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home : news : arts & entertainment May 25, 2016

OJ Prosecutor Clark delivers in 'Blood Defense'
(AP) — The protagonist is no longer a prosecutor as in Marcia Clark's previous legal dramas in her new book, "Blood Defense."
Saturday, May 21, 2016


Community Calendar printed May 15, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Actress agrees to pay $1,000 for carving on red rock wall
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Actress Vanessa Hudgens has paid $1,000 in restitution for carving a heart into a red rock wall during a trip to Sedona, Arizona.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dozen-plus primtetime shows axed in next season
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It wasn’t quite the Red Wedding, but Thursday brought viewers news of more than a dozen prime-time shows being axed to make room for new programs next season.
Friday, May 13, 2016

New display at Lincoln Library features recreation of Lincoln hearse
SPRINGFIELD – A modern re-creation of the hearse that carried Abraham Lincoln to his tomb goes on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum this month, as does a new exhibit in the “Art in the Atrium” program
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Sailing ships, symphonies and Lincoln's life offer outing opportunities
SPRINGFIELD — Listen live to a Brass Quintet from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra perform a free hour long concert on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the historic Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Family excursions both near and far offer fun for kids and kids at heart
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016

New TV season: Fox orders series based on 'Lethal Weapon' and 'Exorcist'
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Post is bringing its “Page Six” gossip page to television in a program that will be tested on some Fox stations in July.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Music: Wainwright sings Shakespeare
(AP) — Rufus Wainwright appears in many guises on "Take All My Loves," composing, producing, arranging and, least of all, singing.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

'Valiant Ambition:' The Philbrick saga continues
In "Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution," Nathaniel Philbrick continues the saga of the American Revolution from his previous book, "Bunker Hill: a City, a Siege, a Revolution."
Thursday, May 12, 2016

'Love & Friendship' delights in language, scheming
(AP) — It was the comedy, not the romance, in Jane Austen's work that drew writer-director Whit Stillman to her unfinished novella "Lady Susan."
Thursday, May 12, 2016

2016 THS Prom Court
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ancho Chile Rubbed SMOKED BEEF BRISKET ON THE GRILL:
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Devilishly Good Treat!
Is it possible to make a homemade appetizer in just 5 minutes? I think so, if you use hard-cooked whole peeled eggs -- widely available in grocery store dairy cases across the country. These cooked eggs help you make a summertime favorite, deviled eggs, in a matter of minutes.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Music review: Darryl Purpose is mellifluous
Yes, Darryl Purpose sounds like James Taylor. And, yes, he has an amazing backstory — he's a blackjack expert banned from casinos on six continents who says he became a songwriter while on a work release program following his arrest on allegations of laundering drug money.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Book Review: 'Redemption Road' by John Hart
(AP) — John Hart's first four novels earned two Edgar Allan Poe Awards and one nomination, as well as a myriad of other awards.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Pop singer, Broadway composer Cyndi Lauper adds country to her career
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop singer, songwriter and Broadway musical composer Cyndi Lauper added a little country twang to her signature Queens accent.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

New guidebook highlights Native American link to historic Route 66
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new story is unfolding along historic Route 66 thanks to a yearlong project coordinated by a tourism group with help from the National Park Service and American Indian tribes along America's Mother Road.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Classic Rock Coachella
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It could be Woodstock 47 years later, only the drug of choice might be antacid — a weekend concert event featuring some of the greatest musical acts of the 1960s.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed May 5, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016

As 'The Good Wife' nears goodbye, its co-creators take a long look back
NEW YORK (AP) — As "The Good Wife" comes in for a landing after seven seasons, it finds its namesake heroine, Alicia Florrick, facing the same dilemma as when it began: defending her husband, now the governor of Illinois, who is mired in a scandal that could send him back to prison.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chip and Joanna's 'Fixer Upper' is must-see TV
NEW YORK (AP) — With all the joking and hamming for the camera that Chip Gaines does on "Fixer Upper," it's hard to believe that he initially was the shy half of the husband-and-wife duo that's garnered huge fans and ratings for HGTV.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Film to examine Kennedy's infamous crash
BOSTON (AP) — During a week in which the eyes of the nation were focused on NASA's first moon landing, a tragic drama played out on a tiny Massachusetts island that would have political ramifications for decades to follow.
Thursday, May 5, 2016

