Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Costner’s band comes to Arcada stage ]]> Lead story image

When deciding whether or not to get back into the music scene nearly 10 years ago, Kevin Costner had a few fears. “I didn’t want to embarrass to myself. I wanted to bring something substantial to an audience that thought enough to come and pay,” the actor/director/musician said. “And I wanted to be judged on the music, not some clever critic who just thought to try to take me to task.” Several albums and world tours later, Kevin Costner & Modern West continue to perform their country rock in front of sold-out audiences. Now on tour, the band will perform … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:27:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: Natural Egg Dyeing ]]> Lead story image

“Annie”: Woodstock Musical Theatre Company presents the musical to April 27 at Woodstock Opera House. At 121 E. Van Buren St., Woodstock. Call (815) 338-5300 or visit How much: $20-$23 Tim Cavanaugh: Lucy’s Comedy Cafe presents the comedy star at 8:30 p.m. April 18. At 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit How much: $20-$25 “Robin Hood”: Children’s Theatre of Elgin presents the classic April 24-27 at the Hemmens Cultural Center. At 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Call (847) 214-7550 or visit How much: $5-$8.= Elgin Public Museum: Natural Egg Dyeing at noon-2 p.m. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:25:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ College of DuPage stages 5th Cent. ‘Dreams of Antigone’ ]]> Lead story image

Stand up for what you believe in and learn from history’s mistakes are two big themes in a new play at College of DuPage. Theater students present “The Dreams of Antigone” in the Playhouse Theater of the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The play is written by Curt Columbus, former associate artistic director of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, and directed by Connie Canaday Howard. It is a contemporary adaption of a Sophocles original piece. It is not set in modern times; it is set … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cochran and friends perform at Copley Theatre ]]> Lead story image

Hosting a weekday early morning radio show means going to bed early every night — unless you’re performing stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Saturday is my only off day on my sleep schedule, so I can stay awake until 10:30 or 11 o’clock,” said Steve Cochran, who is the morning drive host from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WGN 720 AM radio and performs stand-up comedy on the weekends. “Which is good, because if I fell asleep during the (stage) show I would offend everybody.” Cochran, along with comedians John DaCosse and Pat McGann, will present The Cochran Comedy … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Tiny Thumbelina’ gives Steel Beam kids a chance ]]> Lead story image

What’s Thumbelina to do when she meets a bunch of animals with ulterior motives — including a mole that wants to make her his bride and a water rat that wants to put her in a show? Children of all ages can watch the musical tale of “Tiny Thumbelina” as it unfolds on stage at Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles. The show opens April 5 and runs through April 27, “It’s the story of Thumbelina and how she get lost, and gets found again and discovers the Land of the Little People,” Director JZ Zaeske said. Along the way … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: ‘Tiny Thumbelina’ ]]> Lead story image

“Tiny Thumbelina”: Steel Beam Children’s Theatre presents the musical to April 27. At 111 W. Main St., St. Charles, Visit How much: $10-$15 Elgin Public Museum: Venomous Science Night at 6-8 p.m. April 11. At 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin. Call (847) 741-6655 or visit How much: $2 Voices in Harmony: Season of Passion: Hope Eternal will be performed at 4 p.m. April 13 at the Raue Center For The Arts in downtown Crystal Lake. At 26 N. Williams St. Visit How much: $15-$18 Huun Huur Tu: The Throat Singers of Tuva will perform at 8 p.m. April … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Classic ‘Arsenic’ returns to Westmont stage ]]> Lead story image

A couple of sweet old ladies, some bumbling police, a creepy doctor and a guy who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt are all a part of a hilarious play. The Progressive Village Performance Network presents the classic play, “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. April 13 at the Westview Hills Middle School in Westmont. It is directed by Robert Mackert of Westmont, president of the PVPN board. “Arsenic and Old Lace” is an old play — it was written in 1939 by Joseph Kesserling. It’s about two elderly sisters, Abby and Martha Brewster, … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:41:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vero Voce presents kids classic ‘Velveteen Rabbit’ ]]> Lead story image

Long before there was Buzz and Woody, there was the Velveteen Rabbit. “Velveteen Rabbit is like the first ‘Toy Story’ that was around. It’s about toys coming to life and becoming alive. And it’s about how the love of a child for a toy can make it real,” said Director Dennis Brown. “The Velveteen Rabbit” opens April 12 at Vero Voce in St. Charles and runs through April 19. Based on the classic book by Margery Williams, and adapted for the stage by Scott Davidson, the musical tells the story of a stuffed velveteen rabbit that is given to a … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:44:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ McAninch hosts New Philharmonic’s Beethoven tribute ]]> Lead story image

