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  • Former boy band Take That back as a trio on ‘III’ Dec 9, 2014 5:00 AM
    What to make of Take That? The 1990s boy band was adored by a generation in its native Britain. When Take That returned in 2005 as a grown-up “man band,” fans embraced the group as if it had never been away. “III” is the band’s sixth No. 1 studio album in the U.K., its title a reference to Take That’s new status as a trio, with the departure earlier this year of Jason Orange. The group earlier survived the loss of original member Robbie Williams, but how much attrition can its chemistry bear?

  • Weekend picks: Lucy, Desi return for one week only Dec 12, 2014 3:03 AM
    If you missed the Chicago run of “I Love Lucy Live On Stage” during the 2012-13 season, then catch the one-week return of the national touring show that re-enacts a studio taping day with Desilu Productions at the Bank of America Theatre. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias hits hte Rosemont Theatre with his "Unity Through Laughter" tour. And Redmoon Theater presents its annual spectacle-filled Winter Pageant, starting this weekend.

  • David Guetta gets personal on new album ‘Listen’ Dec 8, 2014 6:00 AM
    David Guetta says he wants his new music to make you dance. That’s no surprise, but he’s also hoping to make you cry a little. The Grammy-winning DJ-producer says his sixth album, “Listen,” is more emotional compared to past songs like the upbeat “Sexy Chick” with Akon and the explosive “Where Them Girls At.”

  • SHS band’s free holiday concert Dec 8, 2014 6:47 PM
    Stevenson High School will host a holiday band concert Tuesday. The show is set for 7 p.m. in the performing arts center at the Lincolnshire school, which is on Route 22 west of Milwaukee Avenue. Admission is free.

  • One Book, One Harper to feature big band performance Dec 8, 2014 12:39 PM
    The One Book, One Harper community reading initiative’s latest event, the festive big band holiday performance “A Swingin’ Season” with The Steve Cooper Orchestra, takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Classics and holiday favorites will be featured during the free performance at the Performing Arts Center on Harper College’s main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

  • Sunday picks: David Alan Grier plays Schaumburg Dec 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    David Alan Grier is famous for his comic TV work and Broadway, but you can see him show off his standup comedy skills starting at Schaumburg's Improv Comedy Showcase. Cheer on your favorite dog breeds as they compete at the 107th Skokie Valley Kennel Club Dog Show and Expo at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

  • Weekend picks: Jamie and Adam bust myths live Dec 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    Fans of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters” won't want to miss seeing co-hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage performing live in “MythBusters: Behind the Myths Tour” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Get some adults-only laughs from the quirkier aspects of the Christmas season when the Paramount Theatre hosts “The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue.” Laugh off some of December's stresses with "The Second City's Holiday in the Heights" at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights or David Alan Grier's comic stylings at the Improv in Schaumburg.

  • Children’s music star Laurie Berkner has a new plan Dec 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners. The singer-songwriter, who Time magazine dubbed “the queen of children’s music,” has been training teachers to use her songs in a new music program for kids up to 4 years old. The classes, called “The Music in Me,” are like having a Berkner in the room. “I’m trying to bottle it and pass it on to someone else,” the musician and educator said.

  • Curious about making music? Dec 5, 2014 4:39 PM
    Learn about a wide variety of musical instruments Saturday at the Vernon Area Public Library, from Stevenson High School’s PREP Community Music Academy.

  • Weekend picks: Second City fills the suburbs with laughs Dec 5, 2014 5:00 AM
    Get some adults-only laughs from the quirkier aspects of the Christmas season when the Paramount Theatre hosts “The Second City Dysfunctional Holiday Revue.” Laugh off some of December's stresses with "The Second City's Holiday in the Heights" at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights or David Alan Grier's comic stylings at the Improv in Schaumburg.

