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  • Artwork by Michael Klaus-Schmidt called “Twisted Oak”. Michael Klaus-Schmidt

    Abstract and realistic, artists compete in EAG member showApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Elmhurst Artists’ Guild members are exhibiting their newest works and competing for prizes in the Guild’s Spring Member Show being held in the EAG gallery from April 15 through May 23. The gallery is located at the Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst.

  • Waterleaf to Host Dutton-Goldfield Wine Dinner April 24Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Waterleaf restaurant in Glen Ellyn will host a special wine dinner on Thursday, April 24, featuring the celebrated wines of the Dutton-Goldfield winery located in the Russian River Valley in northern California.

  • The Cast of the ACHS musical Oklahoma rehearsing the Dream Ballet at the end of Act One Mike Shepherd

    Tickets Available Soon for ACHS Production of Oklahoma April 24-27Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Classic Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical Set for the Antioch Community High School stage

  • Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America has a magical, storybook feel that’s enjoyed by kids of all ages. Photo provided courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden

    Model Railroad Returns to the Chicago Botanic GardenApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Model Railroad Garden, beloved by kids of all ages, returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday, May 10, for the 2014 season. Newest addition takes visitors to Yellowstone National Park.

  • Artistry in Motion’s closing dance, “Youth,” is a contemporary piece choreographed by Jaime Salas for the entire company. Lisa Haring

    Artistry in Motion Spring Showcase 2014Apr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Celebrating their 10th season, Artistry in Motion, the in-house dance company of the Des Plaines Park District, will perform their annual Spring Showcase, on April 11 and 12 at the Prairie Lakes Theater.

  • Buffalo Grove native Aaron Himelstein doesn’t read reviews, but they’ve been fairly good for his work in the Steppenwolf Theatre production of “Russian Transport.” He and actress Melanie Neilan share a scene.

    ‘Austin Powers’ role gold for Buffalo Grove nativeApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Buffalo Grove native Aaron Himelstein said his attraction to acting boils down to this single word: empathy. “When you don’t empathize with other people, that leads to apathy,” he said. “So this keeps your heart open.” Now starring in Steppenwolf's "Russian Transport," Himelstein also played a young Austin Powers.

  • Northbrook-On-Ice features tiny tots as well as high-level skaters. Northbrook Park District

    Northbrook-On-Ice Presents “Skate Home Chicago”Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    An award-winning ice show in Northbrook will return for its 45th anniversary from May 9-11.

  • Miles Zabin headlines with his band Tiny Miles & the Big Kids at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn.

    Weekend picks: Tiny Miles brings rock and bluesApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Tiny Miles & the Big Kids, a Chicago blues and rock trio, headlines at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catch up with comedian Ron White and his latest hard-living exploits at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

  • Actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how any show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past.

    Whitford says film stars are now seeking TV roles Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past. “I remember thinking, oh thank god there’s this snobbery about TV,” the 54-year-old actor said in a recent interview. “I was getting better writing by an exponential amount than Meryl Streep when I was on ‘West Wing.’ I was so grateful."

  • English comedian, writer and actor Steve Coogan takes on a movie about his long-running character, “Alan Partridge.”

    Steve Coogan on 23 years of Alan PartridgeApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Steve Coogan has been playing Alan Partridge, his vain, tasteless British radio host, for 23 years. Initially born on British radio as a sports commentator who didn’t know anything about sports, Partridge has for more than two decades been a bumbling show-business failure and an ongoing parody of media haplessness. His afflictions are well known (anything ego-inflating, a Toblerone candy bar addiction), as is his steady fall from a TV talk show to local radio in Norwich.

  • Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House chef and owner Bubba Hiers, who is also Paula Deen’s brother, grills oysters at the Savannah, Ga. restaurant. The wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

    Eatery at center of Paula Deen controversy closesApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Paula Deen and her younger brother, Bubba, have shut off the fish fryer and locked the doors at the Savannah seafood restaurant that served as the backdrop to a workplace discrimination lawsuit that stained the celebrity cook’s reputation. Deen and Bubba Hiers co-owned Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House for a decade before the abrupt closure Thursday.

  • Actor Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday at his North Hollywood home.

    Rooney death end of multiple eras for St. Charles businessmanApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    On the occassion of Mickey Rooney's death, Ron Onesti recalls several days he spent with the entertainment icon during a tour stop at St. Charles' Arcada Theatre.

  • The 17-member Jazz Consortium Big Band performs at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine. Alan Frohlichstein

    Jazz Consortium and Hoffman Estates H.S. Big Bands Together Apr. 13Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A guest performance by the Hoffman Estates High School Jazz Band will be the special feature at the Jazz Consortium Big Band’s performance Sun. Apr. 13 at Durty Nellie's Pub, 180 N. Smith St., Palatine.

  • Tri-Village Garden Club Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Garden Club of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood invites everyone to meetings and May 17th plant sale.

  • Cary Grant stars in the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic, ‘North by Northwest’. Photo courtesy of MGM.

    “North by Northwest” Coming to Star Cinema Grill in Arlington HeightsApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    For one night only, the Blue Whiskey Cinema series will be presenting an exclusive screening of the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock classic, 'NORTH BY NORTHWEST'.

  • Neil Perry, and from left, Kimberly Perry and Reid Perry, of the musical group The Band Perry, arrive at the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday in Las Vegas. The band opened the show with a performance of “Chainsaw.”

    Images: ACM AwardsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The stars of country music hit the red carpet for the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas.

  • “This Is Your Life,” by Ronnie James Dio

    2 horns up for Dio tribute albumApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo career. The tribute album “Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life” brings some of the biggest names in metal to honor Dio, who died in 2010 of stomach cancer.

  • Charles Dance orchestrates more than anyone realizes from behind the scenes in “Game of Thrones.” The fourth season premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. on HBO.

    Legendary stars play ‘Game of Thrones’ in-lawsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Like every “Game of Thrones” fan, Charles Dance was gobsmacked by last season’s next-to-last installment. That episode, “Red Wedding,” made good on its title with a massacre staged by the bride’s father, Lord Walder Frey, who meant to settle a score with his hall of guests, and did. “I got quite a shock!” says Dance.

  • Singers Brandon Boyd, left, and Michelle Williams, right, perform at the “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena spectacular press performance Friday in New York.

    Star-studded ‘Superstar’ to tour North AmericaApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The 1970s rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” is being resurrected for a North American arena rock tour this summer, led by a former boy band member, an R&B siren and a punk icon. The musical written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice about the last days of Jesus will start a 54-city tour in New Orleans on June 9. It will star punk legend John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon as King Herod, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Boyd of Incubus as Judas and JC Chasez of ‘N Sync as Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster, the winner of the U.K.’s prime-time contest show “Superstar,” will play the son of God.

  • Jamie Bell stars as a member of a Revolutionary War spy ring in AMC’s new drama “Turn.”

    AMC’s ‘Turn’ dramatizes Revolutionary War spy ringApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The new AMC drama “Turn” shines an overdue light on the members of the Culper Ring, young Americans who find themselves part of an espionage network destined to help the Continentals beat their British oppressors during the Revolutionary War. It premieres Sunday.

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