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Dealing a blow to cancer: Wrestlers in Kincaid organize event for charity
Independent wrestlers brawl in the ring. The wrestlers, coming from Illinois and several states, have honed their skills for Wrestling for a Cure, a fundraiser this Saturday at Kincaid High School to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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Independent wrestlers brawl in the ring. The wrestlers, coming from Illinois and several states, have honed their skills for Wrestling for a Cure, a fundraiser this Saturday at Kincaid High School to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Submitted photo
TAYLORVILLE — Jason Willhite spent 16 years on the independent wrestling circuit, where he was known as Jason Wells, the Hardcore Legend.
Thursday, July 20, 2017


'The Almost Sisters' tests bonds of family & friends
(AP) — "The Almost Sisters" is, at its heart, a story about four generations of family. How author Joshilyn Jackson defines family, however, isn't just by bloodlines and gene pools.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Route 66 spaceship on display at The Mill on 66 to celebrate 88th birthday
LINCOLN, Ill. — On July 25th, 1929 The Mill officially opened as The Blue Mill, and was painted white with blue trim.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming area events include programs on US mail, Vietnam, archaeology
DECATUR — Brent Wielt, of the Macon County Conservation District, will present information about how mail changed in the 1800s and how it affected society, from postcards to letters, flyers, stamps and more. See what was sent and received and how it became the basis of what we still get today.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Riveting 'Dunkirk' is not only Christopher Nolan's best, it's the year's best
(AP) — "Dunkirk " is not a typical war movie.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amy Silverstein explores friendship in 'My Glory Was I Had Such Friends'
(AP) — Amy Silverstein received a new heart when she was 25 years old, and for the next 26 years she beat the odds, surpassing all expectations for a transplant recipient. Then a single jolt of dizziness warned her that something was terribly wrong; her heart was rapidly giving out.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

'UNSUB' is an intelligent, compelling page-turner

"UNSUB" (Dutton), by Meg Gardiner

(AP) — A serial killer known only as "The Prophet" terrorized the San Francisco Bay area with a series of ritualized killings in the 1990s, taunting the authorities with cruel mind games that left the lead detective who hunted him a broken man. Then, as abruptly as they began, the killings stopped, and the killer vanished.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun assists cast in play about recruiting
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Actor Sam Kebede went to rehearsal hoping to get some insights about what it’s like to be recruited by a big-time college basketball coach. Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun was happy to assist. 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Heroes who stopped French train attack to star in Clint Eastwood film
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The three California men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about their heroics, a studio announced Tuesday. 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed July 13
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mike Berry remembers the delightful British comedy'Are You Being Served?
America discovered the delightful British comedy series “Are You Being Served?” in the 80s, thanks to reruns on Public Television. Released in the U.K. 45 years ago this year, the 10-season show remains as popular as ever with fans.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Music: Sam Baker has a style all his own
(AP) — If Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize re-ignited the debate on what separates popular music from poetry, Sam Baker is here to complicate things further. Baker makes elegant, original music. Nothing he does could be mistaken for anyone else's work.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book review: Raw emotion with every page turn
Thursday, July 13, 2017

In 'Lady Macbeth,' a young wife's bloody rebellion
(AP) — "Unsex me here" was Lady Macbeth's plea to the spirits for manly ferocity in Shakespeare's tragedy, but the protagonist of "Lady Macbeth" has no such designs on shedding or subduing her already perfectly potent femininity in William Oldroyd's austere but thick-blooded drama about a young, 19th century woman's unrepentant rebellion.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Chicago-based duo pairs music, poems
Many of the lyrics on “Myths and Mortals” date back more than a century, which is why the New Zeitgeist is singing of fairies, fables and linnet’s wings. This is real roots music that connects Dublin and Austin.
Monday, July 10, 2017

Community Calendar printed July 9
Saturday, July 8, 2017

"Here and Gone" is terrifyingly realistic
(AP) — The vulnerability of a family — in this case a woman and her two children escaping an abusive home — is at the center of Haylen Beck's "Here and Gone," a tension-laden, sometimes disturbing story with a viselike grip that won't let go.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed July 6
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Film claims to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery
NEW YORK (AP) — The photo is haunting. Among a number of figures gathered on a dock, the fuzzy image seems to be that of a woman, her back to the camera, gazing at what may be her crippled aircraft loaded on a barge, and perhaps wondering what her future might hold.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

