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Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge

It’s been more than 2 1/2 years since “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero has wrestled in Chicago Ridge, but he’ll be back there with Ring of Honor Wrestling on March 8. “Raising the Bar Night 2” marks Hero’s first Southland appearance since leaving ROH for WWE’s …

On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice

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“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer.

Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014

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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the ticket on-sale for Linkin Park’s August concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life

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Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin.

‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie

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You feel worse about ripping some films than others. If it’s exploitative dreck or cynical torture porn or a brainless sequel, you just fire away, grateful for the opportunity to vent and to warn movie-lovers to stay away.

This is not the case with “Son …

Local Buzz for March 7, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville.

Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw

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“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik.

‘Jeopardy’ champ stands up for Chu

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Local “Jeopardy” champ says Arthur Chu is definitely not “an evil genius.”

‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award

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The trophy for Steve McQueen’s brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” marks the first best picture Oscar-winning film directed by a black filmmaker.

FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park

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Jimmy Buffett’s This One’s for You Tour 2014 is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos from the musical artist on FYI on FMBA at blogs.southtownstar.com/fmba.

Hand: No shortage of action in these fun books

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I love “action books” — books that have the reader interact in some way other that just the story. Kids need multi-sensory activities to really draw them in. Yet, the physical nature of a book can make that difficult. The easiest way is with the …

Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014

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Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago.

Craig: ‘Anything Goes’ plus several auditions

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Bob Craig’s arts column includes Memorial Opera House’s “Anything Goes” in Valparaiso and auditions for Crown Point Community Theatre, 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, Genesius Guild in Hammond, Gary Shakespeare Company and Towle Theater in Hammond.

Local Buzz for Feb. 28, 2014

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Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include several gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City.

Frankfort tearoom taps into period teas

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Located in Frankfort’s historic district, the Pickwick Society Tearoom, Gifts & Antiques is an eclectic mix of past and present, of treats and treasures, a place to sit and chat for a spell while you sip the popular ginger peach white tea, enjoy a seasonal …