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No matter how bad things seem, no matter how big a rut you think you’re in, there’s always hope that brighter days are on the horizon. The only catch is you have to be willing to seize the opportunities life gives you. ]]> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:06:35 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17906118-452/carpe-weekend-looking-inward-marching-onward.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17906118-452/carpe-weekend-looking-inward-marching-onward.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Many minutes of movie bliss ]]> Lead story image

Should you ever have reason to hunker down in front of your TV set for more than a few hours, Jason Freeman has a few great movie series you can watch back-to-back that form pretty cohesive narratives when viewed together. ]]> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:09:25 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17897831-452/carpe-weekend-many-minutes-of-movie-bliss.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17897831-452/carpe-weekend-many-minutes-of-movie-bliss.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Out with the old, in with the new ]]> Lead story image

Senior theater students at Mother McAuley and Brother Rice high schools will perform two plays based on themes in William Shakespeare’s works. ]]> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:24:06 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17753644-452/carpe-weekend-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17753644-452/carpe-weekend-out-with-the-old-in-with-the-new.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend?: Grammar Snob VI: Grinching forward ]]> Lead story image

It’s been nearly 10 months since the Grammar Snob last aggravated the masses with his excessively pretentious attention to English syntax, so here are a few things you should know about hyphens. ]]> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:01:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17759813-452/carpe-weekend-grammar-snob-vi-grinching-forward.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17759813-452/carpe-weekend-grammar-snob-vi-grinching-forward.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Snow business ]]> Lead story image

As I stare out the window next to my desk here in the SouthtownStar newsroom, I can’t help but smile at the sight that greets my gaze. There’s not the tiniest fleck of snow on the ground. Except for the few years I attended college in downstate Illinois, I’ve lived in this area my entire life. I’ve so far had to endure 34 Southland winters, most of which were long and brutal and dominated by incalculable amounts of snow. I’ve despised each and every one of them. The mind-set of a snow lover is foreign and confusing to me. What’s … ]]> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 06:04:54 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17348870-452/carpe-weekend-snow-business.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17348870-452/carpe-weekend-snow-business.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Angling for love online ]]> Lead story image

Online dating is a lot like fishing. You spend most of your time sitting down, waiting in anticipation for the telltale tug on your lure that accompanies a big catch. On proverbial waters both calm and tempestuous you wait patiently for that one picture-perfect specimen that will make all your years of fishing in vain worth the effort. People aren’t fish, of course, and there’s a not-so-subtle predatory insinuation in the angling metaphor. But the end result of online dating and fishing is the same: snaring something truly worthwhile. Before you lay down a month’s salary on an engagement ring, … ]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:24:37 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17476093-452/carpe-weekend-angling-for-love-online.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17476093-452/carpe-weekend-angling-for-love-online.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Hangover remedies: fact or fiction? ]]> Lead story image

Pam Davis, clinical coordinator of chemical dependency at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, debunks some of the most commonly cited hangover remedies. ]]> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:19:07 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17110881-452/carpe-weekend-hangover-remedies-fact-or-fiction.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/17110881-452/carpe-weekend-hangover-remedies-fact-or-fiction.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: The SouthtownStar on holiday movies ]]> Lead story image

Light the fireplace, pour a glass of eggnog and cozy up with these 20 holiday movie favorites, handpicked for your viewing pleasure by members of the SouthtownStar staff. ]]> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:07:36 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16970042-452/carpe-weekend-the-southtownstar-on-holiday-movies.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16970042-452/carpe-weekend-the-southtownstar-on-holiday-movies.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: 10 great albums, part two ]]> Lead story image

Here are the final five albums in Jason Freeman’s list of 10 that provide listeners with a completely enjoyable and cohesive musical experience, from the beginning of Side A to the end of Side B. ]]> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 06:05:40 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16537838-452/carpe-weekend-10-great-albums-part-two.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16537838-452/carpe-weekend-10-great-albums-part-two.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: 10 great albums, part one ]]> Lead story image

