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[ Chairman of the Bard ]]> Lead story image

Early in the 1990s, already plagued by health problems, and frequently relying on a teleprompter to feed him lyrics he had been singing for decades, Frank Sinatra gave a concert on the stage of Chicago’s Civic Opera House, backed by a big band led by Frank Jr. Throughout the performance, Sinatra barked at his son, demeaning him in ways that made many in the audience cringe. But the dutiful son soldiered on, clearly aware that his father was probably most angry at himself, and the fact that he was showing the signs of age. All this came to mind recently … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:16:01 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:04:01 -0500 <![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, … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:15:44 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:11:39 -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 … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:16:16 -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.” ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:16:50 -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. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:19:53 -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. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:13:26 -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. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:11:51 -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