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OFFBEAT: Midwest premiere of Sam Shepard play is perfect fit

OFFBEAT: Midwest premiere of Sam Shepard play is perfect fit

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

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OFFBEAT: 'The Jungle' plays until Sept. 6 on Chicago stage

OFFBEAT: 'The Jungle' plays until Sept. 6 on Chicago stage

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 28, 2014 12:05 am
OFFBEAT: VeggieTales national premiere of new 'Celery' film in South Holland Aug. 2

OFFBEAT: VeggieTales national premiere of new 'Celery' film in South Holland Aug. 2

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Products for Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Products for Saturday, July 26, 2014

Matthews matters

July 26, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

OFFBEAT: 'Marvelous Marvelettes' a striking stage story

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Chicago Shakespeare's 'Seussical' magical and imaginative stage find

OFFBEAT: Chicago Shakespeare's 'Seussical' magical and imaginative stage find

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 25, 2014 12:00 am
Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Searching the 'Web:' Lessons and laughter intertwine in Emerald City's new production of 'Charlotte's Web'

Actress Tosha Fowler, who has lived in Chicago for eight years, but still has a hint of an accent from her Savannah, Ga. family roots, was considered for a couple roles in the new stage production of "Charlotte's Web" produced by Broadway In Chicago and Emerald City Theatre.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Emerald City's 'Charlotte's Web' heartwarming and humorous

OFFBEAT: Emerald City's 'Charlotte's Web' heartwarming and humorous

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 24, 2014 12:00 am
Winners of the 2014 Shortbread Contest at Chicago Scots' Games and Festival

Winners of the 2014 Shortbread Contest at Chicago Scots' Games and Festival

The winners of the 2014 Shortbread Contest at last month's Chicago Scots' Games and Festival in Itasca include Bill McClung's traditional recipe (left) and John North's toffee-flavored bar variation.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
FROM THE FARM: Scottish Fest Shortbread contest boasts winners

FROM THE FARM: Scottish Fest Shortbread contest boasts winners

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Dillinger death anniversary includes Hollywood ties

OFFBEAT: Dillinger death anniversary includes Hollywood ties

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am Video
OFFBEAT: Famine and family Scottish stage themes of Griffin's 'Men Should Weep'

OFFBEAT: Famine and family Scottish stage themes of Griffin's 'Men Should Weep'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 21, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Family's film son explains making of Reinhart documentary

OFFBEAT: Family's film son explains making of Reinhart documentary

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
New Products for Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Products for Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cool comfort

July 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Blue Gate unveils 'Josiah' for Amish world stage premiere

OFFBEAT: Blue Gate unveils 'Josiah' for Amish world stage premiere

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 19, 2014 12:00 am
Stage Right: Theatre at the Center in Munster celebrating 25th Anniversary with world premiere work

Stage Right: Theatre at the Center in Munster celebrating 25th Anniversary with world premiere work

When planning each annual season of selected stage productions for audiences at Theatre at the Center in Munster, General Manager Richard Friedman and Artistic Director William "Bill" Pullinsi have an agreed-upon checklist.

July 18, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Teflon-tough Elaine Stritch dead at age 89

OFFBEAT: Teflon-tough Elaine Stritch dead at age 89

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 18, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Steppenwolf's 'Qualms' naughty fun and thoughtfully entertaining

OFFBEAT: Steppenwolf's 'Qualms' naughty fun and thoughtfully entertaining

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am
Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Stage storybooks: CST's 'Seussical' brings favorite Dr. Seuss characters to Navy Pier for summer fun

Actor George Andrew Wolff, along with so many reading generations, realized long ago that the stories and characters dreamed-up by Dr. Seuss share very important lessons wrapped in whimsical illustrations and whirlwind rhymes.

July 16, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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An Amish change of path: Columnist Lovina Eicher launching new weekly feature

An Amish change of path: Columnist Lovina Eicher launching new weekly feature

"The Amish Cook" column, the popular syndicated feature that appears on Wednesdays in The Times' food section, is changing after more than two decades of recipes and advice.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Happy 85th Birthday Dad!

FROM the FARM: Happy 85th Birthday Dad!

