“Give people what they want,” is the no-nonsense motto of Richard Holleb, owner of Norton’s restaurant in Highland Park. The casual and friendly atmosphere he and partner, Jeffrey Mages, have created over the last 14 years in their “Cheer’s”-worthy haunt is a direct result of that credo.
Young love casts a powerful spell in “Beautiful Creatures,” Arnold Schwarzenneger returns to action in “The Last Stand,” Jude Law writes a prescription for disaster in “Side Effects” and Pacino, Walken and Arkin have a big night on the town in “Stand Up Guys.”
Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Swift won eight of 11 awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.” She told the crowd: “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had.” She also had a colorful performance of her hit “22” — starting backstage and working her way to the main stage on the back of a bike with help from a dozen background dancers and a flurry of red balloons.
Check out the variety of fun events and activities in your area this week!
Quick: When was the last time a theater gave you $1,000 just for showing up at a performance? Odds are the answer to that is a resounding never. The transactional model most theaters subscribes to is a one-way street. Pony up the price of a ticket and you get to watch a show.
Michael Shannon kills for a living in “The Iceman” and the crew of the Enterprise warps back into action in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
“When I was three years old I said to my mom, ‘I want to become a chef,’” said Claude Bouteille, the long-time chef and baker who has been plying his craft in the north of Chicago for the past 22 years.
You and your children can explore scientific principles together during Family Science Saturday, 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 18 at the Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St.
A pair of successful Music Institute of Chicago alumni will give a recital Saturday from their new CD, “Violin Lullabies,” which has been getting national attention for its unusual focus and beautiful sound.
Art has no geographic boundaries. So Oakton Community College’s Koehnline Museum of Art is proud to present work of Charles Szymkowicz in his American debut in which the painter, a Belgian of Polish ancestry, reflects on American political personalities and cultural icons.
A planned 1978 Neo-Nazi march through Skokie is at the heart of “The Invasion of Skokie.” But the play, which debuted in 2010 at Chicago Dramatists, also addresses some very personal issues of family and culture.
Clear choice: Maggie Cain of Glenview is reprising her role as Amanda, a faded southern belle clinging to the past, in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co’s restaging of its acclaimed production of “The Glass Menagerie.”
The Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia has visited Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on a regular basis since 2000.
Tom Hanks and company span 500 years of history in “Cloud Atlas” and director Sam Raimi’s 1986 comedy “Crimewave” makes its long-awaited DVD debut.
It’s hard to figure out what’s scarier in this old-school, disco-era, homicide-happy mob movie: the titular cold-blooded killer or the 1970s in general.
Leonardo DiCaprio gets jazzy in “The Great Gatsby,” Pierce Brosnan gets blind-sided by romance in “All You Need is Love” and Craig Robinson gets dissed by his girlfriend’s daddy in “Peeples,” all in area theaters.