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[ ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ bound for SSC stage ]]> Lead story image

The PAC Rats Theatre Co. of South Suburban College will present “Moon Over Buffalo,” Ken Ludwig’s madcap backstage comedy, according to a press release from the college. Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 8 p.m. Sept. 19, 20 and 26, at 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 28, the release said. It’s 1953 in the story, and fading stars George and Charlotte Hay (played by Paul Braun, of Lansing; and Heather Young, of Burnham) are on tour in Buffalo, New York, the release said. On the … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:14:33 -0500 <![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 <![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, … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:30:46 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:21:29 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:22:03 -0500 <![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.” ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:21:40 -0500 <![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. ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 02:21:03 -0500 <![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 <![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. ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:20:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Take your pick ]]> Lead story image

As July melts into August, one thing to be grateful for is a freshly-picked apples. Although it’s easy to think of Michigan when you think of apples, Northern Illinois is ripe with the fruit as well. Many orchards offer pick-your-own and bags of apples, as well as apple-related treats (apple cider donuts, anyone?) Also, most orchards offer an array of apple varieties with different flavors, uses and ripening dates. For example, the tart Granny Smiths will ripen in late October or early November — just in time for holiday baking. The sweeter gala and Honeycrisps will be ready in early … ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:14:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Get On Up’: As James Brown, Chadwick Boseman makes it funky ]]> Lead story image

RICHARD ROEPER: The ‘42’ star inhabits the persona of a larger-than-life icon without ever delving into caricature or mere impersonation. ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:20:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ IN THE MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: Echo and the Bunnymen ]]> Lead story image

With the pop masterwork “The Killing Moon” Liverpool’s Echo and the Bunnymen helped define the sound of alternative rock radio during the ’80s. ]]> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:45:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Movie’s no whitewash, producer Jagger promises ]]> Lead story image

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 best in every show.” Early in his career, the singer was inspired by Brown’s footwork and vocal chops. When “Get On Up” hit his doorstep, Jagger jumped. A producer of the project through his Jagged Films, he’s thrilled with the results: a music-driven non-linear depiction of Brown’s ascent from poverty and abuse to global acclaim. … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:21:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ David Suchet wraps up ‘Poirot’ series ]]> Lead story image

British actor David Suchet has spent a quarter-century bringing to life a certain fussy Belgian sleuth with a mustache as impeccable as his intellect and crime-solving skills. For Suchet’s dedication to Hercule Poirot through 70 television adaptations of Agatha Christie’s works, he has been rewarded with the sort of critical praise — “miraculous” and “splendid” are among the applied adjectives — that any fellow classically trained actor would envy. Fan reaction can be similarly fervent. “The most extreme example happened to me in Newfoundland in Canada,” Suchet recalled recently. He was there taking a coffee-shop break during production of a … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:15:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wilde’s ‘Earnest’ wit has sparkle to spare in Oak Park ]]> Lead story image

If you like your humor dry and your comedy subversive, you’ll want to make your way to Austin Gardens to see Oak Park Festival Theatre’s witty and well-paced staging of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It takes a few moments for the show to start firing all cylinders; early on, some of Wilde’s dazzling satirical quips wit doesn’t quite land. But under the able hand of director Kevin Theis, “Earnest” is mostly delightful. Set in late 1890s London and the nearby Woolton countryside, the plot is classic rom-com: Algernon Moncrieff (Jude Willis) and his best mate John Worthing … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:15:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ in the spotlight Matthew Sweet ]]> Lead story image

Fans of finely tuned power-pop rejoice when Matthew Sweet comes around. After gaining national attention with his breakthrough third album “Girlfriend” in 1991, Sweet earned the luxury of charting his own course. Sweet’s knack for crafty confections remained in evidence when he released “Sick of Myself,” a beautiful slice of self-loathing from 1995’s “100% Fun” album and a #2 Modern Rock hit. Sweet indulged a penchant for Anglophilia in Ming Tea with comedian Mike Myers and The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs. The group recorded the cheeky “BBC” for the soundtrack to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The semi-band recorded “Daddy … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:15:25 -0500