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  • Kanye West has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport last year in a special plea in which he maintains his innocence. West entered the plea through his attorney and did not attend the court hearing Monday.

    Kanye West pleads no contest in battery caseMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kanye West pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery against a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport in a special plea in which he maintains his innocence. West entered the plea Monday through his attorney and did not attend the court hearing. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 24 anger management therapy sessions and 250 hours of community service.

     
  • ABBA Mania presents a tribute to the legendary pop group ABBA at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall on Friday, March 21.

    Weekend picks: ABBA Mania revisits Swedish popMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Since the famed Swedish pop group ABBA has no plans to reunite, relive their heyday in the show ABBA Mania, which has been rescheduled to Friday at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. Introduce kids to the glories of opera with “The Family Barber,” a condensed 60-minute version of Rossini's comedy “The Barber of Seville” sung in English this Saturday at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. And the Lake County Coin Club hosts its annual Coin Show at Warren Township High School Sunday for collectors and exhibitors alike.

     
  • “Symphonica” is the latest release by George Michael.

    George Michael in fine voice on live albumMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Forget about the health issues and personal problems — George Michael sounds just fine, super in fact, on his first new album in seven years, recorded live during his 2011-2012 “Symphonica” tour in Europe. Time has not taken a toll on Michael’s voice, which if anything sounds more supple and emotive than during his earlier pop incarnations. Gone is the swagger and blatant “come and get it” sexuality, replaced by a more subtle singer happy to pay homage to Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye and other giants as the album unfolds.

     
  • Going into the recording studio for his third album, country singer-songwriter David Nail was ready to move beyond his reputation for emotionally heavy, slow ballads. So when he heard the song that would eventually become the first single from “I’m A Fire,” he realized it was a turnaround for both his career and his attitude.

    David Nail shuns sad-song reputation on new albumMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Going into the recording studio for his third album, country singer-songwriter David Nail was ready to move beyond his reputation for emotionally heavy, slow ballads that painted him professionally into a box. So when he heard the song that would eventually become the first single from “I’m a Fire,” he realized it was a turnaround for both his career and his attitude. “When we found the song, ‘Whatever She’s Got,’ it was kind of like the perfect storm, the perfect song to kind of set us in motion, so to speak,” Nail, 34, said of the hooky upbeat love song that hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

     
  • Night life events: March Madness deals at Thirsty WhaleMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    The first round of the NCAA tournament is in full throttle this weekend. At Thirsty Whale, Saturday GameDay drink specials are $2 Coors Lite bottles, $3 Coors Lite drafts, $6 “Hail” Marys and $4 Southern Comfort shots. Step up to the mic at America’s Bar for free karaoke starting at 10 p.m. every Sunday.

     
  • Sour Orange Pork Tenderloin with Black Beans is a Cuban-inspired dish.

    Citrus perks up pork tenderloinMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    This Cuban-inspired dish uses a mix of fresh citrus juices to mimic the taste of a traditional sour orange ingredient. The combo gives the pork a tangy punch of flavor.

     
  • Sour Orange Pork Tenderloin With Black Beans

    Sour Orange Pork Tenderloin With Black Beans Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sour Orange Pork Tenderloin With Black Beans

     
  • “The Macaroon Bible” by Dan Cohen

    From the Food Editor: Everyone’s a winner in the macaron vs. macaroon debateMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    When is a macaron not a macaron? When it's a macaroon. Deborah Pankey explains how the long 'o' and coconut make all the difference. Also, women can learn how to connect to the land in a field-to-table retreat in Kohler, Wis., with outdoors gal Georgia Pellegrini.

     
  • Apricot Macaroons from Dan Cohen's "The Macaroon Bible"

    Apricot Macaroons Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Apricot Macaroons

     
  • Karen Hellman, Assistant Curator Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, examines the new photo exhibit “In Focus: Ansel Adams.” The exhibit opens Tuesday.

