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  • Dining events: Free kids’ meal at Francesca’s Sep 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    Prove that you’re not a fool with pickup carryout meals at Francesca’s Restaurants. Now through next Tuesday, get a free kids’ meal with purchase of an adult entree.

  • Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington Sep 2, 2014 8:42 AM
    Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in Washington, where he was accused of punching a man who tried to join a picture the singer was taking with two women outside a hotel. Brown was sentenced to time served on Tuesday. He had been in jail for two days in the case.

  • ‘Bad Feminist’ essays are sharp, funny Sep 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Roxane Gay may call herself a bad feminist — she cops to loving pink and dancing to misogynist music — but she is a strong writer. In her new collection of essays, “Bad Feminist,” Gay argues that she needn’t fit a mythologized image of a feminist in order to fight against institutional sexism, pay inequity, the cult of beauty, attacks on reproductive freedom and so on. The essays range from the humorous — an account of her unwitting entry into the cutthroat world of competitive Scrabble — to the weighty issue of acknowledging privilege.

  • Brad Paisley turns up the fun on latest album Sep 2, 2014 6:06 AM
    Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, “Moonshine in the Trunk.” The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song “Accidental Racist” still stings, and Paisley says he still feels betrayed. “I’m not going to take it when they tell me, ‘You shouldn’t have done that.’ I’m a musician. Don’t tell me I shouldn’t have done that. I am going to say what I want to say, and this album is what I want to say right now.”

  • Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, dead at 63 Sep 2, 2014 11:39 AM
    Jimi Jamison, who sang lead on Survivor hits such as “Burning Heart” and “Is This Love,” has died. He was 63. Booking agent Sally Irwin said Tuesday that Jamison died last weekend of an apparent heart attack at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Carrie Underwood announces pregnancy Sep 2, 2014 7:59 AM
    Country star Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher chose the Labor Day holiday to announce they are expecting their first child. Underwood and Fisher posted the announcement on their social media accounts on Monday. Underwood’s publicist confirmed the couple will be expecting their first child in the spring.

  • BG Singers Present “Welcome to the Theater” in the New Community Arts Center Sep 2, 2014 12:02 PM
    EXCITING NEW VENUE FOR BG SINGERS 22nd ANNUAL SHOW(Buffalo Grove Park District, Buffalo Grove, IL) — The Buffalo Grove Park District ‘ s BG Singers will perform their 22nd annual choral concert as they present “Welcome to the Theater” on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 21 at 3 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 225 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove.Director Linda Rosen and choreographer Charla Silver named this year’s show “Welcome to the Theater” in celebration of the Singers’ new permanent home — a state of the art theater in the new Buffalo Grove Community Arts Center. Like many Broadwaytheaters and contemporary concert venues, the theater is equipped with an innovative Meyer Sound System. Fittingly, the show will feature entertaining medleys and award-winning songs, spanning years of iconic Broadway favorites, including My Fair Lady, Tommy, Wicked, Newsies, Fiddler on the Roof, as well as a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber.”We are delighted to be able to provide our audience great musical selections with incredible sound quality this year and for many years to come,” said Rosen. “Besides providing an outstanding home for the BG Singers, the Community Arts Center is a wonderful overall addition to the arts in Buffalo Grove, offering shows and classes in children’s theater, dance, music, art and much more.” Tickets for all performances will be available beginning August 22 at bigdealproductions . org . Advance ticket prices are $17 for adults, and $15 for children 12 and under and seniors 62 and older. All tickets purchased at the door will be $20. Formore information on the show, contact Lindsay Grandt at (847) 850-21322 or

  • Audition for ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ Sept. 8-9 at ECC Sep 2, 2014 11:26 AM
    Elgin Community College Theatre announces auditions for the fall production of "The Diary of Anne Frank."