It's Star Wars Day: May the 4th be with you
(AP) — It’s not a national holiday, yet it might be an intergalactic one.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Community Calendar printed May 1, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Death Raises Questions: Did Prince Die of an Overdose?
CHICAGO (AP) — Prince’s final days and unexpected death at age 57 raise questions among experts familiar with prescription painkiller overdoses. It’s possible the innovative musician’s demise represents one of the most public tragedies in an overdose crisis now gripping America.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 28, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Missouri Botanical Garden announces 2016 Whitaker Music Festival concert lineup
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Whitaker Music Festival returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the 23nd year, offering a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

90 authors to attend Writers On The River book signing
East Peoria, Ill. — Writers On The River, an author signing and book sale event, will feature 90 romance authors at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, 21 Blackjack Blvd in East Peoria on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Into the Wild: State Bird Count, May 7
DECATUR, Ill. — Learn how to identify birds and assist in the State Bird Count during Into the Wild on Saturday, May 7 at 10am in Rock Springs Nature Center. Discover tricks to bird identification, then take a short hike to assist in the Annual Illinois State Bird Count sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pana Public Library to host area author in book signing
PANA — An award-winning area writer will be on hand to sign copies of his new book at the Carnegie-Schuyler Public Library in Pana on Monday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Waltz with Leo, Brad or Beyonce or their holograms anyway
TOKYO (AP) — You can waltz with Leo, pirouette to “Swan Lake” or join Beyonce on the disco floor. Well, your holograms can, at Tokyo’s Madame Tussauds wax museum.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Holocaust Remembrance Day to connect 9 states with plays
NEW YORK (AP) — Events in nine states will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with readings of plays that deal with that darkest time in world history.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Prescription drugs found with Prince at death scene
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prescription drugs were discovered with Prince when he was found dead in his Paisley Park home in suburban Minneapolis, several news organizations reported Thursday.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Travel America: Art and entertainment engage families in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta's High Museum of Art is inviting visitors into a colorful world populated by playful animals and imaginative children.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

'Love of Wine' explores an ancient wine culture
As children we learn to read starting with ABCs, yet most wine lovers inadvertently skip over the beginning history of the drink they love. France and Italy are often spoken of as the grand old centers of great winemaking, but that's four or five thousand years off the mark.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pop superstar Prince dies at 57
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Pop superstar Prince, widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive and influential musicians of his era with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Song Stage Illinois announces first season broadcast schedule
TROY, Ill. — The television music competition series Song Stage Illinois begins its inaugural season this April on local PBS stations throughout Illinois and Missouri. Produced by Manniversary Media and sponsored by Oasis Homes USA Song Stage provides viewers and music lovers an opportunity to experience true original music performed by the artists who wrote it.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Liturgical, sacred art exhibition opens April 30 in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — April 14, 2016. The Springfield Art Association (SAA) is pleased to announce the opening of Liturgical and Sacred Art 2016 exhibition in the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the SAA on Saturday April 30 from 4:30–6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vanderbilt classical guitarist performing Saturday in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by classical guitarist John Johns on Saturday, April 23.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

30-room Teutopolis Monastery Museum open for tours May 1
TEUTOPOLIS — Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Make Music Day festival coming to dozens of US cities
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 35 U.S. cities will be hosting Make Music Day, a free one-day outdoor festival celebrating music and music-making.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Final bird and flower walks in Elkhart April 30
ELKHART, Ill. — The Elkhart Historical Society announces its grand finale of the April flower and bird season. On Saturday April 30, two walks will be offered (6 a.m. and 4 p.m.) accompanied by three expert birders, Dr. Lara Borgerson, Joe Funk, and Rhetta Jack, who last year helped to identify more than 60 varieties of birds.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Miss USA pageant asks public for help finding a contestant
NEW YORK (AP) — If you haven’t been picked for Miss USA this year, don’t throw away your swimsuit. The beauty contest is turning to the public to find a wild-card contestant.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

What Maisie Williams, aka Arya Stark, has to say about 'Game of Thrones'
NEW YORK (AP) — Arya Stark was no coddled child.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 21, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016

