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  • MHS holiday concert: Dec 2, 2014 5:01 PM
    The Mundelein High School bands and choirs will combine to present a holiday concert Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein.

     
  • The Boss becomes Bono: Springsteen sings with U2 Dec 2, 2014 7:27 AM
    Bono has some top-notch understudies: Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin of Coldplay acted as the U2 frontman, who is recovering from a bike accident, at a concert Monday night honoring World AIDS Day. Springsteen performed “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” alongside U2’s Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. in Times Square in front of few hundred fans, who stood in the rain.

     
  • Creed frontman’s wife seeking divorce, help Dec 2, 2014 7:33 AM
    Creed frontman Scott Stapp’s wife is seeking a divorce from her estranged husband. Jaclyn Stapp filed for divorce from the 41-year-old singer and asked a judge in Palm Beach County, Florida, last month to have her husband admitted to a substance abuse facility. She said her husband has been using several drugs and threatened to kill himself and harm his family. She said he left their home in early October.

     
  • Wu-Tang look to cement legacy on new album Dec 3, 2014 6:08 AM
    Old Dirty Bastard once proclaimed: Wu-Tang is for the children. On their sixth album, “A Better Tomorrow,” U-God reinforces the sentiment: We “construct these jewels so they can live through my descendants.”

     
  • Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga to perform together at Ravinia Dec 2, 2014 3:47 PM
    Jazz legend Tony Bennett and pop sensation Lady Gaga are scheduled to appear together to sing selections from the Great American Songbook at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on June 26 and 27, 2015.

     
  • Latin pop star Prince Royce hopes to cross over Dec 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Prince Royce says although he’s working on his first album in English, his fans can still expect to hear his signature Latin and tropical sound in his new music. The 25-year-old star released his first English language single, “Stuck on a Feeling,” last week. It features rapper Snoop Dogg and samples R&B group 112’s hit song “Dance With Me.”

     
  • Rolling Stones’ sax player Bobby Keys dies Dec 2, 2014 1:56 PM
    Bobby Keys, a saxophonist and life-long rock ’n’ roller who played on recordings by Buddy Holly and John Lennon and performed one of the all-time blowout solos on the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” has died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 70 years old. Michael Webb, who played keyboard with Keys, said Keys died on Tuesday after a lengthy illness.

     
  • Weekend picks: ChristKindlFest brings German Christmas home Dec 4, 2014 11:36 AM
    Get to know some German holiday traditions at ChristKindlFest in Barrington this week. 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.

     
  • Hersey’s Dickens carolers celebrate holidays Victorian style Nov 30, 2014 5:10 PM
    Visitors to the Prospect Heights Library got to enjoy a Victorian era holiday celebration Sunday as John Hersey High School’s Charles Dickens Carolers performed favorite songs from the season. The mixed a cappella group performa several shows throughout the holiday season wearing Charles Dickens period authentic costumes.

     
  • Hundreds mourn Lebanese diva Sabah Nov 30, 2014 9:32 PM
    Hundreds of friends, family and fans packed into a Beirut church Sunday to say farewell to the famed Lebanese singer, actress and entertainer Sabah. The daylong proceedings took on a festive air as the crowds celebrated the taboo-breaking six-decade career of Sabah, who died Wednesday at the age of 87. A military brass band played in the street outside St. George Cathedral in downtown Beirut, where fans clapped and sang their favorite Sabah songs. Earlier, a troupe of dancers in traditional dress performed to the diva’s music played from loudspeakers. “I will call it celebration, not a funeral,” said Lebanese actress Ward El-Khal. “We feel today that we came here to share her feelings and to remember her. We will miss her.” For the funeral Mass, Sabah’s flag-draped coffin stood near the altar with a giant picture of the singer as a young woman with peroxide-blond hair. After the service, mourners carried the casket aloft — with people clapping, throwing flowers and reaching out to touch it and the photograph — outside to a waiting hearse. Sabah is to be buried later Sunday in the village of Bdedoun, where she was born. Over her glittering career, Sabah, whose real name was Jeanette Feghali, won the adoration of millions across the Arab world for her powerful voice and playful character. She performed in some 25 plays, four radio musicals and 85 films and sang 3,000 songs. Amid her professional success, Sabah often set tongues wagging with her flamboyant life and her gregarious confessions to entertainment reporters. She frequently married and divorced — at least nine times.

     
  • Sunday picks: See Chicago ... only smaller Nov 30, 2014 5:00 AM
    The Wonderland Express exhibit runs for another holiday season full of miniature trains and models of famous Chicago-area landmarks starting this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. And it's your last chance to see comedian Louie Anderson in his weekend run at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

     
  • Weekend picks: Brody Jenner hits the decks at H.O.M.E. Nov 30, 2014 12:50 AM
    Brody Jenner, best known from appearances on "The Hills" and "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," will be joined by William Lifestyle and Kings of Class at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights. Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • Christmas concert in Lake Villa: Nov 28, 2014 5:37 PM
    The Lakes Area Community Band’s Christmas Concert is Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Lakes Community High School Auditorium at Grass Lake and Deep Lake roads in Lake Villa.

     
  • Celebs bringing carols to the suburbs early Nov 28, 2014 11:13 AM
    Singer, musician and former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald and other artists are bringing their holiday shows to the Chicago area this holiday season. Here is our guide to a number of upcoming holiday shows.

     
  • Weekend picks: Local boy Pat McGann returns to Rosemont Nov 28, 2014 5:00 AM
    Local comedian Pat McGann performs a series of standup shows at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • 5 weekend ideas to usher in the holidays Nov 28, 2014 2:13 PM
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the suburbs. And this weekend offers the chance to kick off the season with local parades, a lights festival and a couple of holiday theater classics.

     
  • Sharing music: a personal gift made easy by tech Nov 27, 2014 6:15 AM
    Sharing music is a great way to connect with friends, and technology has made it easier than ever. Music lovers can create and share playlists in a variety of ways using today's tech.

     
  • Holiday albums from the Dukes of Hazard boys to ‘Downton Abbey’ Nov 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Whether you’re prepping a hearty, warm Thanksgiving meal or getting ready to shop until you drop on Black Friday, here’s a list of holidays albums reviews set to get you in the right mood, including first-ever full recording by John Schneider and Tom Wopat.

     
  • Despite shake-ups, AC/DC perseveres with album, tour Nov 26, 2014 4:40 PM
    AC/DC finally joined iTunes in 2012 after years of refusing to do so, but make no mistake, the Australian rock band is still old school. “I would like everybody to buy vinyl again,” guitarist Angus Young said in an interview. “That’s my favorite.” AC/DC, which has enjoyed four decades of success, will release “Rock or Bust,” its first album in six years, on Dec. 2. It is the follow-up to “Black Ice,” which sold 784,000 units during its first week in 2008.

     
  • Hear Lucinda Williams’ tribute to her dad at Vic Nov 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer’s disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry.This lent new urgency to Williams’ effort to pay tribute to him, which she did on her recently released album, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.” She plays Chicago’s Vic Theatre on Friday, Nov. 28.

     
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