Football Focus 2014

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  • Google’s streaming music service adds mood to mix Oct 25, 2014 7:32 AM
    Google’s music-subscription service will try to anticipate its listeners’ mood swings as it amplifies its competition with Pandora, Spotify and other popular services that play tunes over the Internet. Starting Tuesday, the $10-a-month All Access service will make music suggestions based on educated guesses about each subscriber’s mood and likely activities at certain points in the day or week.

     
  • Google unveils app for managing Gmail inboxes Oct 25, 2014 7:37 AM
    Google is introducing an application designed to make it easier for its Gmail users to find and manage important information that can often get buried in their inboxes. The service, called Inbox, can sort electronic receipts and bank statements into bundles so they can be quickly fetched.

     
  • Weekend picks: Celebrate 50 years of 'The Munsters' Oct 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    See the Munster Koach & Drag-U-La cars at the special 50 Years of “The Munsters” exhibit this Saturday at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo. Local actors Peter DeFaria and Randy Steinmeyer rejoin the roles they originated in a special touring production of Keith Huff's drama “A Steady Rain” at COD's McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. Comedian Aries Spears gained national fame appearing as a series regular of “MADtv” from 1997 to 2005. Catch Spears performing his standup routine at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. Giordano Dance Chicago unveils a world premiere piece called "Feeling Good Sweet."

     
  • Veteran stuntmen become directors with ‘John Wick’ Oct 25, 2014 5:15 AM
    Starting as stunt doubles for Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have grown to oversee stunt action on blockbuster fare such as “The Wolverine,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and “The Hunger Games” franchise. For the last few years, they’ve been ready to take the next step: finding a film of their own to direct.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘Wish I Was Here,’ ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ Oct 25, 2014 6:30 AM
    Billed as a comedy, "Wish I Was Here" has its funny moments. But don’t be fooled: It’s a tear-jerker. Ten years after “Garden State,” actor and writer Zach Braff explores another infinite abyss in this story of a father trying to stay afloat during a chaotic time for his family. The movie comes to DVD Tuesday.

     
  • TV pioneer and sitcom king Norman Lear pens a book Oct 25, 2014 6:15 AM
    From the moment Norman Lear began writing his memoir, he knew what the first line would be: “When I was a boy I thought that if I could turn a screw in my father’s head just a sixteenth of an inch one way or the other, it might help him to tell the difference between right and wrong.”

     
  • Book notes: Kiss’ Gene Simmons signs ‘Me, Inc.’ at Tivoli Oct 25, 2014 6:45 AM
    Gene Simmons, of rock band Kiss, signs copies of his new book, “Me, Inc.,” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. And New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult discusses her new novel, “Leaving Time,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Wentz Concert Hall at Naperville's North Central College.

     
  • Theater events: Paramount hosts 'SPANK!' for 1-night only Oct 24, 2014 9:00 AM
    Paramount Theatre presents "SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody"; Transcendent Ensemble reimagines "Macbeth"; Steel Beam hosts a "haunted" improv and SSP premiere's "Lotto Fever in the Sucker State" this week in Chicago-area theater.

     
  • TLC cancels its 'Honey Boo Boo' series Oct 24, 2014 12:28 PM
    The TLC network says it is canceling “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” its colorful series about a young beauty pageant contestant and her family. TLC would not explain why the series was being shelved.

     
  • Answering the ‘Birdman’ signal, Keaton soars again Oct 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question: “Why don’t you make more movies?” It’s a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Why did the roundly beloved Keaton become such an infrequent presence on the big screen? Now Keaton’s revival reaches a blistering, wildly meta crescendo in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance.”

     
  • Chicago Pet Show comes to St Charles Nov. 8-9 Oct 24, 2014 5:57 PM
    Join the fifth annual Chicago Pet Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9, in the Prairie Events Center at the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Looking for pet services? Meet local vets, talk to food vendors, hang out with vet chiropractors, and find holistic methods available for your furry, feathery or scaly friends.

     
  • AMC networks buys half of BBCbc America to bolster pay-tv Oct 24, 2014 10:06 AM
    AMC Networks Inc., the cable-TV home of “The Walking Dead,” acquired a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America for $200 million, forming an alliance that will bolster both networks in negotiations with pay-TV carriers. The agreement with BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of government-backed British Broadcasting Corp., is structured as a joint venture, according to a statement yesterday.

     
  • NORTHWEST CHORAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR 2014-15 SEASON Oct 24, 2014 7:48 AM
    NORTHWEST CHORAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR 2014-15 SEASON

     
  • Poets to ready from ‘The Walmart Republic’ Oakton Oct 24, 2014 9:38 AM
    A black poet from Oklahoma and a white poet from Texas share the narratives of their separate journeys from the Bible Belt to Chicago during a unique evening of storytelling at Oakton’s Footlik Theater on Wednesday, Nov. 5. This free event is part of the college’s Chicago Writers Series.

     
  • Woodlands to perform ‘Anon(ymous)’ in November Oct 24, 2014 4:33 PM
    The Theatre Program at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart presents its fall play, “Anon(ymous),” in the Susan Saint James Performing Arts Center at the school, 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest, Nov. 6-8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m.

     
  • Exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum features Cezanne Oct 24, 2014 6:15 AM
    An exhibition at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art showcases a group of impressionist and post-impressionist works amassed by a private collector who described the pursuit and acquisition of the pieces as an adventure. The exhibition, “Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection,” includes 50 pieces, including works by Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec.

     
  • Another black comic blast of ‘Borderlands’ Oct 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    Like dozens of other video games, “Borderlands” is all about killing — people, robots, monsters, whatever. But “Borderlands” has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal: an acidic sense of black humor that’s a welcome relief. In 2012’s “Borderlands 2,” the source of most of the comedy was Handsome Jack, the sarcastic yet charming villain. Jack is back in “Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!” — and, in a characteristically perverse twist, this time you’re fighting on his side.

     
  • Queen sends first tweet, signed ‘Elizabeth R’ Oct 24, 2014 10:03 AM
    Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet — and she’s signed it “Elizabeth R.” The 88-year-old monarch tried her hand at Twitter as she opened a new gallery in central London’s Science Museum Friday. “Elizabeth R” is how the queen signs official documents. The “R” stands for “regina”, the Latin for queen.

     
  • Join Howl-O-Ween Bash fundraiser Oct 24, 2014 6:54 PM
    Join the “Howl-O-Ween Bash” on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is hosted by A Heart for Animals and 31 North Banquets. A Heart For Animals is a no-kill nonprofit animal welfare organization. All proceeds from this event will go toward the operating costs involved in the rescues.

     
  • 2 Dudes and The Duchess review “Altar-Ed: Scenes in a Bridal Shop” Oct 24, 2014 7:55 PM
    “2 Dudes and The Duchess,” who host a show Huntley Community Radio 101.5 FM, review the Judson University show "Altar-ed Scenes in a Bridal Shop," now on stage.

     
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