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  • Pop-culture moments to remember in 2014 Dec 23, 2014 9:08 AM
    Dancing Groot. A Bowie song in the '50s. An essential Foo Fighters track. The furious finale of "Whiplash." These and more are Sean Stangland's essential pop-culture moments of 2014.

     
  • Dining events: Check out the seasonal menu at RAM Dec 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    The RAM offers some seasonal flavors; Pasquale’s open in East Dundee; Billy Goat Tavern in Mount Prospect closes.

     
  • Woodridge, Buffalo Grove theaters to show ‘The Interview’ Dec 23, 2014 10:15 PM
    “The Interview” is back on the Christmas Day release schedule, with showings planned at theaters in Woodridge and Buffalo Grove. The controversial comedy was spiked last week by Sony Pictures after the mysterious Internet group called the Guardians of Peace issued threats aimed at theaters playing the movie.

     
  • Select U.S. theaters say they’ll show ‘The Interview’ Thursday Dec 23, 2014 11:56 AM
    Several movie theaters said they will begin showing “The Interview” Thursday, seemingly putting the comedy back in theaters after Sony Pictures Entertainment canceled its release.

     
  • Robert Klunk celebrates new exhibition at the David Adler Music & Arts Center Dec 22, 2014 10:19 AM
    This December, celebrated Chicago artist, Robert Klunk returns to the David Adler Music & Arts Center with a new exhibition of hand-colored copper etchings. Inspired by his many travels and love for architectural history, Klunk’s work is exceptionally detailed.

     
  • Martha Plimpton: ‘I don’t want to be just famous’ Dec 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    To the audience watching the opening act of “A Delicate Balance” on Broadway, a gentle word of warning: Martha Plimpton is listening to you. The actress is backstage at the Golden Theatre with some time to kill before she appears in Act 2 and she likes to hear the way the crowd is sounding as she puts on her wig and gets into costume. “I try to get a feel for how they are responding and what they’re like."

     
  • Images: Joe Cocker Through the Years Dec 22, 2014 4:44 PM
    See recording artist Joe Cocker through the years. Cocker, best known for the songs, "You Are So Beautiful," and the 1980s duet "Up Where We Belong," with Jennifer Warnes, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 of lung cancer in Colorado. He was 70.

     
  • North Korean cinema: Kidnappings and evil Americans Dec 22, 2014 6:59 AM
    North Korea hates the currently scrapped Hollywood film that revolves around the assassination of its beloved leader, but the country has had a long love affair with cinema — of its own particular styling. The U.S. blames North Korea for the recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which produced “The Interview,” and also for threats of terror attacks against U.S. movie theaters.

     
  • ‘Into the Woods’ a sanitized but still exuberant journey Dec 22, 2014 4:05 PM
    Rob Marshall’s “Into the Woods” presents an exuberantly engaging, yet awkwardly cleansed cinematic translation of Stephen Sondheim’s lyrically impressive 1987 Broadway musical, based on fairy tales. With a little narrative nip and tuck mandated by the Disney studio, “Into the Woods” dispenses with death and sanitizes seduction to the point that a later song decrying it becomes laughable overkill.

     
  • Weekend picks: It’s time to light the lights Dec 22, 2014 5:17 PM
    See 250,000 colorful LED lights choregraphed to a soundtrack recorded by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra as part of the annual Symphony in Lights holiday show at The Promenade Bolingbrook. Time is running out to catch the Joffrey Ballet’s beloved take on the Tchaikovsky ballet “The Nutcracker” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. The bands Stache, Your Villain My Hero and According to Sarah team up for an evening of pop and rock at H.O.M.E. Bar in Arlington Heights Friday.

     
  • NYC theater plans live reading of ‘The Interview’ Dec 22, 2014 3:29 PM
    Sony may have scrapped the release of the movie “The Interview,” but it will be in at least at one theater in New York City — onstage, that is. Treehouse Theater said Monday it will put on a free reading of the film’s script on Dec. 27, giving “an opportunity for people to come together in the name of free speech, in defiance of all who have threatened it.”

     
  • Nintendo designer talks 'amiibo,' 'Zelda' and 'Mario' Dec 22, 2014 5:35 PM
    Shigeru Miyamoto seems giddy — and with good reason. The veteran Nintendo designer behind such landmark video-game franchises as “Mario Bros.” and “Donkey Kong” is happy that after three years of sluggish sales for Nintendo's touchscreen-centric Wii U console, the Kyoto, Japan-based gaming giant is bouncing back, just like the famous springy plumber dreamed up 33 years ago by Miyamoto.

     
  • Smashing Pumpkins’ Corgan looks ahead, not back Dec 22, 2014 6:01 AM
    The Smashing Pumpkins are dead. Long live the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s fair to say lead singer Billy Corgan, who grew up in Glendale Heights, has an ambivalent relationship with his band. Corgan may be the Pumpkins’ only remaining original member, but the non-band has just released its eighth studio album, “Monuments to an Elegy.” A slice of grungy pop-rock featuring guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who joined the Pumpkins in 2007, and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, it’s received good reviews — though not good enough for Corgan.

     
  • Soulful singer Joe Cocker dies at 70 Dec 22, 2014 4:31 PM
    Joe Cocker, a raspy-voiced British rock singer who belted out a bluesy version of the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 and had a hit with “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. He was 70.

     
  • Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13 Dec 23, 2014 7:59 AM
    Elk Grove Theatre Presents “The Shining” January 13

     
  • Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity Dec 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here’s a closer look at a few “smart” products for the home.

     
  • Local Italians should reject new restaurant Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Rita Bongiorno registers her complaint with the name of a new Arlington Heights restaurant.

     
  • It’s time to put a bullet in Metropolis Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Clifford Salzmann says Arlington Heights should close the book on Metropolis.

     
  • Sad to see Billy Goat leaving Randhurst Dec 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Suzy Finn eulogizes the Billy Goat at randhurst, which closed Dec. 15 - and worries that the management of the new mall doesn't have it right, yet.

     
  • Good news from Tom Brokaw: His cancer is in remission Dec 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Tom Brokaw says his cancer is in remission. The veteran NBC newsman announced Sunday that, after months of chemotherapy, he soon will begin a drug maintenance program. Sharing with colleagues what he called “very encouraging news,” Brokaw’s internal memo noted that a year ago his future was “more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge.”

     
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