  • Mundelein Arts Festival set for Sept. 6-7 in Kracklauer Park Sep 2, 2014 12:24 PM
    Come celebrate the arts and share a magical day in the park at the 4th Annual Mundelein Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. The two-day juried festival will transform Kracklauer Park, 100 N. Seymour Ave., Mundelein, into an art lovers showcase.

  • Sept. 13: Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater performance features former CLC dancer, Juan Castellon Sep 2, 2014 12:10 PM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsChicago’s own Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, which is internationally recognized for excellence in showcasing exciting Spanish dance, music and culture, returns to the College of Lake County with its romantic dance moves on Saturday, Sept. 13. The company includes a former CLC dance student, Juan Castellon, who began his dance training at CLC under Dr. Valerie Alpert, co-chair of the dance faculty.

  • POC’s Second Annual Farm to Table Dinner Sep 2, 2014 12:27 PM
    The Palatine Opportunity Center celebrates the last day of summer with its annual Farm to Table Dinner.

    Week of fashion, fun & philanthropy throughout DowntownHP, September 8-12

  • Kirk Players Opens 49th Season With Comedy Sep 2, 2014 12:35 PM
    Kirk Players opens their 49th season with Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz, a funny and charming adult romantic comedy.

  • Family: Joan Rivers on life support Sep 2, 2014 1:06 PM
    Joan Rivers’ family is confirming that the comedian is on life support after going into cardiac arrest last week during a procedure at a doctor’s office. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Tuesday that her mother is on life support “at this time.” Melissa said the family is extremely grateful for the public support.

  • Amazon seeks to reach viewers with ‘Hand of God’ Sep 2, 2014 6:00 AM
    The gutsy drama, "Hand of God," with Ron Perlman playing a judge who believes God is guiding him after an attack on his family, is among the latest batch of potential series that Amazon started streaming online Aug. 28. The Internet retail giant took a cue from Netflix last year and started producing its own shows. Which shows become full series will depend on audience response.

  • CLC presents ‘Gospel Explosion’ concert and comedian Jo Koy Sep 2, 2014 1:38 PM
    Two entertainment events will be held the weekend of Sept. 20-21 at the College of Lake County’s Mainstage Theatre. On Sept. 20, gospel singer Cynthia Williams of Atlanta will headline a gospel concert scholarship fundraiser, Lake County’s Gospel Explosion, from 6-9 p.m. And on Sept. 21, nationally known comedian Jo Koy will bring his explosive energy to the stage at 7:30 p.m.

  • Will another road close for Wauconda’s car show? Sep 2, 2014 1:48 PM
    Wauconda officials will meet tonight to discuss closing a section of Maple Avenue during this month’s Cruise Night car show.

  • Bartlett Heritage Days mixes past, present with new events for 2014 Sep 2, 2014 1:04 PM
    A new lineup of events and surprise activities will bring the “good old days” of family fun with friends and neighbors back to downtown Bartlett during Bartlett Heritage Days, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 5-7. Now in its fifth year, this communitywide fall festival is designed to honor and celebrate the area’s rich history. The village was founded when the Bartlett station was built on the Chicago & Pacific Railroad in 1873. Today, Bartlett has grown to a village of more than 40,000 that takes pride in its rural heritage.

  • Barbecue hogs the spotlight at Rock 'n Ribs in Lake Zurich Sep 2, 2014 3:11 PM
    Rock 'n Ribs BBQ's recent arrival in Lake Zurich handily fills an underserved segment in the town's dining scene. This is the first restaurant for owners Alice and Terry Banach, whose rib recipe has earned top marks at a couple of local rib competitions. On a recent visit, the baby pork ribs and beef briskey sandwich were rave-worthy.

  • Villa Park’s Oktoberfest features music, talent competition and an alligator Sep 2, 2014 3:48 PM
    Forget for a moment that Villa Park's Oktoberfest celebration is in September and instead focus on all the cool things it features: bands, a talent contest, kids' activities and, yes, even an alligator named Bubba.

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