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National Restaurant Show 2017

Chicago - The 2017 edition of the National Restaurant Show just concluded at Chicago's McCormick Place and early estimates are that it is had the largest attendance of any show in recent history. More than 45,000 food service buyers perused ...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS Baywatch (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity and pervasive profanity) Screen adaptation of the long-running TV series (1989-2001) as an unlikely-buddies action comedy about a veteran lifeguard (Dwayne Johnson) and a rebellious recruit (Zac Efron) ...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS Alien: Covenant (R for violence, profanity, sexuality, nudity and bloody images) Sixth installment in the sci-fi franchise revolves around a spaceship crew which finds more than it bargained for when it lands on an uncharted planet from ...

Goodman Theatre World Premiere Objects In The Mirror

If someone told you the harrowing story of African-born actor Shedrick Yarkpai, you would probably not believe it. Yet, here it is as the subject of a fully staged World Premiere production at Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Objects In The Mirror, ...

Film Review: Lowriders

Rarely do urban tales balance authenticity with solid drama elements and strong emotion. “Boyz n the Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton” are perfect examples. “Lowriders” is in their league; it checks all the boxes: acting, direction, writing and production elements. ...

Former Joliet Native Makes Good in Hollywood

Joliet may claim an up-and coming filmmaker as its own. Producer, Director, Writer and Editor Cory Grant was born in Joliet. He has just released his latest film, "Illicit," in the Chicago area. It is currently playing at the Studio ...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS Dead Awake (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a social worker (Jocelin Donahue) who lands in a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths where each victim suffered from a condition called sleep paralysis. Ensemble ...

Former Joliet native makes good in Hollywood

A new movie Illicit will be released in theaters on Friday May 5th. COREY GRANT, a Joliet native is the Director, Writer, Producer, & Editor of the film. Grant attended Norfolk State University and Virginia where he received his BA ...

In Our Own Backyard

In Our Own Backyard is a Times Weekly column covering environmental justice and climate change, and how these issues impact our local families every day. If you think oil spills, contaminated soil and toxic water pipes don’t really affect you ...

Hamilton Makes History Come Alive for CPS High School Students

Lin-Manuel Miranda had a Plan B for his career: If musical theater didn't work out, he would continue with his other love: teaching high school. Then came In the Heights. A MacArthur Genius Grant, And Hamilton, which changed the trajectory ...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS 3 Generations (Unrated) Coming-of-age dramedy about a transgender teen (Elle Fanning) who seeks the support of her single-mom (Naomi Watts) and her gay grandmother (Susan Sarandon) while making the transition from female to male. With Linda Emond, ...

Joliet Public Library launches ‘Project Next Generation 2017’

Joliet Public Library will soon launch several Students Summer Excitement programs for students grade 5-12 in conjunction with Project Next Generation (PNG) grant. The Joliet Public Library was awarded the PNG grant in September by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse ...

Chicago 39th Annual Jazz Festival Centennial Celebration for Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie August 31 – September 3

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the headlining performers for the 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. A favorite Labor Day weekend tradition over August 31–September 3 in Millennium Park and the Chicago ...

Kam's Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

BIG BUDGET FILMS The Circle (PG-13 for mature themes, drug use, a sexual situation and brief profanity) Suspense thriller about an ambitious executive (Emma Watson) at an unethical, social media company who finds herself increasingly pressured by its power-hungry CEO ...

Film Review: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

“My music is the spiritual expression of what I am…I want to be the force that is truly for good.” It was a while before the legendary jazz musician and saxophonist John Coltrane got to a place where he could ...

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