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  • Music Notes: Buddy Guy ready to play the blues Nov 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy brings his guitar wizardry out west for a show in St. Charles this weekend, and Run the Jewels, one of the most powerful rap groups around, hits Chicago for two Saturday shows.

  • Ditka's scores with casual atmosphere, diverse menu Nov 18, 2014 2:49 PM
    Deborah Pankey knows many fans wish Mike Ditka could turn around the Chicago Bears this season, but she's fine with him focusing his efforts elsewhere, like at his newest restaurant in Arlington Heights. Sure, he's not calling the plays there every night, but the team at the trackside eatery is doing Da Coach proud.

  • B-52s, Charlie Daniels among new Arcada acts Nov 18, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles announces new shows for 2015, with tickets going on sale at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

  • ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ renewed with changes Nov 18, 2014 7:49 AM
    Fox has renewed “So You Think You Can Dance” for a 12th season. For the upcoming season, dancers who advance from auditions will be divided into two teams: stage dancers who are trained in styles like jazz, tap or ballet and street dancers who have mastered hip-hop, break dancing or animation. One dancer from each genre will be sent home each week leading up to the finale.

  • Try coffee table books for an easy, gifty treat Nov 18, 2014 6:20 AM
    Wracking your brain to come up with holiday gift ideas? Try coffee table books. As self-purchases, they may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they're an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

  • Dining events: Get your French, Indian on the go Nov 18, 2014 5:01 AM
    Bartlett’s new D^Licious gives you fast-casual French and Indian food; Harry’s gets new owners and a new persona; construction underway on Level 257 in Woodfield.

  • New restaurant opening in Palatine under old name Nov 18, 2014 6:33 PM
    The Palatine village council granted a special use permit allowing an Italian restaurant and bakery to open in the Woodcraft Plaza shopping center along Dundee Road. Rossini de Lucca will serve pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and salad. “This will be a family restaurant for all ages and for all types of people,” owner Jaroslav Prus said.

  • Sounds good: Jacobs grad records audio for TV’s top reality shows Nov 18, 2014 1:56 PM
    Adam Dobosz modestly describes himself as “the guy that puts all the microphones on everyone and records the dialogue.” But his job as a TV audio mixer and supervisor is not that simple. Dobosz, who grew up in Gilberts and West Dundee, has recorded sound on more than 80 TV shows including “The Hills,” “The Biggest Loser,” “Storage Wars” and “The Real Housewives of OC.”

  • Lawyer: Morgan still recovering from brain injury Nov 18, 2014 12:50 PM
    Tracy Morgan is fighting to recover from a severe brain injury suffered in a highway crash more than five months ago, and it’s unknown if the actor-comedian will be “the Tracy Morgan he once was,” his lawyer said Tuesday. The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star suffered a traumatic brain injury in a June 7 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, in addition to a broken leg, nose and ribs.

  • Prague wall dedicated to John Lennon painted over Nov 18, 2014 8:16 AM
    Prague’s colorful wall dedicated to the memory of John Lennon has been painted over. The wall located at the heart of the Czech capital began to be painted with Lennon’s images and related graffiti after the Beatle’s assassination in 1980. A group of art students claimed responsibility for painting the wall white on Monday.

  • Weekend picks: ‘Grinch’ comes to steal Christmas Nov 18, 2014 5:48 PM
    Everyone’s favorite Christmas curmudgeon is back in the Windy City to sing again in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” which begins a limited touring run at the Chicago Theatre. Get your fill of baklava at Philoptochos' Greek Fall Food Fest at St. Demetrios in Libertyville. See a screening of the 2013 Thanksgiving-themed family film “Free Birds” at the Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn.

  • Aurora prepares for downtown ‘Jolly Holiday’ celebration Nov 17, 2014 1:38 PM
    Aurora is opening the holiday season with its third annual Winter Lights event, “It’s a Jolly Holiday,” from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, on Downer Place and Stolp Avenue in downtown.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus are Comin’ to a Holiday Inn and Suites in Lake Zurich Nov 17, 2014 4:05 PM
    If you’re not up for a trip to the mall and the lines for a picture with Santa Claus, go in a totally different direction! Stay the night at Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Lake Zurich – where Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a rare appearance!

  • The ‘Side Show’ stars reveal how the magic is done Nov 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    A big Broadway stage can leave even the most confident performer feeling a bit lonely. Not Emily Padgett or Erin Davie these days. The actresses play conjoined twins in “Side Show,” which opens Monday, Nov. 17, and they’re actually physically tethered to each other’s hip for most of the musical by zippers, magnets and thread.

  • Mundelein High band concert: Nov 17, 2014 5:06 PM
    Mundelein High School’s instrumental music department will hold its fall band concert on Thursday, Nov. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium, 1350 W. Hawley St., Mundelein.

  • Dropkick Murphys tour bus involved in fatal crash Nov 17, 2014 3:29 PM
    The Dropkick Murphys have canceled a concert after a tour bus carrying the band struck and killed a pedestrian near Austin, Texas. The Massachusetts-based Celtic punk group announced on its Facebook page that a man darted in front of the bus early Sunday as the vehicle was headed to the Dallas airport to drop off one of the band members.

  • A-listers star in 24-hour plays on Broadway Nov 17, 2014 3:22 PM
    Want to watch an A-lister scramble? A whole bunch — including Melanie Griffith, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Dinklage and Pablo Schreiber — will be doing exactly that on a Broadway stage.

  • Social media ineptness helped fund ‘Still Waters’ Nov 17, 2014 6:00 AM
    Sometimes not knowing what you’re doing with social media pays off. It did — literally — for the filmmakers behind “Behind Still Waters,” an indie movie that was funded through one of the more successful Kickstarter campaigns. First-time director Chris Lowell says he and co-writer Mohit Narang were so “inept” when it came to social media they needed help just setting up Facebook accounts and figuring out how to Tweet.

  • Rock soundman Glyn Johns talks Beatles, Stones Nov 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Glyn Johns is a walking rebuttal to the maxim that if you remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. He was there — overseeing the Rolling Stones’ first recording session, arranging the Beatles’ rooftop concert, reeling from the first blast of Led Zeppelin — and he remembers everything. Johns, a recording engineer and producer, says “I’m a bit of a purist.” His memoir, “Sound Man,” was released recently in the U.S. by Blue Rider Press.

  • Sun City Train Club hosts holiday display Nov 17, 2014 6:53 PM
    The Model Railroad Club of Sun City Huntley will be running model trains this holiday season, starting Saturday, Nov. 22, through Dec. 28. Each year, the club raffles off three model train sets. This year’s raffle is a Canadian Pacific Passenger Train set that includes engine, cars, track and a transformer.

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