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  • McCartney helps San Francisco say goodbye to Candlestick Park Aug 15, 2014 10:35 AM
    San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city’s beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue shut down after an evening concert by former Beatle Paul McCartney that finished about midnight. It will then be demolished to make way for a housing, retail and entertainment development.

     
  • Santa Claus and Rockettes stop traffic in New York Aug 14, 2014 4:29 PM
    The calendar says August, but that didn’t stop Santa Claus from visiting midtown Manhattan and snarling a section of Sixth Avenue, much to the bafflement of tourists and the frustration of drivers forced to idle their vehicles.Father Christmas, along with 15 Rockettes costumed as rag dolls, stood on a Radio City Music Hall porch on Thursday as 12 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers marched on the street below to perform the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

     
  • Project Bleachers: Jack Antonoff spins off from fun. Aug 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jack Antonoff is spinning off from his chart-topping band fun., but he’s recruited some big-time backup for his solo side project: Yoko Ono and Lena Dunham. The 30-year-old guitarist has taken a break from the Grammy Award-winning pop-rock trio for his project Bleachers, releasing the album “Strange Desire” last month. Ono makes an appearance on the record, and his “Girls”-starring girlfriend directed the music video for lead single “I Wanna Get Better,” currently No. 1 on Billboard’s alternative songs chart.

     
  • Celine Dion cancels all shows, cites family health Aug 13, 2014 10:59 AM
    Celine Dion has cleared her calendar of all performances, saying she needs to focus on her health, her husband’s health and raising their three young children. The superstar vocalist is cancelling shows that were slated through March 22, 2015, including a tour of Asia planned for the fall and regular shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

     
  • Music notes: OK Go brings quirky pop back home Aug 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    Offbeat alt-pop band OK Go, which formed in Chicago and includes a member from Elmhurst, will perform this Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Meanwhile, Chicago rapper Twista heads out to HOME Bar in Arlington Heights Friday to celebrate the release of his new album, "The Dark Horse."

     
  • Smokey Robinson, Long Island Medium coming to Genesee Aug 13, 2014 6:34 PM
    R&B singer Smokey Robinson and Theresa Caputo, the star of TLC's hit show, “Long Island Medium,” will both appear at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan this fall. Motown legend Robinson performs in concert Friday, Oct. 3, while Caputo will return to the area Saturday, Oct. 25, to communicate with the dead before a live audience at the Genesee.

     
  • Son of Fela Kuti talks of father’s legacy ahead of doc screening Aug 12, 2014 6:09 AM
    Femi Kuti is, like his father, a recording artist and an activist. Now he’s a storyteller as well, advising Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney on the documentary “Finding Fela,” about the life of his father, Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. The film plays at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. “I didn’t want to be the replica of my father ... and I believe this was from the training he gave me, to have your own mind,” he said.

     
  • Weekend picks: Jim Breuer brings stand-up to Schaumburg Aug 15, 2014 10:37 AM
    Comedian Jim Breuer (“Saturday Night Live,” “Half Baked”) hits Schaumburg for a weekend of stand-up at the Improv Comedy Showcase. Quirky alt-pop band OK Go is coming back to its old stomping grounds for a show Friday at Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Twista, the hip-hop artist from Chicago known for his lightning-fast rapping style, will celebrate the release of his new record, “The Dark Horse,” with a show at HOME Bar in Arlington Heights. Conductor James Conlon leads a Mozart opera performance of “The Marriage of Figaro” in the Ravinia Festival's intimate Martin Theatre in Highland Park. All this and more in Friday's Time out!

     
  • A forlorn Sinead O’Connor on ‘I’m Not Bossy’ Aug 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    After a rough few years for Sinead O’Connor, as she dealt with a 16-day marriage and canceled a tour due to mental illness, it’s heartening to see her confident image on the cover of the new disc, “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss.” What’s striking about her new set of songs is how needy, even forlorn, she sounds.