The New Philharmonic returns to its home at The Mac with a tribute to the bad boy of baroque: Ludwig Van Beethoven. “The Ultimate Rebel – Ludwig Van!” will be at 8 p.m. April 12 and 3 p.m. April 13 at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The New Philharmonic will present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, op. 67, C minor; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, op. 92, A major, directed by Kirk Muspratt. “They say that Beethoven’s 5 is the most famous piece of music in the world,” he said. “You could play it … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:48:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pilobolus dances its way to McAninch stage ]]> Lead story image

You’ve probably seen them even if you didn’t know it at the time. The modern dance troupe Pilobolus comes to The McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage April 17 for an 8 p.m. show. Pilobolus, which formed in 1971, has performed at the Olympics, at the Academy Awards, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and for audiences around the world. Pilobolus is named after a barnyard fungus that propels its spores with extraordinary speed, accuracy and strength. Performances are characterized by intense athleticism, physical interaction between the performers and contortions requiring extreme strength and flexibility. … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:30:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Multitalent Ben Vereen comes to North Central College ]]> Lead story image

If you’ve never seen Tony Award-winner Ben Vereen perform on Broadway, he’s bringing a taste of his work to you. His one-man show, “Steppin’ Out Live with Ben Vereen,” comes to North Central College in Naperville April 12 for an 8 p.m. performance. The show features tributes to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. and include songs like “Defying Gravity,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “My Way” and “Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries.” He fills the show with song, dance, storytelling and humor. “It’s a tribute to my audiences, is what it is,” he said. “It’s songs I’ve done or … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:02:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Filipino art on display in Bartlett ]]> Lead story image

BARTLETT — Arts in Bartlett presents a Village Gallery art exhibit, “Quotidian: Memories from the Past” by Racquel Gabuya of South Elgin, through April at the Bartlett Village Hall 2nd Floor Gallery, 228 Main St. While growing up Cebu City, Philippines, Gabuya’s early choice of study was in the medical field­­­ — a typical career for most Filipina at that time. She then relocated to California in the 1980s and changed her career to technical/engineering. It was not until a few years later that she combined technology with art and pursued design. She earned a Visual Design degree and taught … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:35:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin Symphony conductor wins applause on the West Coast, too ]]> Lead story image

ELGIN — When the Elgin Symphony Orchestra board and musicians had to select a new music director last year, they selected Andrew Grams from among a dozen finalists. And Grams won additional endorsement on a recent visit to the West Coast, too. Like the ESO during the last two seasons, the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra in suburban Los Angeles finds itself without a music director for a lengthy time. And like the ESO, the Pasadena orchestra is filling its performing schedule by bringing in a series of guest conductors. Last Saturday, it was Grams who took the baton in California. Robert … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:36:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Celeb chef Carla Hall comes to Naperville’s Andersons ]]> Lead story image

Carla Hall’s journey to celebrity chef and cookbook author began in an unlikely place. Hall was living in Paris and working as a model, and on Sundays she and her friends would gather together and tell stories of home. Food, and the dishes their families would make, was frequent topics of conversation. That led Hall to start collecting cookbooks. Fast forward a few years. Hall, now co-host of ABC TV’s “The Chew” and a “Fan Favorite” on Bravo’s “Top Chef All-Stars,” has capitalized on the idea of comfort food with her latest book, “Carla’s Comfort Foods: Favorite Dishes from Around … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:59:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: ‘RENT’ ]]> Lead story image

“RENT”: Catch the last weekend of the last Broadway series show for the season at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Call (630) 896-6666 or visit How much: $36.90-$49.90 9th Annual Touch-A-Tractor: The 9th annual event will be from noon-4 p.m. April 4. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5-6 in front of the Kane County Farm Bureau. At 2N710 Randall Rd., St. Charles. Call (630) 584-8660. How much: Free NIU Jazz Ensemble: Artists are performing at 8 p.m. April 5 at Sandwich Opera House. At 140 E. Railroad Street. Call (815) 786-2555. How much: $15-$25 “Cheaper by the … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:38:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raue magic show raises funds ]]>

Whether you like vanishing object, the hapless hypnotized or talking dummies, there will be something for you at Nothin’ Up My Sleeve. The 12th annual magic show spotlights magicians and entertainers all while raising funds for the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. The show is at 7 p.m. April 4. The pre-show starts at 6 p.m. in the lobby. It is produced by Glenn Chelius of Crystal Lake and Nino Cruz of Lake Geneva, Wis. “We have everything from jugglers and fire-eaters and ventriloquists, so it’s a nice variety,” Cruz said. “We keep changing it up and … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:24:01 -0500