20th annual Essence Fest kicks off in New Orleans

20th annual Essence Fest kicks off in New Orleans

Music lovers danced under the sun — some with umbrellas in hand — to the rhythms of Corey Henry's Treme Funket brass band on the bank of the M…

July 04, 2014 1:00 am

McCartney's 'Out There' show ready for Chicago

McCartney's 'Out There' show ready for Chicago

Former Beatle Paul McCartney kicks off the U.S portion of his "Out There" tour Saturday in Albany, New York.

July 03, 2014 5:00 pm

HBO film explores marriages from their start

HBO film explores marriages from their start

As filmmaker Doug Block sat in a coffee shop talking about his "112 Weddings" documentary, a stranger interrupted him to talk about the state …

June 28, 2014 5:40 pm

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

Transformers: Age of Extinction 2 hr 37 min | PG-13 | Released June 26

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'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

'The Last Ship:' Sting's maiden voyage drops anchor in Chicago

One of the most anticipated musicals of the year has sailed into the Windy City.

June 25, 2014 9:55 pm Photos

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Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

Legendary Michael Jackson celebrated in Cirque du Soleil show

The magic of majestic circus arts and the music of the legendary King of Pop combine on stage for the Chicagoland return of a unique production.

June 24, 2014 1:45 pm Photos

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Queen reigns in Chicago concert

Queen reigns in Chicago concert

One of the bands that's considered music royalty held court in Chicago last week.

June 23, 2014 2:45 pm

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

Jersey Boys 2 hr 14 min | R | Released June 20

June 19, 2014 8:34 am Photos

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Israel's blues king Lazer Lloyd returns to U.S. homeland

Israel's blues king Lazer Lloyd returns to U.S. homeland

After a chance meeting with a homeless man in New York’s Central Park more than 20 years ago, American-born musician Lazer Lloyd walked away f…

June 19, 2014 1:00 am

Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

Baby boomers celebrated with South Shore exhibit

John Cain, executive director of South Shore Arts and curator of its “Baby Boom or Bust!” exhibit, found his inspiration for his show from a p…

June 18, 2014 10:43 pm Photos

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Rush Hour concerts a 'free' way to enjoy music

Rush Hour concerts a 'free' way to enjoy music

Music fans who work in downtown Chicago can enjoy a variety of genres during the annual summer season of "Rush Hour Concerts."

June 17, 2014 4:00 pm

Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Shelf Life: Experiencing authentic Chicago Blues

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H.…

June 15, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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The Fine Art of Artful Living: The Harbor Shores art collection

The Fine Art of Artful Living: The Harbor Shores art collection

In the words of travel writer Miriam Beard, "certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and perman…

June 13, 2014 5:17 pm Photos

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Music and Movies: Symphony to play tunes from popular films

Music and Movies: Symphony to play tunes from popular films

The magic of film and music will unfold in the performance spotlight when Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra presents the program "Symphony …

June 13, 2014 1:00 am

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

How to Train Your Dragon 2 1 hr 45 min | PG | Released June 13

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Local Scene: Region bikers and bands rally for Special Olympics athletes

Local Scene: Region bikers and bands rally for Special Olympics athletes

The annual “Livin’ It Up Benefit for Porter County Special Olympics” has grown considerably since last year and now includes a bike run, bike …

June 12, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Shelf Life: Author uses experience and history to put herself in others' shoes

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H.…

June 08, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Sting's 'Last Ship' to sail in Chicago

Sting's 'Last Ship' to sail in Chicago

Broadway in Chicago will present the world premiere pre-Broadway run of Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" beginning next week in the Windy City.

June 05, 2014 5:45 pm

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

The Fault in our Stars 2 hr 5 min | PG-13 | Released June 6

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Local Scene: Songs of Summer

Local Scene: Songs of Summer

As a radio DJ for many years, it is often my job to dictate people’s moods with the music I play and provide a soundtrack to their good times.…

June 05, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Shelf Life: Writer's block gives way to a plot full of twist and turns in New England

Marcus Goldman, a successful young author albeit one currently suffering from writer's block, takes a journey to the village of Somerset, N.H.…

June 01, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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He's got the Magic: Schererville teen performs card magic around the region

He's got the Magic: Schererville teen performs card magic around the region

Not every teenager spends their 16th birthday at a magic shop in Chicago, but Nathan Colwell of Schererville did.

June 01, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Slipping into some old Shoes in Valpo

Slipping into some old Shoes in Valpo

In the late 1970s the Midwest and in particular Chicago was buzzing with major record labels looking for the next corn-fed rock ‘n’ roll band …

May 29, 2014 5:56 pm Photos

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In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

Maleficent 1 hr 38 min | PG | Released May 30

May 29, 2014 8:34 am Photos

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Local Scene: Devilish duo offer "Variety" of vintage entertainment

Local Scene: Devilish duo offer "Variety" of vintage entertainment

Tired of trudging out to local watering holes and seeing bands or singing karaoke on the weekends? Looking for something different? May I sugg…

May 29, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Classic sounds of summer

The sounds of classical music will star on various outdoor stages this summer courtesy of local orchestras.

