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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

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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

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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

Enjoy the great outdoors at event at Blue Mound conservation area Apr. 29
DECATUR — Dig up the differences between rocks and minerals during Let’s Rock at Griswold Conservation Area in Blue Mound, Ill. on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Millikin-Decatur Symphony presents Symphonic Revolutionaries April 22
DECATUR — The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will conclude its 2016-17 performance season with a masterworks concert on Saturday, April 22, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Famed dealer in Lincoln artifacts to speak May 3
SPRINGFIELD – One of the nation’s top dealers in Lincoln material visits the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on May 3 to share stories about the treasures he has handled and discuss the relationship between museums, collectors and dealers.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

LLCC student government group sponsoring Zombie Run this Saturday
 SPRINGFIELD — The Lincoln Land Community College Student Government Association will sponsor a 1K Zombie Run this Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the LLCC softball field behind Cass Gymnasium on the Springfield campus.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Assumption Historical Society to present program on Lincoln photographs
ASSUMPTION — The Assumption Historical Society will present a program on Lincoln photographs taken in Illinois on Thursday, April 27.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Betty Who is back with her fizzy pop and all is OK
These might be anxious times but don't worry, Betty Who is back. Betty Who? Exactly. Even her stage name is fun.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Iles brings his 'Natchez Burning' trilogy to an end
(AP) — "Mississippi Blood," the concluding novel by Greg Iles in a trilogy featuring lawyer Penn Cage, is part fast-paced crime thriller and part tense-but-tedious courtroom drama.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Film review: Love triangle undoes historical epic 'The Promise'
(AP) — The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise “ intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon are involved.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Church Calendar - Easter 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017

'Both Sides Now' singer Judy Collins still vocal on social issues, still touring
Whether singing her own words or those of others, the sublime vocal talent of pop/folk singer Judy Collins has been drawing audiences for over 50 years. But it's a career that might never have happened.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Chemistry on stage is what makes Faith Hill and Tim McGraw a top tour
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The love story of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill started on a tour two decades ago and that sparkling chemistry onstage has made them one of the genre's biggest headliners.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Like the King of Pop, English rock band The 1975 wants to rock your body
NEW YORK (AP) — Matthew Healy, frontman of the English rock band The 1975, remembers how emotional and impactful his first major concert was when he was just 8 years old. The artist was Michael Jackson, and Healy recalls the night vividly.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

TV series on dramatic Branch Davidian shootout to film in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A six-part television series covering a deadly standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians spiritual sect more than two decades ago will be filmed in New Mexico.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brolin to play Cable in "Deadpool 2'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Josh Brolin is expanding his comic book movie repertoire.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Guy Clark tribute, more on Rodney Crowell's latest
Rodney Crowell was headlining a music festival recently, speaking from the stage to a large, admiring audience, when he confessed with a chuckle that songwriter's block sometimes lasts a decade or more.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

'Inferno' brings insight, humanity to Ebola outbreak
(AP) — In 2014, Dr. Steven Hatch, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, flew into a Liberian airport in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak in history, donned multiple layers of protective gear and stepped into an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).
Thursday, April 13, 2017

'Their Finest' stylishly blends wit, romance in WWII
"Their Finest " is a movie about making a movie, specifically a glossy propaganda film meant to bolster morale in Britain in the darkest days of the Second World War.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jude Law to play Dumbledore in 'Beasts' sequel
NEW YORK (AP) — Jude Law will play young Albus Dumbledore in the next “Fantastic Beasts” installment.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Egg roll and hunt this Saturday at Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site, Lerna
LERNA, Ill. — What could be more fun than hunting for Easter eggs? How about rolling them? On April 8, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site hosts a day of children’s crafts, stories and activities, including an egg hunt and egg roll.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Festival of Spring will celebrate Earth Day with Sangamon River cleanup
DECATUR — Celebrate Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 36th Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Cleanup on Saturday, April 22 from 8am to 4pm at Rock Springs Conservation Area.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Songwriter's summit and concert at Dickson Mounds Saturday, April 15
DICKSON MOUNDS — Saturday, April the 15 at 7:00 pm, the Hickory Ridge Concert Series will host two of Midwest’s best singer-songwriters, Dave Moore and David G. Smith in an informal “in the round” concert. Known for their cut to the bone songs about real life experiences, these two writers represent some of the Midwest’s best; creating music that is rich in the roots of the region and as deep as the muddy Mississippi itself.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Time & Light art show features illuminated sculptures and whimsical clocks
DECATUR — The Decatur Area Arts Council presents Time & Light: The Art of Dennis French from April 1-27 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baseball expert and ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian to speak at Lincoln Library
 SPRINGFIELD — ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian brings his vast baseball knowledge and deep love of the game to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on April 20.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed April 6
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Even 'Middle of the Road' a blast with Eric Gales
(AP) — There’s nothing bland about “Middle of the Road,” former teenage prodigy Eric Gales’ 15th studio album ripe with funky blues-rock and blazing guitars.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Didion revisits past to illuminate present
(AP) — What is it they say about famous writers? They could publish their grocery list and it would be a best seller?
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Math film 'Gifted' has many positives but less than the sum of its parts
(AP) — There are several positive factors in the mixed equation that is “Gifted,” starring Chris Evans and the appealing 10-year-old Mckenna Grace: A brilliant and precocious yet sweetly empathetic young girl. A devoted and decidedly hunky father figure. And then there’s math itself, presented not as a refuge for social misfits, but as an exciting and elegant pursuit. 
Thursday, April 6, 2017

