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'God Bless Our Veterans' is theme for Taylorville Fourth of July parade
FILE — Veterans are shown in this July 4, 2014, Breeze-Courier file photo leading the way as the annual Taylorville Fourth of July Parade makes its way up Main Cross Street toward the square. The parade will line-up at the Christian County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. on July 4 and step off at 10:00 a.m. Community organizations, businesses and individuals are invited and encouraged to participate to make this one of Taylorville’s best parades. No registration is required, just show up at the fairgrounds and use the main entrance off of West Spresser Street.
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FILE — Veterans are shown in this July 4, 2014, Breeze-Courier file photo leading the way as the annual Taylorville Fourth of July Parade makes its way up Main Cross Street toward the square. The parade will line-up at the Christian County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. on July 4 and step off at 10:00 a.m. Community organizations, businesses and individuals are invited and encouraged to participate to make this one of Taylorville’s best parades. No registration is required, just show up at the fairgrounds and use the main entrance off of West Spresser Street.
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TAYLORVILLE — The City of Taylorville and AMVETS Post 29 are sponsoring this year’s annual Fourth of July Parade. They’ve chosen “God Bless Our Veterans” as this year’s theme.
Thursday, June 23, 2016


Lincoln Library teams with Springfield Sliders for some old-fashioned baseball fun
SPRINGFIELD — Summer is here, and that means baseball! The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is teaming up with the Springfield Sliders for a day of baseball fun on Monday, June 27.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Independence Day celebration at Homestead Prairie June 25
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy a 4th of July festival as Americans celebrated it in the 1860s. Visit Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area for Independence Day 1860 on Saturday, June 25 from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Iles House Annual Strawberry and Lawn Party on July 4
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Elijah Iles House Foundation wants to put the “red” in the red, white and blue this Fourth of July with their annual Clara Irwin's Strawberry and Lawn Party scheduled for Monday, July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Elijah Iles House, Seventh and Cook Streets in Springfield.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Military Museum hosting WWII encampment
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois State Military Museum will host a World War II Encampment Saturday, June 25 using living historians to discuss how service members lived and fought the war in the Pacific and European theatres.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed June 23
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Avett Brothers' exquisite 'True Sadness' mixes new and classic
A quiet, deep sigh opens the loveliest tune on The Avett Brothers’ terrific new album, “True Sadness.”
Thursday, June 23, 2016

'Wilderpeople' teeters between fantasy and reality
(AP) — "Flight of the Conchords" went off the air in 2009 but the beat has gone on in the films of Taika Waititi.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

'Burn What Will Burn': a hard boiled, suspenseful read
(AP) — After his wife drowns in a bathtub, a death in which he may have been complicit, Bob Reynolds retreats to a tiny town in the wilds of the Ozark Mountains to hide out and nurse his wounds.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meeting Notices printed June 22
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

'Lost Recipes' book tells story of bygone restaurants and inns
A new cookbook called “The Book of Lost Recipes” remembers classic dishes from long-gone hotels, iconic restaurants and roadside eateries of yesteryear. But the book is more than a collection of recipes. It also chronicles the evolution of American food culture, telling stories of how and why certain dishes and restaurants became popular when they did.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Books: 'Widowmaker' by Doiron a fast-paced tale
(AP) — In the first few pages of Paul Doiron's "Widowmaker," game warden Mike Bowditch seizes an illegal animal (10 percent dog and 90 percent wolf) from a violent, drug addled couple; is stabbed in the back for his trouble; gets into a fight with his girlfriend; discovers he has a half brother; and learns that this newfound relative has violated his probation on a sex-offense conviction.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Skip The Flight, Board The Train To
EAST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation decision. We weren't driving, so yes, we'd have some wine. We then sat back and watched as 1,500 miles went by aboard the Empire Builder train bound for Glacier National Park.
Saturday, June 18, 2016

'Wicked' movie slated for Dec. 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The long-gestating film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “Wicked” has been slated for a release on Dec. 20, 2019, Universal Pictures announced Thursday.
Friday, June 17, 2016

