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Reality CheckHere's Janell: Whoa, I did not know this episode would be another 2 hours. After everything they crammed in last night, tonight they’ll just stretch out the pain and agony. And, spoiler alert, you might not be happy at the end.......
Reality CheckHere's Janell on the first Hollywood Week episode of American Idol. Beware, people: It's going to be brutal! And by brutal I mean that they finally have to say "no":Yo, yo dawgs! It be Hollywood week up in here! Ryan......
The musical battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney heated up recently as Stevie Wonder released a funky new pro-Obama song called “Keep Moving Forward,” while Meat Loaf celebrated his support of Romney by belting a goofy “America...
When Black Ensemble Theatre opened its beautiful new building in November, it did so with a show, "The Jackie Wilson Story," that not only was under-rehearsed but was merely a pro forma remount of a hit from the past. The second, far more successful...
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...
NEW YORK — Berry Gordy, the man who discovered Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells (and on and on), was a peerless record producer when it came to handpicking talent and building careers. But Berry Gordy, the...
New theaters. Renovated playhouses. Hot dramas. Nervous new artistic directors. Stephen Sondheim and his “Follies.” A celebration of Stephen Schwartz, a dissection of Mark Rothko, and a look at the tragedy that befell the Amish of...
Jackie Taylor, the founder and artistic director of Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater, is staring at an utterly transformative fall. On Nov. 18, the $19 million new Black Ensemble Theater will open at the hitherto moribund 4450 North Clark St.,...
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Most arts organizations have carefully worded mission statements, filled with arty buzzwords and forged by groups. Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater's mission statement was written by one woman and just gets right down to it: "to eradicate racism." Most...
Lehigh Valley Music presents FESTBLOGEven after a solo recording career that this year marks 45 years, even after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, even after winning his sixth Grammy Award in February for his newest album, “Locked Down,” famed......
Show TrackerA recap of "American Idol" in which the top 5 -- Hollie Cavanagh, Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Joshua Ledet and Skylar Laine -- perform....
Show TrackerNow that’s what I’m talking about. The first Hollywood Week episode of “American Idol’s” Season 10 flew by at a breathless pace, with audition favorites briskly moving on or left, sadly and sometimes surprisingly, by the ways...
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