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  • Music Notes: Clint Black, Voodoo Daddy get festive in ’burbs Dec 11, 2014 6:25 AM
    Country star Clint Black plays a Christmas concert at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage Friday and swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gives a holiday twist to their tunes Saturday at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall. Plus, acoustic Americana band 6'10 celebrates the release of its debut album Friday at the Brauerhouse in Lombard.

  • Marmion to host Christmas concert Dec 11, 2014 1:03 PM
    The Marmion-Rosary Band, Marmion-Rosary Jazz Ensemble, the Marmion-Rosary Percussion Ensemble and Marmion Chorus present its Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Admission is free, with freewill donations will be accepted. The Marmion Choir will feature a variety of Christmas selections, including “Angels We Have Heard On High,” “The Hands that First Held Mary’s Child,” “Jingle Bells,” “Silent Night” and “O, Holy Night.”

  • Des Plaines dance troupe performs Friday, Saturday Dec 11, 2014 5:28 PM
    Artistry in Motion, the resident dance company of the Des Plaines Park District, will present the Winter Spectacular 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in the Prairie Lakes Theater, 515 E. Thacker St. Titled “Holiday Memories,” it will feature several dance numbers performed to well-known Disney hits.

  • Former JPMorgan banker gets 6-figure book deal Dec 10, 2014 10:13 AM
    A former banker at JPMorgan has a six-figure book deal for a corporate thriller series that began as an online serial. Penguin Random House units G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Books announced Tuesday they had acquired the first two books of Michelle Miller’s planned five-part series.

  • Passage on assault to be clarified in Dunham book Dec 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    A section from Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” that recounts an alleged assault while she was in college is being changed to make clear that the assailant’s name is a pseudonym. Random House announced Tuesday that both the digital edition and future print editions of Dunham’s best-selling memoir will include the clarification.

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks ABBA and band’s new photo book Dec 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    So their new photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing ABBA again. “ABBA: The Official Photo Book” (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome’s history through more than 600 photographs. “I’m not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures really took me back,” founding member Bjorn Ulvaeus said. The authorized photographic biography, which features numerous photos from the height of the band’s career in the 1970s, was released earlier this year in Europe, and just recently in the United States.

  • Sam Smith tops MTV’s 2014 best artist list Dec 10, 2014 7:06 AM
    This year’s breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV’s Best Artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift. The 22-year-old Smith performed his soulful song, “Stay With Me,” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, from his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour.”

  • MHS students to perform: Dec 10, 2014 5:05 PM
    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis club will perform for the public Monday. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St.

  • Elk Grove library trustee proposes expanding services to unincorporated residents Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    There’s an effort to expand the services of the Elk Grove Village Public Library beyond the town’s borders into unincorporated areas that supporters say would benefit a currently underserved population. But they’ll have some convincing to do since the proposal to create a library district requires approval by voters, who must decide if they want library services in exchange for a new property tax.

  • Davis and Chmerkovskiy, together again Dec 10, 2014 5:17 PM
    “Dancing With the Stars” 2013 champions Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will sign autographs and take pictures with guests from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 at the Vera Bradley store in Deer Park Town Center, 20530 N. Rand Road, Deer Park.

  • Auditions and art shows Dec 10, 2014 10:52 AM
    Auditions and artist calls starting Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in Chicago and the suburbs.

  • Warren High student entertainment: Dec 9, 2014 4:59 PM
    Warren Township High School in Gurnee has comedy and jazz performances scheduled for the public.

  • MHS dancers to perform: Dec 9, 2014 5:02 PM
    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis club will perform for the public Monday. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

  • First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize Dec 9, 2014 10:30 AM
    A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. “Family Furnishings” serves as a companion volume to an earlier compendium, “Selected Stories,” and is as good a place as any to get acquainted with her distinctive voice: pitiless and tender, solemn and sly, elegant and clunky, and always, terrifyingly intelligent.

  • Former boy band Take That back as a trio on ‘III’ Dec 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    What to make of Take That? The 1990s boy band was adored by a generation in its native Britain. When Take That returned in 2005 as a grown-up “man band,” fans embraced the group as if it had never been away. “III” is the band’s sixth No. 1 studio album in the U.K., its title a reference to Take That’s new status as a trio, with the departure earlier this year of Jason Orange. The group earlier survived the loss of original member Robbie Williams, but how much attrition can its chemistry bear?

  • Weekend picks: Lucy, Desi return for one week only Dec 12, 2014 3:03 AM
    If you missed the Chicago run of “I Love Lucy Live On Stage” during the 2012-13 season, then catch the one-week return of the national touring show that re-enacts a studio taping day with Desilu Productions at the Bank of America Theatre. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias hits hte Rosemont Theatre with his "Unity Through Laughter" tour. And Redmoon Theater presents its annual spectacle-filled Winter Pageant, starting this weekend.

  • L.A. police suspect rapper shot, killed wife, self Dec 9, 2014 2:18 PM
    Los Angeles police say a rapper apparently shot and killed his TV actress wife and himself at a Los Angeles apartment. Police say the bodies discovered Monday morning are those of 34-year-old Earl Warren Hayes and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley.

  • BET to honor Kanye, Usher, Phylicia Rashad Dec 9, 2014 5:29 PM
    Someone other than Kanye West is confirming his visionary status. The superstar rapper will receive the Visionary Award next month at the BET Honors. West — who has called himself a visionary and more — will be one of five luminaries honored at the eighth annual event hosted by Wayne Brady.

  • ‘Beaches’ bumps ‘Deathtrap’ from Drury Lane Theatre’s 2015-16 season Dec 8, 2014 7:54 PM
    A Broadway-aimed musical version of "Beaches" will play at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace in 2015, replacing the previously scheduled revival of the 1970s thriller "Deathtrap."

  • Improv Playhouse Radio presents ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM
    Improv Playhouse Radio Theatre presents An Evening of Radio Drama from Yesteryear...for Today: The Frank Capra Holiday Film Classic... "It's A Wonderful Life!"

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