Daily Archive : Tuesday February 13, 2018




Life & Entertainment

    Fashion from Calvin Klein collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    On a massive bed of popcorn, Raf Simons re-examines America

    At New York Fashion Week, designer Raf Simons built an American landscape on a massive bed of popcorn for his Calvin Klein runway show

    Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

    Why ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ is basically an episode of ‘House Hunters’

    Anastasia and husband Christian are newlyweds in rainy Seattle. She likes hanging out with friends near their condo in the city. He prefers hiding away in a mansion in the woods. This is “Fifty Shades Freed,” but it may as well be an episode of “House Hunters.”

    courtesy of Griffin Theatre Griffin Theatre brings “Frindle” — its popular, family-friendly adaptation of the children’s book — to the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.

    Theater events: ‘Frindle’ returns again to the Metropolis for a short run

    American Blues Theater premieres a play by Arlington Heights’ Keith Huff, Actors Gymnasium introduces the sci-fi circus “Journey for the Sun” and “Frindle” returns to Arlington Heights’ Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Urban centers, such as these historic row houses in Washington, D.C., offer so many conveniences of life.

    Cozy urban neighborhoods offer many rewards

    Some of the smallest homes are nestled in the most delicious neighborhoods. Surrounded by boutique shops, cafes, coffee houses and corner markets, one can enjoy a pedestrian lifestyle with ease.

    Caribbean Black Beans With Sauteed Plantains

    Caribbean Black Beans With Sauteed Plantains
    Caribbean Black Beans With Sauteed Plantains

    Caribbean Black Beans With Sauteed Plantains

    This black bean dish will make you forget how cold it is outside

    There are black beans, and then there are black beans cooked with orange juice. If you haven’t tried squeezing some in, trust me, it’s a revelation — a Caribbean take that is especially appealing now that we’re deep in winter’s chill.

    Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman star in "This Close," a series premiering Wednesday, Feb. 14, on Sundance Now.

    Creators-stars of TV's 'This Close' make Hollywood listen

    Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman have something to say about friendship, heartache and finding one's place in the world in "This Close."


    Nielsen's top programs for Feb. 5-11

    A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Feb. 5-11.

    Rich Chocolate Fondue.

    The heart races — for chocolate. Here are five quick-fix ways to enjoy it

    Try these foolproof ways to enjoy chocolate; I mean five creative and entertaining ways to enjoy chocolate.

    This undated image taken from video and provided by Brand USA is from the new IMAX movie called "America's Musical Journey" and shows musician Aloe Blacc in New Orleans looking at a statue of the late Louis Armstrong. The movie premieres Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, and was produced by Brand USA, the agency that markets the U.S. to the rest of the world, along with MacGillivray Freeman Films. The movie follows Blacc as he travels around the U.S., learning about the musical heritage and genres of music associated with various cities. (Brand USA via AP)

    New IMAX movie 'America's Musical Journey' stars Aloe Blacc

    An IMAX movie starring singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc premieres this week, telling the unique story of America's musical heritage to the world


    Husband feels used when wife loses her job yet doesn’t dedicate herself to housework

    As wife is out of work, husband assumes she’ll take up most of the household chores and balancing the checkbook.

    This cover image released by Rounder Records shows "See You Around," by I'm With Her. (Rounder Records via AP)

    Review: Angelic harmonies shine on I'm With Her's new album

    Music Review: I'm With Her's angelic harmonies blend with stellar instrumentals on standout first full-length album

    This book cover image released by Atria shows "Poison," a novel by John Lescroart. (Atria via AP)

    Review: 'Poison' by John Lescroart is a marvelous mystery

    Book Review: John Lescroart's "Poison" is a marvelous mystery, with attorney Dismas Hardy putting thoughts of retirement on hold

    Many craft beers will be available during Beerhead Bar & Eatery’s Big Bad Beer Eve and Big Bad Beer Night Wednesday and Thursday.

    Dining out: Round two of Beerhead Bar’s Big Bad Beer Nights

    Mount Prospect’s e+o fetes Chinese New Year Friday, Bahama Breeze honors National Margarita Day with $2.22 margaritas and Beerhead Bar hosts its second round of Big Bad Beer Nights. More on these and other dining events happening in the suburbs this week.

    This book cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "The Philosopher's Flight," a novel by Tom Miller. (Simon & Schuster via AP)

    Review: Tom Miller's novel turns gender roles upside down

    "The Philosopher's Flight" by Tom Miller seamlessly weaves history and fantasy while turning gender roles upside down

    The Hass avocado, left, is the variety you’re used to seeing in grocery stores. The slightly larger “SlimCado,” right, isn’t necessarily more slimming, but it’s still worth trying.

    For avocado aficionados, a worthwhile pit stop

    Taste for yourself if farmers have truly cut the calories and fat in the new “SlimCado.”

    Chocolate Haystacks With Crushed Strawberries. These festive treats taste completely indulgent, but they are pretty healthful as candy goes.

    Chocolate Haystacks With Crushed Strawberries
    1/3 cup freeze-dried strawberries (see note)3 large shredded wheat cereal biscuits (about 2½ ounces)6 ounces dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids), choppedPlace the freeze-dried strawberries in a resealable plastic bag and use a mallet or rolling pin to crush them until they are mostly pulverized with some small pieces remaining.Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Use your hands to crush the shredded wheat into threadlike pieces over a medium bowl.Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan filled with a few inches of barely bubbling water (medium heat). Make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute, then remove the bowl from the pan. Add the crushed shredded wheat to the chocolate and stir until well coated.Use your fingers and/or a large spoon to transfer 16 tablespoon-size stacks of the cereal-chocolate mixture onto the waxed paper. Sprinkle some of the crushed strawberries on top of each stack. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until set.Store and serve at room temperature.Note: Freeze-dried strawberries are typically located in the dry-goods section of a grocery store produce department.Serves 8 (makes 16 pieces)Nutrition | Per piece: 80 calories, 1 g protein, 9 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 1 g dietary fiber, 4 g sugarFrom nutritionist and cookbook author Ellie Krieger

    Chocolate Haystacks With Crushed Strawberries. These festive treats taste completely indulgent, but they are pretty healthful as candy goes.

    For healthier candy, these chocolate haystacks crush it

    A melt-in-your-mouth chocolate confection with a cookie-like crunch, the haystack comes across as exacting to make, yet all that’s involved is coating shredded wheat cereal in melted chocolate and mounding the mixture into small piles onto a tray.

    “Moana” will be screened at the Oak Brook Park District’s Dive In Movie event at the Family Aquatic Center on Friday, Feb. 16.

    5 things to do for $5 (or less) this week in the suburbs

    Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt in St. Charles or do some gallery hopping in Waukegan. Here are five cheap ideas for the week ahead.



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