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  • A first timer's experience at Bayreuth, Glyndebourne opera festivals Nov 16, 2014 6:30 AM
    A first-timer compares two of the most exclusive opera festivals in Europe: the Bayreuth Festival in Germany dedicated exclusively to the works of Wagner and the more diverse Glyndebourne Festival in the United Kingdom, which almost always features at least one Mozart opera on the bill.

     
  • Sunday picks: Day of the Dead art in Waukegan Nov 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Contemplate the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday by viewing the art exhibit “Dia de los Muertos: A Living Documentation” at the Waukegan Public Library. Relive the glorious musical sound of 1940s big band music when The Glenn Miller Orchestra & The Buddy Rich Band performs at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. If you can't get enough of reality TV dancing competitions, then don't miss the national tour of “Dancing Pros Live,” where you get to vote on which couple wins.

     
  • Weekend picks: Jane Lynch hosts Lyric anniversary Nov 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch (“Glee”) hosts the Lyric Opera of Chicago 60th Anniversary Celebration, which also features Sir Andrew Davis, jazz artist Ramsey Lewis, members of The Second City and local opera stars. Comedian Eddie Brill brings his standup comedy to Zanies at Pheasant Run this weekend.

     
  • Weekend picks: Do the 'Time Warp' again in Algonquin Oct 31, 2014 5:00 AM
    Get your props and costumes ready for a screening of the 1975 comic horror film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Friday at the Algonquin Area Public Library. Local rockers AM Taxi will be playing as the Kinks the 18th annual Halloween Bash at the Double Door in Chicago. And comedian Eddie Brill brings his standup comedy to Zanies at Pheasant Run this weekend.

     
  • Weekend picks: Drew Michael returns to town Oct 29, 2014 11:22 AM
    Comedian Drew Michael honed his comedy craft in Chicago; catch his return to town for a run of standup performances at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. Get dressed up and bring props for the Halloween screening of the classic 1975 comic horror film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Algonquin Area Public Library Friday. If you can't get enough of reality TV dancing competitions, then don't miss the national tour of “Dancing Pros Live,” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago.

     
  • Local theater companies craft shows to thrill Oct 19, 2014 6:30 AM
    Many theater companies turn to more macabre material for the Halloween season. Some shows offer satisfying scares, while others aim to make you laugh by skewering well-known horror flicks. Here’s a sampling of scary shows onstage in Chicago and the suburbs this Halloween holiday.

     
  • Sunday picks: Huey Lewis brings the News to Naperville Oct 19, 2014 6:34 AM
    Catch Huey Lewis and the News as they deliver their 1980s pop hits like “The Power of Love,” “Back in Time” and “I Want a New Drug” at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos.

     
  • Weekend picks: Jasmine Guy steams up CLC with jazz Oct 18, 2014 7:00 AM
    “A Different World” TV star Jasmine Guy teams up with The Avery Sharpe Trio to perform jazz and blues classics at College of Lake County's Lumber Center for the Performing Arts, Catch comedian Fortune Feimster (“Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately”) performing her standup routine at Zanies in Rosemont. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos. Waukegan native Amanda Majeski performs in the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of "The Marriage of Figaro" at participating theaters Saturday.

     
  • Weekend picks: Fortune Feimster comes to Rosemont, Chicago Oct 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Catch comedian Fortune Feimster (“Last Comic Standing,” “Chelsea Lately”) performing her standup routine at Zanies in Rosemont and Chicago this weekend. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos. Waukegan native Amanda Majeski performs in the Metropolitan Opera's simulcast of "The Marriage of Figaro" at participating theaters Saturday.