     
  • Lake Forest Civic Orchestra announces four guest conductors Aug 12, 2014 12:27 PM
    The Lake Forest Civic Orchestra is pleased to announce the selection of four guest conductors for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Each guest conductor will lead the orchestra in one of its regularly scheduled classical performances, and one conductor will be selected at the end of the season to be the orchestra’s new music director.

     
  • Broken ribs force Kings of Leon to cancel shows Aug 12, 2014 10:06 AM
    The Kings of Leon will be off the road for two weeks while drummer Nathan Followill recovers from broken ribs, a statement from the band says. But Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is coming to the rescue for Tuesday night’s appearance on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Kings of Leon is canceling nine shows.

     
  • Grateful Dead founder cancels tour dates, including Ravinia stop Aug 11, 2014 5:14 PM
    Grateful Dead founder Bob Weir is canceling all of the tour dates he had planned through January, including an Aug. 31 concert at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park with Dwight Yoakam. The guitarist says his tour with the band RatDog won’t kick off this week as planned. He posted a message Sunday on RatDog’s website saying “circumstances have necessitated that all scheduled tour dates for Bob Weir & RatDog are being cancelled.”

     
  • Is 'Fancy' the song of summer? Here are some less-obvious alternatives Aug 11, 2014 1:00 AM
    These days there are two types of people in the world: Those who accept the conventional wisdom that Iggy Azalea's breakout hit “Fancy” is the Song Of The Summer, and those desperate to find something, anything, to replace it.

     
  • South Elgin Riverfest Express switches it up Aug 11, 2014 11:38 AM
    Visitors returning to the annual South Elgin Riverfest Express may be a little turned around this year. In previous years, the stage for live entertainment has been near the State Street bridge. But this year, it will be next to the dam on the opposite side of the festival grounds. This alters the whole layout of the festival, said Joyce Ware, event co-chairwoman.

     
  • Hoffman Estates’ Germanfest, 5K is Sept. 12-13 Aug 11, 2014 7:23 PM
    The village of Hoffman Estates hosts its annual Platzkonzert Germanfest on Saturday, Sept. 13, an open air celebration with authentic German food, beer, entertainment and activities.

     
  • ‘All About That Bass’ gives singer a breakthrough Aug 10, 2014 5:00 AM
    Not everyone was initially “All About That Bass.” Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. Things changed when record executive L.A. Reid heard the doo-wop pop song and told Trainor she should be the voice behind it.

     
  • Caravello wins Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition Aug 9, 2014 9:06 PM

    By Deborah Pankey

    After wowing the crowd with his rendition of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and wowing the judges with his musical evolution over the past several weeks, Dennis Caravello of Mount Prospect was named the winner of Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent for 2014. “This is just surreal,” said Caravello who started playing guitar at age 5 and dropped out of college a bit over a year ago to pursue music.

     
  • Miley both naughty and nice in return to Nashville Aug 8, 2014 10:21 AM
    Two 20-something women arrived at Miley Cyrus’ homecoming concert with identical bedazzled shirts that read, “R.I.P. Hannah Montana.” Look no further than that for the official theme to Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour. Thursday’s show was a little bit pop concert, a little bit late-night pay cable and a little bit great. But the surprising thing, after the former teen television star raised such a lather last year, is how tame the show actually is.

     
  • Top nominee Beyonce to perform at MTV VMAs Aug 7, 2014 10:50 AM
    Beyonce is set to have a “Flawless” night at the MTV Video Music Awards. The singer will perform at the Aug. 24 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California. She leads in nominations with eight, including video of the year for “Drunk in Love.”

     
  • Fireworks and family at Wood Dale Prarie Fest Aug 7, 2014 10:01 AM
    Returning for its twelfth year in the village’s downtown, Wood Dale’s Prarie Fest has quietly expanded from a one-day picnic into a four-day festival with music, carnival attractions and firewworks. The festival, which now atracts 16,000 visitors over its four days with an expanding variety of entertainment, continues through Sunday, Aug. 10.

     
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