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Exclusive Photo: Jessica Simpson for Her New ‘Open Book’

CHICAGO – When your life is an open book, it’s appropriate to finally get around to putting it on paper. Jessica Simpson – singer, actress, reality TV star, fashion designer and now author – has just released her new memoir “Open Book,” and it has shot to number one on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Interview: Matthew Weinstein on ‘A Missed Connection’ at Beloit Film Fest, Feb. 21-22, 2020

Matthew Weinstein, 'A Missed Connection'

CHICAGO – Writer/director Matthew Weinstein is bringing a bit of Chicago to the Beloit (Wisconsin) International Film Festival this upcoming weekend (February 21st and 22nd) as he presents his short made-in-Chicago film, “A Missed Connection.” Featuring a couple, a chance encounter and a meditation on the past, more information on the screening is available by

Photo Gallery: Punk Rock Band SUM 41 at Belvidere’s Apollo Theatre AC, Dec. 15, 2019

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Sum 41 at Belvidere’s The Apollo Theatre AC, 1 of 10

BELVIDERE, ILL – Iconic punk rockers Sum 41 brought their “Order in Decline World Tour” to the Apollo Theatre AC in Belvidere, Illinois, on December 15th, 2019. Singer Deryck Whibley and the band selected crowd favorites from their extensive catalogue of songs and kept the crowd rocking and thrashing all night. Sum 41’s performance exuded catchy guitar riffs and contagious frantic energy, along with lyrics that the crowd knew by heart.

Exclusive Photo: Author Salman Rushdie for New Book ‘Quichotte’

CHICAGO – It’s a major event when an author the magnitude of Salman Rushdie releases a new novel, and “Quichotte” is now on the shelves. The story was inspired by Don Quixote, and set in current times. Joe Arce took an Exclusive Photo of Rushdie at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop at North Central College in Naperville (Illinois).

Interview: Local Band whitewolfsonicprincess to Appear at Evanston’s Space, Sept. 4, 2019

Local band wwsp

CHICAGO – The venue called Space is one of the finer rooms in Chicagoland – specifically Evanston, Illinois – and one of the finer local bands will be making an appearance on Wednesday, September 4th. whitewolfsonicprincess (wwsp) will be playing tunes off their third album, “The Alternate Boot,” released in February of this year, and selections from their entire catalog.

Photo Gallery: Khalid at Chicago's United Center on July 25, 2019

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CHICAGO – The R&B singer/songwriter Khalid burst onto the music scene the same day he graduated from high school. His debut single “Location” was released in July of 2016 and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart … and was later certified quadruple platinum. His debut studio album, “American Teen,” was released on March 3rd, 2017. Since then he has achieved several top ten hits, including the song “Young Dumb and Broke,” a number one album and five Grammy nominations.

Photo Gallery: Chicago Open Air in Bridgeview on May 18 & 19, 2019

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BRIDGEVIEW, ILL. - Chicago Open Air is an annual concert held in Bridgeview, Illinois, that features several rock and metal acts. After not happening in 2018, the festival returned for weekend of rock at SeetGeek Stadium. 2019 headliners included System of a Down, Tool, Ghost and The Cult. Photographers Jeff and Isabella Doles of HollywoodChicago.com were there.

Film News: Patrick McDonald Hosts ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway' for AHFS on May 13, 2019

Bathtubs Over Broadway

CHICAGO – How does one man rediscover and revive an art form? This question is answered in the magnificent “Bathtubs Over Broadway,” a 2018 documentary about the quest of comedy writer Steve Young, as he saves the legacy of the “industrial musical,” a form of American corporate entertainment from the 1950s through the ‘70s. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com will host a screening of the film on Monday, May 13th, 2019 (7:30pm), and facilitate a discussion afterward, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill. To purchase tickets, click here.

Interview: Alecia “Mixi” Demner, Singer & Songwriter from ‘Stitched Up Heart’

Stitched Up Heart, photo by Jeff Doles

CHICAGO – Hard rock to their core, the band “Stitched Up Heart” combine powerful vocals and soulful lyrics to make the band a rock ‘n’ roll force to be reckoned with … Stitched Up Heart recently released their new track “Lost,” featuring Godsmack front man Sully Erna. “Lost” is the first track released off their upcoming sophomore LP that will be released in the fall.

Photo Gallery: The Darbies Perform at the RocHaus on April 5, 2019

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WEST DUNDEE, Ill. – The Darbies are a rock n roll quartet forged in the majestic and azure city-tide of the west end of Los Angeles. Like many bands before them, The Darbies are tinged with that peculiar, mythic brilliance that characterizes the musical portraiture of the teeming Los Angeles soundscape. Young, ambitious, persistent and forged with an undeniable devil-may-care-vintage-rock swagger, The Darbies are climbing to the top with a rapidity matched only by the sweltering charisma of their captivating musical presence, and breathtakingly cathartic live performances.

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