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  • Visually splendid 'Planes' sequel takes dramatic dive Jul 17, 2014 2:32 PM
    It takes two-thirds into the leisurely paced “Planes: Fire & Rescue” for Walt Disney's animated comedy to catch a narrative tail wind and soar into a visually explosive parody of Irwin Allen disaster movies. (Mostly “Fire!” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”) But before we get to the good stuff, “Planes” does a lot of gliding on conventions and clichés without an engine to push it up and onward.

  • Germanfest kicks off at Lombard’s Sacred Heart Church Jul 17, 2014 9:54 PM
    Sacred Heart’s 47th annual Germanfest kicked off Thursday evening with carnival rides, performances by two cover bands and, of course, lots of Bavarian-style food. The festival runs through Sunday in the parking lot of the church, one block of West of the Metra train station in Lombard at 114 S. Elizabeth St.

  • ‘80s star Taylor Dayne plays Septemberfest Jul 17, 2014 7:42 PM
    Late ‘80s and early ‘90s pop star Taylor Dayne will be the third and final headline act at Schaumburg’s Septemberfest during Labor Day weekend. Dayne will perform on the Miller Lite Music Stage from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on the first night of the festival — Saturday, Aug. 30.

  • 4-H’er at Kane County Fair learns responsibility, discipline from horse shows Jul 18, 2014 1:22 AM
    Fifteen-year-old Madde Klinkey, of Wasco, shows her horse at the Kane County Fair every year. But what goes on behind the scenes before judging begins at 8:30 a.m.? “The responsibility is good for me,” she said.

  • Elaine Stritch, brash stage legend, dies at 89 Jul 17, 2014 4:23 PM
    Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89. Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on “30 Rock,” she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” and in the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

  • Sister Hazel headlines Summer Celebration in Vernon Hils Jul 16, 2014 11:01 AM
    The annual Summer Celebration festival in Vernon Hills will be held Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20. Rock band Sister Hazel is the headliner on Saturday.

  • Michael Buble gets emergency dental help before show Jul 16, 2014 9:43 AM
    Thanks to some help from a dentist, singer Michael Buble was able to go on stage in New Hampshire as scheduled.

  • Daughter’s rep: Casey Kasem’s body still unburied Jul 16, 2014 9:43 AM
    A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter says the famous radio host’s unburied body remains at a funeral home in Tacoma, Washington, a month after his death.

  • Hunter Hayes to headline US Open Kids’ Day Jul 16, 2014 9:43 AM
    Hunter Hayes is set to join MTKO, the Vamps and other acts at the U.S. Open’s annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

  • Country newcomer Mary Sarah pairs with legends on new album Jul 16, 2014 11:28 AM
    What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah’s debut album, “Bridges,” features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known country songs. “This project isn’t just about me," Sarah said. "It’s about the legends and bringing this to a newer generation.”

  • Night life: Dinner for two with wine Jul 16, 2014 11:23 AM
    Treat yourself to Eddie Merlot’s summer grill menu; H.O.M.E. Bar offers industry Sundays in Arlington Heights; sip and shop at Old Orchard event.

  • Outdoor Shakespeare show geared toward all ages Jul 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    What happens when fairies get involved in a complicated love triangle? Comedy and confusion result in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, July 19, at Geneva’s Shakespeare in the Park. Performed by the Midsummer Shakespeare Troupe, the free, family-friendly event takes place in a Ravinia-like setting on Island Park.

  • Elgin area students create and perform opera Jul 16, 2014 3:38 PM
    A group of Elgin area teens and preteens will see months of hard work come alive onstage this weekend, when they perform "The Key," an opera they wrote themselves, at Elgin Community College. The students are part of Hamilton Wings' SCORE program, which gives at-risk kids a chance to experience the performing arts.

  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

  • The Wheaton Municipal Band Goes Patriotic Jul 16, 2014 4:36 PM
    Special guest conductor, Loras Schissel leads the Wheaton Municipal Band in a Patriotic concert.

  • Tivoli Bowl Available For “Fun-Raising” Events Jul 16, 2014 4:31 PM
    The family bowling center, located at 938 Warren Avenue in downtown Downers Grove, is perfect for schools, churches and community organizations to host their “fun-raising” events.

  • No hints from Hillary Clinton on ‘The Daily Show’ Jul 16, 2014 9:38 AM
    Hillary Rodham Clinton gave Jon Stewart no hints about whether she will run for president, but acknowledged during Tuesday’s taping of “The Daily Show” that the speculation surrounding her possible candidacy has become “a cottage industry.” Stewart introduced Clinton by saying, “She’s here solely for one reason: to publicly and definitively declare her candidacy for president of the United States ... I think.” That proved not to be true.

  • ‘The Bone Orchard’ is satisfying mystery Jul 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    “The Bone Orchard” (Minotaur Books), by Paul Doiron Mike Bowditch’s recklessness and insubordination, along with his struggle with a series of personal tragedies, seemed to make him a bad match for his job as a Maine game warden. So, as the fifth novel in this fine series opens, it comes as no great surprise that Mike has quit law enforcement and taken refuge as a fishing guide in the state’s great North Woods. But Sgt. Kathy Frost, Mike’s former mentor in the warden service, is in trouble. A suicidal Afghanistan war vet she was assigned to help has been shot dead. The ex-soldier’s politically connected parents and former army buddies blame her. And she is under investigation for her role in the affair. Thinking he might be able to help, or at least offer a sympathetic ear, Mike drives to her cabin and comes under sniper fire in her driveway. He finds his old friend critically wounded. A civilian now, Mike has no business getting involved. As reckless and impetuous as always, he dives in anyway. The authorities suspect the dead soldier’s old army buddies for the attack on Kathy. Mike casts his net wider as he pursues the case from the urban landscape of Portland to the desolate farming villages of Aroostook County. As always, Doiron describes his state so vividly that it becomes not just the setting but also a character in its own right. As Mike’s list of suspects grows, he digs deeply into Kathy’s past. Along the way, he also keeps running into people from his own past, including old friends, old enemies and an ex-wife. The encounters lead to much soul-searching — so much that for a good portion of the book, the biggest mystery Mike confronts isn’t who shot Kathy, it’s what kind of man Mike has become. This makes “The Bone Orchard” both a rich exploration of character and a satisfying mystery story.

  • Chatterbox of Long Grove spotlights beer, small plates Jul 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    With its homey, rustic decor and trendy small-plates menu, Chatterbox of Long Grove seems a perfect fit for the village. Open just five months, the new bar’s menu and beer list should appeal to those who want a casual spot to unwind over appetizers and a cold drink.

  • Food, music and fun are part of 24th annual Taste of Antioch Jul 16, 2014 12:41 PM
    Antioch Taste of Summer is back in 2014 for its 24th summer festival. Guests can expect a variety of new activities and attractions as well as traditions that make the event special to Antioch.

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