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Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

Faces of 'Grace' : New Broadway musical tells about origin of famed song of faith

When Broadway actor and singer Josh Young was in Chicago last month to do interviews for the pre-Broadway launch of the new musical "Amazing Grace," he was equally excited about his return to the Windy City as he was about the new stage project.

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Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 2, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Oct. 2, 2014

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

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In the Spotlight: Pooh, pirates and princesses among Theatre for Young Audiences offerings

In the Spotlight: Pooh, pirates and princesses among Theatre for Young Audiences offerings

When Charlie Misovye, coordinator for Theatre at the Center's Theatre For Young Audiences, joined the staff of the Munster venue a decade ago, he realized the importance of offering more programming for youths.

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Aretha dishes with Dave about Ed Sullivan

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Aretha dishes with Dave about Ed Sullivan

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

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Coconut Pineapple Custard Pie

Coconut Pineapple Custard Pie

A perfect balance of tropical favorite flavors nestled in layers of custard, Coconut Pineapple Pie is dessert menu highlight for guests.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Delicious vinegar pie an old-fashioned find

FROM the FARM: Delicious vinegar pie an old-fashioned find

Last weekend's Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday provided a perfect mix of delicate crust and filled-to-the-brim favorite creations.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Old Fashioned Vinegar Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

Old Fashioned Vinegar Pie with Marshmallow Meringue

More than 50 years old, the recipe for Old Fashioned Vinegar Pie with Marshmallow Meringue is a delicious alternative to traditional lemon meringue pie.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Special 95th birthday for bandleader Frank Gentille

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Special 95th birthday for bandleader Frank Gentille

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am
Bandleader Frank Gentille, Holding Drumsticks, Celebrates 95th Birthday as Daughter Barbara Rimkavich Smiles

Bandleader Frank Gentille, Holding Drumsticks, Celebrates 95th Birthday as Daughter Barbara Rimkavich Smiles

Bandleader Frank Gentille, holding drumsticks, celebrated his early 95th birthday in Hobart on Sunday, as his daughter Barbara Rimkavich, left, smiles and greets guests.

October 01, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Native Son' at Court Theatre a compelling stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 30, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Latest 'CATS' includes dog salute musical number

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 29, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Crown Point Tri Kappa 2014 Kitchen Tour fit for a King

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 28, 2014 12:00 am
'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

'Art begets art': Purdue North Central campus a visual beehive

Even before Lisa Tressler was a student at Purdue North Central in Westville, she was always intrigued by the varied display of large and impressive art sculptures along the campus entrances on U.S. 421.

September 27, 2014 9:00 pm Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Beautiful blooms

September 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Big names headline Munster Friends of Theatre luncheon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 27, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Evil Dead' musical spoof cursed by sound demons

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'The Arsonists' smolders on stage at Strawdog

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am
'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

'Evil' stage encounter: Campy Broadway in Chicago musical 'Evil Dead' promises fearful fun

Chicago actress Callie Johnson is used to the scary feeling that happens when performing live before an audience.

September 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Women on the Verge' a funny first for audiences

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am
Strawberry Jello Cheesecake Pie with Pretzel Crust

Strawberry Jello Cheesecake Pie with Pretzel Crust

A Strawberry Jello Cheesecake Pie with Pretzel Crust created by Jozzalyn Lopez of East Chicago, Ind. won the grand prize Saturday, Sept. 20 at the 2014 Pie Contest in Hammond.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am
Open-Faced Chicken Pot Pie with Sage Crust and Cheddar Cheese Garnish

Open-Faced Chicken Pot Pie with Sage Crust and Cheddar Cheese Garnish

Open-Faced Chicken Pot Pie with Sage Crust and Cheddar Cheese Topped Garnish is the recipe by Rada Velligan of East Chicago declared "best savory pie" at Saturday's 2014 Pie Contest in Hammond.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

FROM the FARM: Easy chicken pot pie recipe welcomes fall

Last weekend's Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday provided a perfect mix of delicate crust and filled-to-the-brim favorite creations.

