect photographer in Rolling Meadows Sep 19, 2014 4:10 PM
    The Northwest Cultural Council is holding a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, for photographer Tiffany Whisler at the Rolling Meadows Library, 3110 Martin Lane.

  • 'Death Tax' a compelling tale of family responsibility Sep 19, 2014 5:45 AM
    “People who have money are preserved ... people who do not have money are not preserved.” That prophetic pronouncement from an aging grande dame in declining health comes early in Lucas Hnath's “Death Tax,” a lean, provocative drama about money, mortality and family in its Chicago premiere at Lookingglass Theatre.

  • Book of Barbra Streisand pics out in December Sep 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    How obsessive are Barbra Streisand’s fans? A coffee table book may provide an answer. Publisher Taschen announced recently that “Barbra: Streisand’s Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976” will be published in December.

  • Street art, not beaches, in Honolulu’s Kakaako Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Honolulu is famous for golden sand beaches and big waves. But the city’s warehouse district, called Kakaako, is famous for a different sort of attraction. You won’t find kitschy Hawaiian souvenir shops or hordes of tourists here, but you will find a thriving urban arts scene, with colorful street murals so big they stretch across walls and sometimes entire sides of buildings.

  • 5 places to enjoy the last gasp of summer Sep 19, 2014 1:13 PM
    Fall may be starting, but Saturday’s weather forecast sure screams summer. Get out enjoy those 80-degree temps at festivals and other outdoor events in the suburbs this weekend. Here are five ideas to get you started.

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