TV: Furry athletes compete in Kitten Summer Games
NEW YORK (AP) — What do the four-legged footballers of the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl do in the offseason? They go for the gold in their own Summer Games, including a de-cat-hlon and freestyle wrestling.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Music: Ace Frehley still has what it takes
The twice (and future?) Kiss guitarist has put his other-worldly spin on classic rock anthems he grew up on, including legendary tracks from Creem ("White Room;") Steppenwolf ("Magic Carpet Ride;") the Rolling Stones ("Street Fighting Man;") and Jimi Hendrix ("Spanish Castle Magic.")
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mom crafts book of texty pearls of wisdom for grads
NEW YORK (AP) — Becky Blades wrote her oldest daughter a letter after she left home for college offering all the advice and words of wisdom she wished she had dispensed beforehand.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rio Olympics flame lit starting 15-week journey
ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece (AP) — The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled today at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the August 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

'Les Liaisons' revival coming
NEW YORK (AP) — “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” a play about power and seduction in 18th century France, will return to Broadway’s embrace this fall, starring Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Boston Marathon movies filmed during race Monday
BOSTON (AP) — With the real-life Boston Marathon underway Monday, Hollywood film crews took to the marathon finish line and Fenway Park to shoot scenes for competing movies about the deadly 2013 marathon attacks.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Praise pours in for 'Raymond' actress Doris Roberts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everybody loved Doris Roberts.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Community Calendar printed April 17, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016

James McBride pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul
James McBride, best-selling author of "The Color of Water" and "The Good Lord Bird," has written a furious ode to the troubled life and legacy of the incomparable James Brown.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Workshop on creating edible landscapes
TAYLORVILLE — Area residents are still able to sign up for a free two class workshop series on creating edible landscapes. Trees Forever, in cooperation with University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 and the Taylorville Park District, is sponsoring the workshop series held on April 19 and 26 from 6-9 p.m. at theCounty Extension offices, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Indian Market Days At Cahokia Mounds A Showcase Of Native American Handmade Work
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site presents some of the nation’s best Native American artists April 22-24 at the site’s annual Spring Indian Market Days. The artists will sell paintings, jewelry, beadwork, pottery and much more.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Harmony Presents 'I've Got The Music In Me' Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — “Gonna fly like a bird on the wing; hold on to your hat, honey; sing, sing, sing, sing, sing! I got the music in me!”

These are lines from the first song and title number of Harmony’s 2nd full length concert. This is the song intended to set the mood and direction of a concert that the 14 women of Harmony have been hard at work in preparation for the past year.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 14, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016

New HBO drama explores firestorm around Clarence Thomas nomination
NEW YORK (AP) — It's impressive how Wendell Pierce confronts the challenge of his latest role, that of Clarence Thomas: with a hearty dose of empathy.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Film: Jungle Book is a dazzling visual experience
(AP) — You can practically feel the beating heart of the jungle in Jon Favreau’s stunning adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” which is easily the most visually dazzling movie to hit theaters this year.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

'Country of Red Azaleas' compelling tale of friendship
(AP) — Domnica Radulescu, who came to the U.S. from Romania in 1983 as a political refugee, has crafted a compelling tale of two friends, one Serbian, one Bosnian, who grew up together in the former Yugoslavia.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spector honors UK peers on 'English Heart'
(AP) — In 1964, Ronnie Spector toured Britain with the Ronettes just weeks before the Beatles arrived in America. "English Heart" is her tribute to that British Invasion, in turn influenced by her band and former husband Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound."
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lego builder to present program on medieval castles
DECATUR, Ill. — Lego enthusiast Dr. Bob Carney will give a presentation on the Lego castles he has constructed Saturday, April 16. This particular presentation will focus on medieval castles, a passion of his for over 30 years.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Edwards Place to offer tour of secret spaces
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Historic Edwards Place will offer “secret spaces” tours of Edwards Place on Saturday, April 16. Guests will have their curiosity fully satisfied as to what lies behind all the closed doors in Edwards Place.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Scout badge opportunity Apr. 28
DECATUR, Ill. — Boy Scouts can earn their Forestry badge at Rock Springs Nature Center during a workshop on Thursday, April 28 from 5-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Rock Springs offering mudpainting art program this Sunday
DECATUR, Ill. — Make a masterpiece in mud during Mudpainting at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Use mud mixed with paint to create your own art in this nature-based tactile program.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Melissa McCarthy's 'The Boss' debuts to $23.5M at box office
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Step aside, Batman and Superman. Melissa McCarthy is “The Boss” at the box office now.
Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: 'Unbroken Brain' takes a look at addiction
Nancy Reagan's death last month caused some to take stock of her mantra "Just Say No" and why it failed to prevent addiction or dissuade many young people in the 1980s from experimenting with dangerous drugs.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Thousands visit new Route 66 center in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — More than 16,000 people have visited a Route 66 visitors’ center that opened in Bloomington last year.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Public Invited To View Lego Creations
SPRINGFIELD—The annual Central Illinois Junior First Lego League Expo, Illinois’ largest, will be held Sunday, April 10 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Cass Gymnasium at Lincoln Land Community College-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Work Of Local Artist Featured In Decatur Gallery
DECATUR, Ill. — Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St., Decatur will feature the paintings of award-winning artist Jane Frey of Taylorville. Frey is displaying a spring theme of flowers and butterflies through the end of April.  Nearby Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St., will feature ceramics by several Millikin University art students this month.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Exhibit on Spfld. Architecture Returns
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Art Association will host a one-day-only revival of its popular exhibit “Shifting Sands: Springfield’s Architectural Legacy” on Wednesday, April 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

