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Jessi Virtusio has been the SouthtownStar’s arts and entertainment editor since November 2007, when the Daily Southtown and Star Newspapers merged.

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  • FYI on FMBA: Bruno Mars in Tinley Park

    Bruno Mars’ The Final Tour with Aloe Blacc is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos featuring the musical artists on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

  • FYI on FMBA: Motley Crue in Tinley Park

    The Final Tour featuring Motley Crue with Alice Cooper is set for August in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos featuring the musical artists on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    Elaborating on Entertainment: A conversation with T.L. Williams

    Richton Park resident T.L. Williams will release a hard-copy version of “Life in Your Mid 20’s,” his debut album, in March. Find out more on Elaborating on Entertainment at blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment.

    Williams headlines Smooth Jazz Showcase in Park Forest

    “Just enjoy the moments of your life. You only got one chance to get it right.” This is a line from T.L. Williams’ song “Days of Our Lives,” but it’s also how he lives his life. The song is one of 12 on his debut …

    FYI on FMBA: 2014 Country Megaticket in Tinley

    The 2014 Country Megaticket, which goes on sale Jan. 24, features tickets to six country concerts at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park. Find out more on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    FYI on FMBA: 2014 season in Tinley Park

    Several concerts are already booked at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park for the 2014 season. Find out more on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    FYI on FMBA: Warped Tour in Tinley Park

    Vans Warped Tour ’14 including the Color Morale from Rockford, Ill., and the Devil Wears Prada with Mike Hranica from Chicago, is booked for July in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos featuring some of the performers on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    FYI on FMBA: Journey, Steve Miller Band in Tinley

    A tour featuring Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power is set for July in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos featuring the musical artists on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    FYI on FMBA: Fall Out Boy and Paramore in Tinley Park

    Monumentour featuring Fall Out Boy from Wilmette, Ill.; Paramore and New Politics is coming to Tinley Park in July. Find out more and watch videos by the performers on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

    Follow @JessiVirtusio on Twitter

    Are you looking for daily suggestions of what to do in the Southland? Then follow @JessiVirtusio on Twitter. Jessi Virtusio, the SouthtownStar’s arts and entertainment editor, tweets links to the Get Up and Go! feature, which runs Mondays-Fridays. She also shares links to the Weekend …

    Southland holiday homes for 2013

    Our annual look at holiday homes includes Southland displays in Bridgeview, Burbank, Hickory Hills, Oak Lawn, Orland Hills and Tinley Park.

    Soumm makes Chicago debut with Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra

    A little something extra is what Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra executive director Andrew Bradford promises for Nov. 16’s Austrian Classics with an American Twist in Frankfort. “It’s more than just a concert. We’re trying to create an experience,” he said. Not only will the event feature …

    Chicago debut of Lemon Andersen’s ‘County of Kings’

    Working on the 2009 movie “The Soloist” is what brought performance artist Lemon Andersen (credited as Lemon Anderson in that film) and Harvey-born actor Nelsan Ellis together. Years later, that connection prompted Thornridge High School alum Ellis to make the call to bring the Chicago …

    Governors State University stages ‘A ... My Name is Alice’

    When it comes to learning about theater and performance, Governors State University has stepped up its game. The University Park learning institution is reviving its Theatre and Performance Studies program. “Our major isn’t up and running yet. We have the paperwork for hopefully a fall …

    Halloween homes in the Southland 2013

    With Halloween on the way, some Southlanders have gone all out in decorating their homes for the holiday. Here is a look at some spots to check out in the region.

    ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ opens Beverly Theatre Guild’s season

    When it comes to Beverly Theatre Guild’s 2013-14 season, the members are living the title of a famous Monty Python song: “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” That’s because the troupe, which is billed as the longest-running community theater company in Chicago, is …

    Drama Group kicks off season with ‘9 to 5’

    When it comes to community theater, the Southland is blessed with a number of hardworking troupes. The Drama Group has been bringing Broadway to the south suburbs since 1931. The troupe launches its 2013-14 season with “9 to 5” from Oct. 11-20 in Chicago Heights. …