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  • Hoffman performance, complex tale make ‘Most Wanted’ thriller Jul 24, 2014 1:00 AM
    “A Most Wanteded Man” exudes the cold, damp and gritty feeling of its port setting, dotted with nothing but dive bars. Although the cast is uniformly fine, Philip Seymour Hoffman shines in a role that demands not showmanship, but a kind of complexity and contradiction that can be rendered only through the kind of dull character details that he excelled in, accumulating them from inside out.

     
  • Images: Instagram at the Kane County Fair Jul 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Fox Valley photo staff -- Rick West, Laura Stoecker, Brian Hill, and John Starks hit the Kane County Fair last weekend in St. Charles to document it using Instagram.

     
  • Night life: Cruise in to Tailgaters Jul 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tailgaters offers cruise-ins Saturdays through September; Monday hideaways at The Annex; have a pint with Peggy Kinnane.

     
  • Live CBS event marks 50 years of civil rights Jul 23, 2014 11:30 AM
    A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division. The live program, “CBS News: 50 Years Later, Civil Rights,” moderated by Bob Schieffer, features civil rights activist Harry Belafonte, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, actress Whoopi Goldberg and others. It will be shown at 7 p.m. on the Smithsonian Channel and CBSNews.com, with Microsoft adding an interactive element allowing viewers to express opinions.

     
  • Coroner: Heroin overdose killed Peaches Geldof Jul 23, 2014 9:36 AM
    Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of London on April 7.

     
  • Kitten’s debut album is synth heaven Jul 23, 2014 11:56 AM
    The debut album from rising band Kitten will have you purring. The Los Angeles-based group’s self-titled release is full of synth pop anthems, dance jams and punk-rock tracks that mesh together seamlessly.

     
  • Music Notes: Handsome Family, Death Cab to rock Hideout party Jul 23, 2014 3:00 PM
    Hard-rockers Black Stone Cherry will unlease its guitar-based attack in Libertyville this weekend. Plus, if you're looking for a less-crazy rock festival this summer, checkout the annual Hideout Block Party, featuring the Handsome Family and Death Cab for Cutie among others.

     
  • Geneva Arts Fair: an interactive gallery Jul 23, 2014 3:15 PM
    If you want to know the story behind a piece of artwork before purchasing it, the Geneva Arts Fair offers many such opportunities.The fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, in downtown Geneva, will provide a venue for more than 155 artisans to sell their original work to thousands of art enthusiasts, while allowing patrons to meet and talk to the artists.

     
  • Downtown Palatine ready to rock at chamber fest Jul 23, 2014 3:56 PM
    Downtown Palatine will rock this weekend as the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Rockin’ The Blocks community block party featuring food, family fun and, as the name indicates, plenty of live music. The outdoor festival runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, at the corner of Brockway and Slade streets.

     
  • Palatine hosts Arts in the Park on Saturday Jul 23, 2014 3:59 PM
    While another part of downtown Palatine rocks this weekend with the annual Rockin’ the Blocks fest, residents seeking a calmer cultural experience can head to nearby Towne Square for Saturday’s Arts in the Park event.

     
  • Veterans pig roast at Long Grove tavern Jul 23, 2014 4:19 PM
    The Village Tavern in Long Grove is hosting its second annual Booze, Brews & Blues and fifth annual Veteran’s Pig Roast this weekend.

     
  • Dragon Boat Festival coming July 26 to Arlington Heights Jul 23, 2014 4:26 PM
    Lake Arlington will once again be the site this Saturday for one of the summer’s most colorful and fun events — the Walgreens Chicago International Dragon Boat Festival Presented by PepsiCo.

     
  • Energized Lady A brings new up-tempo songs to Aurora show Jul 23, 2014 11:47 AM
    The title for Lady Antebellum's forthcoming new album, “747,” refers to a hook in the title song about how a commercial jetliner can't go fast enough for a man trying to reclaim his love. It's also a fitting analogy for the country trio's own super-sonic momentum over the last year. Lady Antebellum plays RiverEdge Park in Aurora on Thursday, Aug. 7, as part of the band's most recent tour. “We are just so excited for the opportunity to just continue to build our career,” Hillary Scott said.

     
  • Five things you can do at the DuPage County Fair today Jul 23, 2014 11:36 AM
    The DuPage County Fair opens today in Wheaton. Here are five things you can't miss while you're at the fair.

     
  • Russell Westbrook: Basketballs and baskets of clothes Jul 23, 2014 6:09 AM
    Go shopping with powerhouse basketball player Russell Westbrook — whose colorful style has made headlines outside of sports — and you'll probably be surprised by his favorite section: the sale rack. The Oklahoma City Thunder star player says he's not going to buy the most expensive clothes just because he can afford it. “I may look at it, see how much it costs and then decide if I'm going to get it or not.”

     
  • ‘Weird Al’ on his weirdly successful week in music Jul 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Attention pop stars: If “Weird Al” Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you’re likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic on his latest album, “Mandatory Fun,” released last week.

     
  • 'Charlotte's Web' proves child's play for young cast Jul 23, 2014 5:45 AM
    The classic children's story “Charlotte's Web” is adored by both kids and adults, and the director for the production at The Broadway Playhouse in Chicago has taken that to heart by casting kids as key characters. “I definitely had some eyes bulging when I said that I wanted young people to play certain roles,” said Emerald City Theatre director Ernie Nolan. “Having young people in the cast as well as adults has been inspiring.”

     
  • No romance for ‘Downton Abbey’ in-laws, actors say Jul 23, 2014 9:31 AM
    Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech of “Downton Abbey” say Cupid’s arrow is not headed for their characters. While talking to a TV Critics’ panel Tuesday, the actors said they find it “very funny” some fans are hoping for a romantic pairing for in-laws Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson.

     
  • Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM
    Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

     
  • Streamwood Summer Celebration is this weekend Jul 23, 2014 9:34 AM
    Streamwood’s Summer Celebration 2014 will take place July 25-27 at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road, Streamwood. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. This year’s theme is “A Roaring Good Time – Celebrating 20 Years of Summer Celebration.”

     
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