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  • Metropolis director was a Second City producer, also Glencoe trustee Dec 19, 2014 7:35 PM
    New Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Joe Keefe said Friday he wants the Arlington Heights theater to become a “greenhouse” for the development of original productions — just one idea he has to make the financially struggling venue sustainable. Keefe said original productions at Metropolis would build upon the facility's existing school of performing arts that involves actors, musicians, playwrights and directors.

     
  • D’Angelo is back, with deific might Dec 19, 2014 6:01 AM
    After a 14-year absence marked by cataclysmic falls from grace and various false-start comebacks, D’Angelo’s new album, “Black Messiah,” dropped out of the heavens Sunday night. Play it once with your eyes closed, and you’ll hear something almost paralyzing — a survivor on the rebound of all rebounds, excavating new spiritual truths from unknown depths. This album communicates its complexity with immediacy and finesse — proof that this is the same D’Angelo who left us hanging back in 2000 with “Voodoo.”

     
  • Bartlett art group opens in new downtown storefront Dec 18, 2014 9:08 PM
    A group of artists have moved into a new space in downtown Bartlett, where professionals will create, sell and teach their craft. The nonprofit Arts in Bartlett hopes it will host live music and movie screenings, too. “Every successful downtown has some sort of entertainment venue,” says Cecilia Green, a founding member. “Bartlett doesn’t have that, so we’re hoping to provide that in some small way."

     
  • Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd on new live album Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    When you’re playing music for 20 years with the caveat that no two shows will ever be the same, you had better write a lot of music, or cover some great songs. Gov’t Mule does both pretty well, most notably during a Halloween concert in Boston back in 2008. For that marathon show, the jam band played some of their own songs, then covered Pink Floyd in the next two sets. The album title is a play on words, obviously referring to Pink Floyd’s seminal 1973 album, “Dark Side of the Moon.”

     
  • When it comes it food books, it’s been a good year for geeks and grains Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Geeks, grains and globe-trotting. Nearly every one of this year’s best food books seems to fall into one of those categories. For those of us who (somewhat obsessively) watch the food world, there actually is some logic to that. Chefs have become fascinated by the hows and whys of cooking, delving into the science of the kitchen to find new ways to master delicious. After some fits and rough starts, publishers finally are learning how to make food science sexy to the home cook.

     
  • D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ plays to message of rising up Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    The phrase “long-awaited album” gets tossed around quite a bit. But “Black Messiah,” D’Angelo’s follow-up to 2000’s “Voodoo” comes after a 14-year wait. But “Black Messiah” is finally here, both amazing and right on time, arriving as demonstrators across the nation demand change after the recent slayings of unarmed black men by police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

     
  • Weird museums: Travel off the beaten path Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Travelers looking for something beyond top attractions like the Space Needle in Seattle might consider adding a weird museum or two to their itineraries. Here are some suggestions from among dozens of unusual museums across the nation, from a funeral museum to an attraction devoted to wet wipes, of all things. They’re all worth a stop, but probably shouldn’t be your only reason for buying a plane ticket.

     
  • Free choir concert: Dec 17, 2014 5:34 PM
    Stevenson High School’s choirs will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincolnshire school’s performing arts center. Admission is free.

     
  • The Grinch makes the children laugh during Gavin Central School drama club performance Dec 17, 2014 5:30 PM
    The Grinch ran from Who child to Who child to steal their presents during the Gavin Central School drama club’s performance Wednesday of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

     
  • Sing along or just listen at upcoming holiday concerts Dec 17, 2014 6:01 AM
    Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is with music. Whether you perfer the stirring sounds of a brass band, the warmth of a community singalong or the harmony of a professionally-trained choir, you’re bound to find a show you’ll enjoy in the Fox Valley this weekend.

     
  • ‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Geocaching — the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects — lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an exciting update of the puzzle mystery in Austrian children’s book author Ursula Archer’s crime fiction debut. Archer imbues “Five” with an inventive plot, tense suspense and fully realized characters that seem as if they have been around for years.

     
  • Minaj’s ‘Pinkprint’ delivers grown-up complexity Dec 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a grown-up. On some level, we surely understood that the now 32-year-old rapper had complex emotions and a past. But not until now, with her third release, “The Pinkprint” has Minaj conveyed that message so clearly.

     
  • Rock hall to induct Green Day, Reed, Starr Dec 16, 2014 8:23 AM
    The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Ringo Starr. Besides Reed, the class includes posthumous inductees Paul Butterfield and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The 30th annual induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Hall April 18.

     
  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Dec 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

     
  • Weekend picks: Let Cirque lead you into a ‘Holidaze’ Dec 16, 2014 7:30 AM
    Cirque Dreams gets into the spirit of the season with its wintry "Holidaze" at the Chicago Theatre. Demi Lovato, Calvin Harris, Fall Out Boy and more will fill the Allstate Arena with music for the 103.5 KISS-FM Jingle Ball Thursday. And the Organic Theater Company offers a different take on Dickens' classic with "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" at NCC.

     
  • Review: 'Five' by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    Book Review: Intriguing 'Five' by Ursula Archer has twisting, yet believable plot

     
  • New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new civil rights-themed piece, “Odetta,” a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement. “I’d like to take credit,” quips Robert Battle, artistic director at Ailey, of the timing. But the piece was planned long before the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

     
  • Side Street Studio Arts presents 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jam! Dec 15, 2014 8:14 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Jam!,” a day of music, featuring a wide range of area bands and solo musicians, on Saturday, Dec. 20. It is open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation at the door; $2 from every $12 donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin's Holiday Fund Drive.

     
  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

     
  • Craig Ferguson to bring tour to Joliet, Waukegan Dec 15, 2014 2:33 PM
    Comedian Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking to the Earth to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, March 20, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 21.

     
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