In cult of TCM, front row lined with filmmakers
NEW YORK (AP) — Turner Classic Movies, that bastion of black-and-white, holds a unique place on the dial and in the hearts of cinephiles. In a continuous, commercial-free stream, much of the history of Hollywood is on view, 24/7, for sampling and binging — an uncorrupted corner of celluloid obsession that flickers day and night with Buster Keaton shorts, Robert Ryan series and Ernst Lubitsch marathons.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Discover the Importance of Pollinators, June 23
DECATUR, Ill. —Pollinators, such as moths and butterflies, are largely responsible for producing the foods you eat.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lincoln Log Cabin Welcomes Artists To Paint Out
 LERNA, Ill. – History will help inspire art June 18-19, when the Lincoln Log Cabin welcomes landscape painters looking for inspiration at this historic site on the Illinois prairie
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Corpse Flower at EIU ready to bloom
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Steven Malehorn, manager of Eastern Illinois University’s H.F. Thut Greenhouse, is eagerly waiting the Corpse Flower’s fifth blooming.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Salem: Get A Glimpse Of Life In The 1830s
PETERSBURG — Settlers in the frontier village of New Salem had to be resourceful back in the 1830s.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ansar Shrine Tractor Crusade June 26
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. — The Ansar Shrine will hold a tractor crusade on Sunday, June 26, 2016. It will be a 25 mile round trip with a stop for breakfast at the Stonington Masonic Lodge #1066.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Saturday Is The Big Day
TAYLORVILLE — Garden Walk enthusiasts are welcome to the annual Christian County Garden Walk on Saturday.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed June 16
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Neil Young continues his revolutionary streak with new album 'Earth'
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — When Neil Young turned his 1959 Lincoln Continental into an electric car, developed a high-tech digital music system and mixed animal sounds into his latest album, he didn’t think it was revolutionary. They were just cool ideas he wanted to try.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Film review: 'Finding Dory' is no trophy fish but it's a keeper
(AP) — In Pixar's hands, the ocean — equal parts danger and wonder — is a vast metaphor for the choppy waters of parenting.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Los Alamos app allows users to visit the once-secret 1940s 'Atomic City'
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Los Alamos, a once secret city where scientists participated in the nation's classified World War II nuclear development program, can now be experienced much like it was then with a new app.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Community Calendar
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Big Freedia will show off culinary skills in new reality show
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The new season of Big Freedia's reality show will show another side of the performer than twerking: Fans will get to see her show off her culinary skills.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Beatle Paul makes 'Pure McCartney' mixtape for fans
(AP) — Paul McCartney reviews his post-Beatle albums on "Pure McCartney," a quirky mix of 67 hits and personal favorites that's both delightful and baffling.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Gardening The 'Know Maintenance Way'
TAYLORVILLE — Rabbits, bugs, and weeds; what’s a gardener to do? In Geri Niemann’s case, action involves relying as much as possible on Mother Nature.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

'Sound of Music' cast performing at Senior Center Annual Variety Show
TAYLORVILLE — Some cast of the Taylorville High School Spring Musical, Sound of Music, will be performing June 17, 2016 at the Taylorville Senior Center’s Annual Variety Show.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Illinois High School Rodeo Finals this weekend at Illinois State Fairgrounds
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Countless Illinois high school students under the age of 20 will call the Illinois State Fairgrounds home this weekend as they compete in the Illinois High School Rodeo Association State Finals. Springfield residents can expect to see an influx of cowboys, cowgirls and their parents starting Wednesday.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Who, Stones, Bowie made 1971 rock's best year
(AP) — If there is a Rock and Roll Hell, an inner circle is devoted for old fans who insist on telling you how the music was so much better back in the day. You know the argument: musicians were more creative, the songs were better, etc.
Thursday, June 9, 2016

The uphill battle for female-driven comedies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Bridesmaids" was supposed to change the game for the female-driven comedy. But each new movie is still treated like a beta test for the genre and the next unwitting subjects are "Ghostbusters," out July 15, and "Bad Moms," out July 29. Isn't it supposed to be summer?
Thursday, June 9, 2016

A Straightforward Version
Today's recipe for Flatbread Patty Melts almost didn't make it to the photo shoot; the heavenly smell of sauteed onions coupled with the cheesy, moist burger with slaw on warm flatbread beckoned my family to the kitchen. I literally had to hold them back so I could shoot the photo to accommodate the recipe.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Martini knows how to craft a twist-filled thriller
"Blood Flag: a Paul Madriani Novel" (William Morrow), by Steve Martini

