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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Like 'Wonka' finds, appraised items can be 'Golden Ticket'

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Like 'Wonka' finds, appraised items can be 'Golden Ticket'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 18, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Hammond High grad Craig Carlisle wins Daytime Emmy for PBS' "Arthur"

OFFBEAT: Hammond High grad Craig Carlisle wins Daytime Emmy for PBS' "Arthur"

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am
Writer Craig Carlisle with his wife Sonya Rokes

Writer Craig Carlisle with his wife Sonya Rokes

Writer Craig Carlisle with his wife Sonya Rokes

June 25, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Fifth Third Bank donating community garden growing space in Hammond

OFFBEAT: Fifth Third Bank donating community garden growing space in Hammond

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 08, 2014 12:00 am
Country Singer Brad Paisley (right) and Wife Kimberly Willliams (center) Joined The Muppets and "Sesame Street" Friends in the 2011 PBS TV Special "Hope Against Hunger"

Country Singer Brad Paisley (right) and Wife Kimberly Willliams (center) Joined The Muppets and "Sesame Street" Friends in the 2011 PBS TV Special "Hope Against Hunger"

Country Singer Brad Paisley (right) and wife Kimberly Willliams (center) joined The Muppets and "Sesame Street" friends in the 2011 PBS TV Special "Hope Against Hunger."

May 08, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR launch tour today, and at Chicago's Park West for weekend

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR launch tour today, and at Chicago's Park West for weekend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Canadian Sesame Street' Basil Bear now museum memory

OFFBEAT: 'Canadian Sesame Street' Basil Bear now museum memory

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Anne Murray 1979 "Sesame Street" Album

Anne Murray 1979 "Sesame Street" Album

Anne Murray created a 1979 album for Children's Television Workshop that was a repackaging of her popular 1977 Canadian children's album "There's a Hippo in My Tub," and used show branding like the "Sesame Street" name and logo as part of the album's title.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
"Sesame Street Park" Muppet Cast

"Sesame Street Park" Muppet Cast

The Muppet cast of "Canadian Sesame Street," later renamed "Sesame Park," included Chaos Kitten (top, left to right), Basil Bear, Louis the Otter, Dodi (lower left) and Katie.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am
"Gentleman's Rule In Concert" PBS TV Concert Special

"Gentleman's Rule In Concert" PBS TV Concert Special

"Gentleman's Rule In Concert" is the first PBS TV concert special for the Chicagoland a capella group.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups on PBS tonight with new TV concerts

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups on PBS tonight with new TV concerts

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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"Under the Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll" PBS Concert TV Special

"Under the Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll" PBS Concert TV Special

"Under the Streetlamp: Let The Good Times Roll" is a new PBS concert TV special airing throughout March 2014 as part of pledge-drive programming.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Tune in Tuesday night for Lakeshore's Holiday TV Auction

OFFBEAT: Tune in Tuesday night for Lakeshore's Holiday TV Auction

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am

JOHN DOHERTY: No denying Frontline's concussion concern

This column was supposed to be a follow-up to last week's regarding mental health issues among collegiate athletes. However, recent events sometimes have a way of taking over one's best laid plans.

October 07, 2013 9:00 pm
OFFBEAT: Julia Child 'Master the Art' cooks up plenty of subplots

OFFBEAT: Julia Child 'Master the Art' cooks up plenty of subplots

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 04, 2013 12:00 am
Julia Child Whipping Up Chocolate Mousse as Photographed by Her Husband Paul Child

Julia Child Whipping Up Chocolate Mousse as Photographed by Her Husband Paul Child

Julia Child, shown whipping up chocolate mousse as photographed by her husband Paul Child for her PBS TV series, is the subject of the Chicago World Premiere stage play "To Master the Art," which debuted in 2010 produced by TimeLine Theatre. 

September 22, 2013 12:00 am
Stirring Up Stage Memories of Julia Child: Broadway in Chicago brings return run of 'To Master the Art' to Broadway Playhouse

Stirring Up Stage Memories of Julia Child: Broadway in Chicago brings return run of 'To Master the Art' to Broadway Playhouse

Actress Karen Janes Woditsch is used to hearing stage directions such as "stand up straighter" and "remember to tower."

September 22, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Concert camaraderie: Under the Streetlamp promises fresh mix of musical fun for second PBS concert taping

Concert camaraderie: Under the Streetlamp promises fresh mix of musical fun for second PBS concert taping

Entertainer Michael Cunio promises audiences a party at every performance of Under the Streetlamp, the skyrocketed foursome of talented young singers introduced as new stage faces just two years ago.

September 05, 2013 11:46 pm Video Photos

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Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

MERRILLVILLE | Just a year after their first PBS taped concert special proved popular with national audiences and generous pledge callers, the musical group Under the Streetlamp was back at Star Plaza Theatre preparing to tape a second PBS concert on Saturday.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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Under the Streetlamp rehearses for new show

Under the Streetlamp rehearses for new show

The Under the Streetlamp crew is in the final stages of rehearsal for its upcoming Sept. 7 taping for a PBS special at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
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