At 70, former Chicago mailman John Prine is hippest songwriter in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on business owners' summer reading lists
NEW YORK (AP) — A book about marketing or managing employees may be the last thing small business owners want to read on vacation. But some say they’ve found insight they can apply to their companies from the subjects of books they cracked just for the joy of reading — Abraham Lincoln, Harry Potter or a young woman in an alternative universe.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Diana Damrau makes her case for Meyerbeer
(AP) — Once considered a giant of 19th century opera, Giacomo Meyerbeer has been relegated over the century to the second tier of composers, admired for his craftsmanship but faulted for lacking that intangible ingredient called genius.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Film review: 'A Ghost Story' casts a bizarre spell
(AP) — A fatal, off-screen car crash interrupts the picturesque, suburban lives of a young married couple in David Lowery's "A Ghost Story," marooning the deceased husband musician (Casey Affleck) in a kind of purgatory as a watchful, mostly benign ghost.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lovers of fine writing will note Toibin's observations
(AP) — In the days before the gods lost interest in human folly, King Agamemnon summoned his daughter Iphigenia to wed Achilles. His wife, Clytemnestra, believed his ruse and led their young daughter to what turned out to be her death in a blood sacrifice on the eve of the Trojan War.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Amtrak to disount travel for eclipse
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Giant deer sculpture on display
CHICAGO (AP) — Visitors to Chicago’s downtown riverfront will be able to see a new public art sculpture featuring a giant deer.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Navy Pier offers tips for July 4 fireworks
CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers for Chicago’s lakefront Independence Day celebration say Navy Pier will open early to give revelers a jumpstart.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Award winning Celtic duo Switchback at Music at the Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert Series will present the award winning Celtic Americana duo Switchback Thursday, July the 13th, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Illinois State Museum. Known for their high energy performances, Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Night Hike at Griswold Conservation Area
BLUE MOUND — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a Night Hike at Griswold Conservation Area on Saturday, July 8 from 10pm-11:30pm. Venture into the darkness at this conservation area during a naturalist-led hike. You will experiment with your five senses and see how they can play tricks on your mind, then walk to the top of the glacial kame to view the full moon. Free. Must pre-register online by July 7 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walk in Decatur features Chinese culture
 DECATUR — The First Friday Gallery Walk for July will take place on Friday, July 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Iles House celebrates annual Clara Irwin Strawberry Party July 4
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will host its annual “Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party” on Tuesday, July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m on the lawn of the Iles House, 628 South Seventh Street. Clara Irwin, the spouse of the house’s second owner, was known for her promotion of the horticultural arts in central Illinois, and was renown for the quality of her strawberries — and her strawberry parties — in the 1840s and ‘50s.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Poetry on the Praire July 2 at Homestead Farm
DECATUR, Ill. — Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area is hosting a Poetry on the Prairie program Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cleveland's Rock Hall of Fame to open 'Power of Rock' exhibit this weekend
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll fans can get a taste of what it’s like to be a star inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beginning this weekend.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 29
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cray takes a Memphis stroll with Hi Rhythm
(AP) — Robert Cray teams up with the Hi Records rhythm section for a Memphis stroll of soulful sounds and evocative songs.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fact outhits fiction in 'Pride of Yankees'
(AP) — The movie "The Pride of the Yankees" is the kind of Hollywood hokum that makes us feel good. And there's nothing wrong with that — as long as we know life is usually more complicated than a Gary Cooper movie.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: 'Baby Driver' is a toe-tapping, engine-revving jolt with epic chase
(AP) — There’s nothing like an epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear, and the first five minutes of “Baby Driver “ are pure movie magic.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

'House of Names' is family drama on a mythic stage
In the days before the gods lost interest in human folly, King Agamemnon summoned his daughter Iphigenia to wed Achilles. His wife, Clytemnestra, believed his ruse and led their young daughter to what turned out to be her death in a blood sacrifice on the eve of the Trojan War.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Annual Farm Aid benefit concert returning to Pennsylvania
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: John Grisham's 'Camino Island' is fine beach read
The tale opens with a robbery and closes with a reconciliation. In between these bookends, “Camino Island” by John Grisham is populated with ruthless thieves, witty writers and enough intrigue to fill a bookstore’s mystery aisle. At the heart of the story is the theft of five priceless, yet heavily insured, original manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald, including “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender Is the Night,” from Princeton University’s library.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 22
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Porch Chat at the Iles House June 23
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will have this season’s first Summer Porch Chat on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the House. The topic is Thomas Lincoln Reconsidered. It is free and open to the public. Courtesy Refreshments Will be Served.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

