southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ ‘Amazing Grace’ stage musical the biography of the iconic song and its composer ]]> Lead story image

This is the story of how Christopher Smith, a self-taught writer-composer-lyricist who has spent much of his career working as a police officer and Youth Outreach and Education Director in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was not only driven to write a grand-scale musical, but is now watching as it makes its way to Broadway. Call it beginner’s luck, or the stuff of storybook legend. Either way, it is a rare phenomenon, and you really have to ask: How did it all happen? The show in question is “Amazing Grace,” which opens Oct.19 in its pre-Broadway tryout at Chicago’s Bank of America … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:16:21 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/30452213-421/amazing-grace-stage-musical-the-biography-of-the-iconic-song-and-its-composer.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/30452213-421/amazing-grace-stage-musical-the-biography-of-the-iconic-song-and-its-composer.html <![CDATA[ PUSH Physical Theatre to perform at MVCC ]]> Lead story image

It’s billed as a cross between fine art sculpture and “The Matrix.” PUSH Physical Theatre will express the power of the human body in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, according to a press release about the event. The performance will be held in the Fine and Performing Arts Center’s Dorothy Menker Theater, 9000 W. College Parkway. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for students and senior citizens. The theater of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment, the release … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:43:20 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29984085-421/push-physical-theatre-to-perform-at-mvcc.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29984085-421/push-physical-theatre-to-perform-at-mvcc.html <![CDATA[ Talking Heads tribute band to play its final Beverly Arts Center show ]]>

This Must be the Band, a Chicago-based Talking Heads tribute band, will play at the Beverly Arts Center for the final time on Oct. 3, according to a press release from the center. The band is on its farewell tour after seven years, the release said, and one of its stops will be the 400-seat theatre at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. This Must be the Band has a national following and is known for its high-energy shows, the release said. Lead singer Charlie Otto, dubbed the “illegitimate son of David Byrne,” posted some thoughts about … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:22:55 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/30040045-421/talking-heads-tribute-band-to-play-its-final-beverly-arts-center-show.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/30040045-421/talking-heads-tribute-band-to-play-its-final-beverly-arts-center-show.html <![CDATA[ Mike Birbiglia is busier than ever, with a comedy tour, film work and a gig on ‘Orange is the New Black’ ]]> Lead story image

Comic and actor Mike Birbiglia is well known to millions for his essays on the Ira Glass-helmed public radio program “ This American Life .” But Birbiglia was a rising star on the standup circuit even before he began contributing to “TAL” several years ago. Nowadays, with countless live shows under his belt (including a triumphant gig at Carnegie Hall in 2013), film work (including his own flick “Sleepwalk with Me,” written with Glass) and an upcoming TV role on Netflix’s hit “Orange is the New Black,” he’s bigger than ever. Here’s what he had to say during a recent … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:32:15 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29931845-421/mike-birbiglia-is-busier-than-ever-with-a-comedy-tour-film-work-and-a-gig.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29931845-421/mike-birbiglia-is-busier-than-ever-with-a-comedy-tour-film-work-and-a-gig.html <![CDATA[ Newly formed GSU chorale announces season ]]>

The 130-voice Governors State University Concert Chorale, directed by Albert M. Jackson, has announced its 2014-15 season performances, according to a press release from the university. The group, which previously operated for 16 seasons as the South Suburban Chorale, recently moved to GSU in University Park and changed its name, according to the release. “We are very glad and excited to be at GSU,” Jackson said in the release. “We look forward to continuing and expanding our musical activities through the university and want to reach out to the entire Chicago Southland area with our singing.” The chorale has performed … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:53:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29811329-421/newly-formed-gsu-chorale-announces-season.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29811329-421/newly-formed-gsu-chorale-announces-season.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Roosevelts’ latest PBS mega-doc from Ken Burns ]]> Lead story image

Acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns’ latest subject is an in-depth, seven-part, 14-hour documentary that takes the audience on a journey — intersecting the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the three most important and influential members of a family that has played such a key role in the political life of America since the turn of the last century. “The Roosevelts” will debut on PBS stations nationwide Sept. 14-20, and “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Sept. 16. Q. What was the genesis of this project for you? A. My collaborator of many years, … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:39:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29785383-421/the-roosevelts-latest-pbs-mega-doc-from-ken-burns.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29785383-421/the-roosevelts-latest-pbs-mega-doc-from-ken-burns.html <![CDATA[ ‘Funny &  fearless’ ]]> Lead story image

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 stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal cords at an endoscopy clinic on Aug. 28. Ms. Rivers had been unconscious and on life support, in critical but stable condition, for a week. Her popular E! Network show, “Fashion Police,” announced it would be on hiatus while she was ill, even during Fashion Week, just opening. … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:56:52 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29687900-421/funny-fearless.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29687900-421/funny-fearless.html <![CDATA[ Rivers spent her early comedy years in Chicago ]]> Lead story image

