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  • Sunday picks: Elvis is alive at Rosemont Theatre Feb 22, 2015 5:00 AM
    See impersonators depicting the late singer Elvis Presley through the many stages of his showbiz career in the touring show “Elvis Lives,” which plays today at the Rosemont Theatre. Get in the spirit of the Academy Awards ceremony as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra performs extracts from Oscar-nominated and winning films like “Schindler's List,” “The Red Violin” and more in the concert “A Night at the Oscars” at the Hemmens Cultural Center. Get ready for some painful insights and observations when comic country music songwriter Rodney Carrington brings his Here Comes the Truth tour tonight to the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

  • 'Boyhood' versus 'Birdman' turns Oscar nail-biter as odds narrow Feb 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    The Oscar best-picture race has turned into a nail-biter. “Boyhood,” the coming-of-age tale filmed over 12 years, was until a two weeks ago the strong favorite to win the industry's top prize. That was before “Birdman” threw open the race by winning Hollywood's guild awards. With the Oscars airing at 6 p.m. Sunday on ABC, the contest is the closest in almost a decade, according to bookmakers.

  • Naperville native's Antarctica journey inspires play Feb 22, 2015 8:32 AM
    Being outside his comfort zone doesn't bother Naperville native and playwright Mat Smart, who chose for his most recent excursion one of the most isolated places on earth: the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Smart spent three months in this “cruel, beautiful, inhospitable environment,” and his experience inspired “The Royal Society of Antarctica,” a play making its world premiere at The Gift Theatre in Chicago.

  • Neil Patrick Harris fills Oscars with class and cachet Feb 23, 2015 7:43 AM
    Sure, the Academy Awards show Sunday night was another predictably staid ocular orgy of self-promotion by Hollywood moviemakers. But it had class, clash and cache in spades. Who could stay seated after Lady Gaga belted out a superb rendition of selections from “The Sound of Music,” followed by the original singer Julie Andrews coming on stage to announce the best original score?

  • Lake Forest Civic Orchestra Performs on March 15 Feb 23, 2015 10:21 AM
    The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra is pleased to have guest conductor Robert Nordling on the podium for its March 15 concert at Christ Church in Lake Forest.

  • Images: Oscars red carpet Feb 23, 2015 4:59 PM
    It’s Hollywood’s biggest night — the Oscars. And the stars of the silver screen always make big, bold fashion statements (even if some of them might regret their choice later). Take a look at what your favorite stars wore.

  • Images: Oscar winners and show bits Feb 23, 2015 5:01 PM
    The Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Tony Award veteran Neil Patrick Harris, was heavy on song-and-dance to near-Grammy levels and bristled with politics and heartfelt speeches about women's rights, immigration, suicide prevention and race.

  • ‘Grand Budapest’ Oscar nominee discovered love of film in suburbs Feb 22, 2015 1:00 AM
    Robert Yeoman, a Northbrook and Wilmette native, remembers when he found out he’d been named an Academy Award nominee for the cinematography on Wes Anderson’s stylish comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” “I was standing in the closet getting dressed and I received a text from a friend in New York congratulating me,” he said. “Nothing bothered me that day, I was walking on air for sure!”

  • ESO celebrates Oscars with movie music Feb 23, 2015 5:46 AM
    Conductor Andrew Grams and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra returned to Schaumburg and Elgin over the weekend to present concerts highlighting Academy Award-winning music to please movie and music lovers alike. The ESO brought to life musical scores from movies like “Sunset Boulevard,” “Titanic,” “Dances with Wolves” and even “Star Wars.”

  • 'Birdman' takes home best picture at Oscars Feb 22, 2015 11:28 PM
    “Birdman” has won the Academy Award for best picture. The film, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who also won best director, stars Michael Keaton as an aging superhero movie star suffering an identity crisis and seeking redemption by mounting a serious Broadway play. It's been hailed for its ensemble cast and its virtuosic camera work, which gives the sensation that the whole movie is shot in one continuous take. Eddie Redmayne won best actor for “The Theory of Everything," and Julianne Moore won for best actress for “Still Alice.”