32nd Annual Montgomery County Fair this weekend
BUTLER, Ill. — The Montgomery County Fair is going on now through the weekend. As always, the gate admission is $5 per person, which includes free parking and free carnival rides each evening.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Joan Shelley's self-titled album is simply lovely
(AP) — "Joan Shelley" reflects the beauty of simplicity. On her self-titled fourth album, Shelley is often accompanied only by acoustic guitar as producer Jeff Tweedy wisely puts the spotlight on her luminous dimming-of-the-day alto.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'Matilda' made Mara Wilson famous
Talented child actors don’t inevitably extend their careers into adulthood. Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood all did; Mara Wilson did not.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grand Levee returns to Vandalia Statehouse with food, music and Lincoln
VANDALIA, Ill. — The Grande Levée – a two-day party appropriate for the dignitaries a frontier state capital attracted during the 1830s – returns to the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site on June 16-17.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cahokia Mounds hosts weekend of Chickasaw music, dancing and games
COLLINSVILLE – Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site presents two days of Native American dancing, music, games and stories when the Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe visits on June 17 and 18.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Time to celebrate gardening with a visit to the Garden Walk this Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — Saturday’s upcoming Garden Walk will be a place to celebrate peace, beauty, and the love of gardening. Our homeowners have been hard at work and it’s time to visit their gardens and show our appreciation. Thanks to all of them for being part of our garden-loving team and showing all of us what a little time in the out of doors can do, even in our own back yard.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 15
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Star in hit comedy Gomer Pyle grew up in Eastern Illinois
PARIS, Ill. — An eastern Illinois native was one of the stars of the hit comedy series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., the most recognizable role in a television and movie career that spanned five decades.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Music: Chris Stapleton delivers with honesty, rare talent
(AP) — Covering a song that Willie Nelson has already turned into a masterpiece might seem like a fool's errand — unless you manage to make it your own.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Daughters reunite for dying mom in 'Sunshine Sisters'
(AP) — From the outside, Ronni Sunshine was the beautiful movie star fans adored. But to her three daughters, Nell, Meredith and Lizzy, she was aloof and self-absorbed. Now that she is facing the end of her life and would like some assistance on the dying front, her past is creeping up on her.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Film review: A questionable murder derails 'Rough Night' of bachelorette fun
(AP) — In “Rough Night “ four women on a wild and crazy bachelorette weekend in Miami accidentally kill a guy and try to get away with it.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt team up this summer
NEW YORK (AP) — James Taylor might just be the happiest road warrior touring today, so what makes him happier?
Monday, June 12, 2017

'Numbers' shows Holt's storytelling at its finest
(AP) — Anne Holt's finely constructed novels continue to pull back the curtain on Norwegian society as seen through the eyes of insightful police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen.
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Adventuring catting: Living nine lives to the fullest
NEW YORK (AP) — At the beach, in the snow or on a hiking trail, heading outdoors for adventures with a "house cat" runs counter to the stereotype that all cats really want to do is eat and sleep.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Events mark late poet Gwendolyn Brooks 100th birthday
CHICAGO (AP) — Poet Gwendolyn Brooks would have turned 100 this week, and that birthday is being commemorated with new books, poetry readings, writing contests and even a bus tour through her hometown of Chicago, all inspired by her.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

O'Reilly's 'Killing England' due out Sept. 19th
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly’s next book, and the first announced since his ouster from Fox News in April, brings his multimillion-selling “Killing” historical series to the Revolutionary War era.
Friday, June 2, 2017

Collection of Jack Reacher short stories a fun read

"No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories" (Delacorte Press), by Lee Child

Do you recall that famous line from the "Forrest Gump" film? "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" That might be true, except when it comes to Jack Reacher. With Reacher, life might be a box of chocolates, but you are going to get the same sweet treat every time — an epic beat down, whether it's an elbow or a kick to the head, a broken arm or leg. You are also going to get Reacher's signature self-confidence — in both his moral compass and his masculine strength.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Artful gardening is featured, naturally, at the home of local artist Jane Frey
TAYLORVILLE — Jane Frey joins the 2017 Christian County Garden Walk with a different take on the joy and appreciation of gardening. “At first I had some doubts about whether my garden would be well-suited for the event,” she confides, “but then I thought ‘why not put a different spin on the idea.’”
Thursday, June 1, 2017