TV series tells of fateful twists that changed history
BOSTON (AP) — You’ve probably never heard of John Frederick Parker, but he lives on in infamy as the thirsty bodyguard who left Ford’s Theatre — and President Lincoln’s side — to get a drink at the bar across the street.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Steve Berry's '14th Colony' a gripping tale

Cotton Malone fights a ticking clock and a Russian conspiracy to give the United States government payback in Steve Berry's latest adventure, "The 14th Colony."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Dark Horse' a loving portrait of an unlikely hero
(AP) — You don't need to know anything about chess, New Zealand or Genesis Potini to fall under the spell of "The Dark Horse."
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Beautiful harmonies on 'Little Windows'
Teddy Thompson's musical influences come from this side of the Atlantic, so his first duets album sounds nothing like the British folk rock produced more than 30 years ago by his parents, Richard and Linda.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Merle Haggard dies Wednesday on 79th birthday
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home,” died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed April 7, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Community Calendar printed April 3, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016

Anniversary of Frederick Douglass speeches to be observed
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In 1866, Frederick Douglass became the first African-American to deliver a speech in the Illinois capitol building. The Old State Capitol State Historic Site celebrates the 150th anniversary of this breakthrough with a special event April 3.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nature Scene Investigators event Saturday at Rock Springs
DECATUR, Ill. — Hone your observation skills during Into the Wild: Nature Scene Investigators on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sculptor with Taylorville ties to speak in Decatur
DECATUR — On Saturday, April 2, sculptor John McClarey will speak about Abraham Lincoln's Prairie State years that helped to define his presidency. McClarey will focus on Lincoln’s ideas for social, economic, and political changes for the nation that were spawned in Illinois.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Time To Remember Opens Saturday April 2
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A spectacular new exhibit entitled A Time To Remember will open at the Elijah Iles House’s Museum of Springfield History at noon on April 2, 2016.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon This Weekend
SPRINGFIELD ,Ill. — The Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon, held on Saturday morning, April 2, will feature several new events and exhibits this year that will allow runners, spectators and area residents to further immerse themselves in Lincoln history.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

National Blues Museum Opens In Downtown St. Louis
St. Louis, Mo. — While impressive exhibits fill the new National Blues Museum, one of the simplest is guaranteed to bring a smile.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Celtic Group Emerald Underground Playing Sunday
SPRINGFIELD – The Emerald Underground will perform in the Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series on Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus.. The recital is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Events Calendar printed March 31, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Film: 'Miles Ahead' stylishly evokes jazz legend
(AP) — “Miles Ahead,” an ambitious, experimental biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis, actually states its mission twice over the course of the movie.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

