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  • Lake in the Hills boy stars in Paramount Theatre's 'The Who's Tommy'

    Between basketball games and homework, 12-year-old Ricky Falbo of Lake in the Hills becomes “Tommy.”
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 9:56 am
  • Review: ‘Married Alive!’ brings belly laughs to the Raue in Crystal Lake

    It’s not often I see a show that prompts a belly laugh in its first few moments, but that’s exactly what “Married Alive!” does – and the laughs just ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 8:32 am
  • Review: 'Fifty Shades' of dissatisfaction

    Curious? The posters for “Fifty Shades of Grey” coyly ask. Whether or not you’re one of the 100 mill ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Review: Paramount turns in stellar version of 'The Who's Tommy'

    AURORA – As an longtime fan of the band The Who, I had misgivings when it was first announced that the band's iconic album – "Tommy" – was being made ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:02 pm
  • Lake in the Hills boy stars in Paramount Theatre's 'Tommy'

    Between basketball games and homework, 12-year-old Ricky Falbo of Lake in the Hills becomes “Tommy.”
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 3:07 pm
  • Review: ‘Married Alive!’ brings belly laughs to the Raue in Crystal Lake

    Note to readers: This is an occasional theater column. Reviews of productions throughout McHenry County will be written by various members of area t ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 3:09 pm
  • McHenry County fans loyal to 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' despite controversy

    For many, the long wait to see Mr. Grey is over.Local movie theaters expect big crowds this weekend ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:00 pm
  • Even kids can help make easy, customizable chocolates

    Sometimes it takes just a few simple ingredients to win my heart. That’s what fellow Southerner Ben Mims recently did. And he did it with candy.
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 11:39 pm
  • You know the scent, now learn to love the flavor of roses

    When it comes to romance, there can be no better floral answer than the rose. The bold red petals entice the eyes from across the room, while that int ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 11:07 pm
  • Mother knows best, even on Valentine’s Day

    WASHINGTON – Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers – to her mother.With Valentine’ ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Venture off the path for Valentine’s Day ideas

    Sometimes, the best way to say “I love you” is dashing through the snow, in a one-horse open sleigh.
    Feb. 7, 2015 - 9:11 pm
  • Embracing the ‘new feminine’

    A year ago, menswear-inspired decorating was wildly popular. Interior designers hung sharply tailored draperies alongside furniture covered in pinstri ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 4:35 pm
  • Atwater: Sometimes simplest answers work best

    I don’t know if these were the exact words, but I overheard an older gentleman explaining to a new AA member how he stayed sober in the first days of ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 4:34 pm
  • Want Valentine's Day ease that still impresses? Try fondue

    Worried your kitchen skills may not be up to pulling together something impressively decadent for Valentine’s Day? Fear not. A pricy restaurant meal i ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 5:04 pm
  • Fightin' words: Stunt man, love of theater inspire McHenry County productions

    Area students are fighting for theater – literally. When students at McHenry West High School take t ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 12:20 am
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