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 and sensibility. “I don’t think she saw [Second City] as a major part of her life,” director Alan Myerson recalled several years ago. “This was a gig, and it had some real currency because of Second City’s new celebrity [it was founded in 1959]. But I think she always saw herself as this sort of … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:56:52 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29687952-421/rivers-spent-her-early-comedy-years-in-chicago.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29687952-421/rivers-spent-her-early-comedy-years-in-chicago.html <![CDATA[ DakhaBrakha brings global revolutionary vibe to folk-modern mash-up ]]> Lead story image

DakhaBrakha’s music is rooted in Ukrainian folk melodies but with added modern beats that jettison it into a realm all its own. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:00:02 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29382070-421/dakhabrakha-brings-global-revolutionary-vibe-to-folk-modern-mash-up.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29382070-421/dakhabrakha-brings-global-revolutionary-vibe-to-folk-modern-mash-up.html <![CDATA[ in the spotlight Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ]]> Lead story image

It may be hyperbole to name Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as America’s best rock and roll band, but not by much. At 63, Petty is still playing with attitude. “I’m going to keep on fighting ’til I get it right,” Petty sings on “American Dream Plan B” from the Heartbreakers’ new album “Hypnotic Eye.” He remains vulnerable on “Fault Lines,” while his cracking band rages behind him. With lean and potent songwriting, Petty must have taken notes during recent years helming Sirius/XM Radio’s “Buried Treasure” show. His new material buzzes with garage rock urgency, with dashes of psych-rock chime, … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:20:38 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29380924-421/in-the-spotlight-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29380924-421/in-the-spotlight-tom-petty-and-the-heartbreakers.html <![CDATA[ ‘The Giver’: An inconsistent fable just going through the emotions ]]> Lead story image

For some 18 years, Jeff Bridges tried to make a movie out of “The Giver,” the beloved and critically acclaimed children’s novel by Lois Lowry that has sold 10 million copies and remains a fixture on middle-school reading lists. It’s a tricky thing, adapting a fable about a supposedly utopian society where everyone is comfortably numb to such emotions as love, pain, suffering and loss. Even with the skilled veteran Phillip Noyce (“The Quiet American,” “Rabbit Proof Fence,” “Patriot Games”), some arresting visuals and a cast that includes Oscar winners Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep and even Taylor Swift as … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:11:39 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29204809-421/the-giver-an-inconsistent-fable-just-going-through-the-emotions.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29204809-421/the-giver-an-inconsistent-fable-just-going-through-the-emotions.html <![CDATA[ At 68, Sylvester Stallone says he’s still viable as an Expendable ]]> Lead story image

LOS ANGELES — Sylvester Stallone has an exit strategy. Ask him: Exactly how long can you be an Expendable? “When you wear Depend-ables, you really might be expendable,” says the 68-year-old screen icon, laughing. Until then, he’s in no mind to retire. “Age is a state of mind,” says the veteran action star. “I’m not ready to sit at home and play with Pomeranians 12 hours a day. I’m just not ready. Remember in old vaudeville when there was a cane that ripped you off the stage. I’m waiting for that moment.” He’ll know when it’s time. “You get to … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:16:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29221215-421/at-68-sylvester-stallone-says-hes-still-viable-as-an-expendable.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29221215-421/at-68-sylvester-stallone-says-hes-still-viable-as-an-expendable.html <![CDATA[ ‘Dinosaur 13’: Some bones to pick with T. rex documentary ]]> Lead story image

Filmmaker Todd Douglas Miller unfortunately adopts the format of prime-time docu-tainment when adapting the 2002 book “Rex Appeal: The Amazing Story of Sue, the Dinosaur That Changed Science, the Law, and My Life” for the film “Dinosaur 13.” ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:16:50 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29226848-421/dinosaur-13-some-bones-to-pick-with-t-rex-documentary.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29226848-421/dinosaur-13-some-bones-to-pick-with-t-rex-documentary.html <![CDATA[ Motley Crue ready to rock out on top ]]> Lead story image

The notoriously hedonistic glam-metal pioneers are calling it quits with a Final Tour that comes to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Friday. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:19:53 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29062524-421/motley-crue-ready-to-rock-out-on-top.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29062524-421/motley-crue-ready-to-rock-out-on-top.html <![CDATA[ Hypocrites’ ‘All Our Tragic’ a production of epic proportions ]]> Lead story image

“All Our Tragic,” The Hypocrites’ newest project, meshes 32 Greek tragedies into an 11-hour marathon. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:19:24 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/29101175-421/hypocrites-all-our-tragic-a-production-of-epic-proportions.html <![CDATA[ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’: A giddy space oddity makes the summer sunnier ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:13:26 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/28944728-421/guardians-of-the-galaxy-a-giddy-space-oddity-makes-the-summer-sunnier.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/28944728-421/guardians-of-the-galaxy-a-giddy-space-oddity-makes-the-summer-sunnier.html