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[ Pro Wrestling: Chris Hero returns to Chicago Ridge ]]> Lead story image

It’s been more than 2 1/2 years since “Knockout Artist” Chris Hero has wrestled in Chicago Ridge, but he’ll be back there with Ring of Honor Wrestling on March 8. “Raising the Bar Night 2” marks Hero’s first Southland appearance since leaving ROH for WWE’s developmental system NXT (formerly Florida Championship Wrestling), where he spent nearly two years training as Kassius Ohno. Released from his WWE contract in November, Hero has no regrets. “I learned a great amount,” he said of his time in NXT. “I was able to spend time not only with a lot of talented people but … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:12:42 -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[ 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[ ‘Ring of Fire’ lacks soul of Johnny Cash’s life ]]> Lead story image

Revue at Theater at the Center sounds terrific but falters whenever the music stops and the attempts at dialogue begin. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:13:04 -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[ Local Buzz for March 7, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City, the Venue at Horseshoe Hammond, Majestic Star Casino & Hotel’s Lakeshore Lounge in Gary, and Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville. ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:25:36 -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 <![CDATA[ Crowd Pleasers for Feb. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at some crowd pleasers. Suggestions include the BACinema screening of “Philomena” at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Craig: ‘Anything Goes’ plus several auditions ]]> Lead story image

Bob Craig’s arts column includes Memorial Opera House’s “Anything Goes” in Valparaiso and auditions for Crown Point Community Theatre, 4th Street Theater in Chesterton, Genesius Guild in Hammond, Gary Shakespeare Company and Towle Theater in Hammond. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:46:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local Buzz for Feb. 28, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at music events. Suggestions include several gigs at Blue Chip Casino’s Rocks Lounge in Michigan City. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:02:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort tearoom taps into period teas ]]> Lead story image

Located in Frankfort’s historic district, the Pickwick Society Tearoom, Gifts & Antiques is an eclectic mix of past and present, of treats and treasures, a place to sit and chat for a spell while you sip the popular ginger peach white tea, enjoy a seasonal lunch or sample the pastry of the day. “Today is National Sticky Bun Day,” owner Cindy Vassell said one Friday morning. “So we’re making monkey bread muffins.” It’s that kind of personal touch that separates Pickwick from the chain coffee and tea shops that have been growing in popularity lately. And it is Vassell’s attention … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:13:29 -0500