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Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

Star stage treatment: Joan Rivers gets special tribute when Frank Marino's 'Divas' returns to Blue Chip Casino

When comedienne Joan Rivers died last month on Sept. 4 at age 81, Las Vegas entertainer Frank Marino was among the famous invited mourners at her funeral in New York City.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Paul Revere a great entertainer, local stage favorite

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Paul Revere a great entertainer, local stage favorite

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" 2011 - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" 2011 - Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole

The 2011 tribute re-edit of Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole's Platinum selling hit "Over the Rainbow" video.

October 04, 2014 12:00 am
Sheila Leonard with her WGN Broadcaster Husband Roy Leonard

Sheila Leonard with her WGN Broadcaster Husband Roy Leonard

Chicago broadcasting legend Roy Leonard and his beloved wife of 58 years, Sheila, who died at 85 in 2012, are seen attending a 2010 event for the National Radio Hall of Fame.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Village hopes to pay tribute to local player on Jackie Robinson champs

LYNWOOD | Village President Gene Williams said Tuesday he hopes to pay a proper tribute to the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team of Chicago that represented Illinois and ultimately, the United States in the recently-completed Little League World Series.

August 26, 2014 11:00 pm
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Legendary Lauren Bacall gone at 89, not forgotten

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Legendary Lauren Bacall gone at 89, not forgotten

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 15, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Passing of Eileen Ford prompts reader's memory of feud

OFFBEAT: Passing of Eileen Ford prompts reader's memory of feud

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 30, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Lansing man remembered as fisherman, poet

Wendell Smith, 96, was born and raised in Chicago, where his family owned South Chicago Auto Wreckers. He worked in the family business for several years and after his parents sold the business, he worked as a truck driver and warehouse worker for auto parts businesses in Chicago. In later y…

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
Highland woman lived to help others

Highland woman lived to help others

The friendly warmth of Antoinette Shabaz made new friends feel as if they had known her for 20 years.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
Gary man devoted his life to God

Gary man devoted his life to God

After serving in World War II, Edward J. Stazinski decided to enter the monastery and devote his life to his faith, his cousin said.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
Hammond teacher loved helping others

Hammond teacher loved helping others

Beverly Ann Kotyuk, also known as “Miss Beverly,” loved to help people especially through teaching children, her daughter Kristine Woodke said.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
Part of U.S. 20 renamed for Rudy Clay

Part of U.S. 20 renamed for Rudy Clay

GARY | The city of Gary paused for an hour of celebration Friday during a week plagued with violent deaths to honor the memory of the the city's greatest cheerleader, the late Mayor Rudy Clay.

July 11, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Film doc this month honors Region theater Reinharts

OFFBEAT: Film doc this month honors Region theater Reinharts

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am
Mr. and Mrs. Reinhart in 1965

Mr. and Mrs. Reinhart in 1965

Margilee and Jerauld Reinhart, the founders of Ross Summer Music Theatre, are shown in 1965 reviewing musical scores for a planned production.

July 11, 2014 12:00 am
M'ville man valued family over all else

M'ville man valued family over all else

Andy Schulatz was a kind-hearted, loving man who valued his family and friends above all else, said his wife, Jessica Schulatz.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am
Gary doctor was champion for civil rights

Gary doctor was champion for civil rights

Dr. Herschel Bornstein was a champion for civil rights and the Jewish community as well as an early supporter of the environment, said his daughter, Becky Lipton.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Cartoon voice legend Casey Kasem had NWI friend

OFFBEAT: Cartoon voice legend Casey Kasem had NWI friend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am
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