Stop//look//listen: 8 entertaining things you need to know about


'Greetings from Cairo, Illinois'

The Land of Lincoln inspires yet again. Singer-songwriter Stace England's mesmerizing song cycle about political tensions Downstate ranks right up there with Sufjan Stevens' cult hit disc "Illinois."

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18th annual Premio Lo Nuestro Awards

The grandfather of Latin music competitions will announce winners live at 7 p.m. Thursday on Univision (WBGO-Channel 66) from American Airlines Arena in Miami. Among this year's leading nominees: Monchy y Alexandra, Juanes and Daddy Yankee.

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Cary Grant box set

Includes some of the debonair actor's great performances: the comic masterpieces "Holiday" (, with Katharine Hepburn), "His Girl Friday" (with Rosalind Russell) and "Talk of the Town" (with Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman).

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'Lady Madeline'

The marvelously creepy and provocative stage adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's 1839 short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" is part of Steppenwolf Theatre's exemplary Young Adults series. Through Feb. 25 at Steppenwolf Theatre.

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Fine Art

'American Gothic'

After a four-month absence, one of the Art Institute of Chicago's most recognizable paintings has returned. Grant Wood's iconic portrait is on display in Gallery 263.

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By recounting the unremarkable life of a quietly remarkable man, Marilynne Robinson enlightens and enriches the mystery and subtle joy of human existence in this luminous novel (now in paperback).

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Classical music

Barenboim's back

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's magnificent maestro returns for his next-to-last residency as music director before he steps down in June. Through Feb. 25 at Symphony Center.