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  • Which way will One Direction go after Malik’s departure? Mar 26, 2015 7:02 AM
    David Lee Roth and Van Halen. Noel Gallagher and Oasis. And now Zayn Malik and One Direction. Malik said Wednesday he is leaving the chart-topping British boy band “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.” His name immediately became a top trending topic online — #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik — as the band announced it would continue its world tour, “On the Road Again,” without Malik. Plans also remained in place for the now-foursome to record an album later this year.

  • Daughtry taking center stage at Naperville's Last Fling Mar 26, 2015 2:46 PM
    The Grammy Award-winning Daughtry will be the headline performer Sept. 5 during the Naperville Jaycees' Last Fling celebration in downtown Naperville. The concert will start at 4 p.m. at the foot of Rotary Hill, 440 Aurora Ave., along the downtown Riverwalk. General admission tickets are $25 through July 10.

  • Images: Plenty of fresh faces performing at 2015 Lollapalooza Mar 25, 2015 10:13 AM
    Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

  • ESO’s ‘Spotlight on Strings’ features Beethoven, Mozart Mar 25, 2015 3:07 PM
    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra is preparing for its second to last concert of the 2014-2015 season. Conductor of the Year Andrew Grams returns this weekend to conduct the ESO in a truly classical concert filled with masterpieces from Mozart and Beethoven. Performances are in Schaumburg and Elgin.

  • Robin Hood takes to streets in new St. Charles play Mar 25, 2015 3:23 PM
    Vero Voce has announced its original production, “Robin Hood, Streets of Sherwood,” written and directed by Vero Voce’s Theatrical Artistic Director, David M. Rodriguez, with fight choreography by Tony Pellegrino. “Robin Hood: Streets of Sherwood” is a modern interpretation of the legendary hero’s origin story.

  • Oak Ridge Boys, Browns, Martin join country hall Mar 25, 2015 9:51 AM
    Country Music Hall of Fame welcomes Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns, Grady Martin

  • Paramount's stellar 'Les Miserables' offers big bang for the buck Mar 25, 2015 11:14 AM
    Paramount Theatre's grand and glorious “Les Miserables” offers about as much a theatrical bang for the buck as a discerning theatergoer would want. Director Jim Corti's ingeniously re-imagined revival of this sweeping, sung-through musical inspired by Victor Hugo's 19th-century novel rivals just about any theatrical spectacle produced in Chicago in recent memory, including Broadway tours. Seriously, it's that good.

  • 12 hottest concert tickets in Chicago, suburbs this summer Mar 25, 2015 4:59 PM
    It's going to be a music lover's feast in Chicago this summer, and Lollapalooza is only a small part of it. Some huge concerts are scheduled already, including The Grateful Dead's final shows, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, and Taylor Swift. Interested? Better get your tickets now.

  • John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Outside Mullingar’ richly realized at Skokie’s Northlight Theatre Mar 25, 2015 5:00 AM
    There are lots of laughs in store for John Patrick Shanley's quirky 2014 Broadway Irish comedy "Outside Mullingar," now making its Midwest premiere at Northlight Theatre in Skokie through Sunday, April 19.

  • Weekend picks: Catch Bill Bellamy in Schaumburg Mar 26, 2015 10:44 AM
    Catch former “Last Comic Standing” host Bill Bellamy live and in person at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. Former teen sensation David Cassidy visits the Arcada Theatre Thursday. And “Saved by the Bell” TV star Dustin Diamond shows off his standup comedy skills at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora.

  • Grayslake Central band at Disney World: Mar 24, 2015 5:38 PM
    Grayslake Central High School's band entertained visitors at Walt Disney World this week.

  • David Byrne joins his tribute concert Mar 24, 2015 9:48 AM
    David Byrne joins musicians honoring his music at benefit concert

  • Teen asked to adapt 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' for stage Mar 24, 2015 1:20 PM
    Teen from Massachusetts commissioned to adapt 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' for the stage

  • Paul McCartney, Sam Smith headline Lolla, single-day passes selling fast Mar 25, 2015 12:04 PM
    Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will headline Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park this summer, it was announced Wednesday. But unless you’ve already bought passes, you’re probably out of luck for those acts.

  • Ex-Buffalo Grove resident, Grammy Award-winning pianist returns Mar 24, 2015 5:30 AM
    Grammy Award winning musician Cory Smythe, a Buffalo Grove native, talks about the phone call from famed violinist Hilary Hahn that changed his career. "I didn't even think it was her at first," said Smythe, in his usual self-effacing style. He'll be performing with Hahn at Orchestra Hall April 12.

  • Music notes: Loretta Lynn still a country girl Mar 24, 2015 6:21 AM
    Groundbreaking in her approach to country music -- as a woman in the '60s writing about women's issues -- Loretta Lynn has spent her career achieving and maintaining her superstar status. She brings a lifetime of music and stories to the Arcada Theatre Friday.

  • Cynthia Erivo to join Jennifer Hudson in ‘The Color Purple’ Mar 23, 2015 6:12 AM
    Cynthia Erivo will join Jennifer Hudson on Broadway this fall when the musical “The Color Purple” returns. Erivo, who starred in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in London in 2013, will reprise her role of Celie in her Broadway debut. The production, which begins previews in November at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, is directed and designed by John Doyle.

  • SXSW dials it back a bit this time Mar 23, 2015 6:45 AM
    Some come to South by Southwest seeking glory. Others come to roll their eyes at it. Australian rock singer Courtney Barnett chose her side on Thursday afternoon in the form of a song: “Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” As one of the most-hyped artists at the 29th annual music festival, Barnett’s hesitancy seemed to capture the mood of the entire shebang. This was a less urgent, less electric South by Southwest. And it was mostly by design.

  • How 3 Broadway novices put 'Something Rotten!' on stage Mar 23, 2015 11:42 AM
    It began with an intriguing premise for a musical: What would it have been like to be a fledgling playwright making a living at the same time as William Shakespeare? The result is "Something Rotten!" and all it took to get to Broadway was that original idea plus 40-odd songs, endless rewriting, a brief scare from an Oscar-winning movie, some top-notch actors and some two decades.

  • Meet the Elgin woman who went from an engineer to ballet dancer Mar 24, 2015 9:57 AM
    Ruffled red skirts swirl in huge circular patterns on the dance floor, creating a feast for the eyes as well as a strong breeze. Every few seconds between the double swirls you can catch a glimpse of the bright eyes and beaming smile of Cynthia G. Hernandez as she dances among her students. The look of genuine joy is unmistakable.

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