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home : news : arts & entertainment April 27, 2018

Jake Tapper's 'Hellfire Club' insightful
CNN’s Jake Tapper dives into the world of historical fiction and produces “The Hellfire Club,” an insightful novel that echoes today’s political landscape.
Thursday, April 26, 2018


'Fixer Upper' star debuts cookbook, talks of plans
Even though “Fixer Upper” has come to an end, Joanna Gaines is still going strong.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Edmonson truly sings like an 'Old Fashioned Gal'
Kat Edmonson’s “Old Fashioned Gal” sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film, 11 self-penned songs of gentle romance and vulnerability in a decades-old style sparkling with modern sensibilities.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

McAdams, Weisz give searing turns in 'Disobedience'
Disobedience “ is a slow-burn drama that reveals its true self patiently to the audience.
Thursday, April 26, 2018

Public is invited to Decatur program on 'Mail in the 1800s' this Sunday
The Decatur Genealogical Society will meet on April 22 at 1 p.m. where  Brent Wielt will speak on the “Mail in the 1800s at 1 p.m. A general meeting will follow at 2 p.m, and the public is invited.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ukelele master playing at Hickory Ridge this weekend
Ukelele Master Lil Rev will take the stage Saturday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the auditorium of the Dickson Mounds Museum. Rev is an award winning master of the harmonica and the ukulele and a witty, engaging performer who is rapidly gaining national attention for entertaining and informative performances.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Books: 'The Art of the Wasted Day' explores leisure of silence and solitude
Critically praised Patricia Hampl invites readers to take a journey to explore the idea of a life steeped in leisure without schedules.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sting and Shaggy collaborate on sunny reggae album
The fact that Shaggy and Sting are teaming up on a CD does, admittedly, sound like a gimmick. Why are these two very different artists together? Because they happen to be known by a single name? Why not keep going and add Shakira, Sia, Slash and Seal?
Thursday, April 19, 2018

The prank-loving cops of 'Super Troopers' return
A goofy sense of inconsequentiality is an underappreciated trait in comedies. There’s an abiding charm to movies so low in their stakes and so loose in their order that they feel as if at any moment they might fall apart. Films like “Caddyshack” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” are good examples, but outside of the loose absurdities of some of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s films (“Step Brothers,” “Anchorman”) most of today’s big-screen comedies are more conceptually tidy.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

WHEN GREEDY IS GOOD
It's easy to be greedy at this time of year when fresh spring produce clutters the farmers market tables. I can't resist buying a rotation of asparagus, sweet peas and early strawberries, which pass through our kitchen to the dining table on a daily basis. You'd think that we would tire of all of this seasonal goodness, but it never seems to be the case.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Alabama food truck serves portion of profits to charity
One of the newest food trucks in Auburn is more than just a restaurant on wheels. Dumps Like A Truck is an authentic Chinese food and dumpling truck, but is also an avenue for charity.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

WSJ Best-Sellers
Saturday, April 14, 2018

'Dodging and Burning' is riveting debut by John Copenhaver
“Dodging and Burning” is a riveting debut by John Copenhaver. It tackles a story that’s seldom explored in mysteries — life for gay men and lesbians during America’s post-World War II era. The intricate plot melds a coming-of-age story, a coming-out tale and a mystery with realistic characters who want to be accepted for themselves. “Dodging and Burning,” a photography term, works well as a metaphor for the characters whose freedoms to love and be themselves are limited by the time in which they live. The characters do a lot of dodging, and some burning, as they maneuver life in Royal Oak, a small Virginia town, as well as stints in the military.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book on film 'Giant' window into 1950s Hollywood
No matter what you think of the 1956 epic "Giant"  some love it as an all-time favorite, some find it overblown  Don Graham's book is an entertaining case study for anyone who wants to understand how Hollywood lived and breathed in the mid-1950s. His behind-the-scenes story provides as much drama as director George Stevens' sometimes lumbering movie about a handsome but hidebound cattle baron who brings his East Coast bride to a not-so-little house on the prairie.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

