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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: 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
FROM the FARM: Tune in NBC Sunday for peppermint TV segment

FROM the FARM: Tune in NBC Sunday for peppermint TV segment

Our family is thankful for how quickly my dad has been on the mend after his total knee replacement surgery last week.

December 18, 2013 12:00 am
Liam Dahlborn as Hermey the Elf, Michael Accardo as Yukon Cornelius, and Armando Carlo IV as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Liam Dahlborn as Hermey the Elf, Michael Accardo as Yukon Cornelius, and Armando Carlo IV as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Liam Dahlborn as Hermey the Elf, Michael Accardo as Yukon Cornelius, and Armando Carlo IV as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer star in the new stage version homage to the 1964 holiday TV special, now playing in Chicago until Jan. 5, 2014.

December 05, 2013 12:00 am
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 prepares for second PBS concert taping

Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

The singing group Under the Streetlamp, made up of former cast members from Broadway's "Jersey Boys," rehearse at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville to prepare for Saturday's PBS concert taping before a live audience.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Broadway choreographer Caitlin Carter advises Shonn Wiley, while Michael Cunio, left, and Michael Ingersoll await her direction as the singing group Under the Streetlamp rehearses for a PBS TV concert at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Michael Ingersoll, left, Shonn Wiley, Michael Cunio and Christopher Kale Jones of Under the Streetlamp rehearse at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville for Saturday's PBS TV concert taping before a live audience.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Under the Streetlamp prepares for second PBS concert taping

Michael Ingersoll, from left, Christopher Kale Jones, Shonn Wiley and Michael Cunio from the singing group Under the Streetlamp, rehearse at the Star Plaza Theater for their upcoming second PBS concert special to air in March.

September 03, 2013 12:00 am
Hermey the Elf and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the 1964 TV Special

Hermey the Elf and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the 1964 TV Special

Hermey the Elf and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are the puppet animation stars from from the 1964 TV special created by Rankin/Bass, which is the inspiration for a stage version coming to Chicago in December 2013 presented by Broadway in Chicago.

July 27, 2013 12:00 am
Rikki Tikki Tavi and Nag the Cobra in 1975 TV Special "Rikki Tikki Tavi"

Rikki Tikki Tavi and Nag the Cobra in 1975 TV Special "Rikki Tikki Tavi"

In the 1975 TV animated special by Chuck Jones called "Rikki Tikki Tavi," based on the short story in "The Jungle Book" written in 1894 by Rudyard Kipling, the title character is a young mongoose who does battle with a pair of cobras in a family's garden in India.

July 01, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new special

OFFBEAT: PBS Lakeshore TV celebrating 25, 'Streetlamp' ready for new special

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 12, 2013 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Dick Clark honored with 2-hour NYE tribute tonight

OFFBEAT: Dick Clark honored with 2-hour NYE tribute tonight

Dick Clark, who died in April 2012, began hosting ABC's annual New Year's Eve TV specials in 1977.

December 31, 2012 12:00 am
Andy Griffith as Himself Narrating the 1976 Animated Christmas TV Special "Frosty The Snowman's Winter Wonderland"

Andy Griffith as Himself Narrating the 1976 Animated Christmas TV Special "Frosty The Snowman's Winter Wonderland"

Andy Griffith lent his voice to his animated likeness for a 1976 holiday TV special, 'Frosty the Snowman's Winter Wonderland.'

July 04, 2012 12:00 am
Actor James Broderick and the "Original" Leg Lamp from PBS's "Phantom of the Open Hearth"

Actor James Broderick and the "Original" Leg Lamp from PBS's "Phantom of the Open Hearth"

Actor James Broderick plays Mr. Parker and David Elliott (right) is Ralphie in the 1976 PBS movie 'The Phantom of the Open Hearth,' based on Shepherd's story of his father's prized Leg Lamp.

December 14, 2011 12:00 am
Kid Picks with Philip Potempa

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa

Our weekly round-up of new children's media.

November 24, 2010 12:00 am Photos

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