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  • Celebs bringing carols to the suburbs early Nov 28, 2014 11:13 AM
    Singer, musician and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and other artists are bringing their holiday shows to the Chicago area this holiday season. Here is our guide to a number of upcoming holiday shows.

  • Lysacek returns to Stars on Ice, Allstate Nov 26, 2014 4:10 PM
    For the first time since 2011, Olympic gold medal champion and Naperville native Evan Lysacek returns to the lineup of Stars on Ice, and he will appear in the “Dancing for Joy” tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday, March 21.

  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory Nov 25, 2014 6:01 AM
    Jerry Lee Lewis was a Louisiana-born supernova who helped create rock ’n’ roll and raced toward stardom in the 1950s until his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra helped turn a 1958 performance tour in England into a disaster. But the brilliance of his early years and his dogged determination to succeed sustained him for decades after his rocketlike career was sidetracked. Lewis has found the ideal biographer in Rick Bragg, an author and former New York Times writer who understands the texture and cadence of Lewis’ life.

  • Chris Colfer has multi-book deal Nov 24, 2014 7:39 AM
    Chris Colfer is planning many return trips to the Land of Stories. Publisher Little, Brown and Company said Monday the actor best known for “Glee” has a multi-book deal. Colfer has two more “Land of Stories” installments planned, the fourth and fifth of his best-selling middle grade series, coming in July 2015 and July 2016.

  • Kelsey Grammer’s daughter is Miss Golden Globe Nov 21, 2014 10:52 AM
    Kelsey Grammer’s daughter Greer is the new Miss Golden Globe. Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma made the announcement Thursday night at a party in her honor. It’s been a Golden Globe tradition for 50 years to have the daughter or son of a past winner help hand out statuettes during the ceremony.

  • Bill Cosby’s Arizona show canceled amid scandal Nov 21, 2014 10:04 AM
    Bill Cosby’s February appearance at an Arizona casino has been canceled amid widening allegations of sexual assault.

  • Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother Nov 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end. It would be a shame to dismiss “There Was a Little Girl” as a celebrity tell-all. Instead, it’s a thoughtful, poignant and provoking story about a girl and her mom prompted by a New York Times obituary written shortly after Teri Shields’ death in 2012.

  • Champaign theater cancels Cosby shows Nov 21, 2014 5:47 PM
    Bill Cosby’s two shows next April at a theater in Champaign have been canceled in the wake of allegations the famed comedian sexually assaulted women.

  • Master of all mediums Mike Nichols dead at 83 Nov 21, 2014 9:18 AM
    A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with sparkling intelligence.

  • Multiple fractures for Bono in N.Y. bicycle accident Nov 20, 2014 7:41 AM
    An injury to U2 singer Bono after what was described by the group as a “cycling spill” left him with multiple fractures that required him to undergo two surgeries, a doctor said Wednesday. Bono was in a “high-energy bicycle accident” when he was trying to avoid another cyclist on Sunday, orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich said in a statement from NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital for Special Surgery.

  • Don Lemon regrets comments to alleged Cosby victim Nov 20, 2014 8:12 AM
    CNN newsman Don Lemon apologized Wednesday for his sexually charged interrogation of one of the women who has accused Bill Cosby of assault.

  • Foreigner, Black Violin to play Genesee Nov 20, 2014 4:46 PM
    Tickets go on sale ot the public beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, for the Foreigner and Black Violin concerts at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. Black Violin performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Foreigner performs at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20.

  • Bono, Affleck stay silent in PSA on Ebola response Nov 19, 2014 12:08 PM
    Bono, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman are among celebrities playing the waiting game in a new online campaign calling for a unified response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In the video posted Wednesday, the stars stare silently into a camera to illustrate that they’re still waiting for world leaders to fight Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in the west African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Other stars appearing in the One Campaign’s 2-minute video include Will Ferrell, Thandie Newton, Connie Britton, “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira, Akon, Ellie Goulding and soccer star Per Mertesacker. The campaign is asking citizens to sign a petition demanding that world leaders strengthen health care systems in developing countries and end the outbreak.

  • Netflix postpones launch of Cosby comedy special Nov 19, 2014 10:23 AM
    Netflix said it is postponing Bill Cosby’s upcoming standup comedy special, a decision that followed a growing number of allegations that the famed entertainer sexually assaulted women. In a brief statement late Tuesday, the company said the scheduled Nov. 27 premiere of the special, “Bill Cosby 77,” was being postponed but did not address why or when it might debut.

  • Model-TV host Dickinson accuses Cosby of assault Nov 19, 2014 10:23 AM
    Model and TV host Janice Dickinson added her name to the women who have accused comic Bill Cosby of sexual assault. In an “Entertainment Tonight” interview that aired Tuesday, Dickinson said that the 1982 incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was appearing.

  • People mag names Chris Hemsworth ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Nov 19, 2014 7:16 AM
    People magazine has named Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2014, cheering the Australian actor’s rise as hammer-wielding, bone fide hunk in the “Thor” films. Hemsworth, who also starred as Formula One racer James Hunt in the Ron Howard-directed “Rush” and the “Star Trek” reboots, was unveiled as the winner on Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

  • B-52s, Charlie Daniels among new Arcada acts Nov 18, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles announces new shows for 2015, with tickets going on sale at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

  • Try coffee table books for an easy, gifty treat Nov 18, 2014 6:20 AM
    Wracking your brain to come up with holiday gift ideas? Try coffee table books. As self-purchases, they may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they're an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

  • Lawyer: Morgan still recovering from brain injury Nov 18, 2014 12:50 PM
    Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it’s unknown if the actor-comedian will be “the Tracy Morgan he once was,” his lawyer said Tuesday. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury in a June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.

  • Prague wall dedicated to John Lennon painted over Nov 18, 2014 8:16 AM
    Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over. The wall located at the heart of the Czech capital began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday.

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