This week and next, Jason Freeman gives you the lowdown on 10 lesser-known albums that are great from the first second to the last. ]]> Sun, 30 Dec 2012 06:14:47 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16537606-452/carpe-weekend-10-great-albums-part-one.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16537606-452/carpe-weekend-10-great-albums-part-one.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Leftoverture, turkey style ]]> Lead story image

The only thing better than stuffing yourself with stuffing on Thanksgiving is the seemingly endless leftover food that follows. Here are a few tasty turkey-leftover recipes I found while surfing the web. ]]> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 06:15:06 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16386997-452/carpe-weekend-leftoverture-turkey-style.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16386997-452/carpe-weekend-leftoverture-turkey-style.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: The truth is out there ]]> Lead story image

Thirty-six days from now, you’ll either be relaxing in front of your fireplace with a tall glass of eggnog or screaming in terror as the planet Nibiru comes crashing into Earth. ]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 06:11:05 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16225241-452/carpe-weekend-the-truth-is-out-there.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16225241-452/carpe-weekend-the-truth-is-out-there.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: ’Book ends ]]> Lead story image

Much like a torrid summer romance, my time on Facebook was both brief and destined to fail. I’d heard about the popular social networking website for years, but unlike most of my friends and family, I vehemently resisted joining the herd. I considered myself a cool cultural rebel, bucking the trend simply because doing so made me all the more unique. Maybe it was the promise of reconnecting with friends who’d moved away, or perhaps the chance to throw my opinion into the mix of online voices was too tempting. More than likely, though, it probably was just plain old … ]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 06:11:21 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16084380-452/carpe-weekend-book-ends.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/16084380-452/carpe-weekend-book-ends.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Falling forward ]]> Lead story image

Spring forward, fall back. It’s an almost poetic phrase used to remind the temporally challenged to set their clocks either ahead or back one hour for daylight-saving time. But what does it actually mean? Do we really lose an hour of our lives in spring and gain it back in fall? Well, that really gets into a philosophical debate over the nature of time and whether or not it’s solely a human construction or dictated by the heavens. But for the average working stiff, daylight-saving time certainly can seem arbitrarily unfair in March and a godsend in November. Everyone hates … ]]> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 06:09:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15936409-452/carpe-weekend-falling-forward.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15936409-452/carpe-weekend-falling-forward.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: On the hunt ]]> Lead story image

TnT Paranormal Investigators LLC will host Paranormal 101 at the Gaylord Building in Lockport. Other weekend picks include an Illinois Ghost Society program in Chicago Ridge and Ray Johnson signing copies of his “Chicago’s Haunt Detective” book in Bridgeview. ]]> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 06:09:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15808103-452/carpe-weekend-on-the-hunt.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15808103-452/carpe-weekend-on-the-hunt.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Last train to Richards ]]> Lead story image

Richards High School will host its 10th annual Southland Model Railroad Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the school, 10601 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn. ]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 06:11:21 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15564634-452/carpe-weekend-last-train-to-richards.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15564634-452/carpe-weekend-last-train-to-richards.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: Garlic galore ]]> Lead story image

Grab your spice rack, a pair of nose plugs and a wooden stake (just in case) and check out the annual Garlic Fest, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. ]]> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 06:17:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15396978-452/carpe-weekend-garlic-galore.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15396978-452/carpe-weekend-garlic-galore.html <![CDATA[ Carpe Weekend: The play’s the thing ]]> Lead story image

Think of live theater as a TV show devoid of commercials and lacking an option to change the channel, and you’ll have no problem transitioning from your living room couch to an auditorium seat this weekend. ]]> Sun, 21 Oct 2012 13:13:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15087405-452/carpe-weekend-the-plays-the-thing.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/freeman/15087405-452/carpe-weekend-the-plays-the-thing.html