End of a TV era: 'American Idol' vows spectacular finale in next week's show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “American Idol,” which gave the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, has one more chance to mint a star before it fades into TV and music history.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Rockford, Illinois' Cheap Trick still wants you to want them
Some classic rock bands limp into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the basis of past reputation. On the other hand, Cheap Trick — the hard-charging, melodic rockers from Rockford, Illinois — is racing full speed ahead into the Rock Hall, fueled by its best album in decades.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Son Sean Astin remembers Patty Duke, 'a warrior'
NEW YORK (AP) — Patty Duke, who as a teen won an Oscar for playing Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” then maintained a long career while battling personal demons, has died at the age of 69.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter Blooms
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Inside Frankenmuth, Michigan's Bavarian Inn
FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) — If you've stopped for a night at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, you aren't alone.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Evanovich delivers heartfelt romance in latest effort
Stephanie Evanovich delivers another swoon-worthy romance with “The Total Package.” She reunites the heroine of her story with her long- lost love in the most unlikely of settings — a football field.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Garry Shandling Dies At 66 fellow comedians laud his genius
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While Garry Shandling’s fellow comedians fought to host a late-night show, he brushed away the prospect.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Celebrate The Holy Season With Your Family At These Events And Services
Friday, March 25, 2016

Edinburg Methodist salad luncheon April 2
EDINBURG, Ill. — The Edinburg United Methodist Women’s group will hold their  Annual Salad luncheon on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed March 24, 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline '16 Lollapalooza
CHICAGO (AP) — Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem are among the acts that will play in Chicago for the 25th anniversary of the Lollapalooza music festival. The lineup was released early Wednesday on Lollapalooza’s website.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Walking Dead Fans - Immerse Yourselves
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — When the lights come on, the scene in front of you isn't pretty: There's a gagged woman handcuffed to a wall, a TV on at full volume and a guy lying on a couch with a gaping belly wound.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill Face Off in 'Batman v Superman'
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The oldest actor ever to don the Dark Knight’s cape and cowl by a good five years, 43-year-old Ben Affleck wasn’t about to get into a competition with his 32-year-old “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” co-star Henry Cavill over who’s the better fighter. Not even a friendly one.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Batman's life as a night stalker, dancing machine
(AP) — Batman is a brooding night stalker, grim and remorseless. Also, he's a guy who might break out into "Batusi" on the dance floor.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Iggy Pop's 'Post Pop Depression' rocks and shocks
Iggy Pop rocks and shocks on “Post Pop Depression,” evoking his 1977 peak achieved with David Bowie but enhanced by all he’s gone through since.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

'I Saw the Light' peers into Hank Williams' demons
(AP) — The final scene of "I Saw the Light," a biopic about folk legend Hank Williams, shows a packed theater on New Year's Day in 1953. They're waiting for Hank to come out, but instead get a plainly distraught and uncomfortable man tasked with delivering a message he doesn't want to: That Hank Williams, at the age of only 29, died on the way to the concert.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Jesus' last hours depicted live in 'The Passion'
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The tale of the final hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth has been told countless times — but on Sunday, Fox will broadcast a retelling with a modern-day musical twist, with the resurrected City of New Orleans as the backdrop.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Community Calendar printed March 20, 2016
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tomb radar: Hidden rooms in King Tut's chamber
CAIRO (AP) — Radar scans of King Tutankhamun's burial chamber have revealed two hidden rooms, a tantalizing discovery that could resolve a mystery as old as the pyramids: What was the fate of Egypt's beautiful Queen Nefertiti?
Friday, March 18, 2016

Frank Sinatra Jr. dies of cardiac arrest on tour
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Sinatra Jr., who carried on his famous father’s legacy with his own music career and whose kidnapping as a young man added a bizarre chapter to his father’s legendary life, died Wednesday. He was 72.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Celebrate the spring equinox at Cahokia Mounds' Woodhenge
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will welcome the equinox and the arrival of spring with a special dawn event March 20 at the “Woodhenge” solar calendar.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hike, plant, run: Head outdoors and get in touch with nature
DECATUR, Ill. — Search for frogs by sight and sound during a Frog Music Hike at Griswold Conservation Area on Friday, March 18 from 9-11 p.m.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Exercise your mind: Learn about local history and science, too
ROCHESTER, Ill. — History re-enactor Michael Burke will focus on Gettysburg when he appears Tuesday, March 21 at the Rochester Historical Preservation Society's quarterly meeting.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Head to the city and celebrate the beloved period drama 'Downton Abbey'
CHICAGO — Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times features more than 35 costumes from the popular British television series Downton Abbey.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

