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Naperville native stars in Chicago Lyric Opera production

A Naperville native is starring in Chicago’s latest production, Lyric Opera. Soprano Tamara Wilson took on the role of Senta in composer Richard Wagner’s masterpiece “The Flying Dutchman” for five performances from September 23 to October 1. 7 at Chicago Lyric Opera. A famous and award-winning opera singer, Wilson moved …

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra and musicians union sign 3-year contract

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Sunday that it has agreed to a three-year contract with its musicians’ union to replace the agreement that expired Sunday. The agreement must be approved by the CSO board of trustees and orchestra members at the Chicago Federation of Musicians. NGO musicians struck for two …

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Drew Barrymore postpones show launch until after strikes

NEW YORK – Drew Barrymore, who has faced criticism for taping new episodes of her daytime talk show despite ongoing writer and actor strikes, now says she will wait until labor issues are resolved. “I’ve listened to everyone and I’m making the decision to pause the premiere of the show …

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The greatest Hercule Poirot? mystery solved

There is the first, the last and forever mustache. According to the Associated Press and therefore the Chicago Tribune, it is spelled “moustache.” However, in Agatha Christie’s most famous and meticulous work, her stories featuring the now 103-year-old Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, the spelling favors “moustaches” and often the plural …

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Hollywood strikes enter new phase as daytime shows return

NEW YORK — “The Drew Barrymore Show” will begin airing new episodes Monday, but plenty of off-air controversies will rock its typically cheerful host. The daughter of a proud acting dynasty, Barrymore is producing new batches of her syndicated talk show, despite pickets outside her studio, as daytime television becomes …

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Mosh Pits and Foo Fighters Start Day 1

Music fans flocked to Douglass Park in North Lawndale as Riot Fest kicked off Friday with Turnstile and Foo Fighters. The alternative rock music festival, which has a daily capacity of 50,000 attendees and features more than 90 artists on five stages, features titles such as Death Cab for Cutie …

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Bibliocle Pelaton instructors’ book wave

I have spent all of my 53-plus years on this Earth without being tempted by inspirational self-help books. When inspired to be better, I tend to respond, “No, I’m good.” I’m a safe and easy-going person, or maybe I’m just lazy. In both cases the result is the same. But …

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