In Zhao's spiritual Western 'The Rider,' a rodeo cowboy plays himself
Cinema might have a worthy successor to early Terrence Malick in Chloe Zhao, whose second feature "The Rider " is a spiritual and poetic journey into the fading world of the Lakota cowboy, starring the real people who inspired her film.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, April 7, 2018

LaVette transforms Dylan into her own
There are enough cover versions of Bob Dylan songs for a lifetime but Bettye LaVette’s own dozen are a truly special kind. She doesn’t simply sing them — she molds, adopts and transforms them, taking possession of the songs like few other interpreters do or can.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' is intoxicatingly creepy
Let’s start with a popcorn warning. If you’re bringing your usual tub of multiplex popcorn into “A Quiet Place,” just be aware that you’ll be hearing every single crunch.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Museum will mark Lincoln's death with a one-man play
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will mark the anniversary of Lincoln’s death with a special performance of a one-man play that explores the 16th president’s life and legacy.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

'Escaping Pavement' Americana-Bluegrass duo at the museum
The award winning duo Escaping Pavement brings their high energy blend of Americana, Bluegrass and folk to the Music at the Museum Concert Series on Thursday, April the 12 at  the Illinois State Museum at 7:00 p.m. Sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices, this duo brings a fiery passion, wistful reflection, awestruck adventurousness to the stage with heartstring-plucking poignancy and expert musicianship. 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Animal Protective League holding April cat and dog adoptions
The Animal Protective League (APL) will hold several pet adoptions during April with cats and dogs available at various locations. All animals presented by APL for adoption for have been spayed or neutered, microchipped and have received all vaccinations by the time of their adoption.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Mid-State Collectors preparing antique tractor show schedule
Members of the Mid-State Antique Collectors Club will meet on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at the Maverick Steaks & Spirit restaurant in Litchfield. Arrive early and eat before the meeting. This will be the final meeting before the summer tractor shows begin.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Rock Springs hosting rag doll workshop, wildflower hikes
Create a toy from the past at the Make a Rag Doll Workshop. Design and personalized your own old-fashioned rag doll at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. This workshop is free and open to all ages. Register online by noon on April 6 at maconcountyconservation.org. All materials will be provided. 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wreath laying at Mother Jones Museum
The Mother Jones Museum events committee in Mt. Olive Illinois, announced United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts will be laying wreaths at the graves of the Irish born labor agitator Mother Jones, former UMWA Secretary Treasurer John Banovic and Sam Yurkovitch, an immigrant coal miner who enlisted in WWI and died at the second battle of the Argonne in 1918.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Super Saturday at Museum a family event
The green fun returns to the Illinois State Museum during the 5th annual Recycled Play Day Super Saturday and Family Event on Sat., April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each year, this event kicks off Earth Month at the Museum with engaging activities and games centered on reducing, reusing, and recycling, and other “green” topics. This year, children will enjoy environmental games, recycled art projects, and the chance to win a door prize.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Events planned for Autism awareness month
April is Autism Awareness Month, and The Autism Support Connection (TASC) has planned some special events for families affected by Autism:
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Book Review: "If I Die Tonight," by Alison Gaylin
Crimes aren’t committed in a vacuum but have the potential to cause ripples throughout a community. And that community can quickly turn on one of its own, needing someone, or something, to blame. Those connections are the bedrock of Alison Gaylin’s superb standalone, “If I Die Tonight.”
Saturday, March 31, 2018

A FARMERS MARKET CHICKEN DINNER
A trip to the farmers market easily yields the ingredients to assemble a one-dish springtime dinner. It doesn't require much: a whole chicken, a bunch of spring greens, new potatoes and green garlic.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book review: 'Balcony' is riveting debut fiction
A limestone manor, surrounded by fields and forests not far from Paris, is the main setting for “The Balcony,” a subtly crafted and richly rewarding debut book of fiction by Jane Delury.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

