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  • Melanie Keller plays a young woman seeking assistance from a collectibles expert played by Tyler Rich in First Folio Theatre's world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier's dramedy “Salvage.”

    First Folio's 'Salvage' examines what we hold dearApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    During intermission opening night of First Folio Theatre's world premiere of Joseph Zettelmaier's “Salvage,” not everyone raced for refreshments and the restrooms. Instead, some audience members stood at the edge of the stage examining designer Angela Weber Miller and props master Cassy Schillo's meticulously realized set. While Traffic's “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” played quietly, they peered and pointed at the 1960s and 1970s action figures, games and tchotchkes on display in Hidden Treasures Collectibles, the lovingly maintained Detroit memorabilia shop where this gentle dramedy unfolds.

  • Theater events: Jeff Garlin heads to RosemontApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Jeff Garlin headlines Zanies in Rosemont; Steel Beam Theatre revives the country-tinged musical "The Spitfire Grill"; and BET hosts its 9th annual Black Playwright's Festival.

  • Bartlett High School seniors Joe Butler and Mike O’Malley sing “Run Away Baby” in harmony at a recent talent show at the HS in Bartlett. They will be performing at the Hemmens at TalentFest 2014.

    U-46 students to shine in fourth annual TalentFestApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Baton twirling. Dancing. Singing. Violin and ukelele playing. These are some of the acts that will be featured at TalentFest 2014, a showcase of some of the top high school talent in Elgin Area School District U-46. The competition will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Hemmens, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. The public is invited. Tickets are $5 and available at

  • The Pixies — featuring Joey Santiago, left, Black Francis and David Lovering — are making new music and planning to tour.

    The Pixies say they're seeking a new soundApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    They inspired generations of musicians worldwide, served as the blueprint for countless rock bands, including Nirvana, and got a second life as reunited alternative rock idols. Now, the Pixies say they're forging ahead while still looking for a new sound, including a new bassist.

  • A mouse lemur is one of many species of primates to be found on “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”

    'Lemurs' doc pedestrian to the IMAXApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    In the 40-minute documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” we not only receive a warm and fuzzy oral history of these fascinating primates, we watch these cute and cuddly little guys cavorting in their natural habitat through spectacular 3-D IMAX footage shot by director/cinematographer David Douglas. Now, if only the movie could muster some outrage over their treatment by human beings.

  • Rama (Iko Uwais, left) fights off an assassin (Cecep Arif Rahman) in “The Raid 2.”

    Inventive battles overpower script in ‘Raid 2’Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    “The Raid: Redemption,” which kicked and slugged its way out of Jakarta two years ago, was a work of diabolical genius. Its follow-up, “The Raid 2,” is equally diabolical. But this time the genius is intermittent.

  • Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) reluctantly teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to purge SHIELD of traitors in the superhero thriller “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

    'Captain America' sequel a mixed bag of action, clichesApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo create a non-stop action vehicle with top-drawer visual effects, a testosterone-inducing score by Henry Jackman, surprising revelations and reversals, plus — just in time for the Easter season — a plethora of resurrections. Chris Evans returns as genetically engineered super soldier Steve Rogers: Captain America.

  • Richard Ryndak’s Badlands, 2013, a black-and-white digital photograph, was the winner of the 2013 CLC Student Art Competition Purchase Award.

    CLC’s Student Art Competition exhibit opens April 11Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    A variety of artwork by College of Lake County students will be on display April 11 through May 17 at the Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art on the Grayslake campus.

  • A fan system blowing through a flight chamber creates the conditions for indoor sky diving, and instructors at iFly facilities like the one likely coming to Naperville help people start flying from the ground up.

    iFly facilities nearing completion in Rosemont, NapervilleApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Visitors to two new businesses in Rosemont and Naperville will soon be able to fly — if but for a moment, and with the help of some high-powered fans. Construction on the two iFly indoor sky diving facilities — each one about 7,000 square feet with nearly 50-foot-high wind tunnels — is nearing completion. “We have numerous patents on the technology,” Stuart Wallock, the chief marketing officer, said.

  • House guacamole is made to order at Zapatista restaurant in Naperville.

    Naperville's Zapatista does Mexican rightApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Zapatista in Naperville is far from humdrum. This stylish establishment, which debuted in January 2013, raises the bar a notch with its well-conceived and well-executed menu focused on traditional regional Mexican fare.

  • Waterleaf Hosts Exclusive Easter Brunch April 20 Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn invites guests to enjoy an Easter celebration brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, April 20.

  • Waukegan JROTC Presents Drill Down! on April 8Apr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Every year the Waukegan JROTC Corps of Cadets holds a drill competition and open house called Drill Down. This year’s event will be April 8 at the Waukegan High School Washington Campus main gymnasium.

  • Play 18 holes at Lake Park Golf course. The par-3 course opens April 5. Lisa Haring

    Lake Park Golf Course Opens for the SeasonApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Lake Park Golf Course, 1015 Howard Street, opens for the season on April 5. The 18-hole, par three sporty course overlooks Lake Opeka and has holes that range from 50 to 115 yards.

  • NBC has signed Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

    Pharrell Williams named as coach on ‘The Voice’ Apr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    NBC has signed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series “The Voice.”

  • Alternative rock band Blue October will play in Libertyville next week.

    Music notes: Blue October, Against Me! stopping in the suburbsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Punk rockers Against Me! and alternative band Blue October will makes stops in Palatine and Libertyville, respectively, during the coming week. Former Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, meanwhile, will bring her new band, the Julie Ruin, to Chicago.

  • Night life events: Rack House celebrates Cubs home openerApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Celebrate the Cubs’ home opener with specials at Rack House in Arlington Heights; Woodstock honors Orson Welles with a pub crawl; Dave & Buster’s opens in Vernon Hills.

  • Frank and Steve (Frank Guzzo-left Steve Campbell-right)in Concert April 12, 7 p.m. at SummitView Christian Church, 695 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates. Photography by Jamie (Jamie Morrow-Schoff)

    SummitView Church of Hoffman Estates Announces Concert Series to Retire MortgageApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    The acoustic duo, Frank and Steve, kick off a concert series for SummitView Christian Church on April 12 at 7 p.m. at the church building, 695 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169. There will also be a raffle, 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Ticket donation is $5.00. Kids 5 and under are free.

  • Don Collins, as Don Lockwood, Tori Marie Cahn as Kathy Selden and Mike Danovich as Cosmo Brown stepping out of the rain for a candid in Music on Stage’s performance of Singin’ in the Rain Rick Johnson

    Music on Stage presents Singin’ in the RainApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Music on Stage presents Singin' in the Rain

  • Yanni performs music from his latest album “Yanni Voices” at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

    Yanni to perform at Sears CentreMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Composer-pianist Yanni will perform at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, on Sept. 6. Tickets go on sale next week.

  • TV personality and fashion designer Nicole Richie at the launch of SK Planet’s Styletag fashion app at Henri Bendel in New York. Richie’s “#CandidlyNicole,” based on her popular AOL web series, is coming to VH1 and will feature 8 new episodes premiering July 17.

    Nicole Richie bringing popular Web series to VH1Mar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Nicole Richie’s Twitter feed has launched her return to television. The 32-year-old former reality TV star-turned-designer, who is also an author and actress, is heading to VH1. "#CandidlyNicole" is based on her popular AOL Web series, which was adapted from her Twitter feed, made up of her musings about everything from parenting to pop culture to random observations.

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