The events center this year also ended an annual promotion with Cefco convenience stores that would distribute about 6,000 free admission passes to the opening Sneak-a-Peek night. That event brought in about 5,400 visitors this year, nearly 3,000 less than the number of people who typically would attend the Sneak-a-Peek. Allison said the decision to end the free Cefco coupon was to weed out residents who would come only to cause trouble with no intention of actually participating in the carnival. Gang activity also has become a concern in recent years, Allison said. Those adjustments were among a number of changes that impacted turnout for some fair attractions. The fairs HOT Concert Series covered only two nights this year and brought in about 2,500 participants, compared to 4,500 concert attendees during three nights during the inaugural series last year. The coliseum of the Extraco Events Center can accommodate as many as 4,000 people for concerts, Allison said. HOT Concert Series tickets are not included in fair admission. Thursday concert Allison said the fair eliminated the Thursday concert because it is typically a low-turnout night. This years main draw, KC and the Sunshine Band, did not sell as many tickets as last years lead artist, the Beach Boys, who brought along actor-singer John Stamos. Its part of doing entertainment, Allison said.

(Posted By Des Plaines Park District, Community Contributor / October 14, 2013) Posted by Des Plaines Park District, Community Contributor 1:24 p.m. CDT, October 14, 2013 In February of 1878, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, premiered at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow with Nikolai Rubinstein as conductor. Considered the first of his mature symphonic works, Tchaikovsky dedicated the piece to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck. On finishing the symphony, the composer wrote, “It seems to me that this is my best work. Of my two latest creations, the opera and the symphony, I favor the latter. What lies in store for this symphony? Will it survive long after its author has disappeared from the face of the earth, or straight away plunge into the depths of oblivion? I only know that at this moment I… am blind to any shortcomings in my new offspring. Yet I am sure that, as regards texture and form, it represents a step forward in my development…” Now, 135 years after the creation of this magnificent symphony, the Des Plaines Park District Community Concert Band, under the direction of Lawrence J. Carle, will perform the finale from Symphony No.

Jay Z, Chris Martin ride London tube to rapper’s concert: Timbaland, Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia join

The rapper was on his way to performing at London’s O2 Arena Saturday.

By Chiderah Monde / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, October 14, 2013, 7:45 AM infusny-271/uklo-200 Jay Z and Chris Martin were spotted taking the train to London’s O2 Arena. First, he took the subway to Brooklyn like a true New Yorker. Now, Jay Z is taking over London’s tube. The 43-year-old rapper gave several Londoners quite the celebrity sighting when he boarded the city’s underground on his way to his own concert at the O2 Arena on Saturday. Neil Lupin/Redferns via Getty Images The rapper was on his way to performing at Londons O2 Arena Saturday. Not only were tube riders graced by the charitable presence of Jay Z, the rapper brought a few famous friends. infusny-271/uklo-200 The rapper’s famous entourage included producer Timbaland, and baseballers Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia. Coldplay frontmanand best budChris Martin, hit producer Timbaland, and Yankees players Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia were a part of Hov’s 15-person entourage, eyewitnesses told Us Weekly. infusny-271/uklo-200 The celebritiy sightings caused a stir for fellow tube riders. “He got on the same carriage as us at Waterloo station,” a rider told the mag. “It was the Jubilee Line.” Last time, the “Magna Carta Holy Grail” rapper boarded a Brooklyn-bound R train on his way to Barclays for one of his concerts. An adorable encounter with unsuspecting artist Ellen Grossman, who had no idea who Jay Z was, became a viral video.

The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

The Community Concert Band Presents: Tchaikovsky

Seasoned performer Selena Gomez fell off stage during her Oct. 10 concert in Fairfax, Va., while singing her new single, “Slow Down.” The former Disney star’s misstep happened towards the end of the tune and she recovered quickly, shaking fans’ hands as she got up. PHOTOS: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez: The way they were Gomez is currently in the middle of her Stars Dance Tour, promoting her album of the same name, which was released in July 2013. After the album produced excellent record sales, scoring a No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time, Gomez went back on her former claim that she would be taking a hiatus from music to focus on acting. Selena Gomez falls on stage in recent concert. Credit: Harry Woods/WireImage PHOTOS: Selena Gomez’s red carpet style “I was just telling everyone that I’m probably going to release another record next year,” the 21-year-old told Idolator in August 2013 . Stars Dance sold 97,000 copies in its first week. It is her solo debut album and by far the most successful one she has released thus far. Prior to going solo the “Come & Get It” singer was in the group Selena Gomez & the Scene, which released three records. PHOTOS: Celebrity PDA In her personal life, Gomez is best known for dating pop star-turned-bad boy Justin Bieber on and off for the past two years. The now-single star had little time for a dating life with her hectic schedule, but she did recently admit to having a major crush on rapper Drake . The Stars Dance Tour wraps up in late November 2013.