Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ The Journey TO Neverland ]]> Lead story image

Tell me your most profound association with Peter Pan and I will tell you how old you are. Of course, there is no one around now with first-hand memories of Peter’s first appearance in Scottish writer J.M. Barrie’s novel, “The Little White Bird,” or his play, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” that arrived on stage in 1904 — a “fairy play” about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy world of Neverland. But if you were a child of the 1950s, it is surely the NBC telecasts of … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Multitalented Ben Vereen lovin’ his busy life ]]> Lead story image

If you’ve never seen Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen perform on Broadway, he’s bringing a taste of his work to you. His one-man show, “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,” comes to North Central College in Naperville April 12 for an 8 p.m. performance. The show features tributes to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and include songs like “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “My Way” and “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” He fills the show with song, dance, storytelling and humor. “It’s a tribute to my audiences, is what it is,” he said. “It’s songs I’ve done or … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:19:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pilobolus dances its way to McAninch stage ]]> Lead story image

You’ve probably seen them even if you didn’t know it at the time. Pilobolus, which formed in 1971, has performed at the Olympics, at the Academy Awards, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and for audiences around the world. The modern dance troupe returns April 17 to The McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage . Pilobolus is named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength. Performances are characterized by intense athleticism, physical interaction between the performers and contortions requiring extreme strength and flexibility. Dancer, choreographer and associate artistic … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:20:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quentin Earl Darrington settles in for ‘Les Mis’ role ]]> Lead story image

“Redemption is at the core of the musical, and that’s something everyone can connect to,” says Quentin Earl Darrington, the Broadway veteran who stars as Inspector Javert in the Drury Lane staging of the unstoppable musical. ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:14:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort resident to perform in ‘Les Miserables’ ]]> Lead story image

When acclaimed musical actress Ann McMann, of Frankfort, is on stage, she feels a tremendous sense of duty to make people experience the story. “I feel like we have this great responsibility as actors and performers to hope the audience will feel what we are feeling,” said McMann, 50. McMann has appeared in several shows in her career, including “The Merry Widow” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and on tour in “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Showboat.” Her next show is “Les Miserables,” scheduled from Saturday through June 8 at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. “It’s absolutely … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:12:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Julio Davis stays the course of Trio’s jazz/hip-hop soul ]]> Lead story image

‘I love hip-hop to my bones,” said rapper-vibraphonist Julio Davis, leader of Chicago’s masterly jazz-rap band J. Davis Trio, while steering his SUV post-rehearsal through a spitting March rain as it morphed into the five-hundredth snowstorm of this apparently immortal winter. “I have a blueprint, in my head, of how that music is supposed to sound. And luckily, people keep enjoying this journey I’m on, transcribing that stuff in my head into [actual] sounds.” Said journey, 19 years and counting, brings all seven current members of the Trio’s flexible lineup (plus guest vocalists Cara Dawn and Poi Dog Pondering’s Carla … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! for March 6, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here are events worth getting out of the house for on March 6. Suggestions include Flossmoor and Chicago Ridge. ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:09:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Son of God’: The Good Shepherd in a not-so-good movie ]]> Lead story image

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 of God.” You almost wince when reviewing this one. The driving forces behind this miniseries-turned-feature film are the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett (creator of such enduring reality series as “Survivor” and “Shark Tank”) and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”), two of the loveliest and most spiritual people it has been my privilege to … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ On new CD, solo tour, Jennifer Nettles is finding a new, empowering voice ]]> Lead story image

“This is my new chapter of rebirth,” says the Sugarland singer. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘300: Rise of an Empire’: More brilliant battles and gorgeous gore ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: In this sort-of sequel, the performances are uniformly good, especially Eva Green as a complex, colorful villain. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:15:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line worthy of Carrie Bradshaw ]]> Lead story image

“Sex and the City” star comes to Chicago to tout her footwear partnership with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik. ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:10:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Jeopardy’ champ stands up for Chu ]]> Lead story image

Local “Jeopardy” champ says Arthur Chu is definitely not “an evil genius.” ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:37:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘12 Years a Slave’ wins top Academy Award ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:40:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

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 ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:24:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hand: No shortage of action in these fun books ]]> Lead story image

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 eyes. “The World Of Mamoko In The Year 3000,” by Alexsandra and Daniel Mizielinska, really makes the reader work. The large, bright, intriguing book introduces a wide group of characters in the inside covers. Some of them look familiar but some are obviously “aliens.” Each character has a question to answer about its activities. For … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:27:55 -0500