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  • Experts see Korean parallels in Sony hack Dec 4, 2014 7:24 PM
    Some cybersecurity experts say they’ve found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year.

     
  • Holiday festivals spreading good cheer throughout DuPage Dec 4, 2014 4:17 PM
    If you had any doubt the holiday season is upon us, a plethora of activities this weekend in DuPage County should guarantee visions of sugar plums dancing in your head. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s happening ...

     
  • Come see what’s new at the Tivoli Bowl Dec 4, 2014 6:39 PM
    Check out the newly renovated Tivoli Bowl and make it your destination for holiday parties, fundraisers as well as an afternoon or evening of bowling.

     
  • Naper Settlement imagines Scott’s Block museum as bicentennial gift Dec 4, 2014 2:06 PM
    Naperville’s 200th birthday is about 16 years away, but Naper Settlement leaders already are thinking about what the city should give itself to mark the occasion. Their answer is Scott’s Block, a history museum made to look like a recreation of a downtown building that existed between 1854 and 1975 as a bank and a gathering hall. "We hope to have Scott's Block be part of that bicentennial as the gift from the city to its community," said Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, Naper Settlement president and CEO.

     
  • Robert Klunk Celebrates New Exhibition at the David Adler Music & Arts Center Dec 5, 2014 3:16 PM
    This December, celebrated Chicago artist, Robert Klunk returns to the David Adler Music & Arts Center with a new exhibition of hand-colored copper etchings. Inspired by his many travels and love for architectural history, Klunk’s work is exceptionally detailed.

     
  • Loves to dance, willing to help: Joe Greenberg Dec 4, 2014 7:01 AM
    Someone to be Thankful for in Geneva is the assignment, and "Joe Greenberg" is the name I'm given. I call Jean Gaines, director of the Chamber of Commerce, for guidance: Who is this guy? "He's a Geneva institution!" she crows. "And he's my hero!"

     
  • Here’s what to expect at the Grammys this year Dec 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Will the Grammys be “Drunk In Love” with Beyonce or will they fall for the sad, soulful sound of Sam Smith? The Recording Academy will announce the nominees for the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Friday, and here’s how the Associated Press thinks it will play out.

     
  • New FDA rules will put calorie counts on menus Dec 4, 2014 5:15 AM
    Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. The Food and Drug Administration recently announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food “clearly and conspicuously” on their menus, menu boards and displays.

     
  • Winter Wonderland returns to Des Plaines this weekend Dec 4, 2014 11:57 AM
    Winter Wonderland, Des Plaines' annual two-day free family festival, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7, at the Frisbie Senior Center, 52 E. Northwest Hwy. “This is the perfect way to ring in a joyful holiday season,” said Linda Traina, Des Plaines Park District superintendent of recreation.

     
  • ‘Frozen’ short headed to theaters March 13 Dec 4, 2014 7:00 AM
    “Frozen” favorites Anna, Elsa, and Olaf are headed back to the big screen in a new short film. Walt Disney Animation Studios announced Wednesday it plans to show “Frozen Fever” in front of the live-action “Cinderella” that opens in theaters March 13.

     
  • Next Bond film gets retro name: 'SPECTRE' Dec 4, 2014 10:27 AM
    James Bond is back, in a new film with a retro title that evokes the series' past. The next 007 adventure will be called “SPECTRE,” the dastardly fictional terrorist organization featured in “Dr. No” and other early Bond films. Academy Award-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and wrestling star David Bautista are joining the cast, while Andrew Scott — master criminal Moriarty in BBC series “Sherlock” — will play an MI6 officer. Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux are the new “Bond girls.”

     
  • Witherspoon's brave, uncompromising performance a transformational joy in 'Wild' Dec 4, 2014 2:55 PM
    In the realistic “Wild,” Jean-Marc Vallee's raw and noble tale of a young woman's quest for personal redemption, Reese Witherspoon's vulnerability and charisma prove to be essential for this fact-based drama to succeed. We must love and embrace her character, because she's so flawed and unattractive in her choices and behavior that it would be too easy for us to simply dislike and dismiss her.

     
  • Music notes: Mutts celebrates new album at Metro Dec 4, 2014 11:18 AM
    Chicago-based band Mutts, which has roots in the Northwest suburbs, plays a record-release show Saturday at Chicago's Metro, and legendary rocker Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band perform Thursday, Dec. 11, at Chicago's United Center.

     
  • Sam Smith brings soulful voice to Chicago Theatre Saturday Dec 4, 2014 1:30 PM
    If you go to a Sam Smith concert, you'll probably hear his stories of unrequited love and how he's never been in a relationship. But he says that void has been slowly filled mainly because of his devoted fans. Smith will join Fitz & The Tantrums and Mary Lambert at the 101.9 The Mix: Miracle on State Street show on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Chicago Theatre as well as play a show on Friday, Jan. 23, at Chicago's UIC Pavilion.

     
  • Medical examiner: Actress Upham died of blunt injuries Dec 4, 2014 7:08 AM
    A Seattle-area medical examiner says actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County” and “Django Unchained,” died of blunt-force injuries to her head and torso. The King County medical examiner’s office updated its investigation of the Oct. 5 death Wednesday, but the manner of death is still undetermined.

     
  • Sneak peek: Geneva Christmas House Tour homes Dec 3, 2014 7:01 AM
    Get holiday decorating ideas at the annual Christmas House Tour. Five homes, each with their own distinctive character, will open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Each home will shine in holiday adornments presented by local decorators and designers.

     
  • ‘Midnight in Siberia’ looks at Russia today Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But “Midnight in Siberia” reminds us of another important question: What are the Russian people thinking? David Greene took a 6,000-mile train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok to find out, and the result is a mesmerizing, confounding, comforting and thought-provoking book.

     
  • Ed Sheeran is Spotify’s most streamed act of 2014 Dec 3, 2014 7:32 AM
    Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year’s most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell’s ubiquitous “Happy” was the most streamed song of the year globally.

     
  • Night life events: Martini Room serves up seasonal mini drinks Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    Christmastini flights reign on Wednesdays throughout December — five mini martinis for $15 from 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Mini martini flavors are: gingerbread martini, candy cane martini, naughty Santa martini, Christmas joy martini and eggnog martini.

     
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting to be shown live Dec 3, 2014 10:30 AM
    The heart of Manhattan will soon be ablaze with 45,000 LED lights gracing an 85-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. On Wednesday evening, the air will reverberate with the voices of Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper and other music stars for the nationwide live broadcast. Tens of thousands of people are expected to stand behind police barricades to watch the annual spectacle. Since the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Center tree has represented Christmas in New York City. The lighting ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC starting at 7 p.m. The Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will be on display through Jan. 7.

     
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