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Fon-Don't: It's More than Bread and Cheese, Guys

Fon-Don't: It's More than Bread and Cheese, Guys

Real men eat fondue. At least they should. It’s a recipe for romance.

February 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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THE SURREAL THING: 60 Masterpieces bridging two art styles

THE SURREAL THING: 60 Masterpieces bridging two art styles

This lady in red ain’t sexy. She’s scared stiff. Her troubled blue eyes dart sideways as trench-coated men loom behind her in a chilly, subterranean subway. Her right hand curves protectively around her belly.

November 17, 2012 12:06 pm Photos

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Family Christian Center threatened with foreclosure

Family Christian Center threatened with foreclosure

MUNSTER | The Family Christian Center, the state's largest mega-church and one of the 20 largest in the U.S., is facing foreclosure, with Pastor Steve Munsey telling congregants Wednesday night the church owes $750,000 in back payments on its sprawling worship center.

August 12, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Mavis Staples: The lady sings the blues

Mavis Staples: The lady sings the blues

If the blues were a woman, Grammy winner Mavis Staples would have her number.

May 11, 2012 12:00 am
'Motherhood The Musical' celebrates the perils and blessings of parenthood

'Motherhood The Musical' celebrates the perils and blessings of parenthood

'Motherhood the Musical,' a 90-minute ode to maternal instincts has toddled into the Royal George Theatre through May 20.

April 16, 2012 9:00 am
Cool patients cast off white plaster casts for funky hues

Cool patients cast off white plaster casts for funky hues

Val Vickroy broke her arm in the third grade (cheerleading mishap) and her ankle in sixth grade (soccer). She landed back in the E.R. for a fractured hand during her senior year of high school (she tripped while skipping).

April 16, 2012 12:00 am
'Motherhood The Musical' celebrates perils and blessings of parenthood

'Motherhood The Musical' celebrates perils and blessings of parenthood

Motherhood, arguably the world's oldest profession, is forever young. Every newborn restarts the cycle of love, fatigue and burp cloths.

April 13, 2012 12:00 am
Robert Rauschenberg: Razzmatazz in Grand Rapids

Robert Rauschenberg: Razzmatazz in Grand Rapids

The Texan-born artist whirled through media, mowing down traditions and leaving critics in the dust the second half of the 20th century. He was unstoppable, a blur of frenzied creativity chronicling American culture for 60 years.

March 20, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Robert Rauschenberg: Razzmatazz in Grand Rapids

Robert Rauschenberg: Razzmatazz in Grand Rapids

If artists were Looney Tunes, Robert Rauschenberg was the Tazmanian Devil.

March 18, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes fashionista turn

Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes fashionista turn

As the "Hort Couture" theme suggests, the 10-day petal-rama, running through March 18 at Navy Pier, reflects the inspiration of fashion on gardening.

March 14, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes fashionista turn

Chicago Flower & Garden Show takes fashionista turn

Mother Nature sashays down the runway at the 18th Chicago Flower and Garden Show. As the "Hort Couture" theme suggests, the 10-day petal-rama, previewing Friday and based through March 18 at Navy Pier, reflects the inspiration of fashion on gardening.

March 07, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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A new exhibit at MCA explores the polarizing '80s

A new exhibit at MCA explores the polarizing '80s

Life was a pop-culture playground in the '80s, with up-and-coming artists seesawing between fluffy froth and grim realities, an imbalance evidenced by a new exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.

February 07, 2012 9:00 am Photos

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New exhibit at MCA explores polarizing ’80s

New exhibit at MCA explores polarizing ’80s

Like, the 1980s were totally awesome. We wanted our MTV. We tuned into "Three's Company" and "Diff'rent Strokes" and forked over $3 to see "Porky's" at the movies.

February 04, 2012 7:00 pm Photos

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Bug-studded menus: One diner's yuck is another's yum

Bug-studded menus: One diner's yuck is another's yum

The new culinary buzzword: Bugs.

January 26, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Mother-daughter duo bring domestic caviar to the masses

Mother-daughter duo bring domestic caviar to the masses

The Caviar Queen of the Great Lakes does not stand on ceremony. Just side by side with burly fish-cutters with long sharp knives.

January 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Chocolate-themed spa treatments seduce body and soul

Chocolate-themed spa treatments seduce body and soul

The luxurious decadence of chocolate spa treatments is a draw, an indulgence reinforced by scent. The fudgy fragrance of chocolate triggers a shift in emotions.

December 15, 2011 10:00 am
Chocolate-themed spa treatments seduce body and soul

Chocolate-themed spa treatments seduce body and soul

One of Chicago's swankiest spas goes chocolate for Valentine's Day.

