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  • Albright Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Nov 18, 2014 3:50 PM
    The Albright Theatre Company is proud to present its holiday production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson. In this hilarious and heart-warming Christmas tale, Grace and Bob Bradley take on the church Christmas pageant. Enter the Herdman kids – probably the most awful kids in history! The Herdmans add their own flare to the Christmas story and Grace has her hands full thinking that the Herdmans will certainly ruin the pageant. Or can they help make this the best Christmas Pageant ever?

  • “It’s A Wonderful Life” at Tivoli Theatre to benefit sharing Connections Furniture Bank Nov 18, 2014 3:28 PM
    George Bailey and the magical town of Bedford Falls return for “It’s Wonderful Life.” The holiday classic will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14. Admission is $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Sharing Connection Furniture Bank. Come early and enjoy the preshow music on the Tivoli’s Wurlitzer pipe organ.

  • Images: Archbishop Blase Cupich Installed Nov 18, 2014 4:56 PM
    See Archbishop Blase Cupich during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George.

  • Share pictures of your pooch decked out for winter Nov 18, 2014 2:03 PM
    Are dog coats seriously cute or seriously humiliating? I guess it depends on your perspective. Daily Herald photographer Rick West shared his pug Sophie's winter coat humiliation -- and we want you to share yours. Or share your Vogue-worthy moment of Fido adorned for a frigid fashion show.

  • 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.

  • Naloxone program launched in Lake County to fight heroin overdoses Nov 18, 2014 6:44 PM
    Police officers in 32 Lake County communities have been trained and soon will be equipped with naloxone, an antidote to opiate overdose. Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim on Tuesday launched the program as part of a broader opioid initiative. “This is something, quite simply, we know will save lives,” he said.

  • 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.

  • New Wheaton brewery a place for people to gather Nov 18, 2014 6:52 PM
    Exposed brick walls, metal accents, a wooden ceiling and plans for local musicians to regularly play live music give Dry City Brew Works the feel of an urban coffeehouse. In reality, the new business in downtown Wheaton is a tiny brewery where people can work on their laptops, catch up with a friend or meet new people while enjoying a beer. The brewery — owned by Wheaton native Ben Sampson, his wife Jessica and her parents, Dave and Lori Carr — opened earlier this month at 120B N. Main Street.

  • DuPage forest preserve may open dog park near Darien Nov 18, 2014 7:06 PM
    Dog owners in the southeast corner of DuPage County someday could be playing with their four-legged friends in a dog park that’s closer to home. DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners are considering a proposal to construct an off-leash dog park in Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve near Darien.

  • Lorde’s ‘Mockingjay’ soundtrack gets dark Nov 18, 2014 12:05 PM
    It was only a matter of time before Lorde graduated from contributing a song for “Catching Fire” to taking over the soundtrack for the latest “Hunger Games” soundtrack in which the 18-year-old chanteuse curates a concoction of dark magic, enchanting tunes and revolutionary feelings. As the world of Katniss Everdeen gets darker with sacrifice, violence and revolt, in “Mockingjay Part 1,” the soundtrack follows suit with a medley of offbeat and oddly appealing synths, pianos and guitars.

  • 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.”

  • One Direction’s ‘Four’ teen dream in song Nov 18, 2014 6:15 AM
    One Direction has done the almost impossible for a boy band: The English-Irish quintet has held the fickle attentions of teenage girls the world over for three years — the equivalent of 30 in tween years — and the band’s new album, “Four,” isn’t likely to diminish the group’s stronghold.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Archbishop Cupich speaks of protecting children, holding others accountable Nov 18, 2014 9:20 PM
    Blase Cupich became the archbishop of Chicago on Tuesday after his predecessor handed him a bishop’s staff and relinquished the chair that symbolizes the leadership of the nation’s third-largest diocese.

  • 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.

  • What’s in for the holidays, according to makeup artist Carl Ray Nov 18, 2014 5:45 AM
    Carl Ray can’t take credit for Michelle Obama’s strikingly lovely facial features but as the first lady’s makeup artist-in-chief, he is responsible for making them glow from Boston to Beijing, at state dinners, inaugural balls and for TV appearances and magazine covers.

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