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    Palatine Park District Presents Chicago Skyliners Big BandApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Skyliners Big Band to perform at Cutting Hall on April 27.

  • Julia Krecu, 11, and her mom share a cup of tea at the annual Tea for Two on April 12 at Prairie Lakes Community Center. Lisa Haring

    How About a Lovely Cup of Tea?Apr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sixty little ladies and their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, dressed up in spring florals and straw hats, enjoyed a spot o’ tea and sweets at the 10th annual Des Plaines Park District Mother Daughter Tea on April 12, 2014, at Prairie Lakes Community Center.

  • Carol Leifer's book “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying,” a memoir about work lessons she's learned, was published Tuesday by Quirk Books.

    Comedian offers serious guide to career successApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Comedian and writer Carol Leifer has something serious to say in her new book, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying.” Why listen to a comic? First, it's important to remember that with show business, the accent is on “business.” If Leifer could make it in that unforgiving industry, she may be able to help others make it anywhere.

  • Actor and director James Franco poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film “Child Of God” at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy.

    James Franco not nervous about Broadway debutApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    James Franco insists he’s not been nervous at all about making his Broadway debut, not even before his first night in front of more than a thousand people. “Sounds like I’m bragging. I just wasn’t,” says the actor, writer and student. “I’ve learned that if you work with people that you trust, that you depend on, then you just flow with it.”

  • Poi Dog Pondering plays on the same bill with Matthew Santos at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora on Friday, April 18.

    Weekend picks: Poi Dog Pondering plays the ParamountApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The eclectic Hawaiian band Poi Dog Pondering plays the same bill with Matthew Santos Friday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. See the 1971 feature film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” at the Ogden 6 Theatre in Naperville. And Modern Day Romeos plays an intimate set of rock and blues at Austin's Fuel Room in Libertyville, all this weekend in the suburbs

  • Des Plaines plans beer garden, ice cream socials with aldermen, in 2014Apr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines’ special events commission has released its list of upcoming events, which for the first time includes a beer garden festival and ice cream socials throughout town. The commission "started the year with a much broader (event) list and I think the intention is for 2014 to do a bunch of things really well versus too many things really poorly,” said Mayor Matt Bogusz.

  • Jared Leto poses in the press room with the award for Best On-Screen Transformation for “Dallas Buyers Club” at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday.

    Images: MTV Movie AwardsApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Break out the golden popcorn, the MTV Movie Awards are back for the 22nd year. And the stars of music and movies are on hand.

  • Scarlett Johansson stars in “Under the Skin,” a film which she says taught her more about herself.

    Johansson’s life parallels her character’s in ‘Skin’Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    “The character itself is not really what drew me in,” Scarlett Johansson confesses of her latest role. The starlet plays an otherworldly creature sent to Earth to possess young men’s souls in “Under the Skin,” Jonathan Glazer’s existentially dystopic new film. It was the opportunity to work with Glazer, who hasn’t made a film since 2004’s “Birth,” that was the main draw.

  • The light and movement show “LUMA” plays at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Sunday, April 13.

    Sunday picks: 'LUMA' dazzles Schaumburg's Prairie CenterApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park.

  • Max Burkholder plays Max Braverman in the series, “Parenthood,” airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

    'Parenthood' star sheds light on autismApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Max Burkholder strives to be a normal teen while working on the NBC drama “Parenthood.” The 16-year-old actor attends school when he's not filming the show, about the ups and downs of a large family living in Berkley, Calif. Burkholder's character, also named Max, isn't your typical teen. He has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism.

  • Take in a free concert and hear the cutting edge sounds of R WE WHO R WE at the Chicago Cultural Center April 24.

    On the road: Electronic duo plays cultural centerApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Take advantage of a special “Loops and Variations” evening concert with the electronic duo R WE WHO R WE at the Chicago Cultural Center. Visit Loop locations where Ferris Bueller took a day off and Spider-Man hopped an el train with Watson Adventures’ The Loop Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt. Hop on over to Egg Day at the Milwaukee County Zoo and whisk up some fun for the kids, with crafts face painting, treats and a parade.