May 28, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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The 70th Anniversary of the Capture of the U-505: A Story and An Experience

The 70th Anniversary of the Capture of the U-505: A Story and An Experience

The story behind the U-505, a German submarine housed at the Museum of Science and Industry is a series of victories, miracles, timing and good luck.

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U-505 EXHIBIT AT MSI – THE BASICS

U-505 EXHIBIT AT MSI  – THE BASICS

The exhibition covers 35,000 square feet of space at the museum.

May 25, 2014 3:30 am Photos

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RICHARD VILLARS: Life on a U.S. nuclear submarine in the 1960s

RICHARD VILLARS: Life on a U.S. nuclear submarine in the 1960s

Richard Villars cares very much about veterans and thinks it is quite unfair that so many people do not understand the sacrifice made when you…

May 25, 2014 3:30 am Photos

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May 22, 2014 3:43 pm

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

X-Men: Days of Futures Past | PG-13 | Released May 23

May 22, 2014 8:34 am Photos

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Local Scene: Musical youth step up and tune up for their church

Local Scene: Musical youth step up and tune up for their church

Northwest Indiana’s four-piece Capernuam — LeAnn Stutler (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, and saxophone), Will Wyatt (drums, vocals), Mark Lugo…

May 22, 2014 5:30 am Photos

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Colorful Career: Classic crooner Bobby Vinton happy for return Blue Chip visit

Colorful Career: Classic crooner Bobby Vinton happy for return Blue Chip visit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Wicker Park and Bucktown: Discover good eats and unique boutiques in these Windy City neighborhoods

Wicker Park and Bucktown: Discover good eats and unique boutiques in these Windy City neighborhoods

While the Mag Mile, Millennium Park and Navy Pier never seem to get old, try somewhere new this summer while visiting Chicago and discover the…

May 19, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Broadway and Babs' Basement: Michael Urie toasting and roasting Streisand on stage in 'Buyer & Cellar'

Actor Michael Urie welcomed a range of noted names backstage in New York while starring in last year's Off-Broadway run of the smash-hit "Buye…

May 16, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

Million Dollar Arm | PG | Released May 16

May 15, 2014 8:34 am Photos

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'Golden Boy' Frankie Avalon still serenading fans

'Golden Boy' Frankie Avalon still serenading fans

He was one of the first of the teen idols to capture fans' hearts. Today, legendary singer Frankie Avalon is still entertaining admirers and r…

May 15, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Celeb birthdays

May 15: Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos") is 33. Guitarist Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant is 32.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

'Killin' Time' for 25 years with country music's Clint Black

'Killin' Time' for 25 years with country music's Clint Black

It’s been a quarter century since Texas hitmaker Clint Black galloped onto the country music charts and into stardom with his debut album “Kil…

May 15, 2014 12:00 am

Ticket Tracker: Top shows in the Chicago area

All concerts listed below are all ages unless otherwise noted. Some of the ticket prices below do not include taxes and fees.

May 08, 2014 2:22 pm

In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

Moms' Night Out PG-13 Released May 9

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Kickback's summer tour kicks off to promote new CD

Kickback's summer tour kicks off to promote new CD

Chicago's The Kickback — comprised of brothers Billy (vocals, guitar) and Danny (drums) Yost, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) and Jonny Ifergan (guitar…

May 08, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Celeb birthdays

May 8:  Singer Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) is 42. Singer Enrique Iglesias is 39. Actor Matt Davis ("The Vampire Diaries") is 36. Actress Juli…

May 08, 2014 12:00 am

The Poker Tournament Mania returns to Horseshoe

The Poker Tournament Mania returns to Horseshoe

POKER TOURNAMENT MANIA RETURNS TO HORSESHOE

May 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Joffrey Ballet offers passionate 'Romeo and Juliet'

Joffrey Ballet offers passionate 'Romeo and Juliet'

Tragic lovers Romeo and Juliet are fully alive on stage this week at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

May 05, 2014 4:45 pm

Ticket Tracker: Top shows in the Chicago area

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May 01, 2014 2:22 pm

Local all-stars "Shuffle" in on collaborate album

Local all-stars "Shuffle" in on collaborate album

Singer/songwriter Drew Bolsega and Beat Boogie Drum builder/drummer Steve Crabtree, two region music veterans on the scene since the 1970s, te…

May 01, 2014 2:17 pm Photos

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In Theaters This Weekend

In Theaters This Weekend

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | PG-13 | Released May 2

May 01, 2014 8:34 am Photos

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A ‘Nightmare’ premieres at Towle

A ‘Nightmare’ premieres at Towle

Mark Baer, director of Hammond’s Towle Theater’s production of “The Nightmare Room,” was immediately drawn to the psychological thriller the f…

May 01, 2014 2:00 am

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