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  • New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s new civil rights-themed piece, “Odetta,” a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement. “I’d like to take credit,” quips Robert Battle, artistic director at Ailey, of the timing. But the piece was planned long before the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

     
  • Side Street Studio Arts presents 2nd annual Jingle Bell Jam! Dec 15, 2014 8:14 PM
    Side Street Studio Arts in downtown Elgin will host the second annual “Jingle Bell Jam!,” a day of music, featuring a wide range of area bands and solo musicians, on Saturday, Dec. 20. It is open to the public, with a $12 suggested donation at the door; $2 from every $12 donation will go to Food for Greater Elgin's Holiday Fund Drive.

     
  • Hankering for comfort food? Consider the knish Dec 15, 2014 2:23 PM
    Though there are many variations of the knish, they essentially are the hand pie of classic Jewish cuisine — a baked (though sometimes fried) light pastry dough filled with mashed vegetables (often potatoes) or meat. They started as peasant food, later became a 19th century street cart convenience food, and now are a staple of Jewish delis.

     
  • TLC to launch ‘All About Sex’ late-night talk show Dec 15, 2014 7:45 AM
    The TLC channel is launching its first late-night talk show next month, one with an eye-catching title. TLC said Friday that the Saturday night show, “All About Sex,” will include rotating segments such as the week’s “craziest” sex-related news. The talk show also will give viewers a chance to ask questions about their relationship challenges.

     
  • Quarters no longer on a roll during modern laundry days Dec 15, 2014 5:05 PM
    Started in 1960, the Coin Laundry Association headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace remains on the cutting edge of that industry, with one exception. The most modern Laundromats don't use coins.

     
  • ‘Selma’ stars on poignancy and parallels of movie Dec 15, 2014 2:31 PM
    At Sunday’s premiere of “Selma” in New York, the cast acknowledged parallels between their film about the African-American civil rights movement and recent protests nationwide, calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black males at the hands of police. “You can look out your window and you can see people protesting and you can look at the film and it looks similar,” said Oprah Winfrey, who is a producer on the film and has an acting role as well. “People are wearing different kind of clothes, it’s a different era, but the same issues still prevail.”

     
  • Merriam-Webster names ‘culture’ word of the year Dec 15, 2014 8:47 AM
    A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster’s 2014 word of the year: culture. The word joins Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape,” a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

     
  • Johnson provides ‘Wake Up Call’ in new TV series Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dwayne Johnson says it was impossible not to take his work home with him on his new TNT reality series, “Wake Up Call.” “By the end of the very first day ... I was drained.” The show premiered at 8 p.m. Friday. On “Wake Up Call,” Johnson, 42, with the help of experts in various fields, attempts to confront and then help people who are down on their luck or who have made poor choices in their lives.

     
  • Thunderbird reminiscent of youthful 1960s Dec 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Dennis Roxworthy has his mother to thank for his extreme love of Thunderbirds. His father was a staunch supporter of practical family transportation but she forbid the purchase of anything that wasn't sporty.

     
  • Winter cycling: Heavy tread makes light of snow-covered roads Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Ready to take on the newest outdoor winter fitness sensation? How about bicycling in the snow and cold? Chris Daisy, owner of Zion Cyclery, says the popularity of "fat biking" has exploded over the past two years.

     
  • Comfort and healing: Chaplain visits those in the hospital for the holidays Dec 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    “I have always felt it a great privilege to be in the hospital on Christmas Eve," says the Rev. Kevin Massey, vice president of mission and spiritual care at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Massey aims to help with the spiritual needs of patients in the hospital during the holidays.

     
  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

     
  • Craig Ferguson to bring tour to Joliet, Waukegan Dec 15, 2014 2:33 PM
    Comedian Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking to the Earth to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, March 20, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 21.

     
  • Smoky Sweet Potato Latkes Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    Smoky Sweet Potao Latkes get baked, not fried, for a leaner Hanukkah dish.

     
  • Smoking Gun takes the ‘Best Martini in ’Burbs’ title Dec 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    After nearly 8,000 votes were cast and the judges sipped samples of the top cocktails, the Daily Herald named the “Best Martini in the ‘Burbs” Monday night.

     
  • Bowlers take aim at suburban hunger Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Bowlers knocked over pins in an effort to help knock out hunger in the Northwest suburbs on Sunday as Mount Prospect-based Northwest Compass, Inc. hosted its inaugural Strike Out Hunger fundraiser at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Review: 'Five' by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    Book Review: Intriguing 'Five' by Ursula Archer has twisting, yet believable plot

     
  • Looking for a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve? Dec 16, 2014 9:37 AM
    Finding a family-friendly and safe New Year’s Eve option can be quite a trick for Moms and Dads... The Lake Zurich Holiday Inn Express and Suites is providing an option for area families. Join others for an overnight stay, where you can enjoy a pool party, pizza and soda, a visit from Elsa and Olaf from Frozen and a complimentary breakfast the next morning! Simply call 847-726-7500 or email LakeZurichSales@mphhotels.com for rate information. The Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Zurich is located at 197 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich.

     
  • American English, U.S. Army Field Band and Mark Nizer and added to CLC’s spring lineup Dec 16, 2014 2:28 PM
    Three new events have been added to the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts Professional Touring Series at the College of Lake County for Spring Semester 2015.

     
  • Chicago critics pick ‘Boyhood’ as best 2014 film Dec 16, 2014 12:07 AM
    The Chicago Film Critics Monday named Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” the best movie of 2014, Linklater as best director and Patricia Arquette as best supporting actress. Michael Keaton won best actor for “Birdman.” Julianne Moore won best actress in “Still Alice.” Chicago critics named character actor J.K. Simmons best supporting actor as a control-freak jazz band conductor in “Whiplash.”

     
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