December 15, 2011 12:00 am
Women go to bat with extreme lashes

Women go to bat with extreme lashes

Lillian Evans has the walk of a queen and the eyes of Hollywood royalty.

December 15, 2011 12:00 am
Peter Billingsley targets 'Christmas Story' for Broadway

Peter Billingsley targets 'Christmas Story' for Broadway

After ducking "Christmas Story"-related projects for more than 25 years, Billingsley is embracing his signature role as Jean Shepherd's youthful alter ego. The original Ralphie is serving as producer of "A Christmas Story, The Musical!"

December 13, 2011 8:00 am Photos

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Peter Billingsley targets 'Christmas Story' for Broadway

Peter Billingsley targets 'Christmas Story' for Broadway

He still has those baby blues. Take that, you'll-shoot-your-eye-out worrywarts. Don't get Peter Billingsley, aka Ralphie in "A Christmas Story," started on his peepers. The former child star, 40, admits his eyesight is so bad he'd miss a target the size of Higbee's.

December 13, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Ogden Dunes native pens book about Chicago Cubs

Ogden Dunes native pens book about Chicago Cubs

Ogden Dunes native Carson Cunningham goes to bat for the Cubbies in his new book. Which may rile his mom.

November 27, 2011 12:00 am
The big chill: Surviving the not-so-great indoors

The big chill: Surviving the not-so-great indoors

Jennifer Trainer Thompson's no stranger to cabin fever. As a girl, she weathered frigid winters in Indianapolis. As an adult, she braces for record snowfalls in the mountains of western Massachusetts. "I regularly shovel twelve inches of snow off my roof at least twice a year," says the New …

November 26, 2011 12:00 am
Cater to snowbirds, and they will come

Cater to snowbirds, and they will come

Food is the top priority for snowbirds, bird-watchers say. Feed them and non-migrating species will flock, adding a welcome splash of color and chirps to your yard.

November 22, 2011 1:00 pm Photos

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Cater to snowbirds, and they will come

Cater to snowbirds, and they will come

Food is the top priority for snowbirds, bird-watchers say. Feed them and non-migrating species will flock, adding a welcome splash of color and chirps to your yard.

November 16, 2011 4:45 pm Photos

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The great pumpkin rises again

The great pumpkin rises again

Sugar pumpkins are ripe with potential. Turn them into delicious entrees, pastas and desserts now through Christmas.

November 02, 2011 12:00 am
Chicago actor steps into Shepherd's shoes, past in 'Christmas Story' musical

Chicago actor steps into Shepherd's shoes, past in 'Christmas Story' musical

The scene is Christmas Eve in the mid-1970s. A solitary disc jockey at WOR radio in New York draws late-night fans into the dear, distant past. Growing up in Indiana in the 1940s, his entire kid-year hinged on glorious, beautiful Christmas ....

October 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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LaPorte barbershop goes back in time

LaPorte barbershop goes back in time

Adam Wilson bowed his 1920s-inspired barbershop in May in downtown LaPorte. Now manly men--geezers to young bucks--line up for hot-towel shaves and razor cuts.

September 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Buddy act: Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari get familiar with West Michigan

Buddy act: Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari get familiar with West Michigan

Drop a low-key Oscar nominee and a fast-talking comic in West Michigan. Stuff them in a rusty Mustang. Expose to petty thugs, a bomb and a flamethrower.

September 16, 2011 12:00 am
Man Up in the Post-Millennium

Man Up in the Post-Millennium

Vanity, thy name was male from 1995 to 2005.

September 14, 2011 12:00 am
NWICA not one to blow its own horn (but should)

NWICA not one to blow its own horn (but should)

Members of the Northwest Indiana Concert Association boast a track record that would turn entertainment giant Live Nation pea-green.

September 09, 2011 12:00 am
Chicago Jazz Festival headliner Orbert Davis trumpets the cause

Chicago Jazz Festival headliner Orbert Davis trumpets the cause

Name a working jazz or R&B great. Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis has jammed or recorded with them: Kurt Elling, Gladys Knight, Ramsey Lewis, Wynton Marsalis, T.S. Monk, The Temptations, Grover Washington Jr., Ernie Watts.

August 28, 2011 12:00 am
Landscape architects angle for respect

Landscape architects angle for respect

In space, comes grace. The old Scottish proverb holds true for landscape architects, who design and plan outdoor spaces for private or public use. But the concept is sometimes a little hard for the average person to grasp.