September 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actress shines in world premiere Bette Davis play

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Enduring actress Polly Bergen dead at age 84

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 22, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: You're invited to fall tours of historic Pullman homes in Chicago

OFFBEAT with Phil Potempa: You're invited to fall tours of historic Pullman homes in Chicago

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Seeing red

September 20, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Hammond grad's Tippi tribute is stage return of 'Birds'

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Hammond grad's Tippi tribute is stage return of 'Birds'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 20, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor Yando reigns supreme in 'Lear' at Courtyard Theater

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor Yando reigns supreme in 'Lear' at Courtyard Theater

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 19, 2014 12:05 am
Twisted glad tidings: Rock icon Dee Snider bringing family fun holiday surprises for new Chicago stage run

Twisted glad tidings: Rock icon Dee Snider bringing family fun holiday surprises for new Chicago stage run

Rock star Dee Snider recalls how excited he was when he saw his first big Christmas stage show in New York.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Stage anniversaries abound: Theater 2014-15 season announcements include exciting runs and world premieres in Chicago

Stage anniversaries abound: Theater 2014-15 season announcements include exciting runs and world premieres in Chicago

A blend of both new and classic stage story favorites are the highlights for the launch of new seasons at Chicago's biggest theaters.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Biggest Loser' big names at Saturday's Omni 5K

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Biggest Loser' big names at Saturday's Omni 5K

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am
A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

A big winner: Four Winds New Buffalo celebrating 'lucky' seven-year anniversary

When Four Winds New Buffalo Chief Operating Officer Matt Harkness helped launch the new entertainment destination in New Buffalo, Mich., it was 2006 and a year before the property opened.

September 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla (right) Sports Curlers and Housecoat with her Costumed Friends in 2013

Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla (right) Sports Curlers and Housecoat with her Costumed Friends in 2013

Pie Contest Coordinator Karen Maravilla, right, sports hair curlers and a housecoat with her costumed friends in 2013 at Hammond's Bizarre Bazaar.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Melissa Gilbert signing new 'Little House' cookbook Thursday

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Melissa Gilbert signing new 'Little House' cookbook Thursday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
FROM the FARM: Hammond pie contest 'mint' to be

FROM the FARM: Hammond pie contest 'mint' to be

This Saturday is the Ninth annual Pie Contest at Downtown Hammond's popular Bizarre Bazaar.

September 17, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor's 'Methtacular!' stage journey is a triumph

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Actor's 'Methtacular!' stage journey is a triumph

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 16, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel includes 'Bobby,' comedy highs and lows

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am
Signature "L" Shaped Swimming Pool at Ten Chimneys Estate

Signature "L" Shaped Swimming Pool at Ten Chimneys Estate

A signature L-shaped swimming pool awaited the famed guests who visited Ten Chimneys Estate, the Genesee Depot, Wis., home of Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Sign Welcoming Guests to Ten Chimneys Estate in Genesse Depot, Wis.

Sign Welcoming Guests to Ten Chimneys Estate in Genesse Depot, Wis.

A simple shingle sign welcomes guests to Ten Chimneys Estate, the home of Broadway stars Alfred Lunt and wife Lynn Fontanne, in Genesee Depot, Wis.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Chicago WGN Critic Roy Leonard helped herald NWI stage

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Chicago WGN Critic Roy Leonard helped herald NWI stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Wisconsin's Broadway Landmark: A hidden rural jewel, Ten Chimneys Estate offers glimpse at stage royalty's beloved home.

Wisconsin's Broadway Landmark: A hidden rural jewel, Ten Chimneys Estate offers glimpse at stage royalty's beloved home.

The late stage legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne are still referred to as "the first couple of the theater."

September 14, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Balmoral Park in Crete ready for tonight's 2014 Super Night

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Balmoral Park in Crete ready for tonight's 2014 Super Night

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Kit cuisine

September 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: World premiere Bette Davis play opens tonight in MC

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: World premiere Bette Davis play opens tonight in MC

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 12, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel grateful to Joan Rivers for career push

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 11, 2014 12:00 am
Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Crazy in love: Theatre at the Center's 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown' offers romantic rilings

Editor's note: Actor Bernie Yvon, a talented stage favorite at Theatre at the Center and performance venues throughout Chicagoland, was cast in the role of the narrator for this month's run of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown." On Saturday, Sept. 6, Yvon was killed in a car acciden…

September 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

FROM the FARM: Watermelon pie an easy, unusual recipe

The late Orville Redenbacher happily wore the crown of "Popcorn King," and each year, made a return trek to Valparaiso to participate in the parade and festival created in his honor.

September 10, 2014 2:00 am Photos

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Crust-less Watermelon Pie

Crust-less Watermelon Pie

Crust-less Watermelon Pie, a recipe creation of Evelyn LaHaie of Valparaiso, is "divine," and slices easily served with a garnish of whipped cream topping.

September 10, 2014 2:00 am
Evelyn LaHaie and Recipe for Watermelon Pie

Evelyn LaHaie and Recipe for Watermelon Pie

Evelyn LaHaie of Valparaiso created her recipe for Watermelon Pie as a delicious lighter option to traditional fruit filling pies.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Evan Bayh in Region today as lunch speaker

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Evan Bayh in Region today as lunch speaker

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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