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  • First-class selection from Maxi Priest Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    There’s no time like summertime when it comes to releasing a collection of smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul, and Maxi Priest has just done that with the eagerly awaited “Easy to Love.” Almost a decade since his last studio album, the timing of this drop is perfect and will delight fans across the globe.

     
  • Sunday picks: Monty Python, silly walks not included Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM
    If you couldn't get a ticket to see the London farewell shows of “Monty Python Live (mostly): One Down, Five to Go,” then catch the famed British comedy troupe via movie theater screenings of the sold-out event on Sunday at select participating movie theaters. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

     
  • Images: Remembering Poplar Creek Music Theatre Jul 20, 2014 7:00 AM
    Twenty years after the gates shut for the last time, we recall the storied list of acts that graced the stage at Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates.

     
  • Weekend picks: Blake Shelton to rock Wrigley Field Jul 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Country star Blake Shelton headlines The Ten Times Crazier Tour with Dan + Shay, The Band Perry and Neal McCoy at Wrigley Field. Celebrated comedian Carlos Mencia returns to town to perform standup material this weekend at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Musician and vocalist Ralph Covert takes to the Ravinia stage with a children's concert Saturday morning.

     
  • Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

     
  • 5 things you might do this weekend: Gary Sinise; Ale Fest in Naperville Jul 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Rock for the troops with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band in Wheaton, sample craft beers at Ale Fest in Naperville or hit the Kane County Fair in St. Charles. Check here for those and other fun things to do this weekend.

     
  • Wheaton Band Festival plays in Memorial Park Jul 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    The 15th annual Wheaton band festival takes place Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Avenue. This year's event features the Chicago Brass Band, Swing Low Sweet Cadillac, Fox Valley Concert Band, The Nite Hawks and the Northshore Concert Band. On Saturday, an instrument "petting zoo" will be available for children to explore instruments and music.

     
  • Broadway lights will be dimmed in Stritch’s memory Jul 18, 2014 9:26 AM
    Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world. Elaine Stritch died Thursday at age 89 in her home state of Michigan.

     
  • Theater performances come to Lake Zurich High School Jul 18, 2014 12:48 PM
    Cricket Theatre Company presents "Once Upon a Mattress" Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25, and "Legally Blonde" Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27. All performances are at the Lake Zurich High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Church St., Lake Zurich.

     
  • Posthumous Clement album a sweet send off Jul 18, 2014 1:05 PM
    Jack Clement was a court jester who emphasized the joy and camaraderie of making music. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Clement made his greatest mark as a producer, a songwriter and a studio owner. The posthumous “For Once and For All” is only his third album, recorded after he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died in August 2013 at age 82, leaving behind an album that perfectly conveys why he was such a special creative catalyst.

     
  • Jazz masters evoke joy, sadness on duet CD Jul 18, 2014 1:07 PM
    There’s a sense of both joy and sadness to “Last Dance,” which surprisingly is the first album in pianist Keith Jarrett’s illustrious nearly 50-year career to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s traditional jazz chart. “Last Dance” is drawn from the same informal 2007 sessions at Jarrett’s home studio that reunited the pianist and bassist Charlie Haden for the first time in more than three decades and yielded the Grammy-nominated 2010 CD, “Jasmine.”

     
  • 'Laughter' falls short of its comic inspiration Jul 18, 2014 5:00 AM
    Young playwrights are often admonished to avoid writing about other writers. Yet playwright Neil Simon ignored that advice when he penned his 1993 Broadway comedy “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” a fictionalized take on his own early writing career for Sid Caesar's hit “Your Show of Shows.” Eclectic Full Contact Theatre revives its recent Chicago production of that show at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Theater events: Three Brothers revives ‘Crimes’ Jul 18, 2014 3:54 AM
    Three Brothers revive "Crimes of the Heart;" Williams Street presents the musical revue "Suds"and the Funny Old Broads return to Skokie this week in suburban theater. Oracle Productions presents its world premiere adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle;" Mary-Arrchie Theatre showcases six plays by Samuel Beckett and redtwist debuts an original work titled "Geezers" this week in Chicago theater.

     
  • Broadway star joins local favorite for Drury Lane mystery Jul 18, 2014 5:09 PM
    Drury Lane Theatre in Oak Brook announced casting for its Chicago-area premiere of "The Game's Afoot" next month.

     
  • Gift Theatre tries Shakespeare with modern 'Othello' Jul 18, 2014 10:05 AM
    As The Gift Theatre makes clear in its modern, stripped-down production of William Shakespeare's “Othello,” something more than jealousy and racial prejudice fuel this tragedy. It's Othello's own insecurity that accelerates his downward spiral into madness, and ultimately murder.

     
  • Steppenwolf’s comic ‘Qualms’ flirts with questions of sexual freedom Jul 18, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Bruce Norris masterfully pushes controversial buttons again in his world premiere comedy about suburban swingers in "The Qualms," now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, Aug. 31.

     
  • Big music weekend keeps Chicago, suburbs rocking Jul 18, 2014 11:48 AM
    It's a ginormous weekend in the Chicago for music fans, as three big rock events -- the Warped Tour, the Pitchfork Music Festival, and Mayhem Festival -- are taking place. In total, more than 100 bands will perform, including many from the city and suburbs. In honor of this rockin' weekend, the Daily Herald profiles two local bands — one from the suburbs, the other from the city — that will be part of the weekend fun. Read about Born of Osiris and Twin Peaks, and then go listen to some live music!

     
  • Brazilian music invades New York Jul 17, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting on July 17, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music will descend upon New York playing at venues across the city for the fourth annual Brasil Summerfest. The ensuing party may do little to avenge the country’s spectacular World Cup flameout, but at the very least it will serve to show that Brazil has more than just soccer: They still have their samba.

     
  • First lady salutes Grammy Museum, music teachers Jul 17, 2014 9:42 AM
    Michelle Obama says every arts organization in the country should embrace the mission of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which focuses on education. Six million American children attend schools with no art or music classes, she said Wednesday at the museum’s inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon. “Arts are a way to channel ... pain and frustration into something meaningful and productive and beautiful, and every human being needs that, particularly our kids,” she said.

     
  • Sinise returns to headline Rockin’ for the Troops at Cantigny Jul 17, 2014 2:45 PM
    When actor and musician Gary Sinise was deciding what to name his touring USO band, he turned to what many consider his most iconic character: Lt. Dan Taylor from the 1994 film “Forrest Gump.” “Lt. Dan at the end of the movie is standing up and moving on with his life,” said Sinise. “And I think many of the veterans I’ve worked with can relate to that-putting their combat experience behind them and moving forward.” Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will headline the 13th annual Rockin’ for the Troops event Saturday, July 19, in Cantigny Park.

     
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