  • 5 holiday happenings this weekend in the suburbs Dec 5, 2014 2:01 PM
    It’s hard to escape holiday entertainment in the suburbs these days, and why would you want to? From a seasonal sendups in Arlington Heights and Aurora to the rockin’ Jingle Bash in Rosemont, there are plenty of options.

  • Sam Smith, Taylor Swift up for record of the year Grammy Dec 5, 2014 11:04 PM
    Sam Smith will battle the ladies at the Grammys: “Stay With Me” is nominated for record of the year against hits like “Fancy,” “Shake It Off” and “All About That Bass.” Sia’s “Chandelier” is also up for record of the year, one of the top four awards, and will compete with Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Meghan Trainor and Smith.

  • Holiday programming at Prairie Center Dec 5, 2014 11:02 PM
    The Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts offers wonderful holiday programming featuring top-notch entertainers, affordable ticket prices and free parking in an intimate setting with exceptional sightlines and outstanding acoustics.

  • Nominees in top categories for the Grammy Awards Dec 5, 2014 11:04 PM
    Nominees in top categories for the 57th annual Grammy Awards Album of the year: “Morning Phase,” Beck; “Beyonce,” Beyonce; “X,” Ed Sheeran; “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith; “G I R L,” Pharrell. Record of the year: “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX; “Chandelier,” Sia; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift; “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor. Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish; “Chandelier,” Sia and Jesse Shatkin; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift, Max Martin and Shellback; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith, James Napier and William Phillips; “Take Me to Church,” Hozier. Best new artist: Iggy Azalea; Bastille; Brandy Clark; HAIM; Sam Smith. Best pop vocal album: “Ghost Stories,” Coldplay; “Bangerz,” Miley Cyrus; “My Everything,” Ariana Grande; “Prism,” Katy Perry; “X,” Ed Sheeran; “In the Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith. Best pop solo performance: “All of Me (Live),” John Legend; “Chandelier,” Sia; “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith; “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift; “Happy (Live),” Pharrell. Best country album: “Riser,” Dierks Bentley; “The Outsiders,” Eric Church; “12 Stories,” Brandy Clark; “Platinum,” Miranda Lambert; “The Way I’m Livin’,” Lee Ann Womack. Best urban contemporary album: “Sail Out,” Jhene Aiko; “Beyonce,” Beyonce; “X,” Chris Brown; “Mali Is,” Mali Music; “G I R L,” Pharrell. Best R&B album: “Islander,” Bernhoft; “Lift Your Spirit,” Aloe Blacc; “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” Toni Braxton and Babyface; “Black Radio 2,” Robert Glasper Experiment; “Give the People What They Want,” Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Best rap album: “The New Classic,” Iggy Azalea; “Because the Internet,” Childish Gambino; “Nobody’s Smiling,” Common; “The Marshall Mathers LP2,” Eminem; “Oxymoron,” Schoolboy Q; “Blacc Hollywood,” Wiz Khalifa. Best rock album: “Ryan Adams,” Ryan Adams; “Morning Phase,” Beck; “Turn Blue,” the Black Keys; “Magnetic Eye,” Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers; “Songs of Innocence,” U2. Best alternative music album: “This Is All Yours,” Alt-J; “Reflektor,” Arcade Fire; “Melophobia,” Cage the Elephant; “St. Vincent,” St. Vincent; “Lazaretto,” Jack White.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Constable: Celebrating a unique talent takes unique talent Dec 4, 2014 11:59 AM
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer might not have been a typical reindeer, but he got the job done for St. Nicholas. To celebrate Rudolph's 50th anniversary, student Ben Nicholas of Mount Prospect organizes a festive party with a 16-foot inflatable Rudolph for all the students at Miner School in Arlington Heights.

  • U2 announces tour, 2 Chicago dates Dec 3, 2014 11:21 AM
    U2 says it will hit the stage next May to open a 19-city tour, playing indoor arenas after a decade of larger outdoor shows. U2 will play two shows — Wednesday and Thursday, June 24-25 — at Chicago’s United Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8.

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