comp:000049183ad5:000000023d:5016 Five things the Planit Pl@y staff is excited about this week. new

PODCAST: ‘The Cultcast’

“The best 30-minute Apple conversation you’ll hear all week.” With those words, members of Cult of Mac’s “The Cultcast” kick off an informative and often hilarious weekly podcast about all things Apple. Available every Thursday, host Erfon Elijah chews the Apple fat with a revolving supporting cast of characters including Buster Heine, Leander Kahney and Alex Heath. They offer a taste of Apple news, apps, iOS tips and tricks and more in an informative, laid-back format. Plus, don’t miss the crew’s faves and raves segment. Come on Apple fans, take a bite. Available on iTunes and at – R. Scott Helmchen

THEATER: The Fox on the Fairway’

“The Fox On The Fairway” (through April 28 at the Woodstock Opera House) is over the top in all of the best ways. The play is full of hilarious misunderstandings, innuendo and running. Seriously, for a play about golf, there’s an awful lot of running. The premise starts simple enough: Golf club president Henry Bingham (Jeff Cook) makes a large wager with a competing club’s president (Kyle McCoy) before their annual grudge match. But after Bingham’s star player switches teams, he finds a secret weapon in his simple assistant Justin (Jim Pierce), whose volatile fiancée Louise (Amoreena Karmis) could be the key to keeping his head in the game. Before long, entanglements and confusion have the characters running in circles to save their love lives without blowing the game. Pamela Peabody (Karen Jorgensen) and Murial Bingham (Odette Little) serve as romantic foils to round out the cast, which never falters in the fast-paced script by Ken Ludwig. Jokes about bad golf clothes, bad marriages and balls abound, but the real hilarity comes from the cast’s commitment to the farce as they throw themselves headlong into each scheme and blunder. Tickets: $23 adults, $20 seniors and students, at 815-338-5300 or – Valerie Katzenstein


The battle rounds are back on “The Voice,” and I couldn’t be more hooked on this NBC reality singing show. Now in its fourth season, the show has undergone a few changes, most noticeably the departure of coaches CeeLo Green and Christina Aguilera, who have been replaced by Usher and Shakira. The coaches’ chemistry, which always has been good, hasn’t missed a beat. Each coach starts by choosing a “team” of 12 artists. In the battle rounds, they are pitted against one another. Each coach also gets two “steals” to pick up artists who are not chosen by other coaches. All in all, the contestants are good, the coaches are less snarky than on “American Idol,” and the show is worth turning one’s chair for. Airs 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. – Joan Oliver

BOOK: ‘The Right Stuff’

I just finished enjoying the Tom Wolfe book, “The Right Stuff,” which chronicles the story of the first astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. Besides having a history degree and being a lifelong space nut, my interest in the topic is summed up by Wolfe in the very first sentence of his book: “What is it, I wondered, that makes a man willing to sit up on top of an enormous Roman candle, such as a Redstone, Atlas, Titan, or Saturn rocket, and wait for someone to light the fuse?” By the way, if you watched the movie but didn’t read the book, Gus Grissom did not in fact panic and blow the hatch on Liberty Bell 7. – Kevin Craver

EVENT: Record Store Day

Record Store Day is Saturday and it’s one of my favorite days to get out of the house and buy some new music. Yes, people actually still buy music without looking at a computer or phone screen. Record Store Day, initiated in 2007, is typically the third Saturday in April each year. The day is meant to get people out to independent record stores by offering limited edition vinyl releases and hard-to-find exclusives that are just featured that day. Last year, I was able to get a limited edition of The Black Keys’ “El Camino” that included the release on vinyl and CD along with a poster, all in special packaging for Record Store Day. Among the noteable acts with exclusives this year are Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, The Cure and Dave Matthews Band. A full list of Record Store Day releases and participating stores is available at – Rob Carroll