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  • Cynthia Erivo to join Jennifer Hudson in ‘The Color Purple’ Mar 23, 2015 6:12 AM
    Cynthia Erivo will join Jennifer Hudson on Broadway this fall when the musical “The Color Purple” returns. Erivo, who starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London in 2013, will reprise her role of Celie in her Broadway debut. The production, which begins previews in November at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, is directed and designed by John Doyle.

  • SXSW dials it back a bit this time Mar 23, 2015 6:45 AM
    Some come to South by Southwest seeking glory. Others come to roll their eyes at it. Australian rock singer Courtney Barnett chose her side on Thursday afternoon in the form of a song: “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” As one of the most-hyped artists at the 29th annual music festival, Barnett’s hesitancy seemed to capture the mood of the entire shebang. This was a less urgent, less electric South by Southwest. And it was mostly by design.

  • Exhibit on Kahlo, Rivera shines welcome spotlight on Detroit museum Mar 23, 2015 6:00 AM
    In July 1932, Frida Kahlo ended up in Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where a complicated pregnancy came to a painful end. Frida’s husband, the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, referred to the event as “Frida’s tragedy,” and a self-portrait Kahlo made shortly after shows her glassy-eyed, with a frightened and drawn expression. The drawing appears in an absorbing exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year the two artists spent in what was then the industrial heart of America. “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” weaves together two narratives, the emergence of Frida as an individual and daring artist, and the creation of one of the last century’s great mural cycles, “Detroit Industry,” painted on the walls of a covered courtyard in the DIA’s new home.

  • How 3 Broadway novices put 'Something Rotten!' on stage Mar 23, 2015 11:42 AM
    It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is "Something Rotten!" and all it took to get to Broadway was that original idea plus 40-odd songs, endless rewriting, a brief scare from an Oscar-winning movie, some top-notch actors and some two decades.

  • Arlington Hts. architect builds 13 world landmarks out of Legos Mar 23, 2015 1:58 PM
    Adam Reed Tucker of Arlington Heights is one of only 14 Lego certified professionals worldwide. His work is not child’s play. Tucker is a trained architect, and Legos are his medium. His latest exhibit of 13 world-famous landmarks — built entirely of Legos — is on display at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library through April and drawing big crowds. It opened this month on the first floor beneath the natural light of a skylight. “I love the design process,” Tucker says.

  • Meet the Elgin woman who went from an engineer to ballet dancer Mar 24, 2015 9:57 AM
    Ruffled red skirts swirl in huge circular patterns on the dance floor, creating a feast for the eyes as well as a strong breeze. Every few seconds between the double swirls you can catch a glimpse of the bright eyes and beaming smile of Cynthia G. Hernandez as she dances among her students. The look of genuine joy is unmistakable.

  • Ronnie Milsap, Blood, Sweat and Tears among new Arcada shows Mar 23, 2015 6:16 PM
    The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles has added new shows to its schedule, including Dickey Betts of The Allman Brothers, Poco/Firefall, Ronnie Milsap, Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice of "American Idol," Mickey Gilley and Here Come the Mummies.

  • Performer to portray Eleanor Roosevelt at Barrington Area Library Mar 22, 2015 4:28 PM
    In recognition of Women’s History Month, a performer will bring Eleanor Roosevelt to life at the Barrington Area Library Tuesday night. Solo dramatist Roberta Randall portrays powerful, independent Eleanor Roosevelt throughout her life, as a shy and lonely childhood to first lady, UN delegate and Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights.

  • Sunday picks: Pet expo comes to Arlington International Mar 22, 2015 5:30 AM
    Don't miss the animal rescue groups, pet and pet-themed products, demonstrations, entertainment, veterinary services and more at the 23rd Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at the Arlington International Racecourse. Start thinking about adjustments to your abode at the Home & Garden Expo this weekend at the Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

  • Weekend picks: Jessimae Peluso brings comedy to Zanies Mar 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Comedian Jessimae Peluso (“Girl Code”) brings her Mess America tour to Zanies at MB Financial Park. Now that spring is here, start thinking about adjustments to your abode at the Home & Garden Expo this weekend at the Players Indoor Sports Center in Naperville. And Olympic gold medal winners Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Naperville native Evan Lysacek are just some of the skating athletes and artists featured in the return of “Stars on Ice” at the Allstate Arena. All this and more in this weekend's Time out! entertainment section.