TV: CNN's Bill Weir off to explore the world again
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Weir's globe-trotting series "The Wonder List" begins its second season Sunday night on CNN — Donald Trump willing.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Music: Sean Watkins out on his own in clear voice
(AP) — "What to Fear" will seem comfortably familiar to fans of Nickel Creek, the Grammy-winning band in which singer-songwriter Sean Watkins joined with sister Sara and Chris Thile to put a gorgeous bluegrass imprint on well-crafted, sweetly sentimental melodies.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Books: 'Baseball's No-Hit Wonders' a great way to start season
(AP) — Spring is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher's dream to throw a no-hitter in "Baseball's No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching's Greatest Feats."
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Film: 'Midnight Special' is an electrifying mystery
(AP) — "Midnight Special" is one of those rare, stimulating creations that grabs you and penetrates your bloodstream from start to finish. This unique tale about a kid with special powers skillfully melds mood and story, giving the entire experience the feel of a thrilling getaway chase — one that you're part of, too.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed March 17, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016

MacLaine memoir tells of filmmaking experience
(AP) — Shirley MacLaine is a creative force. Not only has the Oscar-winning actress performed in more than 50 films, she's also the author of many best-sellers.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Spfld. Art Association Hosting Post-Impressionist Exhibit
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An exhibition featuring the work of important Post-Impressionist artist Albert Krehbiel will open in the Springfield Art Association’s M. G. Nelson Family Gallery on Friday, March 11.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Historic Site Explains Archaeology With Area Artifacts
LERNA, Ill. — What are archaeologists looking for when they dig and what can they learn from it? Find out at a new exhibit which opened March 5 at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Area Barbershop Chorus Presents Annual Lenten Benefit Concert
CHARLESTON, Ill. — On Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m., the twenty-five man Coles County Barbershop Chorus will present their 22nd Annual Lenten Benefit Concert.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Original Play By Area Writer Explores Lincolns' Wedding
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — “Love is Eternal,” an original play by Springfield writer/director Rose Harmon, will show at historic Edwards Place on March 11 and March 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Davis Mansion Preparing For an 1870s St. Patrick's Day Party
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — It will be a slice of Downton Abbey in central Illinois as the 1870s Irish servants at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site clean and prepare the home for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 12.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed March 10, 2016
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Nearing 70, Sally field in 'Doris' plays woman still coming of age
NEW YORK (AP) — It sounds like a misprint, but it’s not: Sally Field has headlined just one movie in the last two decades. 
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Lynn stellar on 1st album in 12 years
(AP) — Loretta Lynn has titled her first album in a dozen years "Full Circle" partly because she opens the 14-song collection with "Whispering Sea," the first song she ever wrote, back in the late 1950s.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Books: 'Peacekeeping' plot transcends tropical setting
(AP)— While plenty has been written, fiction and nonfiction, about Haiti's political disgraces, natural disasters, cultural enigmas and entrenched dysfunction, Mischa Berlinski's new novel stands out for doing far more than dramatizing news headlines about the beleaguered Caribbean nation.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Will 'Downton Abbey: The Movie' be next? It's entirely possible
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Downton Abbey,” the TV series, is over, leaving us with a hollow ache that nothing can relieve.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Slave odyssey depicted in TV drama 'Underground'
NEW YORK (AP) — What sort of grit and ingenuity did it take for slaves in the Old South to flee from a plantation that had been their world for their entire lives, then head 600 or 700 miles north without any clear idea of what “north” is or what was likely to await were they sufficiently lucky to reach their destination?
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Community Calendar printed March 6, 2016
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Author takes fictitious trip into Truman Capote's life
(AP) — Melanie Benjamin proves she's proficient in the fictional portrait genre with "The Swans of Fifth Avenue."
Saturday, March 5, 2016

US teen pursues ballerina dream at Russian academy
MOSCOW (AP) — Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different. And it’s not just because of her long, swan-like neck.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Lady Mary An Ex-Con?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What’s happening to certain “Downton Abbey” stars is downright criminal.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

