Things to do Dec. 9-15: All sorts of holiday events to add to your calendar
Fill your weekend with holiday concerts, stage shows, Nutcrackers, artisan markets, brunch with Santa, light shows and much more.
Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning 'Cheers' star, dies at 71Kirstie Alley, who won an Emmy for her role on "Cheers" and starred in films including "Look Who's Talking," died Monday.
NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU' and 'Chicago Med' bid farewell to starsTwo well-established dramas are saying goodbye to one star each. Brian Tee signs off as "Chicago Med's" Dr. Ethan Choi in what he has called an "amazing" episode airing Wednesday, Dec. 7. Then, Kelli Giddish marks her final turn as Detective Amanda Rollins on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Thursday, Dec. 8.
Spotlight: 'It's a Wonderful Life" at Improv Playhouse and Hershel returnsSanta will visit following performances of Improv Playhouse's "It's a Wonderful Life"; Strawdog remounts the family favorite "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins"; and Angela Ingersoll channels Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and other divas in "The 12 Dames of Christmas" at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre.
Book review: Hurricane-force novel with a hint of magical realism"The Light Pirate" by Lily Brooks-Dalton takes place at a time not far from our reality -- ostensibly now -- and goes on to imagine a frighteningly near-future of encroaching waves and crumbling, unsustainable infrastructure completely changing the landscape and life itself.
Marie Osmond bringing holiday cheer to Genesee TheatreEntertainment icon Marie Osmond is in the midst of a Christmas concert tour that will bring her to Waukegan's Genesee Theatre on Friday, Dec. 9.
'George & Tammy' pulls back the curtain on country iconsIn preparation for their upcoming Showtime series "George & Tammy," Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain spent months learning the songs that George Jones and Tammy Wynette made famous, working with a vocal coach and making the pilgrimage to Nashville to record.
'Road Trippin' -- Red Hot Chili Peppers unveil 2023 tourNEW YORK -- There's no rest for the spicy: Fresh off a world tour and two albums this year, Red Hot Chili Peppers are preparing for a set of stadium shows and festival stops across North America and Europe in 2023. Live Nation said Monday the band's 23-date global trek kicks off March 29 at BC Place in Vancouver, followed by shows in Las Vegas, San Diego, Houston, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna and more before wrapping up on July 23 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Goodman weaves holiday magic with 'A Christmas Carol'Goodman Theatre advertises its production of "A Christmas Carol" and it delivers thanks in large part to the masterful Larry Yando, playing Ebenezer Scrooge for the 15th time.
Music review: Adeem the Artist's album is engaging, topical, funnyA banjo-driven romp on the new album "White Trash Revelry" explains in jest the cause of Adeem the Artist's unspecified musical limitations. The East Tennessee-based singer-songwriter has considerable gifts, too, and that's no joke.
'Wakanda Forever' is No. 1 for 4th straight weekend"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" kept the box-office crown for the fourth straight weekend, and the comic holiday thriller "Violent Night" debuted with $13.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Holiday TV: New musicals, romcoms, specials arrive in a flurry this monthPretty much every network and streaming service seemingly has a show aimed at spreading holiday cheer. Luckily, there's a bounty of fresh shows and specials targeted to traditionalists, romantics and family-friendly entertainment.