  • Penn & Teller to return to Broadway this summer Mar 21, 2015 6:30 AM
    Penn & Teller are hoping they’ll be able to make tickets disappear on Broadway this summer. The comedy-and-magic duo said Thursday they will play the Marquis Theatre from July 7-Aug. 16. Tickets go on sale on April 16.

  • Snoop Dogg says he’s developing HBO series Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Snoop Dogg has cleaned up his image from gangster rapper to multiformat entertainer, but he’s looking to the past in a new series he’s developing for HBO. Snoop announced Friday — when he was giving the keynote address at South by Southwest — that he’s working with Allen Hughes on the show about 1980s Los Angeles.

  • Author appearances: Meet ‘One and Only Ivan’ author at Anderson’s in Naperville Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Katherine Applegate, author of "The One and Only Ivan," discusses and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. Also, best-selling young adult author Richelle Mead discusses “The Ruby Circle,” the final book in her “Bloodlines” series, at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

  • Miley Cyrus surprises crowd at SXSW event starring rappers Mar 20, 2015 7:38 AM
    Miley Cyrus surprised the audience Thursday during a South by Southwest event featuring a slew of rappers, including her producer Mike WiLL Made-It. Cyrus appeared to be the only woman on the stage, which was packed with nearly 20 people jumping up and down, left and right. Cyrus sang — well, rapped — her portion on the song “23,” Mike WiLL Made-It’s 2013 hit that also starred Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.

  • Poster contest seeks design that best represents Barrington Mar 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    To help celebrate Barrington’s 150th anniversary at this year’s Barrington Art Fest, organizers are putting on a contest challenging local artists of all ages to design a poster that best represents Barrington. “We have no idea what we’re going to get," Amy Amdur, an art fest organizer, said. “We didn’t want there to have to be a requirements, so we could give people maximum creativity.”

  • A ‘Mad Men’ exhibit welcomes visitors to Don Draper’s world Mar 20, 2015 6:00 AM
    You don’t need to be mad about “Mad Men” to savor “Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men” at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. This collection of hundreds of props, dozens of costumes, two full-scale sets and scads of notes and scripts from AMC’s glorious drama series will surely thrill all “Mad Men” fans as they brace themselves for its final seven episodes (starting April 5).

  • Iggy Azalea on social media, tour, new album, Britney Spears Mar 20, 2015 7:45 AM
    Missing Iggy Azalea on social media? You may have to get used to it. The rapper, who has spent the last week off of Twitter and Instagram, said she may not return to the popular networks. Though the “Fancy” performer is off social media, she’s keeping busy with new music, a concert at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this week and her upcoming tour, which was rescheduled to happen in the fall instead of the spring due to “production delays.”

  • Music notes: Eric Church brings his brand of country to Allstate Mar 20, 2015 6:14 AM
    Country singer Eric Church is bringing his heavier take on Southern rock to the Allstate Arena Friday with special guests the Drive-By Truckers. The Crombies will rock Lombard's Brauerhouse with its ska/punk mashup music. And if you missed SEMPLE last weekend, you have another chance to catch the band at H.O.M.E. Bar Saturday night.

  • Weekend picks: Five Year Mission channels 'Trek' at the Arcada Mar 20, 2015 5:30 AM
    Die-hard “Star Trek” fans won't want to miss the rock tribute band Five Year Mission as they sing about episodes from the original series Friday at the Arcada Theatre. Chicago's very own ska/punk artists The Crombies will be doing more than jumping, jiving and wailing at Lombard's Brauerhouse. And country singer Eric Church packs a guitarcase full of country bound for the Allstate Arena. All this and more in Friday's Time out! entertainment section.

  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Mar 20, 2015 3:12 PM
    See Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek (formerly of Naperville) when he joins Meryl Davis, Charlie White and other skating greats in the return of “Stars on Ice” Saturday at Rosemont's Allstate Arena. Other fun options for the first official weekend of spring include “Les Miserables” at Aurora's Paramount, legendary blues guitarist Tinsley Ellis at Elgin's Hemmens and the 23rd Annual Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park.

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