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Thursday, January 18, 2018


Tomei, Arquette, Nash and Munn to present at SAG Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mandy Moore, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Rosanna Arquette will be among the presenters at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bicentennial exhibit open house at Rock Springs Jan. 25
DECATUR — Walk through an exhibit exploring the Illinois Bicentennial at Rock Springs Nature Center during an open house on Thursday, January 25 from 5-7p.m. 
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hemsworth leads a solid wartime film in '12 Strong'
In the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, a small U.S. Special Forces unit led an offensive against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. They worked in harsh conditions alongside a local warlord and his men, an uneasy alliance at best, and, even with all the technology and money of the U.S. military, executed the successful mission largely on horseback.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Crime drama 'False Witness': Killed on 21st b'day
(AP) — On her 21st birthday, Deborah Holt got an eye-popping gift — a new Mercedes — from her well-off, older boyfriend. She didn't get to enjoy it for long.
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sensory friendly film Jan. 13
CARLINVILLE — Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for January will be held at 2 locations, 1 p.m. Saturday, January 13 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro and Marvel Theatre in Carlinville. This month’s feature will be the newly released film, “Paddington 2”.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dave Robicheaux returns in new novel by Burke
(AP) — James Lee Burke's iconic deputy from Louisiana, Dave Robicheaux, must face the past that haunts him while pursuing a murder case that hits too close to home in "Robicheaux."
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Music: Carlisle uses Kundalini mantra in pop songs
(AP) — On “Wilder Shores,” Belinda Carlisle follows on the path paved by a long list of rock and pop stars — from George Harrison to Boy George — who’ve echoed their spiritual journeys in their music.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

40 year later, and Debby Boone is still lighting up our lives
HOLLYWOOD — Her recording of “You Light up My Life” not only became a monster hit of 1977, but went on to become one of the most popular songs of the decade.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Film: 'Hostiles' an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western
(AP) — Enemies are thrown together for a perilous journey in “Hostiles ,” an unforgivingly violent and sparse revisionist Western set in 1892 that explores the traumas of American westward expansion.
Thursday, January 4, 2018

Actress Rose Marie dies at age 94

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rose Marie chafed at being a supporting player in the shadow of Mary Tyler Moore’s fetching suburban housewife on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”


Friday, December 29, 2017

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

From Malta to Minneapolis, a look at where to go and what to do in 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — From Malta to Minneapolis, here's a look at some destinations around the world that will be making news in 2018. They include designated culture capitals, places hosting sporting events and even a couple of cities — San Antonio, Texas, and New Orleans — celebrating their 300th birthdays.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame in 'Film Stars'
(AP) — Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

'Phantom Thread,' a rich showcase for Day-Lewis
(AP) — With echoes of “Rebecca” and lavish Max Ophuls productions, writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson spins the tale of an obsessive fashion designer and his muse into a suspenseful and often funny parlor drama with all the trimmings in “Phantom Thread .”
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Film: From the slopes to handcuffs 'Molly's Game' make for an enjoyable tumble
(AP) — Aaron Sorkin has a knack for timing, and not just in the obvious way.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Christopher Plummer rescues 'All the Money' from the dustbin
NEW YORK (AP) — Should Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" be measured by the usual critical apparatus or with a stopwatch?
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Speed The Plough brings the family on '...And Then'
(AP) — Part of New Jersey's rich indie scene, Speed The Plough has a family tree deserving its own entry in any rock genealogy, with crisscrossing branches including The Feelies, The Trypes and Wild Carnation.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: Robert Crais' 'The Wanted' is rewarding page-turner
(AP) — Devon Connor is beside herself with worry. Her teenage son, Tyson, keeps showing up with things that neither of them could possibly afford: New clothes from Barney’s. High-end electronics. What appears to be a genuine Rolex. And his explanations are ludicrous.
Thursday, December 28, 2017

Book of celeb interviews best enjoyed in small sips
(AP) — Eagerly plucked from the pages of Vanity Fair, the Daily Front Row and R.O.M.E. and thrust into the public's hands comes George ("GW") Wayne's collection of his favorite celebrity interviews conducted over three decades. An apt forward by Vanity Fair Editor-in-Chief Graydon Carter sets the stage for GW's grandiosity, followed by the author's own introduction in which he reveals his path from Jamaican schoolboy to self-described "carnivore of popular culture" in "Anyone Who's Anyone."
Saturday, December 23, 2017

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Pitch Perfect 3' not such a high note
(AP) — Sorry, Pitches, but it’s a good thing “Pitch Perfect 3 “ is billed as the farewell tour for this musical franchise. It hasn’t jumped the shark, exactly, but it does send its singing Bellas jumping off an exploding yacht. Because that’s what a cappella competitions are about!
Thursday, December 21, 2017

It doesn't take much to keep Van Morrison singing
(AP) — Van Morrison has proven that he'd rather be singing than anything else.

