Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sting navigates the waters of Broadway musicals with ‘The Last Ship’ ]]> Lead story image

At the age of 62, Sting has returned to the world of Wallsend, England, — spinning his first Broadway musical by way of a quasi-autobiographical story. ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:10:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 things to do: ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ ]]> Lead story image

“Brighton Beach Memoirs”: Elgin Theatre Company’s production runs through June 29 at Kimball Street Theater, 261 Dundee Ave., Elgin. Call (847) 741-0532 or visit How much: $12-$15 Swedish Days Midsommer Festival: Downtown Geneva’s fest runs through June 22. Call (630) 232-6060 or visit How much: Free admission “The Fantasticks”: Vero Voce Theater in St Charles presents the musical to June 29 at 951 State Ave., Suite F, St. Charles. Call (630) 584-0139 or visit How much: $9-$18 Outdoor movies: “Sing-A-Long-A Grease,” June 20. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” June 21. Park opens at 6:30 p.m., movies begin … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:22:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ideal picnic fare for a summer of concerts under the stars at Ravinia ]]> Lead story image

Enjoying a picnic while listening to a concert under the stars at Ravinia is quintessential summer in Chicago. Some suggestions for the perfect festival feast. ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:16:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Devo’s reunion tour a bittersweet affair ]]> Lead story image

Devo has reunited for a tour to help support the family of the late “Bob 2.” ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wheaton Drama takes on ’50s, ’60s revue ]]> Lead story image

When Wheaton Drama presents “Mad Mid-Mod Musicals,” cast members will do their best the channel the likes of Danny Kaye, Carol Burnett and Angela Lansbury. “I came up with the idea for the characters,” said director Pam Turlow, the show’s creator. “I thought, ‘What if Zero Mostel put on a show? What performers would be a part of it?’ In that way I came up with the types of characters I wanted in the show, like a Danny Kaye type, or an Ethel Merman type, or a Doris Day type. And then I fit these types with who could carry … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summer’s kickoff:  beer, boats, games   ]]> Lead story image

From craft beer to haggis, revelers will want to gird their gullets in preparation for a potential gastronomical extravaganza this weekend. Food plays a big role in some of the area festivals, be it the Wisconsin Beer and Cheese Tour in Wheaton or the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Lisle. Here’s a look at what’s going on this weekend. Scottish Festival and Highland Games Experience the best of Scotland without leaving Illinois at the 28th annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games this weekend at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca. The festival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and from … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ North Central presents ‘Evita’ as summer show ]]> Lead story image

In the past, Andrea Larson-Musselman was usually cast as the nice girl or the best friend. So playing the role of the decisive figure Eva Peron is a dream come true for her. North Central College presents its summer musical, “Evita,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and June 27-28 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and June 29 in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall. “Evita,” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, follows the life of controversial Argentine political leader Eva Perón, wife of Argentine president Juan Perón. The story begins with her death and then traces the trail … ]]> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pick a peck ]]> Lead story image

Strawberry picking season is upon us. Within mere days, orchards will throw open their doors and invite families to make some memories together picking those luscious berries. In addition to strawberries, many local farms and orchards grow blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries as well. Blueberries and raspberries begin ripening in mid-July and blackberries follow along about a week later. “When it comes to health benefits, the biggie is antioxidants, and we pretty much think of blueberries,” said Richard Hentschel, horticulture educator with the University of Illinois Extension Service, St. Charles branch. “A new up-and-coming berry, which has more antioxidants … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fest season heats up with 6 this weekend ]]> Lead story image

From boating to barbecue, there is plenty to do this weekend. Here’s a rundown of several festivals happening in the area this weekend. Swedish Days At 65 years young, Geneva’s Swedish Days festival is still coming up with new ways to excite fest-goers. Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 65th Annual Swedish Days Festival returns mid-week on June 17 and runs through June 22 in several locations in downtown Geneva. New this year are a kids-only event called Fair on the Square and a specialty craft beer tent, said Laura Rush with the Chamber of Commerce. Fair on the Square is at … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:32:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘The Desk Set’ opens Summer Place season ]]> Lead story image

