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  • Christian rap artist Lecrae is on the bill for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, March 29.

    Weekend picks: Christian artists to raise up Sears CentreMar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Newsboys, Lecrae, Colton Dixon and other Christian music stars are on the bill for the Winter Jam 2014 Tour Spectacular, which plays Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. This year's International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

     
  • Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka will bring its genre-blending sound to Crystal Lake next week.

    Music notes: Ha Ha Tonka gets cozy at RaueMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka has always blurred the lines between indie and roots rock. Catch the music at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Crystal Lake. Elmhurst's own The Orwells play Lincoln Hall. And the Chicago Theatre hosts a llineup of classic hip-hop artists Saturday.

     
  • InZone students in the Build Your Own Guitar class show off their work.

    Harper College InZone camp registration openMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    For more than a decade, Harper College’s InZone summer enrichment and sports camp has created memorable summers for children ages 8 to 14, with a host of fun and unique courses in a wide range of subjects. “Our classes are an opportunity for everyone,” InZone coordinator Kevin Hahn says. “It’s a chance to develop new interests or strengthen your existing skills.”

     
  • Three Dog Night will play old favorites for fans Friday, March 28, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Three Dog Night to rock ArcadaMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    If you love 1970s hits like “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Black and White” and others by Three Dog Night, then don’t miss their concert at the Arcada Theatre. This year’s International Vintage Poster Fair carries the theme of Ideas and Innovation: A Century of Vintage Posters this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center. Switch off the lights to conserve energy and enjoy family activities in the dark at the sixth annual Earth Hour celebration at the Eastside Community Center in Batavia.

     
  • Teri Dale Hansen performs with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra for the concert “Bring On Broadway: Behind the Mask” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

    Sunday picks: 'Bring On Broadway' at HemmensMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra celebrates the world of musical theater with vocalists Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler in the concert “Bring On Broadway: Behind the Mask” at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. The Illinois Brass Band opens its 24th season with its “Classic Brass” concert at the First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • The Rebecca McCarthy Irish Dancers, based in Algonquin, performing at a previous edition of the Village of Hoffman Estates' Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Weekend picks: Northwest Celtic Fest caters to Irish spiritMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Extend last weekend's St. Patrick's Day celebrations with the Northwest Celtic Fest, which promises loads of Irish music, dancing, children's games, food and more this Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • Trickster Art Gallery celebrates new exhibits SaturdayMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Trickster Art Gallery, the only Native American owned and operated art institution in Illinois, will open two new exhibitions and present Native performances from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The evening will start with the opening of the new Native designed and installed children hands-on exhibition: “Walking Through Native Land.”

     
  • “One Night of Queen” plays at the Rosemont Theatre on Friday, March 21.

    Weekend picks: 'One Night of Queen' plays at the RosemontMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Relive the revelries of such rock classics as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and more when the tribute concert “One Night of Queen” plays tonight at the Rosemont Theatre. Since the famed Swedish pop group ABBA has no plans to reunite, relive their heyday in the show ABBA Mania, which has been rescheduled to Friday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • The Improvised Star Trek comedy troupe will perform at the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival. Members include Nick Wagner, Irene Marquette, Sean Kelley, Matt Young, Griffen Eckstein, Mary Cait Walthall and Chris Rathjen.

    Comedy festival embraces 'nerd culture'Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Fran Hoepfner may be new to the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival this year, but she has proudly considered herself a nerd since she was a teenager. The Mount Prospect native will be hosting the festival's stand-up comedian showcase, hoping to connect with the audience's passion for Vulcans, Hobbits and everything in between.

     
  • Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”) is one of the featured stars appearing at The Walker Stalker Convention 2014 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont between Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 16.

    Sunday picks: Zombies galore at Walker Stalker ConventionMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Zombie fans, today is your last chance to pick your favorite "Walking Dead" stars' brains at the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The Spotlight Theatre group from the Elk Grove Park District presents “Annie Jr.” a story based on the classic tale of “Little Orphan Annie,” at the Prairie Lakes Theatre. And comedian Tommy Johnagin his weekend run at Zanies.

     
  • Comedian Bert Kreischer performs at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

    Weekend picks: Bert Kreischer performs at the ShowcaseMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Comedian Bert Kreischer is famed for being pushed to try all kinds of dangerous stunts and dares on the Travel Channel show “Bert The Conqueror.” See Kreischer performing safer feats of humor this weekend at the The Improv Comedy Showcase. Zombie fans won't want to miss the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Comedian Tommy Johnagin draws from his personal life for his standup at Zanies this weekend.