'Ready Player One' takes Spielberg back to the future
In Ernest Cline’s novel “Ready Player One,” the main character drives a DeLorean because of “Back to the Future,” and uses a grail diary because of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” The films of Steven Spielberg loom large in the story littered with pop culture references. That the legendary filmmaker then ended up being the one to take Cline’s futuristic-nostalgic vision to the big screen is a small Spielbergian miracle.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meatball therapy
If there is any food that evokes intergenerational and international comfort, it's meatballs. Not only do meatballs simply taste great, they are also present in nearly every cuisine and enjoyed by children and adults alike. Your mother probably made meatballs, as did her mother, and chances are that you also make your own.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Smothered Italian Meatballs in Marinara Sauce
Saturday, March 17, 2018

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lippman's 'Sunburn' is intriguing mystery
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sean Bean on his many deaths and 'Game of Thrones' legacy
Sean Bean is as famous for his rugged looks and thick northern British accent as the many creative ways in which he dies onscreen.
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sunday News Guest Lineups
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, March 17, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Oglesby Mansion to host speaker Laura Jahr March 18
The Oglesby Mansion will host an event titled History Comes Alive on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Joan Baez's expressive talent intact on new album
Nearly 10 years on from her last studio album, Joan Baez delivers another pearl, 10 deeply felt interpretations about the human condition and the state of the world.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

With Vikander leading, 'Tomb Raider' isn't half bad
In "Tomb Raider ," which has elements of "Indiana Jones," 'Batman" and even "Tron: Legacy," but with an angsty young woman at the center instead of an angsty young man, Alicia Vikander takes a lot of beatings.
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lippman's 'Sunburn' is intriguing mystery
Laura Lippman’s versatility as a writer ascends to a new level with her excellent 22nd novel, “Sunburn,” which ignites as a classic hard-boiled mystery and contemporary domestic thriller.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Jewelers prepping for Oscars sparkle
NEW YORK (AP) — The Academy Awards are the Super Bowl of sparkle, at least to the jewelers vying to adorn all those famous ears, necks and wrists.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Love proves graceful and profound in 'Rosie'
Rex has no desire to twirl with Rosie through an antique shop, and Rosie isn’t the type to stay in bed on Sunday mornings. For now, however, they will set aside pieces of themselves and sink into this exhilarating (if mortal) love they’ve found.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

'Red Sparrow' with Lawrence never quite takes off
(AP) — In the James Bond films, sex with a globe-trotting spy seems to be fun, fun, fun. A martini, a tuxedo, a witty line or two and then it’s off to a luxurious bed with two tanned, muscular bodies. Not so in the new thriller “Red Sparrow,” where the sex is cold, ugly and often violent.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Maple syrup program at Rock Spgs. March 3
DECATUR — Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, March 3. Programs will be held hourly at 10 a.m., 11a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Albom plans sequel to 'Five People You Meet in Heaven'
NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Albom is giving heaven a sequel. Publisher Harper tells The Associated Press that Albom’s “The Next Person You Meet in Heaven” is coming out Oct. 16. The novel is a follow-up to Albom’s best-selling “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” which came out in 2003.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Angelic harmonies shine on I'm With Her's new album
(AP) — Feels like fate must have brought together three already successful alt-folk musicians whose angel voices blend as seamlessly as their strings. The lovely sounds of I’m With Her — the trio of Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan and Sara Watkins — are on splendid display in the group’s first full-length album, “See You Around.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gov't. secret town uncovered in 'Atomic City Girls'
(AP) — Eager to escape life in the country, June Walker begins work at a top secret government community in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during World War II. She sits at a machine 12 hours a day, having no clue what she’s helping to create. When author Janet Beard introduces her high-ranking love interest, June is shocked to learn that she’s one of “The Atomic City Girls.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams anchor lively and fun 'Game Night'
(AP) — A murder mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in “Game Night ,” which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late.
Thursday, February 22, 2018

'Poison' by John Lescroart is a marvelous mystery
Thoughts of retirement for attorney Dismas Hardy have to be put on hold when a former client begs for his help in “Poison,” John Lescroart’s latest thriller.
Saturday, February 17, 2018