The Summer Place, Naperville’s community theater, opens its 2014 season with the charming office comedy “The Desk Set.” With performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays June 13 to 22 at Naperville High School, “The Desk Set” is written by William Marchant and directed by Madeline Franklin of Palatine. Franklin is the owner and program director of Long Grove Performing Arts Academy and an adjunct faculty member in the continuing education department at Harper College. She’s also on the boards of several theater companies in the area. “It’s a classic,” she said. “People know the … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Albright presents classic melodrama ‘Rails’ ]]> Lead story image

How can a gang of would-be heroes with great names go wrong? The classic camp melodrama “Love Rides the Rails (or Will the Mail Train Run Tonight?)” by Morland Cary closes out the Albright Theatre’s 2013-14 season. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays through June 28. “Love Rides the Rails” features a villain named Simon Darkway, who seeks to control the Walker Valley, Pine Bush and Pacific Railroad for his own vile purposes. He’s got a slithering sidekick named Dirk Sneath and a sultry siren named Carlotta Cortez along for the ride. … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:37:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sixteen Candles sparks ’80s memories ]]> Lead story image

Sixteen Candles can light up a stage, and light a fire under an audience. “Most of the stuff we play is upbeat, fun and danceable, with a few sing-a-longs added,” said Dave Ensslin, guitarist for the 1980s cover band, Sixteen Candles. “We cover everything from Prince to Journey, with the main focus on ‘80s pop and fun. Think (songs like) ‘Footloose,’ ‘Jessie’s Girl’ and ‘Let’s Go Crazy.’ We try to involve the audience with our stage show and sometimes take breaks at parts in the songs for them to sing-a-long. It’s always a fun party.” Sixteen Candles will perform on … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:12:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ BrightSide welcomes ‘Cabaret’ to its stage ]]>

Life is beautiful inside the Kit Kat Klub. Naperville’s BrightSide Theater Company presents the musical “Cabaret” June 13-29 at North Central College. Featuring some of musical theater’s most memorable musical numbers and characters, “Cabaret” is directed by BrightSide’s artistic director Jeffrey Cass. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. “Cabaret” is about a young English nightclub singer named Sally Bowles and the beguiling Emcee who, along with other assorted characters, populate the Kit Kat Club in Berlin. It’s a bawdy, sexy world of overindulgence set against the gathering storm of Hitler’s Third Reich … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:17:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin puts on Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach’ ]]> Lead story image

The Elgin Theatre Company wraps up its season with Neil Simon’s classic “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” The first of the playwright’s unofficial autobiographical trilogy, which was followed by “Biloxi Blues” and “Broadway Bound,” runs June 13 to 29 at the Kimball Street Theater. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. It is directed by Chris Warren. Set in 1937, the coming-of-age comedy focuses on Simon’s alter-ego Eugene Jerome, a 15-year-old Polish-Jewish boy who has big dreams about baseball and girls in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, N.Y. It’s a slice of life in a … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:15:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wheaton, St. Charles offer fun this weekend ]]> Lead story image

This weekend, you’ve got the opportunity to sample the best of what Wheaton and St. Charles have to offer. The Taste of Wheaton and the City of St. Charles RiverFest run Friday through Sunday, and both offer unique entertainment options. Of course, St. Charles has the magnificent Chinese dragon boat races each year — a sport that involves 20 team members paddling in unison in a long, narrow boat decorated from bow to stern to resemble a dragon. And in Wheaton, children can make tie-dyed T-shirts and contribute to a community mural. Here’s more information about these festivals. Make sure … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cool off with a trip to the waterpark ]]> Lead story image

Now that the snow has melted and the temperatures are climbing, a dip in the pool or a tumble down a water slide has never sounded so refreshing. ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:14:09 -0500