     
  • Comedian Tommy Johnagin performs at Zanies locations in Chicago and Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: 'Last Comic' finalist Tommy Johnagin in townMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Comedian Tommy Johnagin draws from his personal life for his standup at Zanies this weekend. Casting Crowns teams up with Laura Story and the band For King and Country for an evening of contemporary Christian music at the Sears Centre Arena. And zombie fans won't want to miss the Walker Stalker Convention at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

     
  • College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder on Saturday announced that the performance hall at the college’s McAninch Arts Center has been renamed after Jim Belushi, right, and his late brother, John. Jim Belushi graduated from the college in 1974.

    College of DuPage renames performance hall after Belushi brothersMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The performance hall at the newly built McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage will be named after alumni John and Jim Belushi. The announcement was made by COD President Robert L. Breuder at a benefit Saturday night for the new arts center after a performance by Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy.

     
  • The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club displays a wide variety of Lego model buildings and a running Lego train set at the Lego Show at the Geneva History Center.

    Sunday picks: All aboard for the Lego Train Club showMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club displays a variety of model buildings and a running Lego train set at the Lego Show at the Geneva History Center. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

     
  • Jim Belushi appears with The Chicago Board of Comedy to officially open the renovated McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Weekend picks: Jim Belushi opens COD's McAninch Arts CenterMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy perform on Saturday as they officially open College of DuPage's recently renovated McAninch Arts Center. Comedian Cristela Alonzo draws from her Latina upbringing for a stand-up comedy routine at Zanies in Rosemont. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. “Glee” star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison performs at the 34th Annual Trustee Benefit and Gala Saturday at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.

     
  • Miley Cyrus and her Bangerz Tour will invade the Allstate Arena Friday.

    Weekend picks: Miley Cyrus rocks the AllstateMar 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    See if Miley Cyrus is worth all of the tabloid ink spilled in person when she brings her Bangerz Tour with Icona Pop tonight to the Allstate Arena. Comedian Cristela Alonzo draws from her Latina upbringing for a stand-up comedy routine at Zanies in Rosemont. If you love comedian Charlie Murphy from TV's “Chappelle's Show,” then don't miss his set this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. “Glee” star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison performs at the 34th Annual Trustee Benefit and Gala Saturday at Dominican University's Lund Auditorium in River Forest.

     
  • “Heartbeat of Home” a new dance and music revue by the producers of “Riverdance,” plays Chicago's Oriental Theatre from Tuesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 16.

    'Heartbeat of Home' builds on legacy of 'Riverdance'Feb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    "Heartbeat of Home," the latest international dance revue by the producers of "Riverdance," makes its American debut at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago from Tuesday, March 4, through Sunday, March 16.

     
  • Donna Steele and Pat Able play ex-spouses who reunite for their daughter’s engagement party in Steel Beam Theatre’s world premiere of “The Bay of Portugal” by Richard Culliton.

    Steel Beam’s ‘Portugal’ needs workFeb 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    One thing about Steel Beam Theatre, it’s not afraid to take a chance on a new work. Over the years, the St. Charles company has produced several new shows and for that, it deserves commendation. But premiering a new play involes risk: sometimes that risk pays off and the show’s a delight. Other times, it’s a disappointment. “The Bay of Portugal” falls into the latter category.

     
  • Suzy (Lee Stark) and Jackson (Eric Lynch) celebrate in their new home while their live-in recovering addict friend, Don (Shane Kenyon), looks on in the Chicago premiere of Tracey Scott Wilson's “Buzzer” at the Goodman Theatre.

    Gentrification gets a going over in Goodman's 'Buzzer'Feb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a play called “Buzzer,” playing through March 9 at the Goodman Theatre, it's ironic that the intercom system doesn't actually work. Yet the broken buzzer in Tracey Scott Wilson's 2012 drama is a deliberate plot device. It sets up a highly symbolic (and uncomfortable) final tableaux for a play that already goes out of its way to push buttons over touchy issues of gentrification, class and American race relations in a so-called “post-racial Obama age.”

     
  • An electrical fire at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has forced the cancellation of all shows through March 6. Included is the LINES Ballet’s “Constellations,” which theater officials are attempting to reschedule.

    Harris Theater halts shows due to electrical fireFeb 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has cancelled all performances through Thursday, March 6, in light of an electrical fire on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

     
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