In her 24 years as a Shedd Aquarium member, Joan Reylek has only once touched a Shedd animal, during an errant encounter with a sea otter.
Leroy the Lobster will greet visitors to the Barefoot Bay Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 24 at Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center, 1461 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.
Portia de Rossi remembers a time when she couldn’t get “Arrested.” To land the role of Lindsay Bluth Funke in the cult hit “Arrested Development,” she pulled out all the stops.
Hundreds of brilliantly colored butterflies will soon dart around the “Butterflies & Blooms” exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
As a pulsing nebula races toward the watchful audience, a hand shoots up to touch it. More hands follow suit, straining skywards. For the kids taking in the Adler’s newest show, “Cosmic Wonder,” outer space is just out of reach.
“Give people what they want,” is the no-nonsense motto of Richard Holleb, owner of Norton’s restaurant in Highland Park. The casual and friendly atmosphere he and partner, Jeffrey Mages, have created over the last 14 years in their “Cheer’s”-worthy haunt is a direct result of that credo.
Young love casts a powerful spell in “Beautiful Creatures,” Arnold Schwarzenneger returns to action in “The Last Stand,” Jude Law writes a prescription for disaster in “Side Effects” and Pacino, Walken and Arkin have a big night on the town in “Stand Up Guys.”
Three actors each play five roles — with different dialects for each role — in “Five Course Love” at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
And they sing. A lot.
Amanda Bloom, Greg Foster and Amy Malouf all seem excited about the challenge presented by Gregg Coffin’s …
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Swift won eight of 11 awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.” She told the crowd: “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had.” She also had a colorful performance of her hit “22” — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons.
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The bands battle each other, of course, but their true, common enemy is cancer. Back in 2009 Alec Lopata, now a sophomore at Deerfield High School, learned that his friend Jack had been diagnosed with leukemia.
Michael Shannon kills for a living in “The Iceman” and the crew of the Enterprise warps back into action in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
“When I was three years old I said to my mom, ‘I want to become a chef,’” said Claude Bouteille, the long-time chef and baker who has been plying his craft in the north of Chicago for the past 22 years.
It’s a happy coincidence that Matt Potts’ name matches his chosen profession. He is the leader of Potts & Pans Steelband, which will visit the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.
On the evenings of Friday May 17 and Saturday May 18 Maestro Alan Heatherington will conduct the Lake Forest Symphony in Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony,” with the Chicago Master Singers, two of the three groups, including Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, he has directed for dozens of years.
Clear choice: Maggie Cain of Glenview is reprising her role as Amanda, a faded southern belle clinging to the past, in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co’s restaging of its acclaimed production of “The Glass Menagerie.”