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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
Meijer’s Summer Experts will be on hand at sampling stations throughout the store with lots of great ideas for Graduation Party Planning & Summer Grilling Season. Stop by, stock-up and sample your Spring & Summer favorites like Johnsonville, Sargento and Tyson.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The popular jazz and swing revivalist band, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, an event that will include a performance at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets start at $35. Go to www.finearts.northcentralcollege.edu. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18
Louie Anderson at the Improv
Comedian Louie Anderson ("Family Feud," "Life With Louie") returns for a special engagement this weekend at the Improv Comedy Showcase, 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg. $22-$24 plus a two-item menu purchase. (847) 240-2001 or www.improv.com. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, May 17; 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Saint Athanasios' Spring Greek Food Festival
Dig in to a wide variety of Greek fare, including saganaki, gyros, pastries and more at the Spring Greek Food Festival at Saint Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 1855 5th Ave., Aurora. Don't miss the Greek dance performances. Free admission. (630) 851-6106 or www.stathanasios.org. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 17; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19
'Music Can Tell a Story'
Youngsters can explore musical instruments and help choose the music for the "Music Can Tell a Story" family concert at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. Kids 4 to 12 can get an up-close look at instruments at the "musical instrument petting zoo." Adults must accompany all children. $8 per person. (630) 206-9566. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18
Train Days at Lambs Farm
Train fans are invited to the annual Train Days event at Lambs Farm, 14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville. Kids of all ages can navigate electric trains, courtesy of the Valley Model Railroad Association. Free admission; some activities require small fees. (847) 362-4636 or www.lambsfarm.org. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Raffi Concert for Kids
Kids music superstar Raffi ("Baby Beluga," "Bananaphone") is back on the road in a tour to benefit the Centre for Child Honoring this Sunday at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $25-$35. (630) 896-6666 or www.paramountaurora.com. 1 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Glenview Ice Center's "Hollywood, Skate of Fame"
More than 275 skaters celebrate the movies in the Glenview Ice Center's 40th anniversary ice show titled "Hollywood, Skate of Fame." See this famed ice show at 1851 Landwehr Road, Glenview. $6. (847) 724-2800 or www.glenviewparks.org. 7 p.m. Friday, May 17; 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19
JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival
Scale a 25-foot rock wall, balance on a paddle board or try your hand at a number of other recreational activities during this weekend's JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center, at Lies Road and Gary Avenue, Carol Stream. Free admission, though select events require a registration fee. (630) 784-6100 or www.justplay.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19
Elmhurst Museum Day FREE Sunday
Take advantage of free admission to Elmhurst's four museums on Elmhurst Museum Day Sunday. A complimentary trolley will run throughout the day between the Elmhurst Art Museum (150 Cottage Hill Ave.), the Elmhurst Historical Museum (120 E. Park Ave.), the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art (220 Cottage Hill Ave.) and the Theatre Historical Society of America (152 N. York, second floor). Visitors can get stamps at the museums to qualify for entry in a prize drawing. Visit www.elmhurstartmuseum.org, www.elmhursthistory.org, www.lizzadromuseum.org or www.historictheatres.org. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19
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Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)
The much anticipated sequel to the 2009 blockbuster finds the crew of the Enterprise called back home, only to discover their the world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Benedict Cumberbatch.
CANDICE GLOVER WINS AMERICAN IDOL
South Carolina native Candice Glover, a three-time contestant, was named America’s new American Idol Thursday, beating out Texas-bred Kree Harrison in the star-packed season finale. Immediately after Glover was crowned this season’s champion, it was announced her debut album, Music Speaks, will be released July 16. Last night’s show featured onstage performances by judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson, but Nicki Minaj (who announced she would not be back for a second season) elected to stay in her chair. Other guests who performed included Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Psy, Jessie J, The Band Perry,Aretha Franklin, Emeli Sande, and Frankie Valli.
"The Office" ended its nine-season run last night, and STEVE CARELL DID return for the series finale. On the surface, that isn't surprising . . . but it IS impressive that they were able to keep it under wraps.
Steve's character Michael Scott showed up at Dwight and Angela's wedding to serve as Dwight's best man. Here's how it went down: Jim was supposed to be Dwight's best man, but he played a prank on Dwight.
He said the best man was supposed to be someone older, and he wasn't going to be able to perform the duties. Dwight turned around, and saw Michael standing in the doorway.
Dwight said, quote, "I can't believe you came" . . . and Michael responded, quote, "That's what she said."
Michael later told the camera . . . talking about his former co-workers . . . quote, "I feel like all my kids grew up, and then they married each other. It's every parent's dream."
MINDY KALING (Kelly) and B.J. NOVAK (Ryan) also returned . . . and they DID end up as a couple.
Michael's wife, who was played by AMY RYAN, did not show up on the finale, and neither did his former girlfriend Jan, who was played by MELORA HARDIN. Pam's former fiancé Roy, who was played by DAVID DENMAN, also didn't appear.
However, Steve's REAL LIFE wife NANCY CARELL was back as Carol, one of Michael's ex-girlfriends.
PALTROW FAN TRIP SELLS OUT
Gwyneth Paltrow has some dedicated and wealthy fans. The Iron Man 3 star recently launched an exclusive Groupon.com offering to 60 fans willing to shell out $2,000 for a private meeting with the actress, and it sold out in less than 24 hours. The package includes tickets to Paltrow’s VIP event, including roundtrip airfare from anywhere in the US or Canada to New York, airport transfers, two nights in a hotel, spa treatments and dinner at a fancy French restaurant in the Big Apple. Paltrow is also expected to give a private cooking class and sign copies of her new cookbook.
SOURCE: Chicago Park District
Hundreds of shows and activities are coming to Chicago's neighborhoods this summer with the city's Night Out in the Parks program.
Nights Out in the Parks includes 750 performances, plays, movies, and shows across Chicago parks. Many of the programs are free.
"All families regardless where you live, regardless of where your zip code is, will have a Night Out In The Parks that will be safe and family friendly," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
Mayor Emanuel said the new series will provide seven events every day, seven days a week, all summer. Get the schedule and map at www.nightoutintheparks.com or by calling 312-742-PLAY.
Fun, Active, Engaging Activities Coming to Neighborhood Parks This Summer
⁃ Chicago Children’s Theatre in association with Redroom, The Elephant and The Whale
⁃ Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks (in partnership with Chicago Shakespeare Theater)
⁃ Circus in the Parks, featuring the Midnight Circus
⁃ Collaboraction’s Crime Scene: Let Hope Rise
⁃ Dance in the Parks
⁃ Elastic Arts’ Culture Coach
⁃ Eye on India Festival
⁃ Grant Park Music Festival Choral Performances
⁃ JazzCity, in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago
⁃ Juicebox series for children
⁃ Movies in the Parks
⁃ Shall We Gather at the River, in partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
⁃ SummerDance in the Parks
⁃ The Hypocrites R&J
⁃ Theater on the Lake