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  • Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment Nov 24, 2014 5:45 AM
    Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days. They need to lure you, the American guest, off your sofa with your high resolution, interactive video games and into their world of fun — real life fun.

     
  • Katie Rains Designs releases ‘The Giraffe’s Mustache’ Nov 25, 2014 4:45 PM
    Katie Rains Designs announces the release of “The Giraffe’s Mustache, A Storybook You Can Color,” created collectively by Chicagoans Katie Rains, Matt Lang, and Liz Meyer.

     
  • A Christmas season program at Windsor Park Nov 25, 2014 4:41 PM
    Windsor Park, a faith-based, nonprofit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, will ring in the holidays with a Christmas Season program produced by Bill Phemister, a retired professor of music emeritus at the Conservatory of Wheaton College. The program is set for Monday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m.

     
  • Weekend picks: Cosley Zoo opens Festival of Lights Nov 26, 2014 12:58 AM
    See more than 20,000 twinkling holiday lights and light displays as the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton hosts its annual Festival of Lights. Warm up your vocal chords and sing along to a musical classic at the annual “Sing-Along Sound of Music” event at the Music Box Theatre. Comedian Louie Anderson returns to the Chicago area for an engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase.

     
  • The Shanty in Lake County receives a Delicious Destination award Nov 26, 2014 10:35 AM
    A Lake County restaurant that once received raves from Guy Fieri on his Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” now also has an honor from the state’s tourism office. Dimitri Kallianis accepted the Enjoy Illinois: Delicious Destination award Monday at The Shanty restaurant on Route 41 in Wadsworth that his family purchased in 2006.

     
  • St. Charles Singers to ring in season with ‘Candlelight Carols’ Nov 26, 2014 12:07 PM
    The St. Charles Singers will present the 31st annual edition of its “Candlelight Carols” Christmas program on Friday, Dec. 5, to Sunday, Dec. 7, in Chicago and St. Charles.

     
  • Free concert at SHS Nov 23, 2014 4:08 PM
    Stevenson High School’s honor band and advanced symphonic band will perform a chamber concert today. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

     
  • ABC to celebrate Disney on Broadway in TV special Nov 23, 2014 7:00 AM
    Disney will celebrate 20 years of making Broadway magic with a prime-time, hour-long special next month on ABC that highlights many of its musicals, including “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aida,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Newsies” and “Aladdin.” “Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years,” will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

     
  • Sunday picks: Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess' now at Lyric Nov 23, 2014 5:15 AM
    Gershwin's great American opera "Porgy and Bess" returns to the repertory of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for a run of performances. The Elgin Theatre Company presents the classic holiday production “It's a Wonderful Life” as a live radio play at the Kimball Street Theater. Oakton Community College features the rock 'n' roll musical comedy “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” on the stage of its Studio One Theater in Des Plaines.

     
  • Netflix streaming to reach Australia, New Zealand in March Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM
    Netflix Inc., building on an expansion this year in Europe, will bring the world’s largest subscription-streaming service to Australia and New Zealand in March.

     
  • AMAs are good to Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift & One Direction Nov 24, 2014 12:04 AM
    One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show. One Direction also won favorite band, duo or group — pop/rock and favorite album — pop/rock for “Midnight Memories” at the fan-voted show on Sunday night. “This has been a real perfect day ... America feels like a second home to us,” Liam Payne said onstage with his band mates when they won the night's first award.

     
  • ‘Mockingjay, Part 1’ opens with $123 million Nov 23, 2014 11:18 PM
    “Mockingjay, Part 1” didn’t catch fire like the previous installments of “The Hunger Games,” but it still had the biggest opening of the year with $123 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

     
  • Matt Czuchry previews his biggest ’Good Wife’ episode in ‘emotionally taxing’ season Nov 23, 2014 6:03 PM
    The approximately 11 million people who tune in every week to watch “The Good Wife,” the gripping CBS drama that’s also possibly the best show on television, know that Cary Agos has had quite a yeall. After all, it’s been a long road for the character. He started as the nemesis of Alicia Florrick, played by Julianna Margulies, but worked his way up to friend and business partner, as the two pulled off a thrilling coup last season and started their own law firm. Actor Matt Czuchry talks about the challenge of anchoring such a tough storyline this season.

     
  • With ‘The Flash’ and ‘Jane the Virgin,’ TV rediscovers niceness Nov 23, 2014 7:15 AM
    For a long time, most prominent television shows have drawn their dramatic juice from the idea that all characters have big, bad secrets. But, delightfully, two of fall’s best new dramas. “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin,” are running creative laps around their grimmer competitors by demonstrating that the conflicts produced by good intentions are just as gripping as the misdeeds of people who conceal their worst selves rather than conquering them.

     
  • Over ‘Am I Wrong’? Nico & Vinz know how you feel Nov 23, 2014 6:45 AM
    If you’re tired of hearing Nico & Vinz’s worldwide hit “Am I Wrong,” the Norwegian duo knows just how you feel. The 23-year-old musicians from the Oslo suburbs released the optimistic, ambition-focused song in April 2013. Now they’re ready to skip ahead to the next track. Nicolas “Nico” Sereba and Vincent “Vinz” Dery hope radio listeners turn up the volume on their follow-up single, “In Your Arms.”

     
  • Will serious fare freeze out feel-good films this season? Nov 23, 2014 6:30 AM
    One of the paradoxes of holiday films is that they often have little to do with peace and good will toward men, or any other gender. But this year we have at least two family-friendly animated features, plus a modernized remake of a time-tested Broadway musical to lesson the seriousness of a season that has become an annual campaign for studios to lobby for awards and critics’ top 10 lists.

     
  • Constable: Bears make teen’s wish come true Nov 23, 2014 10:55 AM
    Bears fans might moan that today's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is a meaningless matchup of disappointing teams. But for Daniel Isufi, 14, of Arlington Heights, the game is his Make-A-Wish dream come true.

     
  • Swank says Jones is a softy and he agrees Nov 22, 2014 6:45 AM
    Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones wears more than one cowboy hat in his new Western, “The Homesman,” giving him full control of, well, everything. He co-wrote, co-produced, directs, and co-stars with fellow Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Jones is known to play tough guys and has built a reputation as someone you wouldn’t want to cross. Yet after spending endless hours with Jones, Swank developed a new appreciation for the man of few words.

     
  • James Nesbitt explores grief as a father whose child disappears Nov 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    “The Missing” is a thriller etched into a portrait of the parents of a 5-year-old boy who, with his family on holiday in a quiet French village, disappears without warning. During the series’ eight episodes, the action pingpongs between 2006 and 2014, by which time the child’s mother (Frances O’Connor) has mounted a desperate effort to move on. She exists in stark contrast to Tony, the father (James Nesbitt), who in the ensuing eight years has only grown more fixated on finding his son as he grasps at evermore slender straws.

     
  • DVD previews: ‘November Man,’ ‘Expendables 3’ Nov 22, 2014 6:30 AM
    Roger Donaldson makes efficient hack work of a script adapted from a book by former Daily Herald columnist Bill Granger. "The November Man" stars former James Bond Pierce Brosnan as a former CIA agent lured back into duty. The movie hits DVD Tuesday.

     
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