If barbershop music is your thing, you'll love 'The Best of Barbershop'
CHARLESTON, Ill. — At 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, the Dvorak Concert Hall on the EIU campus will be the site of “The Best of Barbershop”, the annual summer Show for the Coles County Barberbershop Chorus. Advance tickets ($12) can be purchased at Porter Auto Body (Mattoon and Charleston) and Coldwell Banker (Mattoon). All members have tickets and phone orders can be taken at 276-3312.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Big band music, kids crafts and story time, chalk art, yoga demo and history
TAYLORVILLE — There may be rain in the forecast later in the weekend, but the weatherman predicts good weather Saturday morning when Downtown Taylorville .org teams up with US Bank and the Taylorville Arts Council to present ‘Summertime on the Square,’ from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed June 1
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Historic cars to gather at historic home
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Past and future will collide June 4 when the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site hosts a car show featuring a collection of DeLoreans, the car made famous in “Back to the Future.”
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Decatur Arts Council presents exhibit of Chinese art, artifacts
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting an exhibit entitled China: Sumbols & Motifs (A Chinese Art Journey) from June 2-July 27 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery featuring photography exhibit
SPRINGFIELD — The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College is featuring the photography exhibit, “Chasing Dr. Who,” by local photographer Christine Samoore June 5-29. The exhibit is open for viewing Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. A reception for the artist is being held Thursday, June 8 from noon-1:30 p.m. at the gallery.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

State Museum concert features new take on old-time country
SPRINGFIELD —Come hear some great old time music at on Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium of the Illinois State Museum in Springfield as part of the monthly Music at the Museum concert series.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rochester's Old Stone House Open This Sunday
ROCHESTER — The first open house of the year at the Rochester Historical Preservation Society's Old Stone House in Rochester will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday June 4, 2017. Docents will offer guided tours of the reconstructed 1830s era residence, which is located at the historic park site adjacent to Rochester Community Park on West Main Street. Open houses are scheduled on the first Sunday of the month through September, weather permitting. Admission is free.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hitchcock rocks out in self-titled album
(AP) — Robyn Hitchcock rocks out on his new, self-titled album, restoring some electric zing to his guitar playing without any loss of melody.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

'Since We Fell' shows the power of introspection
(AP) — Dennis Lehane's crime fiction has highlighted some of the most insightful looks at parenting ("Gone Baby Gone"), mental health ("Shutter Island"), loss of innocence ("Mystic River") and the life of mobsters ("Live By Night").
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scott Pelley is out, Anthony Mason temporarily in as CBS News anchor
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS’ effort to brand itself as the home of hard-edged newscasts has been a success in the morning, not so much in the evening — and “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley paid the price for it with his job.
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Christopher Plummer plays Wilhelm II in WWII thriller 'The Exception'
(AP) — Has any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer?
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Community Calendar printed May 28
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Top six varieties in state cover most of grape acreage
ILLINOIS — Winemakers in Illinois use different grape varieties to produce a diversity of high-quality wines.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Wine Festivals
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Many Illinois wineries clustered along wine trails
ILLINOIS — Many Illinois wineries are conveniently clustered along one of eight Illinois wine trails so you can discover a variety of  wines in one exciting trip. Click here to view the Illinois Wine Trails on a map.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

