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  • Music Notes: Luicidal brings old-school punk to Lombard Jul 29, 2014 6:15 AM
    Luicidal, a new band anchored by two members of the classic 1980s punk band Suicidal Tendencies, will play songs from ST's first three albums during a show next week at Brauerhouse in Lombard. And pop star/drum whiz Sheila E. returns to Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago on Tuesday.

  • Muscle, menace from Drenge on debut album Jul 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    British rock duo Drenge’s self-titled debut is pretty much perfect. That’s not a word critics of any kind should throw around lightly, and it’s not done so here. Young twentysomething brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless distill almost everything that’s been great about rock ’n’ roll over the last 25 years into 12 diamond-cut songs on their U.S. debut.

  • Gaga on Bennett duet CD: Jazz comes easier vs. pop Jul 29, 2014 7:20 AM
    Lady Gaga is a bonafide pop star, but the singer says recording jazz music was easier than pop. Gaga has spent two years recording an album of jazz standards with Tony Bennett called “Cheek to Cheek,” to be released this fall. “You know, it’s funny, but jazz comes a little more comfortable for me than pop music, than R&B music,” Gaga said in an interview Monday.

  • Conductor celebrates 35 years with Wheaton Municipal Band Jul 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    When Bruce Moss first took the baton as director of the Wheaton Municipal Band, there were more than a few skeptics. This week, Moss will celebrate his 35th anniversary with the band and those skeptics are long, long gone.

  • 8 new dancers join Miami City Ballet Jul 28, 2014 6:49 AM
    Eight dancers are joining the Miami City Ballet, including Raechel Sparreo of Buffalo Grove. Artistic director Lourdes Lopez says she wants Miami City Ballet dancers to be able to dance to anything, and she believes the new dancers’ experience and fresh perspective will enrich the company.

  • Rock musician swaps Skivvies for high heels in ‘Pageant’ Jul 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Performing as a woman in the off-Broadway spoof “Pageant: The Musical” has presented unique challenges for Nick Cearley — much like playing in his underwear with his rock band The Skivvies. The actor-musician alternates between wearing too much and too little clothing. “One day, I would really like to wear a sweater,” Cearley said with a smile. “I feel that there has to be a healthy balance somewhere, sometime, where I could actually just wear my normal clothes.”

  • Catching rising theater talent at Oakton Community College Jul 28, 2014 1:06 PM
    Catch rising theater talent at Play On, a Chicago-based playwriting festival, from Tuesday, July 29 to Thursday, 31, at Oakton Community College’s Studio One, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Now in its sixth year, Play On features six original one-act plays written and directed by community college students, starting nightly at 8 p.m.

  • Tom Petty’s rock ’n’ roll triumph Jul 28, 2014 11:00 AM
    Tom Petty isn’t singing about himself on his new tune, “Forgotten Man,” but he can’t be blamed for thinking like that. The music world has moved on from the days when Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers were among its leaders. So what to do? They’ve decided to take a stand, based on the evidence of this stunning new disc. “Hypnotic Eye” is testament to the enduring power of blues-based rock ’n’ roll.

  • Clapton says thank you to Cale with ‘The Breeze’ Jul 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    For Eric Clapton, the early 1970s were filled with drug addiction, personal difficulties and growing dissatisfaction with music. Singer-songwriter JJ Cale rescued him and gave him a direction, though the man known as the main architect of the highly influential Tulsa Sound didn’t know Clapton at the time. Cale died a year ago this week at 74. Cale’s music continues to inspire and push Clapton in powerful ways, something Clapton marks with the release this week of “The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale,” a 16-track thesis study in Cale’s career.

  • Actor crosses color barrier in off-Broadway ‘Fantasticks’ Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
    Not long ago, Kevin R. Free went to an audition for a part in the longest-running musical in history. Yet, all the other actors vying for the same part were at least 10 years older and he was the only African-American. “I just felt like, ‘Why am I here?'" But Free pulled himself together enough to do a monologue and sing a song, It worked: He got both the job and a chance to make history. Free has taken over the role of Bellomy in “The Fantasticks,” the first time a black man has played the role in the New York show’s more than 20,000 performances over 54 years.

  • Theater events: Jedlicka brings 'Big Fish' to the stage Jul 25, 2014 9:00 AM
    Jedlicka Performing Arts Center presents the first local production of Andrew Lippa's "Big Fish"; American Blues Theater remounts its hit musical, "Hank Williams: Lost Highway"; and celebrated chef Rich Bayless returns to Lookingglass Theatre in the dining and theatrical venture "Rick Bayless in Cascabel: Dinner-Daring-Desire" this week in Chicago-area theater.

  • Wheaton World Tour celebrates city’s diversity Jul 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hundreds of people had a chance to learn more about the various cultures that are present in Wheaton during the second annual Wheaton World Tour Thursday. “The event is intended to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of our great city of Wheaton, acknowledging that we came from many different places no matter how long we may have lived in town,” said Renee Webb, former chairwoman of the city’s Community Relations Commission.

  • Mount Prospect native tackles challenges of Beckett in 'Half-Light' Jul 25, 2014 6:10 AM
    If you haven't seen Kathrynne Wolf on stage, you may have heard her anyway — in commercials, pinball games, video games and public service announcements. And her vocal experiences come in handy with her latest show, especially as she takes on one character who is just a head in an urn. The Mount Prospect native plays three different characters in “Hellish Half-Light: Shorter Plays of Samuel Beckett” being staged by Mary-Arrchie Theatre. “It's a challenge in a good way,” Wolf said.

  • Fred Fest concert in Port Barrington Aug. 17 Jul 25, 2014 6:54 PM
    Fred Fest, an annual reunion concert of well-known, Barrington-trained musicians, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Fox River Forest Preserve on Roberts Road in Port Barrington. Admission is $20. The concert benefits the Preservation Foundation of the Lake County Forest Preserves.

  • Garth Brooks fans snap up tickets to 10 Rosemont shows Jul 25, 2014 6:36 PM
    One tour-launching Garth Brooks Allstate Arena show turned into four Friday. Then five. And then there were 10 — which the country singer was selling out quickly.

  • Audience moved by Mundelein teen’s performance Jul 26, 2014 12:43 AM
    Cast and audience shared an emotional performance of “The Secret Garden” Saturday night at Mundelein High School. Senior Monica Tipperreiter debuted in the role she had been meant to play one of the leads in the high school musical last spring.

  • An A-to-Z guide to enjoying the rest of summer Jul 25, 2014 6:12 AM
    If back-to-school sales and talk of fall have you thinking that summer is slipping away, don't despair. We still have a few weeks left to take in outdoor concerts, al fresco dining and blockbuster movies at the multiplex. So here's a quick A-to-Z primer on enjoying the last weeks of summer in the suburbs.

  • Genesee concert will be tribute to late Johnny Winter Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM
    Due to the recent death of blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who was slated the appear at the upcoming Rock N' Blues Festival Concert at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, the show at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, has instead been reconfigured to be a tribute to the late musician.

  • Mundelein teen gets second chance at play after surgery to remove brain tumor Jul 24, 2014 3:06 PM
    Mundelein High School senior Monica Tipperreiter had her heart set on playing one of the leads in the school's spring musical until the discovery of a brain tumor dashed her hopes. Now the school is restaging the production Friday night to give her another go at the role of a lifetime. “I'm very grateful for the second chance,” she said.

  • ‘Weird Al’ on his weirdly successful week in music Jul 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic on his latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” released last week.

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