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  • Theater events: Whitney comes to Chicago Improv Feb 27, 2015 5:00 AM
    Sideshow Theatre debuts its re-imagined version of "Antigone" this week while comedian Whitney Cummings headlines the Chicago Improv and Dr. Bill Miller plays Zanies.

     
  • Arlo Guthrie, Don Williams coming to Arcada Feb 27, 2015 5:15 AM
    Tickets are now on sale at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles for Don Williams, Arlo Guthrie and the Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes of Pompeii.

     
  • ‘Lazarus Effect’ revives too many tired horror cliches Feb 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    “The Lazarus Effect” is a modern-day Frankenstein story about a team of researchers trying to raise the dead. But despite classy lead performances by Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, the movie relies too heavily on reanimated monster movie clichés and scientific gibberish to keep it alive. It staggers, zombielike, from one jump-scare to another before petering out, a scant 83 minutes after rising from the slab.

     
  • Powerful Holocaust opera gets haunting Lyric debut Feb 27, 2015 5:45 AM
    Once suppressed by the Soviets, "The Passenger" emerges as a powerful 20th century opera masterwork that explores the Holocaust of World War II and its aftermath by contrasting the experiences of a perpetrator and prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The Lyric Opera of Chicago premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's 1968 opera is a gripping and powerful experience.

     
  • ‘42nd Street’ opens this weekend Conant High School Feb 26, 2015 1:31 PM
    The bright lights of Depression-era Broadway are the backdrop for "42nd Street", the Conant High School musical that opens on Friday, Feb. 27.

     
  • Star chemistry compensates for wild plotting in Will Smith's 'Focus' Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    No matter what outrageous things happen in the romantic comedy/drama “Focus,” they will be revealed as elaborate con jobs designed to hoodwink suckers, just like us. To keep audiences off-balance, Writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa constantly up the credibility ante until the con jobs become so wildly preposterous, not even Will Smith's practiced charm can make them plausible.

     
  • Mark Duplass juggles TV, Netflix and ‘Lazarus’ Feb 26, 2015 10:12 AM
    Mark Duplass is everywhere these days, from HBO's "Togetherness" to FXX's "The League. He also stars in “The Lazarus Effect,” opening Friday, about researchers trying to bring back the dead. Duplass said he was intrigued by the movie’s director, David Gelb, who made the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” “I was like, ‘Why is a food documentary filmmaker making a horror movie? This could be interesting.’”

     
  • Damian Szifron's anthology a 'Wild' ride Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    Argentine writer/director Damian Szifron's anthology “Wild Tales” offers us one of the grandest, most diabolically conceived opening sequences in film history. That by itself would merit its nomination for the foreign language Academy Award. (It lost to Poland's “Ida” last weekend.) After the opening, it's all downhill, but not too far. Six stories are connected by characters who simply snap.

     
  • Music notes: Coop, EGi play Durty Nellie's Feb 26, 2015 1:34 PM
    Chicago-born electronica jam rockers The Coop are teaming up with improvisational and experimental funk rockers Ethereal Groove, Inc. for a 21-and-over show at Palatine's Durty Nellie's with openers Chachuba.

     
  • Conan O'Brien takes his show to Cuba for a special hour Feb 26, 2015 4:14 PM
    On Wednesday's show, Conan O'Brien will be found in a familiar place: behind a desk. Or, rather, what he describes as a borrowed cafe table. In Havana, Cuba. But for most of the hour, "Conan" will find its host footloose and fancy-free, airing a talk show from this nearby but isolated island country for apparently the first time since Jack Paar took his own late-night show to Cuba in 1959.

     
  • Reel life: Dann & Raymond take on Bond, best fights Feb 26, 2015 5:00 AM
    Dann & Raymond take a look at Agent 007 in "Fifty-Two Years of Bond. James Bond" at the Palatine Park District's Cutting Hall. Later in the week they take on "Fists and Knives and Swords, Oh, My! The Greatest Fights on Film" at the Schaumburg Township District Library.

     
  • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta Feb 26, 2015 5:04 PM
    Scarlett Johansson defends John Travolta; says Oscar encounter was 'totally welcome'

     
  • Johansson: Nothing 'creepy or inappropriate' about Travolta Feb 26, 2015 4:33 PM
    Scarlett Johansson defends John Travolta; says Oscar encounter was 'totally welcome'

     
  • Veterans put their artistic talents on display Feb 26, 2015 5:12 PM
    The varied talents of veterans from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were on display Thursday during the 7th annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.

     
  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen Feb 26, 2015 10:04 PM
    $150K custom dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen; detectives investigating

     
  • ABC's Sawyer does prime-time prison special Feb 26, 2015 3:06 PM
    Diane Sawyer travels to prisons for first special since leaving anchor role

     
  • New cable show offers sex in a box as therapy Feb 26, 2015 3:06 PM
    New relationship show puts couples behind closed doors for romantic interlude

     
  • Free movie March 4 at Colby Barn in Grayslake Feb 26, 2015 5:18 PM
    Liberty Prairie Foundation, Conserve and other partners are sponsoring a free showing of the film “Symphony of the Soil” next week at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing subdivision. The movie explores the complexity and mystery of soil, and attempts to support the case for treating soil with care.

     
  • Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for Grammys disruption Feb 26, 2015 8:34 PM
    Kanye West tweets apology to Beck for disruption during Grammy Awards earlier this month

     
  • Refurbished Antioch Theatre to reopen Friday Feb 26, 2015 9:44 AM
    The refurbished Antioch Theatre will reopen Friday after a $750,000 renovation. "I get overwhelmed with emotion how much this means to the community," said owner Tim Downey.

     
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