The history of Illinois wine starts in Nauvoo
Did you know that Illinois was one of the largest wine producers in the United States prior to prohibition? Illinois enjoys a rich winemaking history dating back to 1691!
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: 'The Mask of Sanity' is a suspenseful story
(AP) — Dr. Jeremy Balint is a man who has it all. He's a respected community leader, a cardiologist with a thriving practice and a family man with a beautiful wife and two lovely young daughters. But when he discovers that his wife is having an affair with one of his colleagues, he begins methodically planning to take the man's life.
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Old State Capitol to offer yoga, 'Lunch on the Lawn' and free concerts
SPRINGFIELD — The Old State Capitol will be humming with activity this summer as it offers yoga classes, free concerts and “Lunch on the Lawn.”
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Christian County Master Gardener's Annual Garden Walk: An English-style garden with an American Palette
TAYLORVILLE — Linda Spence says that a peaceful feeling always greets her when she comes into her driveway, bordered on one side with an exuberant collection of large flowering shrubs and on the other with a generous bed of (mostly native) American perennials.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dana-Thomas House plans events to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th
SPRINGFIELD – The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will celebrate architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday next month with a concert and special tours of the stunning home he designed.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed May 25
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sean Hannity says liberal fascists after show's sponsors; one now is leaving
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Davies relays 'Americana' experience
(AP) — Think of “Americana,” the first release of new material from former Kinks frontman Ray Davies in nine years, as a musical memoir of sorts. It’s a welcome return for one of rock’s signature voices and it finds Davies in a reflective and introspective mood.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tait tackles millennial friendship in 'Fake Love'
(AP) — Having the ability to determine if someone is truly genuine or posing as a replica of himself is something college graduates try to master before heading off to the real world.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fans have waited six long years for fifth 'Pirates of the Caribbean' flick
(AP) — The opening scene of the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the only things aboard are cranky old ghosts.
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Brooks, Reiner, Lear, Van Dyke discuss living well after 90
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Mel Brooks made it clear that he was not paid to appear at the premiere of the new HBO documentary "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blumenthal to discuss volume two of Lincoln bio
 SPRINGFIELD – The author of an acclaimed Lincoln biography will discuss his work June 1 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, just days after the release of the latest volume in the project.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Damn Fine List Of 10 Things To Know About 'Twin Peaks'
 1. It’s been aptly described as “one of the most talked-about, but least-watched, TV experiments of the early ‘90s,” whose “eerie, nonlinear visual and narrative quality left many initially intrigued viewers wondering ‘what’s going on here?’ — just before they changed channels.”
Thursday, May 18, 2017

'Twin Peaks' revival: Too weird the first time, will it be weird enough now?
NEW YORK (AP) — In the current run-up to the “Twin Peaks” revival, viewers know almost nothing about what to expect. At the same time, they know everything they need to.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed May 18
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Kaufmann goes it alone in Mahler piece
(AP) — Placido Domingo sang it with Bo Skovhus. Fritz Wunderlich with Christa Ludwig. And now Jonas Kaufmann with. Jonas Kaufmann!
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oil wealth, greed, prejudice fueled murders of Osage
(AP) — The FBI burnished its reputation by gunning down Depression-era gangster John Dillinger and bringing to justice the kidnapper of Charles Lindbergh’s baby. However, a more challenging but long forgotten investigation a decade earlier gave the fledgling agency its first major success.
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bryan Cranston shines in moody, escapist 'Wakefield'
(AP) — Have you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you go, you need to see the curiously brilliant film "Wakefield."
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gethers highlights mom's career in 'My Mother's Kitchen'
(AP) — In a delightfully moving memoir, Peter Gethers shares entertaining and intimate stories about his mom’s celebrated culinary career. “My Mother’s Kitchen” details the life of celebrated cook and cookbook writer Judy Gethers and the gift her son worked tirelessly to give her at the end of her life.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Chuck Berry home to become museum
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis is planning to convert Chuck Berry’s one-time home into a museum and to create a cultural district around it honoring the rock ‘n’ roll legend and other prominent African Americans who have lived in that part of the city.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rock Springs offers trip to bird sanctuary
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District will host a van trip to the World Bird Sanctuary near St. Louis, MO on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed May 11
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Good summer reads: Best-selling authors discuss art of 'the beach read'
NEW YORK (AP) — For author Elin Hilderbrand, the art of the beach novel is very much a matter of location.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Big summer for Disney: Pandora, Guardians of Galaxy
(AP) — Disney theme parks have a big summer ahead of them with major new attractions opening May 27 based on two movies, one about the Marvel Comics superheroes from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the other about the lush alien world of Pandora from the James Cameron film “Avatar.”
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Disneyland was born over a 1953 marathon weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tomorrowland was originally going to be called World of Tomorrow. Frontierland was Frontier Country. Lilliputian Land never became a reality at Disneyland. And no one could have foreseen a “Star Wars” land opening in 2019.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Senegal's Orchestra Baobab returns with dance galore