    ‘Best of best’ of Ansel Adams’ photos on displayMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    During the last years of his life, Ansel Adams pored over the tens of thousands of negatives he’d carefully stored since his teens, setting aside 70 he determined would stand as his greatest works of art. Adams offered to personally print, sign and sell sets of 25 photographs from them — but with several strings attached. Among the few dozen who made the cut to buy the prints were the late Leonard and Marjorie Vernon, prominent Southern California collectors whose set was given to the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2011 and is now the centerpiece of “In Focus: Ansel Adams,” which opens Tuesday.

     
  • Kathy Labbe, left, of Elgin and Toni Ballentine of Roselle enjoy glasses of wine at the 1913 Restaurant and Wine Bar in Roselle.

    Italian, French food and wine share spotlight at Roselle's 1913Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    When new owners took over Impecca's space on Main Street in Roselle, they started tearing down the decor, peeling off layers of carpet, tile and concrete to reveal the original floor from when the space was built as a dairy in 1913. The spot reopened in January as 1913 Restaurant and Wine Bar, a tribute to the building's long history, and in a few short months it's managed to find welcoming crowds.

     
  • Offering fresh ceviche with a have-it-your-way vibe, at My Ceviche in South Beach, you can pick a portion size, and add fish, shrimp, octopus or a combination, and choose one of six ceviche styles to dress it.

    South Beach can deliver on hole-in-the-wall diningMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    South Beach simply doesn’t do subtle. But if you are willing to wander a few blocks from the beach — including some stretches that seem deserted — there is great grub to be found. It just requires some suspension of disbelief. That’s because both eateries — My Ceviche and La Sandwicherie — are quite literally holes in walls.

     
  • Chris Pavone’s “The Accident” is an engaging thriller.

    ‘The Accident’ is suspenseful, grippingMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chris Pavone, author of the compelling “The Expats,” returns with his new novel, “The Accident,” a journey into the world of book publishing and secrets. Literary agent Isabel Reed receives a hand-delivered manuscript from an anonymous author. She’s a bit put off, but when she starts reading the mysterious manuscript, she can’t put it down. The revelations in the narrative would easily create a scandal involving one of the world’s most powerful men.

     
  • Not content to sit around in retirement, Marie DeMar enrolled in culinary classes at Harper College. She said the program helped formalize the techniques she learned from her mother.

    Cook of the Week: Retiree returns to school to perfect culinary skillsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    After retiring from 32 years at Oakton Community College, Marie DeMar went back to school. Three years ago the Mount Prospect woman enrolled in the culinary program at Harper College in Palatine looking to perfect the skills she gained from many years of watching her mom, Rosemary, cook.

     
  • Goat Cheese and Pistachio Spread Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Goat Cheese and Pistachio Spread: Marie DeMar

     
  • Marie DeMar gives her sliced chocolate chip and walnut biscotti a second round in the oven to make them crisp and ready for dunking.

    Chocolate Chip and Walnut Biscotti Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chocolate Chip and Walnut Biscotti: Marie DeMar

     
  • Braciola Mar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Braciolei: Marie DeMar

     
  • Mark (Andrew M. Mueller), left front, and Roger (Adam Michaels) lead the ensemble in the title number “Rent” at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The production runs through Sunday, April 6.

    Paramount’s ‘Rent’ pays off artistically in AuroraMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    The late Jonathan Larson’s once-hip 1996 rock musical “Rent” is a period piece of sorts. That doesn’t mean that Paramount Theatre’s passionate and gritty production in Aurora is old hat, however, or that the issues don’t still resonate. A loudly amplified “Rent” maintains its edge — and can alienate more conservative audiences with its interwoven relationships of struggling artists, gay and straight.

     
  • Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies at 64 Mar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. Publicist Michele Adler confirmed that Asheton died Saturday. No other details were available.

     
  • Tim Newell stars as comedian and Waukegan native Jack Benny in “Mr. Benny,” coming to Clockwise Theatre Jan. 30, 2015.

    Piven Workshop, Waukegan theater partner for classesMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Waukegan’s Clockwise Theatre is bulking up its stage offerings, as well as announcing a partnership with the well-known Piven Theatre Workshop. The partnership with Piven, an Evanston-based theater and training center, will begin in the fall. Clockwise will hold after-school classes provided by Piven, whose alums include Jeremy Piven (son of the founders), John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis, Jeff Garlin, Kate Walsh and Aidan Quinn.

     
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