  • Comedian and Chicago native Danny Kallas performs at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora Saturday, April 12.

    Weekend picks: Local comedian hits ShrineApr 12, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rising comedian Danny Kallas is from Elmwood Park, so expect some hometown flavor when he performs this weekend at The Comedy Shrine in Aurora. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. The touring show “LUMA” features performers dancing with illuminated and luminescent object in dazzling displays Sunday at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.

  • Growing up near Port-au-Prince, “music was all over the house; all over the street; all over Haiti,” inspiring singer BelO to pursue a career performing.

    Singer BelO, inspired by his roots in HaitiApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    An artwork’s title can be an affirmation. For BelO, the Haitian singer and guitarist known for his catchy reggae- and world beat-influenced music and for his dedication to social issues, the title of his fourth album, “Natif Natal,” serves just that function. “‘Natif Natal’ is a way for me to say that my sound has changed a little bit, but I’m still Haitian,” the musician says.

  • Theater events: ‘Gathering’ a contemporary Last SupperApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Clockwise Theatre presents the world premiere of "A Thin Line," and Improv Playhouse remounts its seasonal offering "The Gathering," this week in suburban theater.

  • Efficiency experts Frank (Michael Dailey, left) and Lillian (Laura Sturm, second from left) apply their productivity theories to their family in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” running through May 18 at Fox Valley Repertory in St. Charles. Playing the children are, from left, Kelsey Sante, Josh Greiveldinger, Grace Etzkorn, Rachel Becker, Keaton Jens, Erika Denker, Ewan Parker-Eaton, Nathan Castagna and Keira Denker.

    Key performances help redeem FVR's 'Cheaper by the Dozen'Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    To clear up any confusion, the only thing Fox Valley Repertory's production of the family comedy “Cheaper by the Dozen” has in common with the 2003 Steve Martin-Bonnie Hunt film is its title, and the number of children to which the title refers. Fox Valley Rep's version is Christopher Sergel's original adaptation of the 1948 memoir by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and and his sister Ernestine Gilbreth Carey about growing up as two of the 12 children belonging to efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth, and his psychologist wife Lillian Gilbreth.

  • First Folio Theatre announced the plays in its 2014-15 season, staged at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    First Folio announces seasonApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, opens its 2014-2015 season with "The Gravedigger," a new drama by Joseph Zettelmaier inspired by Frankenstein's Monster.

  • Kaylie (Karen Gillan) freaks out while investigating a haunted mirror in the supernatural thriller “Oculus.”

    Beefed-up short 'Oculus' an impressive creepfestApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Perception is brutality in Mike Flanagan's twisty supernatural thriller “Oculus.” Flanagan has beefed up his 2006 film short “Oculus” to a full-length feature, yet the nerve-jangling essence of his haunted mirror mystery remains intact with its tale of two siblings struggling to destroy a reflective evil entity that's been killing people for hundreds of years. As Dad tells his son, “Run!”

  • Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) return — this time with their blue brood of domesticated kids — in “Rio 2.”

    'Rio 2' a colorful, musical adventureApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

  • Rosemont’s new entertainment logo

    Rosemont unveils new branding campaignApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Rosemont officials on Thursday unveiled a new branding campaign and tagline to help market its bustling entertainment district and nearby offerings. The new logo is a slight variation on the municipal logo, which will continue to be utilized for village government and activities not related to the entertainment district, according to a news release.

  • Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir will take the stage once again at the summer concert series in Rosemont’s entertainment district. Organizers of the Rockin’ in the Park concert series announced their 15-performance summer lineup Thursday.

    Rosemont 2014 summer concert series lineup announcedApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Organizers of the second annual summer concert series in Rosemont’s entertainment district have announced the lineup of the performances taking place over the course of 14 weeks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Rockin’ in the Park 2014 at Rosemont’s MB Financial Park includes 15 shows in all, ranging in musical variety from classic rock to country, and reggae to Top 40.

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