It All Comes 'Down' To This - Final Episode Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) — For all its six seasons, “Downton Abbey” has been a graciously paced time-scape through early 1900s Britain.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Horse Fair and Products Expo at State Fairgrounds this weekend
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Horse Fair, the largest all-breed horse event in the state of Illinois, takes place this Friday – Sunday, March 4-6, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Competitions, a rodeo, shopping, clinics from world renowned horse trainers, a Queen pageant, and demos from every breed - are just a few things to experience during this event.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Program on Kickapoo Tribe Sunday at Rock Spgs.
Decatur, Ill. — Join guest speaker Bill Kemp to learn about The Kickapoo of Central Illinois on Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Millikin Symphony presents young artists in Saturday concert
DECATUR, Ill. – The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will continue its 2015-16 performance season on Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Krannert Art Museum to unveil rare panoramic painting
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Krannert Art Museum will unveil March 9 a portion of a rare panoramic painting in the museum’s permanent collection.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Events Calendar printed March 3, 2016
Thursday, March 3, 2016

New bio refreshes Bronte energy for modern readers
Two hundred years after her birth, Charlotte Bronte's rage over social expectations for women and thwarted ambitions are as relevant as ever, and a new biography by Claire Harman makes the "Jane Eyre" author fresh and relatable to readers who might only think of the Brontes as figures long buried in tragic myth.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Bonnie Raitt's album mines rockers, ballads, blues
(AP) — Four years after her Grammy-winning "Slipstream," Bonnie Raitt lights up with passionate vocals, appetizing tunes and adventurous cover songs on "Dip In Deep," her 17th studio album.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Movie: Disney's 'Zootopia' is wildly entertaining
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just when it was looking like animated animal movies had run out of anything original to say, along comes the smartly amusing, crisply relevant “Zootopia” to handily demonstrate there’s still plenty of bite left in the anthropomorphic CG menagerie.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ideas and products for a primp-perfect bathroom
A well-considered combination of fixtures, lighting and amenities — the kind we often first experience in a really nice hotel.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mistakes new homeowners make that attract pests
Spring is house-hunting season and with warmer temperatures and increased rain, it is also the season when pesky creatures can invade homes. Even minor flaws in a new home should not be ignored as they can potentially lead to pest damage.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Top trends for upgrading your outdoor space
No matter the season or the region, outdoor living is hot. As spring approaches, here are six of the top trends that will influence the look, feel and function of outdoor spaces in 2016.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home trends to expect to see in 2016
Metallics and metals are back. Although stainless steel accents in the kitchen have long been popular, the glistening look of metal and metallic shades are back in a big way.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Great a fresh look with easy furniture updates
When you grow bored with your furnishings or want to change up the look and feel of a room, you may find yourself trying to put off redecorating until you have a bigger budget. Instead, you can give the furniture you already have a unique, fresh look at a fraction of the cost.
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nature event today for preschoolers
Preschool Peepers: Feed the Animals, February 28
Saturday, February 27, 2016

Original Beatles recording up for auction
LONDON (AP) — An acetate record cut by the Beatles before the Liverpool band hit stardom is going on auction.
Friday, February 26, 2016

'Earthen' Sculpture and Fiber Exhibit Opening In Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents “Earthen” from March 3-29 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. This exhibit features sculptures by Adam Long and fiber art by Karen Gubitz.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

'Joyful Evolution' Art Exhibit Opening In Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Prairie Art Alliance Gallery will open its new featured artist exhibit, Joyful Evolutions, on Saturday, March 5 with a reception from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in the H.D. Smith Gallery located inside theHoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South 6th St. The public is invited to attend this free reception.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Spots In Van Gogh Bedroom Replica Going Quickly
CHICAGO (AP) — Availability is tight for a $10 Airbnb rental in Chicago designed to look like a Vincent Van Gogh masterpiece.
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed February 25, 2016
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Oscar predictions, what will win and what should win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ahead of Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Rick Springfield adds country chops to new release
(AP) — Rick Springfield sprinkles the sounds of country music across his 18th album, with banjos, steel guitars and mandolins underpinning electric guitars and his energetic vocals on "Rocket Science."
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Book review: Novel probes fiery end of airship era

(AP) —Images of the Hindenburg's fiery crash landing in 1937 are seared into memory, framing an unforgettable end to the era of great, vulnerable airships.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Film: 'Triple 9' a tale of gangsters and crooked cops
(AP) — “Triple 9” has everything going for it, and that’s it biggest handicap.
Thursday, February 25, 2016












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