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Just hours before kicking off his world tour, Garth Brooks is ready for ‘game day’

Country superstar Garth Brooks holds court with the media today in Rosemont during a press conference just hours before he was to kick off his hugely anticipated world tour at the Allstate Arena.

Garfunkel and Oates deck sow their wildest musical oats on TV, stage

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The musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates, comprised of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, have perfected the art of sweet and sour — of delivering biting, funny and frequently profane truths via cute and heartwarming melodies such as “Sex with Ducks” and “Pregnant Women Are …

‘Funny &  fearless’

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Joan Rivers, the pioneering queen of comedy who overcame tragedy and disappointment to transform herself in late life into a comic scourge of the red carpet, died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She was 81. She had been rushed there after she …

Rivers spent her early comedy years in Chicago

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Before Joan Rivers achieved fame and fortune as a stand-up comic, she spent some of her formative comedy days in Chicago in the 1960s. Her Second City stint, which began in 1961 and lasted for less than a year, proved ill-suited to her talents, interests …

Take your pick — It’s not too early to check out nearby apple orchards

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As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A giddy space oddity makes the summer sunnier

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RICHARD ROEPER: The mostly lighthearted comic-book movie boasts whiz-bang action, some laugh-out-loud moments and a wisecracking raccoon you’ll come to care about.

Movie’s no whitewash, producer Jagger promises

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Mick Jagger copped plenty of moves from James Brown, and the similarities don’t end there. “James was definitely one of those guys with super drive and energy,” Jagger, 71, says of the late Godfather of Soul. “He never left the audience bored. He gave his …

‘Get On Up’: As James Brown, Chadwick Boseman makes it funky

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RICHARD ROEPER: The ‘42’ star inhabits the persona of a larger-than-life icon without ever delving into caricature or mere impersonation.

VIEWING HISTORY WITH STYLE

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Beginning Friday, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents recent features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, all “celebrating the stories, images, heritage and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Vintage titles in the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival include …

‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore

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RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain.

Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge

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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.