While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader gets chair back, fans get Garth and Trisha tour

OFFBEAT: Reader gets chair back, fans get Garth and Trisha tour

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Beverly Hillbillies' filled with funny stage charm and a few quirks

OFFBEAT: 'Beverly Hillbillies' filled with funny stage charm and a few quirks

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 15, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Sondheim musical about presidential 'Assassins' selling out

OFFBEAT: Sondheim musical about presidential 'Assassins' selling out

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Trouble Notes, with local name, performing here in September

OFFBEAT: Trouble Notes, with local name, performing here in September

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
Baked in Family Tradition: Henze grandson back in bakery biz with purchase of Chuck's Bakery

Baked in Family Tradition: Henze grandson back in bakery biz with purchase of Chuck's Bakery

Heinz Henze Jr. said he's dough-kneading, powdered sugar-sifting proof that baking is a family trade art form.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Products for Saturday, July 12, 2014

New Products for Saturday, July 12, 2014

Flavor favorites

July 12, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Miller's remembered as last of family department stores

OFFBEAT: Miller's remembered as last of family department stores

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am
Memories of Miller's: Recent store site renovation inspires Sunday celebration of shared memories

Memories of Miller's: Recent store site renovation inspires Sunday celebration of shared memories

VALPARAISO | Roy Krizek of Beverly Shores can still recall his favorite potato salad recipe sold in the glass deli case at Miller's grocery store in Valparaiso.

July 12, 2014 12:00 am
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
OFFBEAT: 'Petticoat' TV star attending 'Beverly Hillbillies' Munster premiere

OFFBEAT: 'Petticoat' TV star attending 'Beverly Hillbillies' Munster premiere

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am
From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

From 'the sticks' to the stage: 'Beverly Hillbillies, The Musical' opens tonight in Munster

Actor John Stemberg never realized how important rope could be to the functioning fashion of a wardrobe.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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FROM the FARM: Tiramisu dessert tribute takes top honor at Taste of Care

FROM the FARM: Tiramisu dessert tribute takes top honor at Taste of Care

While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
Chef Justin Frederick's Tiramisu Dessert

Chef Justin Frederick's Tiramisu Dessert

Chef Justin Frederick's Tiramisu Dessert is a favorite sweet finale menu highlight for the residents at Rittenhouse Senior Living in Portage.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Reader's chair quest reminds of 'The War of the Roses'

OFFBEAT: Reader's chair quest reminds of 'The War of the Roses'

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 08, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Fans fascinated by both Doris Day and her age

OFFBEAT: Fans fascinated by both Doris Day and her age

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 07, 2014 12:00 am Video
Taste of Care Social

Taste of Care Social

Last October, I helped Prompt Ambulance Service and Elder Communities along with a hosting group of other local businesses who sponsored Lake County Taste of Care 2013.

July 06, 2014 3:26 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Miller Bride and Groom plan eco-friendly wedding celebration

OFFBEAT: Miller Bride and Groom plan eco-friendly wedding celebration

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
Peggy Potempa and Farm Collie Laddy with Family's 1969 Oldsmobile 85 Cutlass

Peggy Potempa and Farm Collie Laddy with Family's 1969 Oldsmobile 85 Cutlass

Peggy Potempa, mother of Times Columnist Philip Potempa, is shown at the family farm in August 2000 with her collie Laddy and her mother's 1969 Oldsmobile 85 Cutlass.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am
How to drive your vehicle for 300,000 miles

How to drive your vehicle for 300,000 miles

Numbers always have significance.

July 05, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Odometer of Times Columnist Philip Potempa's 2006 Buick Rendezvous Turning Up 300,000 Miles

Odometer of Times Columnist Philip Potempa's 2006 Buick Rendezvous Turning Up 300,000 Miles

At 9 p.m. on Friday the 13th, Dec. 13, 2013, Times Columnist Philip Potempa used the camera on his cell phone to capture a photo of the odometer of his 2006 Buick Rendezvous turning up 300,000 miles.

July 05, 2014 8:00 pm
Mechanic Jim Prater of Skip's Repair Shop Working Under the Hood of Phil Potempa's 2006 Buick Rendezvous

Mechanic Jim Prater of Skip's Repair Shop Working Under the Hood of Phil Potempa's 2006 Buick Rendezvous

Mechanic Jim Prater, of Skip's Repair Shop in North Judson, works under the hood of Times Columnist Philip Potempa's 2006 Buick Rendezvous last month to tune up the car's air conditioning system.

July 05, 2014 7:00 pm
New Products for Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Products for Saturday, July 5, 2014

Patriotic peeps

July 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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OFFBEAT: Final week for Cerda's fun stage broads behind bars, with special guest

OFFBEAT: Final week for Cerda's fun stage broads behind bars, with special guest

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 05, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Readers ask about final famous names for 'Batman' villains

OFFBEAT: Readers ask about final famous names for 'Batman' villains

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

July 04, 2014 12:00 am
Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for July 3, 2014

Kid Picks with Philip Potempa for July 3, 2014

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

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Struck by Lighting: Purdue professor sheds light on stage career and new show at First Folio

Michael McNamara ranks lighting as his favorite "character" in a stage production.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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