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  • Judson seeks submissions for faith-based film festival Sep 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Judson University in Elgin is accepting film submissions for the 11th annual Imago Film Festival to be held March 24-28. The festival showcases independent films dealing with faith issues and emphasizing image and story.

     
  • Kerry Washington talks domestic violence, motherhood Sep 15, 2014 9:06 AM
    It didn’t take the Ray Rice elevator video to get Kerry Washington talking about domestic violence. In fact, it was the day before news outlets were looping security-camera images of the NFL running back punching out his then-fiancÚ Janay Palmer, that the “Scandal” actress was filming a public service announcement about a rarely discussed component of domestic violence known as financial abuse.

     
  • Statue of singer Amy Winehouse unveiled in London Sep 15, 2014 6:50 AM
    Late singer Amy Winehouse has been honored on what would have been her 31st birthday with a life-size statue in her beloved Camden Town neighborhood of north London. Winehouse’s many fans will have no problem recognizing the singer, who is portrayed sporting her distinctive beehive hairdo.

     
  • Schaumburg Scribe members learn from each other Sep 15, 2014 10:00 AM
    The Schaumburg Scribe Group began with three members about a decade ago and has grown to a sizable group, meeting the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

     
  • Gillian Anderson on-screen Tuesday in ‘Streetcar’ Sep 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    If you can’t get to London in time to catch Gillian Anderson is constant motion onstage in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” her orbit is about to get larger. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Fathom Events, National Theatre Live and BY Experience will broadcast to movie theaters worldwide, and at select suburban theaters ranging from Batavia to Lincolnshire, the fresh, critically cheered take on Tennessee Williams’ classic tale from London’s Young Vic Theatre.

     
  • Maya Angelou’s work mixed with hip-hop for album Sep 15, 2014 5:45 AM
    Maya Angelou’s iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called “Caged Bird Songs.” Shawn Rivera, the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet, and RoccStarr, who co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” produced the 13-song set, to be released through Smooch Music on Nov. 4.

     
  • Head out to a fall festival this Saturday Sep 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several fall festivals set for this weekend in the Fox Valley offer a variety of ways to welcome the new season. Each festival has a different focus — history, healthy lifestyles, or family activities.

     
  • Police detain ‘Django Unchained’ actress in L.A. Sep 15, 2014 6:54 AM
    Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in “Django Unchained,” is complaining that she was handcuffed and briefly put in the back of a squad car after a public display of affection with her white companion. Brian Lucas told KCBS-TV in a joint interview with Watts that he suspects police mistook the black actress for a prostitute “because he was asking me questions like, ‘Who is she?'" The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday that officers detained the pair after a complaint that two people were “involved in indecent exposure” in a silver Mercedes. Watts was detained until police determined no crime was committed.

     
  • People’s Choice Award goes to ‘Imitation Game’ at TIFF Sep 15, 2014 7:04 AM
    A World War II code-breaker drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch has won the top prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Director Morten Tyldum’s “The Imitation Game” claimed the coveted Grolsch People’s Choice Award on Sunday.

     
  • Jazz Consortium Band Returns to Chicago’s Jazz Showcase Sept. 17 Sep 15, 2014 7:38 AM
    "Back by popular demand" is a familiar show-business phrase, but it applies perfectly as the 17-member Jazz Consortium Big Band returns Wednesday, Sept. 17, to Chicago's legendary Jazz Showcase, the iconic club known for presenting world-famous jazz performers, at 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago.

     
  • Music on Stage Presents Meet Me In St. Louis Sep 15, 2014 7:40 AM
    In our 57th season, Music on Stage proudly presents Meet Me in St. Louis. Based on the 1944 MGM film, this stage adaptation features such songs as “The Boy Next Door” “Skip To My Lou” “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” “Meet Me In St. Louis”, a feel-good family musical.

     
  • Don’t miss Tana French’s ‘Secret Place’ Sep 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    Tana French is irrefutably one of the best crime fiction writers out there. Her latest, “The Secret Place,” is a mesmerizing story set in a girls’ boarding school in Dublin. The murder of Chris Harper, a student at the neighboring boys’ school, happened about a year ago and the case is cold, until Detective Stephen Moran, last seen in 2010s “Faithful Place,” receives a visit by Frank Mackey’s daughter Holly (also of “Faithful Place”).

     
  • Albright Theatre holds auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Sep 15, 2014 11:17 AM
    Auditions for “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson will be held from noon to 2 p.m. for children ages 5 to 9; from 3 to 5 p.m. for children ages 10 to 15 on Sunday, Oct. 5; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, for adults.

     
  • Delays don’t damage Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Sep 15, 2014 12:05 PM
    Chris Brown’s sixth studio album, “X,” is cohesive, entertaining and not at all what one might expect of a project plagued by delays following the release of lead single “Fine China” back in March 2013. But while court dates, rehab stints and — if you believe the singer’s tweets from last year — “incompetent” management may have stalled his latest set, those factors don’t seem to have diminished his creativity.

     
  • ‘The Real’ promises to live up to its name Sep 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sitting down for an interview about the new talk show “The Real,” the hosts don’t censor themselves. They snack on junk food. They have a lot to say. It’s kind of like you’re just hanging out. And that’s the point, says executive producer SallyAnn Salsano, who was also at the helm of “Jersey Shore.” Tuning in to watch Tamar Braxton, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Adrienne Bailon is like spending time with your girlfriends.

     
  • Oct. 9: Slam poetry performances at CLC by Ken Arkind and Marty McConnell Sep 15, 2014 1:53 PM
    A performance by nationally known slam poets Ken Arkind and Marty McConnell will be presented at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9 in Room C005 (C Wing Auditorium) at the College of Lake County Grayslake campus,

     
  • New Miss America hits the Atlantic City surf Sep 15, 2014 10:53 AM
    The new Miss America followed in the footsteps of her predecessors and posed for pictures in the Atlantic City surf. Kira Kazantsev of New York celebrated Monday, one day after winning Sunday night’s pageant with the help of a red plastic cup.

     
  • Miss America: More to worry about than red cup Sep 15, 2014 1:54 PM
    The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup. That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev of New York as many social media users continued to pan her use of a plastic cup during the talent portion of Sunday night’s pageant finale in Atlantic City. Kazantsev tells The Associated Press she realizes everything she does now will be scrutinized and commented on. But she says she performed Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while tapping a cup on the floor because that’s what she wanted to do, regardless of what anyone else might think.

     
  • The Listening Room to feature jazz Glazz Ensemble, vocalist Linda Solitare Sept. 28 Sep 15, 2014 7:32 PM
    Celebrate the second anniversary of the Listening Room. Sit back and relax to some great jazz from the Glazz Ensemble with special guest Chicago vocalist Linda Solotaire. Enjoy a complimentary dessert and a cash bar beginning at 2 p.m. with the performance beginning at 3 p.m. Don’t miss this great afternoon of celebration and music! Sunday, September 28th at 2:00pm $25 in advance or at the door

     
  • Cat Stevens to play Chicago Theatre on brief U.S. concert tour Sep 15, 2014 4:38 PM
    New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Cat Stevens is taking the “Peace Train” back on the road. He announced Monday that he will make a six-city concert tour in North America this December, including a stop at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Chicago Theatre. This is his first series of shows in the U.S. since his conversion to Islam in the late 1970s that put his music career on the shelf for a quarter-century. Tickets for the Chicago show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, through Ticketmaster.

     
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