"Blood Flag," the latest Steve Martini legal thriller featuring attorney Paul Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, starts with what seems to be a simple case, but soon escalates into a scenario with international ramifications.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Best seller 'Mohave Incident' adapted for 'Paranormal Witness' episode
MENDHAM, N.J. (AP) — Four years after one of his books was adapted into a Fox Network prime-time drama series, three more tales spun by a New Jersey author are on a similar path to visual mass-media exposure.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Now with a Haunted History Trail, New York invites ghost hunters to sites
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — One of New York's newest tourism ventures is more dare than invitation.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Award-winning Musician Returns to Sr. Variety Show
TAYLORVILLE — After performing one song in last year’s variety show, Dexter Anodyne (aka Lorin Fairbrother) was asked to return in 2016 with more songs.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

This Garden Offers A Sense Of Peace, Time To Think
TAYLORVILLE — Gary and Marsha Blackman moved to their home thirty-two years ago - finding lawn, many trees, and a large garden plot. Marsha’s family knew how to take advantage of a large garden, growing all types of lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, garlic, and even a type of domestic dandelion! Enjoying fresh produce on the dinner table and canning was a family tradition and her dad stepped in at the new house to carry on the tradition.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spfld. Exhibit Features Contemporary Found Objects
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Curator Michael Houser will be filling the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association with contemporary found object and assemblage works in the upcoming exhibition Night Fishing. The exhibition will run from Friday, June 3 through Saturday, July 2 with a reception on Friday, June 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Nature Activities Abound In Central Illinois
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Rochester Old Stone House open house this Sunday
ROCHESTER, Ill. — The first Rochester Old Stone House open house of the season will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 5th. Guided tours by docents throughout the 1830s era reconstructed home in Rochester will be offered.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed June 2, 2016
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Music: The groove's still the thing for Paul Simon's 'Stranger to Stranger'
(AP) — No '60s folkie has written more great music for dancing than Paul Simon, and at 74 he still wants us to feel the beat. "Stranger to Stranger" showcases Rhymin' Paul's polyrhythms in new, exotic combinations by employing custom-made instruments with microtonal tunings created by 20th century composer and theorist Harry Partch.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Great summer reads for whenever you find yourself wanting to turn a page
(AP) — Here are some other suggestions for that summer read on the beach, at the park, on the train or plane, or wherever you find yourself wanting to turn a page to escape.
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Film: 'Me Before You' evokes tears, but lacks depth
Well, I cried anyway.

I cried even though halfway through "Me Before You," I swore to myself I wouldn't, because the movie felt overly broad, overly simplistic, lacking depth both in characterization and in treatment of the serious issues it raises.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Music, tree tour and abbey all part of event Saturday in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — In times past cemeteries were places for community gatherings and public speeches, family picnics and strolls, and lessons passed down from generation to generation.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Music Festival In Pana To Feature Area Bands
PANA — Rose City Underground, Inc., in cooperation with the Pana TriCounty Fairboard, is hosting the third installment of the all ages formerly  Roses Music Festival on Friday, June 24. A Kids Fair will begin at 4p.m. and the music will kick off at 7 p.m. The fairboard will be serving food, drinks and beer.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cuba! Exhibit Opening June 3rd in Decatur
DECATUR, IL — The Decatur Area Arts Council is presenting an exhibit entitled CUBA! from June 3-July 28 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water Street in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Homestead Prairie Farm Opening For Season
DECATUR, Ill. — Homestead Prairie Farm, a circa 1860 living history house museum at Rock Springs Conservation Area, will open to the public for the season beginning Saturday, June 4.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nature Events This Weekend At Rock Spgs.
DECATUR, Ill. — Search for frogs by sight and sound during a Frog Music Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Friday, May 27 from 9-11p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

National Trails Day hike June 4
DECATUR, Ill. — Area residents are invited to join a naturalist-guided hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The hike will be about one hour.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed May 26, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Music: Bob Dylan returns to standards
(AP) — After his own songs have been covered by hundreds of artists over the past half century, Bob Dylan is turning the tables for a second time in as many years.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Books: 'The Second Life of Nick Mason'
(AP) — Nine months after splitting with his longtime publisher, St. Martin's Press, in a public dispute over marketing plans, two-time Edgar Award winner Steve Hamilton returns with a new publisher, a new anti-hero and a movie deal with Lionsgate for the new book.
Thursday, May 26, 2016

'Alice Thru the Looking Glass,' a curious sequel
(AP) — "Alice Through the Looking Glass," like its predecessor, owes very little to Lewis Carroll.
Thursday, May 26, 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

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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














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