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  • Iggy Azalea to play Allstate in May Dec 15, 2014 2:56 PM
    Hip hop star Iggy Azalea brings her Great Escape Tour with supporting acts Tinashe and DJ Wizz Kidd to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Friday, May 1.

  • Craig Ferguson to bring tour to Joliet, Waukegan Dec 15, 2014 2:33 PM
    Comedian Craig Ferguson brings his Hot & Grumpy Tour: Walking to the Earth to the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on Friday, March 20, and the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan on Saturday, March 21.

  • Brilliant choreography part of 'Newsies' undeniable appeal Dec 16, 2014 5:41 AM
    Everything you need to know about the allure of “Newsies,” an exuberant, feel-good show in its first national tour, was obvious from the excited expressions of the children who arrived by the busload to Chicago's Oriental Theatre for Friday's opening. The show is a classic David-and-Goliath story, inspired partly by New York City's newsboy strike of 1899.

  • Des Plaines school’s ‘Mulan’ production a learning experience Dec 15, 2014 1:20 PM
    This December, students from Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines brought the 1998 Disney classic “Mulan” to their performance stage. Friendship students performed a morning matinee for fifth-grade students from Brentwood and Devonshire elementary school in Des Plaines and Robert Frost elementary school in Mount Prospect as a way of introducing the students to their future school.

  • Auditions for ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Antioch Dec 14, 2014 4:15 PM
    The PM&L Theatre, 877 N. Main St., Antioch, will hold auditions for the musical “Meet Me in St. Louis” at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15 and Tuesday, Dec. 16.

  • Sunday picks: Gabriel Iglesias promotes 'Unity Through Laughter' Dec 14, 2014 6:00 AM
    Comedian Gabriel Iglesias heads to the Rosemont Theatre for his “Unity Through Laughter World Tour.” Cantigny Park hosts its 13th Annual Lego Train Show, featuring Lego creations by members of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. And catch the last night of comedian Rob Schneider's standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Air Force band delights with holiday concert in St. Charles Dec 14, 2014 4:35 PM
    The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America has performed for U.S. presidents, foreign royalty, Pope John Paul II, and hundreds of world leaders. On Sunday afternoon, they played holiday classics for a packed house of suburbanites in St. Charles.

  • Broadway star heads to Chicago as touring 'Cinderella' Dec 14, 2014 6:45 AM
    The actress playing Cinderella on tour has something much more precious than a pair of sparkly slippers waiting backstage. She's got a bouncing baby boy. Paige Faure, a Broadway veteran and current star of “Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella,” is the mom to Hank, a happy 22-month old who has joined her on the road. “It takes a lot of balance and a lot of coffee,” Faure said. The tour is about to open in Chicago, where it will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre from Tuesday, Dec. 16, through January 4, 2015.

  • Algonquin shoppers treated to a TubaChristmas Dec 13, 2014 7:06 PM
    Shoppers at Algonquin Commons were treated to the soothing baritone notes of 18 tubas and euphoniums during the second annual TubaChristmas concert hosted by Cambridge Music Outreach on Saturday. A constant ebb and flow of about 50 people stopped to listen to the free performance while taking a break from their shopping. The brass instruments performed more than a dozen traditional Christmas songs such as “Deck the Halls” and “Silent Night,” which were arranged especially for tubas.

  • Weekend picks: Rosemont hosts Italian singer Andrea Bocelli Dec 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli returns to Rosemont for a concert tour accompanied by the Bella Musica Orchestra Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Cantigny Park hosts its 13th Annual Lego Train Show, featuring Lego creations by members of the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. And catch comedian Rob Schneider's standup at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

  • Illini a capella coming to Arlington Hts. library Dec 12, 2014 5:56 PM
    Fans of holiday tunes can attend a free holiday a cappella concert at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library on Sunday night.

  • Mt. Prospect church choir performs in a Christmas tree Dec 12, 2014 10:54 PM
    Community Presbyterian Church in Mount Prospect offers an unusual twist to the traditional church choir singing Christmas music. Each Christmas, the congregation places members of the choir among the branches of a huge Christmas tree.

  • Weekend picks: Rob Schneider brings comedy to Schaumburg Dec 12, 2014 3:03 AM
    Catch comedian Rob Schneider returning to standup this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. If you missed the Chicago run of “I Love Lucy Live On Stage” during the 2012-13 season, then catch the one-week return of the national touring show that re-enacts a studio taping day with Desilu Productions at the Bank of America Theatre. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias hits hte Rosemont Theatre with his "Unity Through Laughter" tour. And Redmoon Theater presents its annual spectacle-filled Winter Pageant, starting this weekend.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Dec 12, 2014 12:36 PM
    Italian singer Andrea Bocelli returns to Rosemont Saturday for another concert tour accompanied by the Bella Musica Orchestra with guest artists Heather Headley and soprano Maria Aleida at the Allstate Arena. This is just one option of something fun to do this weekend in the suburbs.

  • Andrea Bocelli comes to Rosemont during U.S. tour Dec 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Andrea Bocelli can’t get away from opera, even when he’s relaxing at home. His 2-year-old daughter, Virginia, prefers opera to traditional lullabies. Hear his music when he headlines the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday.

  • Theater events: Shift perspectives with 'Marley's Christmas Carol' Dec 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    Evergreen Theatre puts its spin on "A Christmas Carol," while Steel Beam offers Jacob Marley's version and Improv Playhouse remounts for the fifth time, its radio adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life" this week in suburban theater.

  • Lake Zurich all-state musicians: Dec 11, 2014 4:54 PM
    Lake Zurich High School has had a bumper crop of all-state musicians.

  • Prospect stages ‘Air Guitar High’ this weekend Dec 11, 2014 5:26 PM
    Prospect High School is presenting its winter play, “Air Guitar High,” this week on the school’s main stage at 801 W. Kensington Road in Mount Prospect. Dozens of students from Prospect’s theater department have worked on the production, which runs through Saturday, Dec. 13, with performances starting at 7 p.m.

  • Charli XCX’s sophomore CD is no ‘Sucker’ Dec 11, 2014 6:30 AM
    Charli XCX, the British artist with a penchant for teenage churlishness, knows a thing or two about warfare. With her second major label album, “Sucker,” she throws a smoke grenade of rock-pop digestibles and runs for cover while the listeners stumble around intoxicated and confused.

  • Music Notes: Clint Black, Voodoo Daddy get festive in ’burbs Dec 11, 2014 6:25 AM
    Country star Clint Black plays a Christmas concert at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage Friday and swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gives a holiday twist to their tunes Saturday at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall. Plus, acoustic Americana band 6'10 celebrates the release of its debut album Friday at the Brauerhouse in Lombard.

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