(AP) — Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab honors a former bandmate on “Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng,” a spicy mix of African and Cuban tempos with no rust and a fluctuating pulse.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: Baldacci's 'The Fix' is compelling puzzler
(AP) —  “The Fix,” the latest in David Baldacci’s series featuring Detective Amos Decker — the man who cannot forget anything — is a compelling puzzler. 
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: Guy Ritchie reinvents 'King Arthur' to mixed reviews
(AP) — Deep into Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword ,” a bad guy who we’ve never met before informs Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) and his mates that they’d better be at the castle before dark if they want to see “the boy” and “the girl” again. It’s one of those harmless, up the stakes clichis that’s all too common in action movies, but, in the flawed yet amusing “King Arthur,” it unwittingly left me baffled. “Which girl?” I wondered, sincerely doubting that this was the intended effect.
Thursday, May 11, 2017

'Devil's Triangle' starts with a bang, never lets up

“The Devil’s Triangle: a Brit in the FBI Thriller” (Gallery Books), by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

(AP) — “The Devil’s Triangle,” the latest book in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison’s series featuring FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine, starts with a bang and never lets up.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

New Concert Series to begin at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Museum (ISM), in partnership with singer-songwriter/folk musician Chris Vallillo, will be presenting a new concert series titled Music at the Museum.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey final circus to be on Facebook Live
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus first wowed audiences in the 19th century. For the iconic American spectacle’s final act, it will broadcast the final performance on a 21st century medium: Facebook Live.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Real-life 'Rocky', Chuck Wepner, gets his moment on the silver screen
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Forty-two years after he stepped into the ring against Muhammad Ali as a 40-to-1 underdog, Chuck Wepner’s business card still has a picture of the moment when he knocked down the champ.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dahl's 'Conviction' has believable characters, intriguing twists
(AP) — Julia Dahl's examination of the myriad communities that exist — sometimes not so harmoniously — in Brooklyn, New York, fuels her third excellent novel featuring freelance reporter Rebekah Roberts.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Book Review: 'The Lost Order' by Steve Berry is gripping story
(AP) — “The Lost Order,” Steve Berry’s latest Cotton Malone adventure, combines the history of a secret society with a look inside the Smithsonian Institution — and it’s terrific.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Music Review: Unreleased 1976 Bill Evans Trio gig is intimate treat
(AP) — “On A Monday Evening” is the first release of a 1976 recording by the Bill Evans Trio, an autumn concert in Wisconsin that finds the influential pianist and his partners in outstanding form.
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed May 4
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Grilling foods to be safe and healthy
People rely on indoor and outdoor grills to prepare foods all year long. Not only can menu items made on the grill taste delicious, but they also may be healthier than foods cooked via other methods. When done correctly, grilling is a versatile way to cook tasty foods relatively quickly.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: 'Cork Dork' celebrates wine, sommeliers
(AP) — Sommelier is a simple yet mysterious job title. The most basic translation from the French might be wine expert, but then how exactly does one attain that status?
Saturday, April 29, 2017

Millikin Percussion Ensemble to present Masterworks' concert April 30
DECATUR — Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble will present its annual Masterworks concert on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

"Lincoln's Legacy" with Dan Guillory at the the Macon County History Museum
DECATUR —In the often contentious world of American politics, it is perhaps not surprising that some citizens resort to cynicism or despair about the very nature of politics and politicians.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dovie Thomason brings Native American stories to historic site May 6
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Storyteller Dovie Thomason will share Native American folk tales and her own stories of Indian culture and history May 6 at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Local junior high school students perform at Lake Land College's Johnston Music Festival
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Behind the scenes of 'The Rivalry'
 SPRINGFIELD – Two teams, two museums, 140 years of history and millions of screaming fans. What did it take to transform all that into the “Cubs vs. Cards: The Rivalry,” the latest exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum?
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Barn Colony show opens on first Friday
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council will host the annual exhibit of work by Barn Colony Artists from May 3-26 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed April 27
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Report: Jeff Goldblum signs on for 'Jurassic World' sequel
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park franchise.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jeff Kinney marks 10th anniversary of 'Wimpy Kid' series
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Kinney remembers when his goal was to write a book, one big book, for grown-ups.
Thursday, April 27, 2017

With 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' sequels, Scott looks forward
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ridley Scott insists he is not a nostalgic person, but you wouldn't know that looking at the 2017 movie calendar. Not only are audiences getting another "Alien" movie, "Alien: Covenant," on May 19, but also a long-time-coming "Blade Runner" sequel in October.
Thursday, April 27, 2017












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