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‘Heaven Is for Real’: Pedestrian script saved by diving acting

Spring 2014 has been a strong season for faith-inspired films to hit the multiplexes. On the heels of “Son of God,” “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead,” we now get “Heaven Is for Real.” Based on the bestselling book about the real-life story of Todd Burpo, …

‘Fargo’ the place to be for Chicago’s Allison Tolman


Before “Fargo” star Allison Tolman relocated to Chicago from Texas in the first half of 2009, she was a standout on the Dallas theater scene, acting frequently and earning awards.

She also did commercial spots for such brands as Walmart and Denny’s as well as …

Johnny Depp finds ‘Transcendence’ character a bit like Max Headroom


Johnny Depp would like to transcend being Johnny Depp.

Ink Well Done


Austin, Texas,-based graphic artists and tattoo shop owner Amy Gutierrez has been putting on large-scale tattoo events around the country for 10 years. It’s a vast departure from her previous career staging medical and continuing education symposiums.

Tony-winning deaf actress


Phyllis Frelich, a Tony Award-winning deaf actress who starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” has died. She was 70. Her husband, Robert Steinberg, said Ms. Frelich died Thursday at their home in Temple City, Calif. She suffered from a rare …

With $41.4M, ‘Captain America’ holds off ‘Rio 2’


“Captain America” continued to flex its Marvel muscle at the global box office, as “The Winter Soldier” took in $41.4 million domestically and $60.6 million overseas.

Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox win GLAAD Media Awards


Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block. The pop star and “American Idol” judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community.

‘Mad Men’ changes with the times


Hemlines shrink, drug use grows and New York ad man Don Draper struggles as “Mad Men” closes out the tumultuous ’60s.

Enjoy Bunny Brunches with bunnies and lambs


FAMILY FRIENDLY: Great food and fun with the guest of honor are on the menu for six Bunny Brunches in the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville, Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19.

5 Things to Do


Members of the 2013 cast of The Improv Playhouse’s production of “The Gathering” to be performed April 12, 13 and 19 at Improv Playhouse Theatre in Libertyville.

Then and now — TV’s late night landscape since 1993


Let’s try for a little historical perspective by comparing the late night landscape that greets Stephen Colbert’s announcement against the world in which “Late Show” was born.

Keb’ Mo’ adds to his musical legacy with ‘BLUESAmericana’


Keb’ Mo’ is poised to unleash his first album in three years, “BLUESAmericana.” As the 63-year old Mo’, born Kevin Moore, said in a recent phone call, “If you make one good one, that’s all you need for a while, y’know?”

Here & Now


Lambs Farm’s Bunny brunches to celebrate spring will be held April 18 and 19 and an Easter Brunch will be held April 20 in Green Oaks/near Libertyville.



Summer Naomi Smart as Bombalurina in “CATS” through May 25 at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire.



“Side Effects May Include...” staring Andrew J. Pond will be performed April 18 at Skokie Theatre.

Unique tap dance style of story-telling at CLC


The percussive, story-telling dance style of Chicago Tap Theatre will explode at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus.