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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Woodland Middle band performance Oct 19, 2014 4:27 PM
    Woodland Middle School’s band students will host a special performance for members of the Warren Township Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the school, 7000 Washington St., Gurnee.

  • Saldana, Luna talk Day of the Dead, ‘Book of Life’ Oct 19, 2014 6:32 AM
    The Mexican holiday that honors the dead is the backdrop for the new animated film “The Book of Life.” Stars Zoe Saldana and Diego Luna say Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with its grand celebrations and colorful altars, is perfect fodder for a PG-rated film aimed at families. Saldana knows the tradition from her Dominican roots, and Luna has celebrated the holiday since he was a child in his native Mexico.

  • 'Fury' aims for an unvarnished look at war Oct 19, 2014 10:19 AM
    At one point during “Fury,” the World War II drama starring Brad Pitt out Friday, a tank commander's head is blown off while he's hunched outside his vehicle during a fiery battle with a combatant. “Fury” writer-director David Ayer insists he didn't include the surprise decapitation simply to shock moviegoers. “That was a very common thing that happened,” said Ayer.

  • Local theater companies craft shows to thrill Oct 19, 2014 6:30 AM
    Many theater companies turn to more macabre material for the Halloween season. Some shows offer satisfying scares, while others aim to make you laugh by skewering well-known horror flicks. Here’s a sampling of scary shows onstage in Chicago and the suburbs this Halloween holiday.

  • Sunday picks: Huey Lewis brings the News to Naperville Oct 19, 2014 6:34 AM
    Catch Huey Lewis and the News as they deliver their 1980s pop hits like “The Power of Love,” “Back in Time” and “I Want a New Drug” at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall in Naperville. The Lego Store celebrates its first anniversary at Gurnee Mills with a Creation Nation Master Build, where all are invited to build a map of the United States using Legos.

  • Harris’ atypical life is now atypical book Oct 19, 2014 6:30 AM
    From starring in two popular TV series, hosting award shows and appearing on Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris has many experiences to fill a book. Yet, when the opportunity arose, he didn’t feel he was at a place in his life where he could write a memoir. “Part of that process is to be able to have larger morals to pass on, and at 41, that’s not how I’m processing information yet,” he said.

  • On the road to find the world’s funniest person Oct 20, 2014 6:52 AM
    It was last summer and Israeli-Palestinian tensions were at the highest they’d been in some time when Jamie Masada hit on a formula for world peace: Forget about guns and bombs, and just tell jokes to each other.

  • Doughnut and ice cream shop coming to Elk Grove Oct 19, 2014 4:30 PM
    A combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins is proposed to open next spring inside a shuttered Pizza Hut location in Elk Grove Village.

  • Warren jazz bands perform: Oct 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    Warren Township High School’s jazz bands will perform Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre at the Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Road, Gurnee.

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