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  • Weekend picks: Aries Spears plays the Improv Oct 22, 2014 12:36 AM
    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."

  • Elaine Tejcek Artwork at Des Plaines Public Library Oct 20, 2014 7:37 AM
    Elaine Tejcek Artwork at Des Plaines Public Library

  • Amvets Post 66 Annual Turkey Raffle Nov. 14th Oct 20, 2014 7:42 AM
    Amvets Post 66 Annual Turkey Raffle Nov. 14th

  • November Meeting of the Des Plaines Art Guild Oct 20, 2014 7:39 AM
    November Meeting of the Des Plaines Art Guild

  • Make Metropolis a children’s theater Oct 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Damien Kalck of Mt. Prospect has an idea for Metropolis - turn it into a children's theater.

  • Couple finds a lost spark in ‘Brightwell’ Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    At the heart of this light, energetic tale of a group of wealthy eccentrics on holiday at a seaside resort in England emerges a story of a marriage. Yes, there’s a juicy scandal, snobbish comments and petty disagreements among people of a certain class. But “Murder at the Brightwell” by Ashley Weaver also proves to be an insightful look at a marriage that started with a strong, physical attraction and now has frayed because neither Amory Ames nor her husband, Milo, has figured out how to communicate.

  • ‘Evil Within’ is a nightmarish head trip Oct 20, 2014 10:25 AM
    In the video-game world, Shinji Mikami’s name has the same cachet that George Romero and Wes Craven have among moviegoers. Mikami created “Resident Evil,” the 1996 classic usually credited as the first “survival horror” game. Mikami fans have been waiting a long time for a follow-up — and “The Evil Within” will scratch their survival horror itch.

  • Nov. 4-8: CLC offers film, concerts and lectures during National French Week Oct 20, 2014 4:05 PM
    Two lectures, two concerts and a film will be held to celebrate the culture of French-speaking countries at the College of Lake County during National French Week, Nov. 4-8.

  • Nov. 7: ‘ABBA MANIA’ descends on CLC’s James Lumber Center Oct 20, 2014 4:06 PM
    A tribute to one of the world’s finest pop groups, “ABBA MANIA: The Official West End Tribute Show” comes to the College of Lake County in Grayslake on Friday, Nov. 7. ABBA MANIA has been delighting audiences of all ages since 1999, selling out theatres in the United Kingdom and around the world.

  • “A Night to Remember” celebrates the music of Presley, Perkins, Lewis, and Cash Nov. 1 Oct 20, 2014 5:38 PM
    The Elgin Community College Arts Center will celebrate a legendary event in rock ‘n’ roll history on Saturday, Nov. 1, when it presents “A Night to Remember.” Due to the heavy demand for tickets, the Arts Center has added a matinee performance of the show.

  • Garry Marshall, the knight of light, goes dark Oct 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    Garry Marshall may turn 80 next month, but it certainly wasn’t apparent as the legendary director led a recent play rehearsal downtown. “Come back! Let’s do it again,” he good-naturedly chided the actors from the dark, empty seats of New York's Vineyard Theatre, where “Billy & Ray” opens later this month. Finally, when the run-through was fitfully over, the cast and crew looked hopefully to the man who directed “Pretty Woman” and created “Laverne & Shirley” and “Happy Days.” Marshall’s assessment wasn’t super: “It’s perfect for an outdoor stadium.”

  • Mary Olson Artwork Exhibit Oct 20, 2014 7:28 AM
    Mary Olson Artwork Exhibit

  • Leap of faith led Elgin native to 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' Oct 21, 2014 11:32 AM
    Elgin native Bianca Alarcon might not have landed a job on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” if she hadn't taken what she describes as “a leap of faith.” The Larkin High School alumna had a good job on “Windy City Live” but decided to leave for Los Angeles. Now she works on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as an executive assistant to the executive producer. “Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith and go after what you want,” she said.

  • Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album Oct 20, 2014 3:04 PM
    At 69, Bob Seger says he’s ready to hit the road again: He’s scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. His 25-city tour in support of new album "Ride Out" begins Nov. 19 and stops at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 11.

  • Fashion guru Oscar de la Renta dies at 82 Oct 21, 2014 12:28 AM
    Oscar de la Renta, the Dominican-born fashion designer who spent more than 50 years dressing royalty, Hollywood celebrities and U.S. first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton, died Monday, the New York Times reported. He was 82 years old.

  • Narrative missteps mar beautifully sung 'Amazing Grace' Oct 21, 2014 10:22 AM
    The enthusiastic response from Bank of America Theatre's world premiere of “Amazing Grace” suggests this luxurious, gorgeously sung musical about redemption, reconciliation and moral reawakening has made more than a few converts during its brief stay here. Whether that propels this historical bio-musical about John Newton, an 18th century English slave merchant turned abolitionist whose conversion led him to compose the titular hymn to Broadway's promised land remains to be seen.

  • British royal couple’s second child due in April Oct 20, 2014 1:12 PM
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they’ve offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness, continues to improve.

  • Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in D.C. Oct 20, 2014 7:07 AM
    The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former “Tonight Show” host Sunday when he received the nation’s top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno’s famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks and Chelsea Handler paid tribute. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS.

  • ‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office Oct 20, 2014 6:49 AM
    The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. “Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place. Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 million in ticket sales during its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Fox’s “Gone Girl” followed with $17.8 million.

  • Aretha Franklin takes on divas, comes out swinging Oct 20, 2014 10:26 AM
    Aretha Franklin sings the sound of America like nobody else alive — a point of unceasing pride for Detroit, the place she was raised and remains near today. So the release of “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” raises one question right off: Does the singular Queen of Soul really need to borrow from other divas? The answer is she doesn’t need to do anything, but a dive into the realm of other divas is a solid move.

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