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Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Weighing in with the Wayans Brothers

Having come a long way from the Manhattan apartment they once called home with their loving parents Howell and Elvira Wayans and six other siblings – brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn and Marlon – are as much an entertainment empire these days as they are a family.

July 23, 2014 9:30 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Hammond reader corrects columnist Earl Wilson mention

OFFBEAT: Hammond reader corrects columnist Earl Wilson mention

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 03, 2013 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Blueberry farm wife has perfect pectin recipe

FROM the FARM: Blueberry farm wife has perfect pectin recipe

Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.

August 21, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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French Bistro Scene from "Paris at Last" Episode of "I Love Lucy" from 1956

French Bistro Scene from "Paris at Last" Episode of "I Love Lucy" from 1956

A French bistro scene from the "Paris at Last" episode of "I Love Lucy" from 1956 features Lucille Ball's funny encounter with "escargot."

July 24, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Chicago's Le Bouchon French restaurant celebrating 20 years

OFFBEAT: Chicago's Le Bouchon French restaurant celebrating 20 years

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 24, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Last Andrews Sister, Patty, dead at 94

OFFBEAT: Last Andrews Sister, Patty, dead at 94

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 04, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Stage Neighbors: 'I Love Lucy on Stage' returns to salute Ricardos and Mertz TV humor

Stage Neighbors: 'I Love Lucy on Stage' returns to salute Ricardos and Mertz TV humor

Joanna Daniels and Curtis Pettyjohn, the Chicago duo of local stage veterans playing "stage veterans" Ethel and Fred Mertz of "I Love Lucy" TV  fame have a clever way of interpreting their performance art.

January 11, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Actor Robert Mitchum's egg nog recipe? Yep, it's available...

OFFBEAT: Actor Robert Mitchum's egg nog recipe? Yep, it's available...

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am
Resurrecting the Favorite Redhead of Reruns: Midwest premiere of 'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' channels fans of sitcom characters

Resurrecting the Favorite Redhead of Reruns: Midwest premiere of 'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' channels fans of sitcom characters

Rick Sparks, the man behind I Love Lucy Live on Stage, knows just how dedicated fans are of Lucille Ball and her landmark TV comedy starring the Ricardos and the Mertzes.

October 04, 2012 9:00 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: 'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' fun, but antennae needs adjusting

OFFBEAT: 'I Love Lucy Live on Stage' fun, but antennae needs adjusting

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 02, 2012 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader happy 'Castle' has tango classes

OFFBEAT: Reader happy 'Castle' has tango classes

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 27, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Gene & Georgetti celebrating 70 years as Chicago's first Italian Steakhouse

OFFBEAT: Gene & Georgetti celebrating 70 years as Chicago's first Italian Steakhouse

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 13, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Lucille Ball in Warner Bros. 1974 Film "Mame"

Lucille Ball in Warner Bros. 1974 Film "Mame"

A large wall-size autographed photo of Lucille Ball from the 1974 Warner Bros. film "Mame" hangs in Gene & Georgetti Italian Steakhouse in Chicago, a gift from the comedienne's movie wrap-party held there.

June 13, 2012 12:00 am
Scene from "I Love Lucy" 1957 Episode "Lucy Raises Chickens"

Scene from "I Love Lucy" 1957 Episode "Lucy Raises Chickens"

Comedienne Lucille Ball, as her memorable Lucy Ricardo character, purchased 500 energetic baby chicks in cardboard crates, which ran amok in her country house in the 1957 "I Love Lucy" episode "Lucy Raises Chickens."

April 04, 2012 6:00 pm
Crown Point business educates customers about chicks, eggs and opportunities

Crown Point business educates customers about chicks, eggs and opportunities

Tom Meyer, owner of Crown Feed & Supply in Crown Point, is well acquainted with the episode of the classic CBS comedy series "I Love Lucy," which centers around the Lucy Ricardo character buying 500 baby chicks with a plan to raise them to save money on eggs.

April 04, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' offers inside look at FBI's controversial leader

OFFBEAT: Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar' offers inside look at FBI's controversial leader

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 09, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Joan Rivers and Lucille Ball on "Here's Lucy" 1973

Joan Rivers and Lucille Ball on "Here's Lucy" 1973

Comedienne Joan Rivers, who guest starred on Lucille Ball's series "Here's Lucy" in 1973, will honor her late, funny friend by headlining at a comedy festival this week celebrating Ball's 100th birthday in her hometown of Jamestown, NY.

August 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Lucy's 100th birthday celebration set for this weekend

OFFBEAT: Lucy's 100th birthday celebration set for this weekend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 02, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Happy 70th anniversary to commercial TV with nod to Carol Burnett

OFFBEAT: Happy 70th anniversary to commercial TV with nod to Carol Burnett

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 01, 2011 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Join me for prizes, cooking demos at Lake County Garden Show

OFFBEAT: Join me for prizes, cooking demos at Lake County Garden Show

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 19, 2011 12:00 am
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