     
  • Weekend picks: Russell Peters is Almost Famous Oct 12, 2014 6:30 AM
    Canadian comedian Russell Peters puts in a bid to become more of a household name with his Almost Famous World Tour at the Chicago Theatre. Cellist Matthew Agnew and conductor Stephen Squires team for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra “Nature's Soundscape” concerts this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Weekend picks: ESO presents 'Soundscapes' Oct 11, 2014 8:18 AM
    Cellist Matthew Agnew and conductor Stephen Squires team for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra “Nature's Soundscape” concerts this weekend at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Weekend picks: Crenshaw on Arcada 'Eighties' bill Oct 10, 2014 6:16 PM
    Get nostalgic for pop hits from the past with The Romantics, The Smithereens, Marshall Crenshaw and Tommy Tutone on the bill for the “Rock of the Eighties Tour” at the Arcada Theatre. A poet and a composer proclaim their love to a widowed countess in Richard Strauss' final opera “Capriccio,” which begins a seven-performance run with American star soprano Renée Fleming at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • A dark and dangerous ‘Don Giovanni’ Sep 29, 2014 6:09 AM
    Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls plays up the dark side of the serial seducer "Don Giovanni" in a sleek and stylish 1920s-transported production that launches the 60th diamond anniversary season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

     
  • Sunday picks: ESO plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Sep 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    Conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Concerts, film screenings and gallery shows are all part of the Charlie's Center for the Arts — All of the Arts, All Over Town event at different St. Charles venues. Des Plaines hosts its Fall Fest 2014 at Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. And you can find seasonal floral arrangements, silk and dried florals and dried bouquets at the annual Weed Ladies Fall Floral Sale, in the Daniels House at Naper Settlement in Naper.

     
  • Weekend picks: John Leguizamo brings 'Ghetto Klown' to Chicago Theatre Sep 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Comedian and actor John Leguizamo returns to the Windy City with a one-night-only performance of his Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” Saturday at the Chicago Theatre. Best known from his TV appearances on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “World's Dumbest,” comedian, Kevin McCaffrey will perform standup starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Humans and their canine friends are invited to Clearbrook's Raise The Woof Pet Festival in Melas Park, Mount Prospect. And conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Opening Night at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

     
  • Weekend picks: Germanfest brings beer, brats to Hoffman Estates Sep 11, 2014 4:07 PM
    Hoffman Estates' Platzkonzert Germanfest expands to two days of German food, beer, games and more at the Virginia Mary Hayter Village Green in the Prairie Stone Business Park in Hoffman Estates. Best known from his TV appearances on the “Late Show With David Letterman” and “World's Dumbest,” comedian, Kevin McCaffrey will perform standup starting Wednesday at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Humans and their canine friends are invited to Clearbrook's Raise The Woof Pet Festival in Melas Park, Mount Prospect. And conductor Andrew Grams conducts Beethoven's Fifth Symphony with orchestral opera selections by Wagner and Weber for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra Opening Night at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin.

     
  • Sunday picks: Get one more taste of summer at Heritage Days Sep 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    Hold on to summer for at least one more weekend with Bartlett Heritage Days, featuring a vintage car show, loads of games, rides and more. Sate your taste for British automotive design with more than 500 cars at the 28th Annual British Car Festival at Harper College in Palatine. And the Jam for Autism returns with 40 Chicago-area bands to benefit the Autism Society of Illinois at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.

     
  • Weekend picks: Laugh along with Margaret Cho at North Shore Center Sep 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    Comedian and actress Margaret Cho returns to her standup roots this Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Grammy Award-winning country mega star Garth Brooks is back in a big way with his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena. Chicago native and comedian Denise Ramsden plays a series of standup performances at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

     
  • Weekend picks: U.K. punks Members still 'sound of the suburbs' Sep 5, 2014 1:12 AM
    The Members, a witty and energetic punk band from England, toured incessantly and put out a number of records, including the famous anthem, “The Sound of the Suburbs,” before breaking up in 1983. The Members re-formed eight years ago, but they're back in the U.S. for the first time in decades. Come hail Chicago native and comedian Denise Ramsden for a series of standup performances at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Grammy Award-winning country mega star Garth Brooks is back in a big way with his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood, which launches at the Allstate Arena. Catch the Moody Blues in concert Friday at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park.

     
  • Caravello wins Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition Aug 9, 2014 9:06 PM

    By Deborah Pankey

    After wowing the crowd with his rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and wowing the judges with his musical evolution over the past several weeks, Dennis Caravello of Mount Prospect was named the winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent for 2014. “This is just surreal,” said Caravello who started playing guitar at age 5 and dropped out of college a bit over a year ago to pursue music.

     
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