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JPAC Presents the Chicago Premiere of Return to the Forbidden Planet

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JPAC Presents the Chicago Premiere of Return to the Forbidden Planet

Jedlicka Performing Arts Center Presents the Chicago Premiere of Return to the Forbidden Planet Award-Winning Sci-Fi Musical Spoof features classic Rock-n-Roll music and Chicago Media Personalities The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Cicero, Ill. closes its season with the hilarious musical spoof Return to the Forbidden Planet. This production marks the Chicago-area premier of […]

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Quicksand Documentary explores Huntington’s Disease

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Quicksand Documentary explores Huntington’s Disease

Quicksand Documentary that aims for new public  awareness about the ravages of Huntington’s Disease will be aired on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago in May WTTW in Chicago will be the first station to broadcast Black Cat Productions’ riveting documentary, “A Mind in Quicksand — A Life with Huntington’s” on Sunday, May 3rd at 2 […]

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New movie thriller promises hole-in-one excitement

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New movie thriller promises hole-in-one excitement

By Ray Hanania New independently-produced movie thriller that brings golf and gambling together and has local Southwest Suburban Chicagoland ties will be released to limited theatrical distribution on April 17 and to Video-on-Demand audiences. Directed and written by Terry Jastrow, the film stars Jeremy Sumpter (“Friday Night Lights”, Peter Pan), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, Requiem for a Dream, […]

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Starbucks and race: Show me the Caffe Mocha Vente

The socially conscious owner of Starbucks Howard Schultz wants America to have a conversation about race relations. Not everyone agrees. But I think it’s a great idea. We still have issues but not everyone wants to talk about them By Ray Hanania In one of my favorite movies, Jerry MaGuire, a cutthroat sports agent wakes up […]

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The Chicago Tribune and the Mob

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The Chicago Tribune and the Mob

The Chicago Tribune and other media often reminisce about the past history of the mob and Chicagoland, regaling in stories about mob influence in communities like Melrose Park, Cicero, Oak Brook and so many others. But you rarely read a story in the Tribune about its own ties to the Chicago Outfit. And those ties […]

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The Monopoly glue is making me dizzy

Like thousands of doofuses who hope to circumvent hard work for fast riches through stupid grocery store games and lotteries, I’m at the table licking stamps in the new Jewel Osco $80 Million (right!) Monopoly Game. I get suckered in every time. By Ray Hanania I promised myself the last time that I wouldn’t do it […]

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Travel: Ft. Lauderdale, by Water Taxi

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Travel: Ft. Lauderdale, by Water Taxi

Travel: Ft. Lauderdale, by Water Taxi By Ray Hanania On our second cruise on the Norwegian Epic, this time doing the Western Caribbean itinerary (we did the Eastern Caribbean in November 2013), we decided to spend a few days on land before boarding the boat in Miami, Florida. So we booked a two night stay in […]

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Deep snow storms and shallow blizzard memories

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By Ray Hanania For some reason, many people think that the first big snow storm began in 1967. That’s usually when we start bringing out the “Snowfall Totals” when he start discussions about major Chicagoland blizzards. I am sure there were many more and heavier snowfalls before 1967, but that one is remembered as one of […]

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It rained autographs – and swear words — at Cubs Convention

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It rained autographs – and swear words — at Cubs Convention

By Ray Hanania Most people who read my columns regularly know I am not much on sports. The only real sport for me is politics, but lately politics has become mean and it’s just not fun to cover any more. I always thought I’d make a better sports writer. Writing about athletes would definitely attract […]

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Shameless love for ShowTime’s Sunday night lineup

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Shameless love for ShowTime’s Sunday night lineup

By Ray Hanania There is no doubt that in the past decade, Cable Television has surpassed commercial television in terms of quality entertainment. As much as I dislike the Cable TV industry though, for their greed and excessive costs (the sell everything including the good, the bad and the garbage, for a fee), I couldn’t […]

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