  • Constable: From convent to Sisterhood of Honey Bears Feb 24, 2015 9:43 AM
    A reunion of the Honey Bears, who've been in hibernation from Chicago Bears games since Super Bowl XX, will raise money for a charity in Addison on Friday. Once on the path to be a nun, Wheaton's Cathy Core founded that group and directed the Luvabulls.

  • Lyric debuts Holocaust-themed 'Passenger' with Gurnee soprano in title role Feb 24, 2015 3:45 PM
    An opera singer debuting a new role can be a nerve-wracking experience under normal circumstances. But everything is heightened for soprano and Gurnee native Amanda Majeski as she portrays Auschwitz prisoner Marta for the Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere of “The Passenger.”

  • YouTube at 10: How an online video site ate the pop culture machine Feb 21, 2015 7:43 AM
    The massive video-sharing site turned 10 years old Saturday, which almost passes for old age on the Internet. And yet, for much of its history, YouTube was the upstart, the disrupter, the 12-year-old kid just revving to conquer the pop culture machine.

  • What will click on this year's Oscar telecast? Feb 21, 2015 7:15 AM
    What are TV viewers seeking from their annual Oscar fix? The same thing they want from movies: drama, comedy, sex, slapstick, glamour and romance. Of course, no single movie can do all that. No wonder the perfect Oscarcast is an impossible dream. No wonder so many previous Oscarcasts failed to measure up.

  • ‘Birdman’ tops Spirit Awards; Keaton takes best actor Feb 21, 2015 9:47 PM
    A day before it may soar at the Oscars, “Birdman” spread its wings at the 30th Independent Film Spirit Awards, winning best picture, best actor for Michael Keaton and best cinematography. The elegantly stitched together backstage comedy came away the big winner at the annual pre-Oscars afternoon celebration of independent film on Saturday. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” won over what many consider its stiffest competition, the 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood,” though that film’s maker, Richard Linklater, still took the directing honor.

  • DVD previews: ‘Whiplash,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ Feb 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    The Oscar-nominated drama "Whiplash" -- about a talented drummer (Miles Teller) and his cruel teacher (J.K. Simmons) -- arrives on DVD Tuesday. Also coming to DVD: the animated "Big Hero 6" and the crass comedy "Horrible Bosses 2."

  • On the road: Get fit by day at Bloomingdale's Biggest Loser Resort Feb 21, 2015 7:15 AM
    The Biggest Loser Resort in Bloomingdale introduces the Town Program, which allows locals to spend all day at the resort experiencing the program but return home each evening. Snowstorm Winter Music and Arts Festival is the cold weather answer to the Chicago music festival. Set indoors at Navy Pier, headliners like Moby, Trippy Turtle, The Hood Internet and ASTR warm things up on Saturday, March 7.

  • Author appearances: Nigel Barker talks ‘Models of Influence’ in Naperville Feb 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    Fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker, of the Oxygen channel’s “The Face,” discusses his new book, “Models of Influence,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in Meiley-Swallow Hall, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. New York Times best-selling author Allison Pataki discusses her new title, “The Accidental Empress,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.

  • Weekend picks: Marlena Rodriguez plays Midwest Comedy Showcase Feb 21, 2015 5:00 AM
    Standup comedians gather at the monthly Midwest Comedy Showcase at the Comedy Shrine in Aurora. Sports historian Bruce Allerdice presents “Before the Chicago Cubs: Baseball Comes to the Windy City,” about baseball in Chicago in the 1850s and 1860s at the Glen Ellyn History Center. Multitalented actor-comedian-producer Jamie Kennedy shows off his standup skills at the Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg. See “Dancing at Lughnasa,” about five sisters in rural Donegal, Ireland, who are trying to adapt to a rapidly changing world, at Wheaton College's Arena Theater. All this and more in this weekend's Time out!

  • Khloe, Kim Kardashian safe after Montana traffic accident Feb 21, 2015 9:54 PM
    Khloe and Kim Kardashian are safe after the vehicle they were in slid off a Montana road and into a ditch on Saturday. Montana Highway Patrol Capt. Mark Wilfore says the accident occurred before noon on a highway between Bozeman and Belgrade, where the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is located. Wilfore said he did not know their destination.

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