New roller coaster has new name
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — A record-breaking roller coaster set to open this spring north of Chicago now has a name: Mardi Gras Hangover.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 15, 2018

John Oates dives deep into his roots
(AP) — The less celebrated half of the pop duo Hall & Oates has tapped into a rich vein of American roots music on his latest offering, an album that demonstrates his seriousness about the music-making craft.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Jojo Moyes charms readers once again
(AP) — In 2012, author Jojo Moyes introduced readers to delightful caregiver Louisa Clark in the best-selling novel “Me Before You,” followed by the sequel “After You.” Moyes’ latest installment continues the story line across the pond in America, where Louisa learns what it takes to survive navigating the intricate rules of New York high society.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

'Nostalgia' is an unrushed poem with a great cast
(AP) — One of the first images in the film “Nostalgia” is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky.
Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Ray Of Sunshine

'Tis the season for lemons. Late winter offers up bushels of citrus, which transform into light and lovely desserts like these lemon bars. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

'Killer Choice' ekes out suspense despite stakes

(AP) — Gary’s pregnant wife, Beth, has a brain tumor. It’s going to take $200,000 they don’t have to save her. Fittingly, that’s how much a drug dealer across town is willing to pay Gary for committing murder. 


Friday, February 9, 2018

Earnest 'Peter Rabbit' a delightful tale
(AP) — With warm nostalgia for Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s tale, “Peter Rabbit “ director, producer and co-writer Will Gluck channels the author’s earnestness into a sweet film sure to delight young fans.
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Heroes in Eastwood's '15:17' played by themselves
(AP) — In his latest film, “The 15:17 to Paris,” Clint Eastwood has taken his famously no-frills filmmaking further than ever before. Having already dispensed with many of the typical accoutrements of Hollywood filmmaking — lengthy development, a battery of takes, any handwringing at all — he has, with characteristically little anguish, jettisoned actors from the picture, too. Who needs ‘em, anyway?
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Gardiner's 'Black Nowhere' has strong female character
Meg Gardiner’s follow-up to her best-selling “UNSUB” novel continues the riveting adventure of FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix.
Saturday, February 3, 2018

Parade of talent on tribute
(AP) — Elmore James has been dead 54 years, and the blues aren't doing too well either. This lively tribute album gives both a boost.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Smoak returns in Hurwitz's 'Hellbent'
(AP) — Evan Smoak is known by many aliases, including Orphan X and the Nowhere Man. In “Hellbent,” the latest novel by Gregg Hurwitz featuring the former government assassin turned vigilante, a call for help quickly turns personal.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mirren talks 'Winchester,' impact of gun deaths
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Mirren says her new film “Winchester “ isn’t a horror flick, but rather a ghost story with foreign roots and a distinct American element — the psychological impact of gun deaths.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Actress Marlyn Mason, more than an 'Elvis Girl'
HOLLYWOOD — Beginning in 1960 and for some three decades thereafter, Marlyn Mason appeared in close to one hundred television series such as “The Odd Couple,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Newhart,” earning the unofficial title of TV “Guest Star Queen.” While her film roles were far fewer, fans of Elvis Presley movies remember the actress as Elvis’s vivacious co-star in his next-to-last film, 1969’s “The Trouble with Girls.” However, Marlyn left Hollywood – literally – in the early 1990s.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Marty Stuart planning music museum
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Country singer Marty Stuart says he’s planning to develop a museum and performance hall in his Mississippi hometown to display his collection of 20,000 country music artifacts, including handwritten lyrics from Hank Williams.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Entertainment Calendar
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Illinois Symphony presents Star Wars & Beyond, best of John Williams
SPRINGFIELD — Round up the family and get your seats for an experience that will be out of this world! From Star Wars to Harry Potter and Raiders of the Lost Ark to Superman, the ISO, performs some of John William’s greatest film music in Star Wars and Beyond led by Guest Conductor Vince Lee.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
















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