'Thor: Love and Thunder' is pure bonkers filmmaking
If you thought "Thor: Ragnarok" was bananas filmmaking, its sequel is the whole fruit basket. "Thor: Love and Thunder" -- a rare Marvel fourth installment for one character -- has giant bleating goats, a horrible Zeus, space dolphins, Jodie Foster jokes, teddy bears with laser eyes, an Old Spice commercial parody, Natalie Portman headbutting a villain, blue aliens and lots of Guns N' Roses.
Singer/actress Felicia P. Fields celebrates her passion for blues in 'Pearl's Rollin' With The Blues' at Writers TheatreChicago-area theater icon Felicia P. Fields returns to Writers Theatre in Glencoe for the first time since 2019 to premiere her musical revue "Pearl's Rollin' With the Blues: A Night With Felicia P. Fields."
Chicago rock band RELEASE(R) reflects on 'Vicious Cycles' single ahead of Friday show with FilterHailing from Elmhurst and West Dundee, Chicago band RELEASE(R) showcases its latest release as they take the Piazza stage with Filter, We Killed the Lion, Death Pop Radio and Wunderlich in Aurora Friday, July 8.
Star Trek's 'Strange New Worlds': In defense of episodic TVTwo generations after its 1966 debut, the universe of "Star Trek" has become a vast and sprawling mural in these heady days of streaming TV. So what's a planet-of-the-week fan of the original series and its episodic aesthetic to do? The answer, of course, is "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," which is essentially a workplace drama in deep space.
Festivals July 8-14: Rockin' Rotary Ribfest, Dog Days of Summer, Kane County Fair & moreFrom Batavia's Windmill City Festival to 2022 Fan Expo Chicago in Rosemont to St. Sophia Greek Fest in Elgin to Taste of Chicago to various cruise nights and concerts in the park, there's a plethora of things to do in the suburbs and Chicago.
Fan Expo convention brings 'Lord of the Rings' reunion to RosemontWill Fan Expo Chicago be the one convention to rule them all? With four Hobbits, a galaxy of stars and a fanbase yearning for the experiences they've missed the last few years, that's certainly the goal for the convention that sets up shop Thursday through Sunday, July 7-10, in Rosemont.
Ravinia cancels Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, all concerts through the weekendIn response to the shootings at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade Monday, Ravinia Festival organizers are postponing or canceling shows at the outdoor music venue through July 10.
Best Bets: Kane County Fair returns to St. CharlesSee racing pigs and more when the Kane County Fair returns to St. Charles starting July 13, Fan Expo Chicago brings lots of celebrities to Rosemont this weekend, and the American Association All-Star Game and Home Run Derby will be played for the first time at Rosemont's Impact Field.
Former 'Cheer' star from Naperville sentenced to 12 years in prisonJerry Harris, the former star of the Netflix docuseries "Cheer," was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to child pornography and sex-crime charges involving multiple victims.
Sound check: Rage reunion, Jazz in the Park, DZ Fest and moreRage Against the Machine -- with Libertyville native Tom Morello -- heads to the United Center for two nights; Jazz in the Park takes over The Venue; DZ Fest celebrates 10 years; Third Eye Blind's Summer Gods tour comes to town; and much more.
Lake in the Hills' Rockin' Ribfest serves up food, musicThis year's Rockin' Ribfest in Lake in the Hills will feature Tommy DeCarlo, the singer of rock band Boston, as well as tribute and local bands, according to the Rotary Club of Lake in the Hills.
Book review: 'Bull Durham' fans, rejoice at 'Church of Baseball'Just in time for summer baseball is a new book about the making of the hit 1988 comedy "Bull Durham."
Sponsored | Ron Onesti: Where have all the ballrooms gone?As I continue to open my themed restaurants, theaters and speak-easies, I make sure the decor gives a nod to those classic eras when the people and the places looked upscale and gawdy. The Big Band or Swing era is one of my favorites. It was a time when class reigned, and elegance ruled.