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Sarah Terez Rosenblum (@SarahTerez) is an MFA-holding writer, teacher and Spinning instructor. She's also the Theater Listings Editor for Centerstage Chicago. Look for her posts twice a week.

Dying to get up close and personal with Garrison Keillor? Yeah, me neither.

Listening to A Prairie Home Companion is like fielding an obscene phone call from your grandfather; you’d think after years in radio the man would learn to breathe through his nose. It’s not that I haven’t tried to find the funny in Keillor’s down-home humor. I went so far as to read his book, Love Me, which to my surprise and revulsion made Tropic of Capricorn seem written by Sarah Palin’s more prudish Aunt Tildy.

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Hockey fans and rock fans alike can join together to cheer on the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals at Metro on Sunday. The music venue and XRT will be showing Game 5 of the Hawks’ series against the Philadelphia Flyers with a special show from Jon Fratelli. … You know, of the rock group The Fratellis. … Not ringing a bell? OK, it’s the group that sings Chelsea Dagger. … Still nothing? OK, it’s the “duh duh-duh-duh duh-duh-duh” song they play at the United Center after every Hawks goal. Ohhhhh, that guy!

The free show starts at 5 and the game is at 7. Get tickets at XRT’s web site or text HOCKEY to 5-9393.

And if you’re looking for other places to watch the Hawks in the Finals, check out our top picks.

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Got a short attention span? Collaboraction knows how you feel. That's why its annual multimedia fest, Sketchbook, limits its presentations to seven minutes or less. The lineup for the 10th-annual event (June 10-27 at Chopin Theatre) was just released; check it out after the jump, and listen to Collaboraction's Blog Talk Radio Show today at 4 p.m. for a full rundown of the fest's 20 theater, music and video performances. Tickets ($25) go on sale March 1 at collaboraction.org. Ok, we won't take up any more of your time.


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Jamie Foxx hits No. 1 this week in Chicago, while the rest of the chart is a shell game. But notice Miss Thing there in the middle, ol' Sasha Fierce and her two back-to-back hits. How high will she go?

Here's the week's top 20 songs on Chicago radio, after the jump ...

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Here's the week's top 20 songs on Chicago radio.

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Chicago's Top 20 songs

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Pretty quiet list this week, kids. The songs pretty much do-si-do in their chart positions.

But, who's this? Hello, Britney!

Here are this week's top 20 songs based on Chicago-area radio airplay ...

'This American Life' back to the big screen

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Ira Glass just keeps moving to bigger and bigger media. First, his influential radio show started here in Chicago, then moved to cable TV as a Showtime series. Now he's hitting the big screen. "This American Life" — if you haven't yet seen the ads for it ahead of the movie trailers — is returning to movie screens for another one-night-only, live-via-satellite event to be broadcast to select movie theaters on April 23.

Glass will host a new episode of the program, joined by contributors Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill. There will also be a new cartoon by Chris Ware, visuals by Arthur Jones and a very special appearance by Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and the current series "Dollhouse."

The event will be shown at these area theaters: Addison 21, Addison; Lincolnshire 20 w/ IMAX, Lincolnshire; AMC South Barrington 30, Barrington; AMC Yorktown 17, Lombard; Randall 15 w/ IMAX, Batavia; Naperville Showplace, Naperville; Century Stratford Square, Bloomingdale; New Lenox Showplace, New Lenox; Carbondale Showplace, Carbondale; Niles Showplace, Niles; AMC River East 21, Chicago; Orland Park Cinemas 14, Orland Park; Chicago City North, Chicago; Pekin Showplace, Pekin; Chicago Webster Place, Chicago; Willow Knolls 14, Peoria; Showplace 16, Crystal Lake; Rockford Showplace, Rockford; Century 16 Deer Park, Deer Park; Savoy 16, Savoy; Edwardsville Stadium 12, Edwardsville; Springfield West Showplace, Springfield; Elgin Fox Theatre, Elgin; AMC Cantera 30, Warrenville; Evanston 18, Evanston; Cinemark Woodridge 17 w/ IMAX, Woodridge; Gurnee Cinemas 20, Gurnee.

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Keri Hilson carries the load at No. 1 this week, with frequent contributor (on this chart) Lil Wayne on board, 'Turnin' Me On." T.I. and JT fall to No. 3 on the day T.I. gets put away for a year.

Meanwhile, the hot Lady Gaga show this week helped keep her two, count 'em two, tracks on the Chicago chart.

Here are this week's top 20 songs based on Chicago-area radio airplay ...

Here it is, short and sweet: U2 has a secret show coming up on March 10, to be held at an intimate, undisclosed location.Tickets are free, but you can only get them via 101.9 FM (aka The Mix). The station's been giving them away all week, and you've got two more chances today. Tune in at 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m..

Eric & Kathy will be offering up the last pair bright and early Monday morning. So get on your boots and make it happen, people.

And please, don't forget to turn your radio down if your call makes it through. It's really annoying if you don't.


U2 performs "Beautiful Day" on last night's Letterman show.


Bennigan's is back

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Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the South Michigan Avenue Bennigan's has re-opened. Even if you're not a fan of BBQ burgers piled high with fried onions, or even kitschy Irish decor, you've gotta admit that the bar and grill is a great place to stop after the downtown parade on March 14.

On the 17th, stop in for an all-day party including a live broadcast from Fresh 105.9 FM, a set from Wedding Banned and plenty of food and drink specials.

You don't have to wait 'til next weekend to get your Monte Cristo sandwich, as the place is open now. Word has it that the menu will be changing over the next few months, but don't worry, the "Death By Chocolate" dessert will still be available.

Holy Cow...cheap beer!

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Thanks to 312 Dining Diva for reminding us that today is the 11th Annual Toast to Harry Caray. Fans of the late Cubs announcer will be celebrating worldwide at 7 p.m., but local fans get a special treat.

All day today, you can stop into one of Harry Caray's four locations (River North, Wrigleyville, Lombard and Rosemont) for 101-cent beers. In addition, the first 101 fans to arrive at any location will get a complimentary pair of replica glasses and a "Cubs Fan, Bud Man" hat. Harry's wife, Dutchie, will lead the toast promptly at 7 p.m., with a round of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" immediately following.

We'll let you guess the significance of that "101" number. Got it? Yeah, sorry 'bout that, Cubs fans. Have another drink.

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The honeymoon's over, at least in Chicago. Beyonce's mega-hit has finally slipped out of No. 1 in Our Town's hot local songs chart — conquered by none other than Chicago's Kanye West, whose "Heartless" seems to be a slow-burn hit.

But be wary, Mr. West. Entering the chart this week is another woman who's difficult to unseat once she hits the top of the chart, Kelly Clarkson. And people seem to be going ape-crazy over her new song.

Here are this week's top 20 songs based on Chicago-area radio airplay ...

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It's gotta be the enduring artistry of Justin Timberlake's dancing that keeps Beyonce on top, right?

Here are this week's top 20 songs based on Chicago-area radio airplay ...

(Blip!) This is the (blip!) coolest (blip!) thing ever!

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What's playing in your corner of Chicago? What awesome band did you just see? What awesome band should everyone else go see right freakin' now? Follow our Blip.fm music feed all about Chicago music — and feed it music!

What the (blip!) is Blip? It's basically a muisic Twitter. In addition to the 140 characters, you can tack on a song — which listeners can hear stream (with some amazing sound quality).

We take requests! Tune us in at blip.fm/chicagosmusic.

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Beyonce is still lord of the "put a ring on it." Who could knock her out of the No. 1 spot?

Here are this week's top 20 songs based on Chicago-area radio airplay ...

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