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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.

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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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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
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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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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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrating 90th anniversary season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 09, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: DJ Deadmau5 vs Disney, while stars flock to Rivers' funeral

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boy' back to headline St. Jude House benefit Friday

OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boy' back to headline St. Jude House benefit Friday

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Baked goods

September 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Drury Lane's 'Game's Afoot' forced fun, yet still entertaining

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Drury Lane's 'Game's Afoot' forced fun, yet still entertaining

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Sept. 4, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for Sept. 4, 2014

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

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Fifth Third Bank, Gwyneth Paltrow event raising money for cancer fight

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Fifth Third Bank, Gwyneth Paltrow event raising money for cancer fight

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am
'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

'Game' Players: Star leads ready for Drury Lane fun with silly stage mystery

Actress Alene Robertson is a true fan of mysteries.

September 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

FROM the FARM: Redenbacher popcorn remains a family favorite

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 03, 2014 2:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Howie Mandel here for one show at Four Winds

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 03, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Comic Jerry Lewis and singer son Gary Lewis share stage

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Comic Jerry Lewis and singer son Gary Lewis share stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Rural life honored Sept. 10 Purdue agriculture dinner at Avalon

OFFBEAT: Rural life honored Sept. 10 Purdue agriculture dinner at Avalon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: 'Big Fish,' 'Golden Pond' on Munster stage for 2015 season

OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: 'Big Fish,' 'Golden Pond' on Munster stage for 2015 season

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

OFFBEAT: Joan Rivers still 'critical but stable'; Brad and Angie hitched

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am Related
OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: Dean White, 91, honored with Courthouse 'Patriot' Party on Sept. 7

OFFBEAT with PHIL Potempa: Dean White, 91, honored with Courthouse 'Patriot' Party on Sept. 7

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am
A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

A lucky color: Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa embraces its hue with fame, fortune and fun

The management and staff at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa are happy to say their entertainment oasis, on the shores of blue and beautiful Lake Michigan in Michigan City, has had a colorful past while betting on blue skies for a sunny future.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: WGN Radio celebrates 90 years as farmer favorite

FROM the FARM: WGN Radio celebrates 90 years as farmer favorite

WLS AM in Chicago launched on April 12, 1924, started and owned by Sears-Roebuck and Company to target the lucrative farming market.

August 27, 2014 2:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Guiding Light' star Kim Zimmer in 'Hello, Dolly!' this week in Michigan

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: 'Guiding Light' star Kim Zimmer in 'Hello, Dolly!' this week in Michigan

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 27, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Andrews Sisters tribute musical revue extends in Chicago

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Andrews Sisters tribute musical revue extends in Chicago

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Glass artist Hopko's leggy work reminds of Paul the Octopus

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Glass artist Hopko's leggy work reminds of Paul the Octopus

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 25, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Return of Oz Fest in 2014 in Chicago 'burbs canceled

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Return of Oz Fest in 2014 in Chicago 'burbs canceled

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Little Orphan Annie visiting Dick Tracy for comics return

OFFBEAT with PHIL POTEMPA: Little Orphan Annie visiting Dick Tracy for comics return

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

August 23, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Perfect peeling

August 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Paging parents

August 23, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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