Artist Q-and-A

Vicki Lawrence bringing ‘Mama’ to Paramount Theatre

AURORA – Best known for her character “Mama” from the long-running “The Carol Burnett Show,” Vicki Lawrence will perform in “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show” on Sunday, Feb. 22, at The Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.


Chit Chat: Batavia’s Katherine Brankin writes first novel

Batavia resident Katherine Brankin decided to make her first book a thriller. “The Family Girl” tells the story of assassin Catalina Bennett, who is following in the footsteps of her father, a retired assassin. The book is the first installment in a trilogy that Brankin is writing.


Q&A: Novelist George Pelecanos takes his latest 'Shot'

WASHINGTON – George Pelecanos, 57, is an award-winning author of numerous novels. His most recent book, "The Martini Shot," was released last month. He is also a television producer and writer whose credits include "The Wire" and "Treme."


Chit Chat: Batavia resident Laura Cianci pens first book

BATAVIA – The storyline of “Silent Witnesses” – Batavia resident Laura Cianci’s first book – revolves around former FBI agent Alex Hayden, who – while in a town in central China – uncovers a research facility conducting experiments outlawed the world over and now has to find a way to get the evidence out of the country.


"Dancing with the Stars" cast member Tony Dovolani coming to Batavia

BATAVIA – Professional ballroom dancer Tony Dovolani is a familiar face to fans of the television show "Dancing With The Stars."


Uncorked: An Italian wine that’s worth the six-year wait

Sagrantino and the region of Umbria, Italy, are excellent companions.


Chit Chat: Area natives part of Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Geneva native Bianca Shaw and St. Charles native Chris Fair will do their best to make ...


‘Modern Family’ producer buys film rights to local author’s book, ‘Real Santa’

On the cover of author William Hazelgrove’s latest novel, “Real Santa,” a starred review by Booklist states ...


St. Charles resident publishes second book

St. Charles resident Linda Brodine has plenty of stories to tell.


Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes coming to St. Charles

Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes is in the holiday spirit these days.


Batavia resident writes about cancer survivorship

In caring for his wife, Linda, as she battled ovarian cancer for eight years, Batavia resident Christopher Cudworth learned about character, caregiving and community.


Reese Witherspoon discusses life in the "Wild”

When Reese Witherspoon first set eyes upon and quickly devoured Cheryl Strayed’s ...


Nelson brothers bringing Christmas show to Arcada Theatre

In the ’50s and ’60s, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their family became television’s first family.


Noah’s Arcade to perform Saturday in Aurora

Those familiar with the music of singer-songwriter and guitarist Noah Gabriel might be surprised by his latest effort.


‘Hunger Games’ stars discuss ‘Mockingjay’ installment

The folks who star in the ultra-successful series of films based on Suzanne Collins...


Chit Chat: Author writes about St. Charles in new book

In her second book, “Haunted Nights at Drumheller Castle – Ethereal Quandary: A St. Charles Tale,”...


Fiona Grey to perform at Two Brothers Roundhouse

As the daughter of Chicago-area musician Ralph Covert, Fiona Grey was surrounded by music from a young age.


Tower of Power to bring signature soul music to St. Charles

For more than 40 years, the band Tower of Power has been entertaining the world with its distinctive brand of soul music.


Marmion Academy educator weighs in on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week reminds Americans about their freedom to read, and – every year – educators, librarians, book sellers, writers and readers come together to celebrate that freedom. Banned Books Week, celebrating its 32nd year, runs from Sept. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 27.

Art, fashion join in Water Street Studios’ fundraiser

Those who attend Water Street Studios’ third annual on-som’ bel fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 27, will see how fashion and art interact.


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