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  • Gillian Anderson on-screen Tuesday in ‘Streetcar’ Sep 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    If you can’t get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson is constant motion onstage in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” her orbit is about to get larger. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide, and at select suburban theaters ranging from Batavia to Lincolnshire, the fresh, critically cheered take on Tennessee Williams’ classic tale from London’s Young Vic Theatre.

  • Cat Stevens to play Chicago Theatre on brief U.S. concert tour Sep 16, 2014 6:12 AM
    New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the “Peace Train” back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, including a stop at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Chicago Theatre. This is his first series of shows in the U.S. since his conversion to Islam in the late 1970s that put his music career on the shelf for a quarter-century. Tickets for the Chicago show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, through Ticketmaster.

  • Sunday picks: ESO plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Sep 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Concerts, film screenings and gallery shows are all part of the Charlie's Center for the Arts — All of the Arts, All Over Town event at different St. Charles venues. Des Plaines hosts its Fall Fest 2014 at Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. And you can find seasonal floral arrangements, silk and dried florals and dried bouquets at the annual Weed Ladies Fall Floral Sale, in the Daniels House at Naper Settlement in Naper.

  • Lake Forest Civic Orchestra kicks off season with Sept. 28 concert Sep 14, 2014 5:06 PM
    Chris Ramaekers will be the guest conductor for the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra’sSept. 28 concert in Lake Forest. The concert will be in the Gorton Community Center auditorium at 4 p.m.

  • ‘1954’: A glimpse of baseball’s dramatic changes Sep 14, 2014 6:15 AM
    As the pennant races head into the fall stretch, it’s worth remembering that 60 years ago the sport of baseball was changed permanently as African-American players began to establish their presence in the major leagues and would transform the sport. The premise of Bill Madden’s “1954” is spelled out clearly in the introduction: “1954 was the launching pad for a new era, when the dominant players in baseball were to be blacks and Hispanics.” It was the year that the New York Giants’ Willie Mays and the Cleveland Indians’ Larry Doby faced off in the World Series — the first time both teams in the series featured players of color.

  • Michael Cera: ‘You get used to having an audience’ Sep 14, 2014 5:00 AM
    Brooklyn currently has a love affair with facial hair, is awash with hipsters, tons of kale — and now 100 percent more Michael Cera. The 26-year-old star of “Juno” and “Superbad” has relocated to the cool New York borough after several years in which he would visit the city and then feel sad when it was time to go home to Los Angeles. “I was not really enjoying living in L.A. Aside from all my friends out there, the city didn’t really fit me, I thought. And vice versa,” he says. “I always loved New York. I always wanted to live here since I was a kid.”

  • Book notes: Melissa Gilbert signs books in Naperville Sep 14, 2014 6:30 AM
    Actress Melissa Gilbert discusses her new book “My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food From My Little House to Yours” at an author event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville. Tickets available with purchase of the book from Anderson’s Bookshop.

  • “Wonderful environment” at Deer Park art festival Sep 14, 2014 6:43 PM
    Shoppers browsed the work of more than 40 artists Sunday at Deer Park Town Center during the 3rd annual ARTumn Harvest Art Festival. “It’s a wonderful environment with great weather, which is helpful. Great show,” said photographer Shelly Lawler of Hoffman Estates.

  • Weekend picks: John Leguizamo brings 'Ghetto Klown' to Chicago Theatre Sep 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Comedian and actor John Leguizamo returns to the Windy City with a one-night-only performance of his Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” Saturday at the Chicago Theatre. Best known from his TV appearances on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “World's Dumbest,” comedian, Kevin McCaffrey will perform standup starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Humans and their canine friends are invited to Clearbrook's Raise The Woof Pet Festival in Melas Park, Mount Prospect. And conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Opening Night at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

  • Chabon novel chosen for Chicago reading initiative Sep 13, 2014 3:57 PM
    Chicago residents are being encouraged to enter a world of superheroes through the city’s popular One Book, One Chicago program. The Chicago Public Library Commission announced Friday it has chosen the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” for its 2014-15 initiative.

  • What’s new Sep 12, 2014 10:17 AM
    "Deathtrap" continues at Citadel, comedy duo skewer baby boomers at Metropolis; House Theatre adapts "Moby Dick"; Jedlicka mines laughs with "The Good Doctor" and ATC examines America's health care system, this week in Chicago area theater.

  • ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ star becomes teacher Sep 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Before composing his 1982 synth-pop hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” Thomas Dolby sketched out the story line for the music video. That’s not just rock-and-roll trivia — it’s one of the experiences Dolby can lean on as he teaches film and music students at Johns Hopkins University, a school known more for medical science and research than the arts. Not bad for guy whose formal education ended at age 16.

  • Photos of Brushwood Farm on exhibit in Riverwoods Sep 12, 2014 11:50 AM
    A new exhibit at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, captures the history of the place in the works of two photographers with personal ties to the site, one an amateur and one a professional. It's titled “Views from Brushwood Farm: The Photographs of Edward L. Ryerson & Edward Ranney, 1937-1974.”

  • 5 things to do in the suburbs this weekend Sep 12, 2014 4:57 PM
    Elgin debuts its first fringe festival this weekend, Des Plaines celebrates the start of autumn and Wheaton flashes back to the days of the Revolutionary War. These are just a few of the fun things to do in the suburbs this weekend.

  • Garth and Trisha knock down pins at Kings bowling alley in Rosemont Sep 12, 2014 2:37 PM
    Country music superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were spotted Thursday night at a bowling alley in Rosemont’s entertainment district after Brooks’ show at the Allstate Arena.

  • Details detract from Citadel Theatre’s ‘Deathtrap’ Sep 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Minor glitches and directorial decisions detract from the shocking moments in Citadel Theatre Company's take on Ira Levin's 1978 Broadway thriller "Deathtrap," playing through Sunday, Oct. 5, in Lake Forest.

  • Schaumburg library celebrates banned books Sep 11, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Schaumburg Township District Library is helping teens and adults celebrate their right to read this September through a monthlong expansion of the national Banned Books Week. In addition to programs, an exhibit of reader "mug shots" is displayed on the second floor of the central library, where patrons will see library staff posing with their favorite banned books.

  • Fine cast trumps stage design in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ Sep 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Family crises during the Great Depression test the combined Jerome and Morton families in a solid take on Neil Simon's sturdy 1983 comic drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, running through Sunday, Oct. 19.

  • Lee Brice moves step ahead on ‘I Don’t Dance’ Sep 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    On Lee Brice’s third album, “I Don’t Dance,” he furthers his reputation as the most sensitive of the ball cap-bedecked male singers grouped under the “bro country” banner. Like the others, Brice packs albums with testaments to consequence-free partying (“No Better Than This”) and an idealized version of rural life (“My Carolina”).

  • Justin Townes Earle falls short on new LP Sep 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Justin Townes Earle, a guitar-wielding practitioner of bluesy folk music, comes up short on “Single Mothers,” 10 tracks of wordy Americana with impractical melodies that are hard to care about. He plays a nice guitar and sings, passably at best, about nice topics. But something rings false about the delivery.

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