August 25, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Serious Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg not clowning around

Serious Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg not clowning around

Classic mom line when kids complain they're bored: "Sorry, I sent my clown suit to the cleaners."

August 12, 2011 12:00 am
Photographer Marc Hauser in spotlight in annual South Shore exhibit

Photographer Marc Hauser in spotlight in annual South Shore exhibit

He's burly, bearded and radiates larger–than–life gusto.

August 05, 2011 12:00 am
Bug-busting bats are needlessly maligned

Bug-busting bats are needlessly maligned

Chuck Roth has gone to bat for bats for 20 years. He regards the mouse-sized flying mammals as free pest exterminators.

July 21, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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NWICA not one to blow its own horn (but should)

NWICA not one to blow its own horn (but should)

Talk about small-scale concert promoters.

July 10, 2011 2:15 am
LaPorte native compiles scores for big-name fireworks displays

LaPorte native compiles scores for big-name fireworks displays

Jonathan Gesse's music blows you away. Not that the LaPorte native earns royalties. He's the soundtrack producer at Melrose Pyrotechnics in Kingsbury, Ind., one of the nation's top fireworks firms. The low-key Gesse, 32, compiles those ear-popping scores for eye-popping sky shows at Taste of…

July 01, 2011 8:00 pm Photos

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Easel does it: Art auction to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana

Easel does it: Art auction to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana

Picture this: An art gallery popping up overnight, a showcase of paintings, photos, sculptures, pottery and objets d'art.

June 26, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Chefs go to bat for charity during Crosstown Classic

Chefs go to bat for charity during Crosstown Classic

The Crosstown Classic is a rite of summer. As the Sox and Cubs square off at home, their major-league rivalry explodes likes Bill Veeck's scoreboard.

June 22, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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He Likes That Boom Boom Pow

He Likes That Boom Boom Pow

Jonathan Gesse's music blows you away.

June 20, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Parrotheads to flock to Navy Pier

Parrotheads to flock to Navy Pier

Chicago's No. 1 tourist attraction is ready to welcome the ultimate tourist-trap restaurant.

June 17, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Gary lands new movie on fight card

GARY | The city of Gary is going another round in the movie biz.

June 14, 2011 12:00 am
Bone up on pet first aid

Bone up on pet first aid

When Roxy overeats, she goes whole hog.

June 11, 2011 12:00 am
CHICAGO SCENE: Local bands dominated Bluesfest lineup

CHICAGO SCENE: Local bands dominated Bluesfest lineup

The 28th Chicago Blues Festival opens today and runs through Sunday in Grant Park. The four stages are extra-light on headliners (Lonnie Brooks, Shemekia Copeland) and heavy on local faves (guitarist Carl Weathersby, boogie-woogie mama Katherine Davis, harp master Billy Branch). Factor in ta…

June 10, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Holy cow! Belly up to these gut-busting specialties

Holy cow! Belly up to these gut-busting specialties

A slab of steak. A killer cheeseburger. Chicken wings that sting the lips and numb the tongue. Nothing separates a cast-iron gut from a frail tum-tum like a food challenge.

June 07, 2011 9:00 pm Photos

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Alligator Records spinning -- not singing -- the blues at 40

Alligator Records spinning -- not singing -- the blues at 40

Back in 1971, a Delmark Records shipping clerk asked his boss to sign his favorite act, Hound Dog Taylor. When Bob Koester declined, the upstart struck out on his own.

June 05, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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CHICAGO SCENE: O, my! Relive Oprah's farewell

CHICAGO SCENE: O, my! Relive Oprah's farewell

If you missed Oprah's teary May 25 finale, the talk-show queen has posted the entire transcript of the last "Oprah Winfrey Show" online at her website ( http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/The-Oprah-Winfrey-Show-Finale_1/1).

June 03, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Deploy 'good' insects for garden pest control

Deploy 'good' insects for garden pest control

Unleash Mother Nature's little helpers on your garden for natural pest control. Good-guy insects gobble bad-guy bugs like popcorn while others pollinate like pros.

June 02, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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CHICAGO SCENE: 'Christmas Story' musical comes to Chicago

CHICAGO SCENE: 'Christmas Story' musical comes to Chicago

The pink bunny suit. The triple-dog-dare. A boy's dream of a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.

May 27, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Sweeten bill of fare to woo hummingbirds

Sweeten bill of fare to woo hummingbirds

A flash of scarlet, a blur of vibrating wings, a quick dart at a trumpet vine. The region's tiniest tourists are back for the season. Despite the wet spring, the first ruby-throated hummingbirds arrived on schedule May 6 in the Calumet area, avian expert Kenneth Brock said.

May 25, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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