'I Liked My Life' an impressive debut by Abby Fabiaschi
(AP) — The novel "I Liked My Life" begins with Madeline, its main character, assessing a potential new wife for her husband, Brady. It's immediately clear she's dead and speaking from a sort of limbo afterlife.
Saturday, April 1, 2017

Renowned architect's archive gets a home
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive archive containing papers, drawings and models of work by Frank Gehry is getting a home in the adopted hometown of the world-renowned architect.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Dylan archives open in Tulsa; public center planned with Guthrie museum
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Part of music icon Bob Dylan’s once-secret 6,000-piece archive, including thousands of hours of studio sessions, film reels and caches of unpublished lyrics, has opened in Oklahoma, curators announced this week. 
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Charlton Heston biography returns the star of 'Ben-Hur' to epic stature
(AP) — Talk about your movie miracles: As a struggling stage actor Charlton Heston was down to posing nude for art classes to pay his rent in New York. Thirteen years later, he was posing with an Academy Award for "Ben-Hur" (1959), in which he played a man twice saved by Christ.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Native American games, wildflower walks, stargazing and more at Rock Springs
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed March 30
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Desperation, tragedy cloak all in Joy's new novel
(AP) — Trailers, churches and meth houses dot the Blue Ridge Mountains landscape of David Joy’s latest novel, “The Weight of This World.” It’s here we meet Aiden McCall and Thad Broom, friends since childhood and tethered together by neglect and violence.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

'The Zookeeper's Wife' tells a riveting true story
(AP) — In German-occupied Poland during the darkest days of World War II, a zookeeper and his wife managed to save the lives hundreds of Jewish people, many of whom were detained in the Warsaw Ghetto, by giving them shelter and refuge on the zoo grounds.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ebert Film Festival announces 1st 2 films for event April 19-23
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Roger Ebert’s film festival this year will include 2016 psychological thriller “Elle” and a film delving into the life of TV icon Norman Lear.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

LLCC/UIS choirs to present concert Friday
SPRINGFIELD–The Lincoln Land Community College Choir and the University of Illinois Springfield Chorus is jointly presenting a spring concert Friday, March 24 from noon-1 p.m.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Season's Changes Hike At Sand Creek Conservation Area Saturday
DECATUR — Discover how the forest changes as winter turns to spring during the Season’s Changes Hike at Sand Creek Conservation Area on Saturday, March 25 at 2pm.  Dress for the weather.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Downtown Nokomis plans Artist Fair & Walk for April 8
NOKOMIS — The Downtown Nokomis Association announces an Artist Fair & Walk being held around the business district and within the vicinity of Fred B. Johnson Memorial Park in downtown Nokomis Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

German guitarist performing with Spfld. Classical Guitar Society
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a concert by Eva Beneke on Saturday, April 8.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Original comedy will debut at Edwards Place this weekend
SPRINGFIELD — An original comedy by Springfield writer/director Mark Beanblossom will debut in historic Edwards Place on March 24 and run through March 25.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed March 23
Thursday, March 23, 2017

'Freedom Broker' has gripping action
(AP) — A woman who runs an organization that specializes in recovering victims from kidnappings finds herself in a case that hits too close to home in K.J. Howe's novel "The Freedom Broker."
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music: Dylan triples down on standards
The idea of Bob Dylan becoming the keeper of Frank Sinatra’s flame would have seemed preposterous 50 years ago. Dylan was revolutionizing songwriting in a torrent of words back then, instantly making the classics sung by Sinatra another generation’s music. Parents’ music.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music: Ed Sheerean shows vast talent in 'Divide'
Don’t believe the title of Ed Sheeran’s new album. He doesn’t want to divide. His math this time is all about compiling, accumulating.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

'CHiPS' fans may be poised to dislike the movie
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hardcore “CHiPs” fans hate it and the real California Highway Patrol seems not quite sure what to make of it.
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Daily commute's a killer in Mackintosh's 'I See You'
(AP) — Zoe Walker's troubles creep beyond the financial woes on her desk, an overbearing boss, two aimless children who don't get along with her boyfriend and a boyfriend who's jealous of her ex-husband. Now she's dealing with a possible murderer on her trail in Clare Mackintosh's newest thriller, "I See You."
Saturday, March 18, 2017

'Freedom Highway' has rootsy relevance
(AP) — Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens mines the pain and beauty of American social and musical history on “Freedom Highway,” a rich tapestry with threads of blues, folk, gospel, soul, country and jazz.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

'Rush of Blood' absorbing psych- thriller
It's a common situation — strangers meet on vacation, strike up a quick friendship and promise to keep in touch once everyone returns home. But how many people keep the relationship going post-vacation, and just how well do they know each other?
Thursday, March 16, 2017

