Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Summer symphony tunes swing from light classical to cinematic melodies ]]> Lead story image

Variety is the spice of life. It also is what drives the musical menu that will be served up by the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra at the South Shore Summer Music Festival. “My philosophy has been do what people have loved in the past and what people react to really strongly,” said Kirk Muspratt, conductor and music director of the orchestra. “It seems that over the many years, the people seem to love the mix that I’ve come up with — light classical, something that’s maybe Broadway or musicals. This year I’m going to do cowboy tunes.” In regard to … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:04:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hand: Have to hand it to the Hueys ]]> Lead story image

I have fallen in love with the Hueys. What can I say? These funny little egg-shaped creatures tell great tales. In “It Wasn’t Me,” by Oliver Jeffers, we learn that the Hueys usually get along. At least most of the time. Just like other groups, sometimes they don’t. One of these times, Gillespie comes across a little argument. When he asks about it, all of the “combatants” deny responsibility. We’ve all heard the “Not me” and “He started it” excuses. This goes on for quite a while as Gillespie watches and tries to make sense of it. Then he stops … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:08:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ A ‘Midsummer’ treat from Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre created Shakespeare in the Park to bring admission-free, family-friendly productions of the Bard’s plays to parks throughout the city. ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:04:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dan + Shay riding a tidal wave of success, but staying true to their music ]]> Lead story image

Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay is a real smart guy. A boy from Pennsylvania that was always good at math, Smyers attended Carnegie Mellon University as a finance major. He worked hard to graduate in three years so he could get back to his teetering career in Christian music. Today he seems to still know as much about numbers and branding as he does about singing and songwriting. It’s only natural to think he was the one who came up with the “plus sign” in the band’s moniker. “It was definitely a collaborative effort,” laughs Smyers, of the symbol … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:03:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Rock the House’ fundraiser for Valpo Memorial Opera House set for July 13 ]]> Lead story image

“The challenges of running a 120-year-old building are many, both fiscally and creatively,” said Scot PJ MacDonald, artistic director for Valparaiso’s historical Memorial Opera House. Built by the Grand Army of the Republic in 1893 as a commemoration to Civil War veterans, the Opera House served as a concert hall and Vaudeville stage in its early days. Familiar names were seen there, such as the Marx Brothers, John Philip Sousa and his band, Valparaiso native and Hollywood actress Beulah Bondi, and even Teddy Roosevelt on his vice presidential campaign trail. Later, Valparaiso’s Community Theatre Guild “acted as stewards of MOH … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:04:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Neverly Brothers to perform at Taltree on Friday ]]> Lead story image

NORTHWEST INDIANA Nature Benefit Concerts: The summer concert series to benefit Taltree Arboretum & Gardens continues Friday when the Neverly Brothers play the greatest hits from the 1950s, American rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, and rhythm-and-blues pioneers up through the 1964 British Invasion. All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. The gate opens at 5:30 p.m. Concerts will be held rain or shine. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. Single tickets are $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members. Three-concert and six-concert ticket packages are available. Three-concert ticket packages are $70 for nonmembers and $55 for members. Taltree Grill will be serving … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:04:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kicking it up a notch ]]> Lead story image

Dubbed the Comedy Exposition of 2014, Katie McVay’s brainchild takes place July 11 through 13 in several venues and neighborhoods on the city’s North Side. ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hand: Gills and thrills mix well ]]> Lead story image

Let’s enjoy some tales about fish. I do like to watch them but have never really been a fisherperson. Whitney Stewart brings us a fresh new look at the old fairy tale about the farmer’s wife in “A Catfish Tale.” We join Jack and his wife Jolie in the bayou. Jack is a fisherman and Jolie sings so beautifully that she charms even the cicadas. Jack catches a magic catfish who can grant wishes. He doesn’t want anything but what he has, but Jolie wants more. She starts with a mansion to replace their sinking “hut.” Then she wants a … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 02:07:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Naperville’s Ribfest and Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies offer fun for the whole family ]]> Lead story image

Naperville Ribfest returns next week with bands, beer, rides and of course, the ribs. And if you’ve got an iPhone, getting around Ribfest just got a whole lot easierthanks for a newly created Ribfest app. In addition to a map of the Ribfest grounds, the app includes tabs for rib vendors, geo-positioning, music, food and drink locations, tickets, shuttles, parking and other attractions, said Don Emery, Ribfest marketing chairman. The app can also send push notifications with up-to-the-minute changes or weather updates, he said. There’s even a flame image so people can hold up their phones instead of lighters during … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:26:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Reasons to Read: It’s a girls’ world today ]]> Lead story image

We all know that girls are best. I’m just a little biased because I am one, I know. Let’s meet some other neat and nifty girls. “Vision Of Beauty,” by Kathryn Lasky, is the story of Sarah Breedlove Walker. Sarah was born in 1867, just after slavery had been abolished. She was the first free-born child of Minerva and Owen Breedlove in the small town of Delta, Louisiana. The family of sharecroppers faced not only poverty but other dangers. Sarah was orphaned at 7 when her parents died. She and her sister did laundry for the white folks to survive. … ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:26:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hand: These farm tales will grow on you ]]> Lead story image

Now that summer is really here, I am thinking about (and visiting) farm stands. What would we do without our farmers? Obviously, we would starve. Not my druthers, that’s for sure. One of the most famous farmers of history is Old MacDonald. Have you ever wondered how he got his farm? Judy Sierra did, and in “E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm,” she tells us that he started with a regular house and a regular yard. We watch as he mows it with his push mower. He didn’t like to mow, so he goes and gets a goat. The … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:06:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Life these days is ‘Heaven’ for Tim McGraw ]]> Lead story image

At 47, Tim McGraw is seven years sober, in the best shape of his life, in the midst of a 30-city tour, and excitedly anticipating his 13th studio album, “Sundown Heaven Town.” ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:19:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ PUTTING THE STINK IN ‘EXTINCTION’ ]]> Lead story image

Early in the first hour of the mind-numbing hammer to the senses that is the fourth “Transformers” movie, the old-timey operator of a shuttered movie theater in Texas says nobody wants to come to a specialty movie house any more because it’s all about sequels and remakes these days. That’s what passes for an inside joke in a Michael Bay movie. Or maybe it’s just salt in the wound. Look at this old fool, lamenting the days when films were about something! Now hold tight, cuz pretty soon robots are going to start breaking things … We also get references … ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:15:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sting’s “The Last Ship” gets magnificent Chicago launch ]]> Lead story image

Sting’s musical is an old-fashioned grand opera of the most eloquent sort — awash in both turbulent emotions and intimate dramatic gestures. ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:15:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ringo Starr’s simply mad about drumming — but loving his painting, too ]]> Lead story image

Music legend Ringo Starr arrives in Chicago June 28 not only with his All Starr Band in tow, but with a bevy of artwork that just might give us the clearest view of the man as he stands today. ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:20:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Putting on the hits ]]> Lead story image

One thing is for certain: There ain’t no musical mountain higher than the one stacked with the hits written and performed by the artists associated with that magical Detroit-bred record label Motown Records. Take a seat at “Motown The Musical,” the Broadway hit that kicked off its first national tour at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre Thursday night, and you will hear close to 60 songs (most in abbreviated form), all of which have long since become part of the DNA of this country, and the world. Without question, the jukebox in this jukebox musical is crammed to bursting. And for close … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:33:40 -0500