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  • Rosemont to be featured on ABC 7 New Year’s Eve broadcast Dec 26, 2014 1:08 PM
    Rosemont’s entertainment district will be one of the featured sites on ABC 7’s Countdown Chicago 2015 live New Year’s Eve broadcast.

     
  • Weekend picks: Hdynation Tour brings house music home Dec 26, 2014 2:35 PM
    Groove out with Chicago-based J2K and Autobot as Flosstradamus brings the Hdynation Tour home to the Aragon Entertainment Center. See 250,000 colorful LED lights choregraphed to a soundtrack recorded by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as part of the annual Symphony in Lights holiday show at The Promenade Bolingbrook. Time is running out to catch the Joffrey Ballet's beloved take on the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. The bands Stache, Your Villain My Hero and According to Sarah team up for an evening of pop and rock at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights Friday.

     
  • Year's top album is Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' Dec 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Up for a good long listen? Check out The Associated Press' top albums of 2014 list.

     
  • Theater events: Sasheer Zamata plays Zanies Rosemont Dec 26, 2014 10:48 AM
    End the year and begin 2015 with laughs at Zanies in Rosemont, Chicago Iimprov in Schaumburg and the Metropolis in Arlington Heights. Chicago's Annoyance Theatre hosts post-Christmas and New Year's Eve performances, so does iO Chicago and the Chicago Fringe Festival seeks applicants this week in Chicago area theater.

     
  • Some suburban theaters soar, but others take a final bow Dec 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    2014 proved to be a tumultuous year in Chicago theater, as suburban playhouses like the Paramount in Aurora and Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace soared in 2014, while others took their final bow.

     
  • Elgin Theatre Company to present “Leading Ladies” Dec 26, 2014 8:02 PM
    The Elgin Theatre Company will present “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by Ken Ludwig, on Jan. 9-25, at Kimball Street Theater in Elgin. The play, directed by Madeline Franklin, will explore how far would you go for three million dollars.

     
  • Beethoven themed concert: Dec 25, 2014 5:33 PM
    Acclaimed musicians Pablo Mahave-Veglia and Seth Carlin perform at 4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 4 at the Byron Colby Barn, 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake.

     
  • The Merry Makers spread holiday cheer in Vernon Hills Dec 24, 2014 6:09 PM
    Christmas Eve was the final day for the Merry Makers to spread their holiday cheer at Westfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Melanie Andreani reviews Newsies with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Melanie Andreani shares her perspective on Newsies with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Short & Sweet critic Linda Rosen reviews Cinderella with Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago Dec 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Short and Sweet guest critic Linda Rosen of Buffalo Grove reviews Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella with host Diana Martinez of Broadway in Chicago.

     
  • Music notes: Incendiary Waco Brothers play post-Christmas show Dec 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    There's lots of live music to be heard the week after Christmas! Among the most promising shows are the Waco Brothers Friday and Saturday at Schuba's in Chicago and Bob Mould at Chicago's Metro on New Year's Eve.

     
  • Music director from Arlington Heights on Broadway this holiday Dec 23, 2014 5:48 AM
    Broadway doesn't really take a Christmas break, so neither does music director and conductor James Moore, a native of Arlington Heights. Instead of celebrating in the suburbs with family, Moore will be working — directing and conducting one of 2014's biggest hit musicals, a revival of Leonard Bernstein's “On the Town” at New York's Lyric Theatre.

     
  • It’s time to put a bullet in Metropolis Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Clifford Salzmann says Arlington Heights should close the book on Metropolis.

     
  • Rauner concert: Toby Keith, Buddy Guy, trio of politicians Dec 22, 2014 5:53 PM
    An unpredictable political year has done it one last time: A trio of Illinois state lawmakers and their Jimmy Buffett-inspired band will open a concert for country superstar Toby Keith and blues legend Buddy Guy next month. Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner announced the lineup for his inauguration concert Monday.

     
  • Martha Plimpton: ‘I don’t want to be just famous’ Dec 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    To the audience watching the opening act of “A Delicate Balance” on Broadway, a gentle word of warning: Martha Plimpton is listening to you. The actress is backstage at the Golden Theatre with some time to kill before she appears in Act 2 and she likes to hear the way the crowd is sounding as she puts on her wig and gets into costume. “I try to get a feel for how they are responding and what they’re like."

     
  • NYC theater plans live reading of ‘The Interview’ Dec 22, 2014 3:29 PM
    Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie “The Interview,” but it will be in at least at one theater in New York City — onstage, that is. Treehouse Theater said Monday it will put on a free reading of the film’s script on Dec. 27, giving “an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it.”

     
  • Smashing Pumpkins’ Corgan looks ahead, not back Dec 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan, who grew up in Glendale Heights, has an ambivalent relationship with his band. Corgan may be the Pumpkins’ only remaining original member, but the non-band has just released its eighth studio album, “Monuments to an Elegy.” A slice of grungy pop-rock featuring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who joined the Pumpkins in 2007, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, it’s received good reviews — though not good enough for Corgan.

     
  • Soulful singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 Dec 22, 2014 4:31 PM
    Joe Cocker, a raspy-voiced British rock singer who belted out a bluesy version of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 and had a hit with “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. He was 70.

     
  • Weekend picks: It’s time to light the lights Dec 22, 2014 5:17 PM
    See 250,000 colorful LED lights choregraphed to a soundtrack recorded by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as part of the annual Symphony in Lights holiday show at The Promenade Bolingbrook. Time is running out to catch the Joffrey Ballet’s beloved take on the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. The bands Stache, Your Villain My Hero and According to Sarah team up for an evening of pop and rock at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights Friday.

     
  • Nicki Minaj keeps us talking, but to what end? Dec 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Nicki Minaj’s little dramas can be bent into a heroic narrative arc, if you're a fan. If you’re a skeptic, they’re pseudo-controversies posing as hype. And if you’re somewhere in between, they slowly accumulate into a weird tumor of anticipation, a hurdle that Minaj’s music must eventually clear.

     
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