southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Just hours before kicking off his world tour, Garth Brooks is ready for ‘game day’ ]]> Lead story image

Country superstar Garth Brooks holds court with the media today in Rosemont during a press conference just hours before he was to kick off his hugely anticipated world tour at the Allstate Arena. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:04:20 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29402112-421/just-hours-before-kicking-off-his-world-tour-garth-brooks-is-ready-for-game-day.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29402112-421/just-hours-before-kicking-off-his-world-tour-garth-brooks-is-ready-for-game-day.html <![CDATA[ Garfunkel and Oates deck sow their wildest musical oats on TV, stage ]]> Lead story image

The musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates, comprised of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, have perfected the art of sweet and sour — of delivering biting, funny and frequently profane truths via cute and heartwarming melodies such as “Sex with Ducks” and “Pregnant Women Are Smug.” Shortly before their gig in Chicago on Sept. 6 at the House of Blues, the increasingly popular performers and stars of their own series on IFC talked shop. Question: One of your newest videos on your TV show, for the song “Rainbow Connection” [a puppet production about a devoted gay couple], is very sweet. … ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:15:34 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29665896-421/garfunkel-and-oates-deck-sow-their-wildest-musical-oats-on-tv-stage.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29665896-421/garfunkel-and-oates-deck-sow-their-wildest-musical-oats-on-tv-stage.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29687900-421/funny-fearless.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29687900-421/funny-fearless.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29687952-421/rivers-spent-her-early-comedy-years-in-chicago.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29687952-421/rivers-spent-her-early-comedy-years-in-chicago.html <![CDATA[ Take your pick — It’s not too early to check out nearby apple orchards ]]> Lead story image

As August gets underway, it’s a great time to plan a family outing to gather up and enjoy freshly-picked apples. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:06:44 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29101174-423/take-your-pick-its-not-too-early-to-check-out-nearby-apple-orchards.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/29101174-423/take-your-pick-its-not-too-early-to-check-out-nearby-apple-orchards.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28944728-421/guardians-of-the-galaxy-a-giddy-space-oddity-makes-the-summer-sunnier.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28944728-421/guardians-of-the-galaxy-a-giddy-space-oddity-makes-the-summer-sunnier.html <![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. … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:13:02 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28943822-421/movies-no-whitewash-producer-jagger-promises.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28943822-421/movies-no-whitewash-producer-jagger-promises.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28941459-421/get-on-up-as-james-brown-chadwick-boseman-makes-it-funky.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28941459-421/get-on-up-as-james-brown-chadwick-boseman-makes-it-funky.html <![CDATA[ VIEWING HISTORY WITH STYLE ]]> Lead story image

Beginning Friday, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents recent features and shorts, dramas and documentaries, all “celebrating the stories, images, heritage and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world.” Vintage titles in the 20th annual Black Harvest Film Festival include a 35mm print of “A Rage in Harlem,” a 1991 film based on a 1957 crime novel Chester Himes penned in Paris. Director Bill Duke is scheduled to appear at the 5:15 p.m. Aug. 24 screening. The cast of this black film noir includes Forest Whitaker, Robin Givens and Danny Glover. Glover is tentatively scheduled … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:13:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28944518-421/viewinghistorywith-style.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/28944518-421/viewinghistorywith-style.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/26001849-421/300-rise-of-an-empire-more-brilliant-battles-and-gorgeous-gore.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/26001849-421/300-rise-of-an-empire-more-brilliant-battles-and-gorgeous-gore.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25986637-452/pro-wrestling-chris-hero-returns-to-chicago-ridge.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25986637-452/pro-wrestling-chris-hero-returns-to-chicago-ridge.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25989140-421/on-new-cd-solo-tour-jennifer-nettles-is-finding-a-new-empowering-voice.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25989140-421/on-new-cd-solo-tour-jennifer-nettles-is-finding-a-new-empowering-voice.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987134-421/crowd-pleasers-for-march-7-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987134-421/crowd-pleasers-for-march-7-2014.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987661-421/ring-of-fire-lacks-soul-of-johnny-cashs-life.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987661-421/ring-of-fire-lacks-soul-of-johnny-cashs-life.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987751-421/son-of-god-the-good-shepherd-in-a-not-so-good-movie.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25987751-421/son-of-god-the-good-shepherd-in-a-not-so-good-movie.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25824066-421/local-buzz-for-march-7-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/entertainment/weekend/25824066-421/local-buzz-for-march-7-2014.html