In 'Skull Island,' Kong gets drafted into Vietnam
(AP) — Not since Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" murmured of "the horror" has such a brooding beast lurked deep within a war-ravaged jungle as the King Kong of "Kong: Skull Island."
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed March 16
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Visitor center honoring Harriet Tubman opens
CHURCH CREEK, Md. (AP) — A new visitors' center on the Eastern Shore explores the history of one of Maryland's most famous figures, the Underground Railroad conductor, abolitionist and Civil War spy Harriet Tubman.
Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Under the Knife" (St. Martin's Press), by Kelly Parsons
(AP) — Kelly Parsons' new medical thriller delivers an engrossing story about revenge, grief, technology and hospital practices.
Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stargazing 101
DECATUR, Ill. — Discover how easy it is to find constellations and planets in the night sky during the Stargazing 101 series at Rock Springs Conservation Area this spring.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Illinois Products Expo returns to Springfield with taste of Illinois
SPRINGFIELD — This year, the 19th annual Illinois Products Expo will offer a 'Taste of Illinois agriculture' as visitors will be able to taste, sample and purchase all of what Illinois has to offer.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Millikin Ensemble to feature Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer Sunday
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2016-17 performance season with a concert on Sunday, March 5, featuring the music of Arranger Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Old State Capitol celebrating
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Old State Capitol historic site will celebrate the anniversary of Springfield’s selection as the new Illinois capital Friday with free coffee and the chance to win a Cubs “W” flag that flew over the historic building.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: "All Our Wrong Todays"
What if the world we know today is actually a dystopian society? Could the reason we don’t live like the Jetsons be attributed to one person’s mistake that altered the evolution of technology? Elan Mastai explores this possibility in his novel, “All Our Wrong Todays.”
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Music Review: Ryan Adams delivers fresh songs and heartaches
(AP) — From the days when he exploded out of North Carolina with the alt-country band Whiskeytown to his steady growth into one of America's great songwriters, Ryan Adams has always floated just below superstar status.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review: 'Contemporary Color' is a hypnotic concert film
(AP) — In 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with color guard teams — those baton and saber twirling staples of small town parades and high school football games.
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Books: Parker's 'Revelation' set in 1880 New Mexico

"Robert B. Parker's Revelation" (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by Robert Knott

(AP) — The late Robert B. Parker made a career — a very successful, almost 40-year one — out of a series of flawed-hero protagonists: Spenser, Sunny Randall and Jesse Stone among them. They had at one point or another strayed from the good-guy path, but they were all good guys. Their common denominators were a nagging conscience and ties to modern-day Boston.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Kentucky bourbon trail is buzzing with more than one million visits in 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Forget the bottle, a record number of people are experiencing Kentucky bourbon from the barrel, touring distilleries where they can sniff, sip and see whiskey crafted from the source.
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Exhibit Opens Friday
FILE - In this Aug. 4, 1936 file photo, Johnny Mize's is congratulated after his home run in the 8th inning with two mates aboard, clinched the Cardinals' victory over the Cubs, 6-1, in Chicago.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Renowned guitarist performing at Blackburn College Friday
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — Recently returned from a seven city European concert tour, New York guitarist David Burgess will perform some of Brazil's finest solo guitar music on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Bothwell Auditorium on the Blackburn College campus.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Street festival celebrates opening of Songbirds Guitar Museum
Chattanooga, Tenn. — Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars will celebrate the museum’s grand opening with a series of events beginning on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Johnny Cash Fest concert being held near his boyhood home in Arkansas
DYESS, Ark. (AP) — A concert to close out the first Johnny Cash Heritage Festival will take place in an Arkansas field where the music legend picked cotton as a youth.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Memphis' Beale Street Music Fest features an eclectic lineup
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kings of Leon, Snoop Dogg, Soundgarden and Sturgill Simpson are among the musical acts scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis in May.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony presents Winter Concert March 4
SPRINGFIELD — Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will hold their Winter Concert featuring the Sinfonia Orchestra and Youth Symphony. The performance takes place at 7:00 p.m on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Hoogland Center for the Arts’ Theatre 3. 
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Entertainment Calendar printed February 23
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Elbow delivers some of their best in years
(AP) — Less, it turns out, is more for the British band Elbow. On their seventh studio album, the art-rockers have lost a founding member, but the music they deliver is some of the best they've made in years.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book: Former detective navigates criminal underworld
(AP) — Does your idea of a relaxing and rewarding retirement involve inspecting drowned corpses on the dockside, interviewing murder suspects and interrogating notorious gangsters? No? Then you are not ex-cop John Rebus.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

'Get Out:' Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing and he's really good at it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Peele is “kind of done” with performing.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

In honor of 'La La Land,' here are five great movies about Hollywood
(AP) — There have been great movies about Hollywood almost as long as Hollywood has been making them. Damien Chazelle’s much-Oscar nominated “La La Land” is part of a grand tradition going back beyond “Singin’ in the Rain” and running past “Mulholland Drive.”
Thursday, February 23, 2017










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