Stage chatter? Not so much. Interviews? Not his thing.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Insidious Intent' an incisive British police procedural
(AP) — A highlight of Val McDermid's novels is the tight control she maintains over her complex plots that are enhanced by believable and complicated characters. The same can be said about other top crime writers, but McDermid brings something special to the table as she shows in her latest novel about detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan and psychologist-profiler Tony Hill.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

'Downsizing' is a big-picture film about some very little people
(AP) — It’s hard to say what’s better about the first half of Alexander Payne’s wonderfully weird — or is it weirdly wonderful? — “Downsizing”: the audacity of its premise, or the delicious skill with which Payne executes that premise, detail by comically ingenious detail.
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jackman's a great 'Showman.' The movie? Not so much
(AP) —“Don’t fight it,” goes the opening song of “The Greatest Showman,” sung by Hugh Jackman. “It’s coming for you, running at ya.”
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Spielberg, Streep and Hanks deliver in 'The Post'
(AP) — "The Post " is kind of like the Yankees of movies. A Steven Spielberg directed film about the Pentagon Papers starring Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and a murderer's row of all your favorite television character actors (Jesse Plemons! Bob Odenkirk! Carrie Coon! Sarah Paulson!)? It doesn't even seem fair. Is there any way it wouldn't be great or at least very good?
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Movies: Christmas classics to enjoy with family
Thursday, December 14, 2017

D.C. Fontana wrote her way in Star Trek lore

HOLLYWOOD — In the Star Trek universe, D.C. Fontana is legendary for her scriptwriter role. She contributed, at least in part, to almost half the original series’ scripts and went on to write in various capacities for the Star Trek animated series, as well as The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. She even contributed to the recent fan-created online production of “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II.”


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Crew of the Oregon fights most ruthless villain yet
(AP) — Juan Cabrillo and his elite crew of the ship the Oregon fight their most ruthless villain yet in “Typhoon Fury” by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, the latest addition to the Oregon Files series.
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Oscar season: Shame mingles with self-congratulations
NEW YORK (AP) — In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there’s some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

John Boyega talks 'Last Jedi,' parallels with Finn
LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Boyega may have a lot in common with Finn, the character he plays in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” but a trip to a London toy store left the actor floored.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Wright Kind of Cheer: Dana-Thomas House hosting holiday events
SPRINGFIELD — The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield is decking the halls with new decorations and spreading holiday cheer with music and guided tours.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Explore winter wildlife at Rock Spgs.
DECATUR — Explore winter wildlife at Rock Springs Conservation Area during Animals in Winter on Thursday, December 21, from 6-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Christmas Vespers at THS this Sunday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Schools Choral Department will present its long-running Christmas Vespers Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in the THS Cafeteria.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Theatre 7 holding auditions for new show
DECATUR — Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions in January for “And Then There Were None” its second show in its season of “murder, mystery and mayhem.” Auditions for this classic Agatha Christie mystery will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. January 3 and 4 downtown at Theatre 7 Headquarters, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book ponders appeal, then and now, of 'The Graduate'
(AP) — The title of Beverly Gray's insightful look back at 1967's "The Graduate," one of the most popular comedies of all time, is a bit misleading — Mrs. Robinson seduced young Benjamin Braddock, not the generation that identified with his anxieties about the future and dreamed of joining him in rejecting the path blazed by their parents.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Oldman gives a human Churchill in 'Darkest Hour'
(AP) — Words matter. That's one of the key messages of "Darkest Hour," in which Gary Oldman embodies — fiercely and memorably — the legendary Winston Churchill, who rallied his country with soaring oratory when Britain's very survival was at stake.
Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Festive Meal To Remember
Saturday, December 2, 2017

A Great Persimmon Recipe

I discovered persimmons when I lived in Europe, where they are commonly known as sharon fruit. 


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Books: Dolan delivers parallel stories in new novel

(AP) — Grief can carry a heavy burden, burrowing into the heart, obliterating other concerns, sometimes even self-preservation, as Harry Dolan shows in his clever fourth mystery, "The Man in the Crooked Hat: a Novel."


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Iles House holiday events December 6, 9 and 16
SPRINGFIELD — Visitors are invited to see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 6, 9 and 16.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Feed the Animals at Rock Springs Dec. 10
DECATUR, Ill. — Get a behind the scenes look at how staff feed and care for the live reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center during “Feed the Animals” on Sunday, December 10 from 2-4p.m. 
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Irving Berlin's White Christmas to open at The Little Theatre On The Square
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Irving Berlin's timeless classic, White Christmas will open at The Little Theatre On The Square on Friday, December 8 and run through Sunday, December 17.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

The roller-coaster life of Connie Francis
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Review: Woody Allen goes in circles with dark 'Wonder Wheel'
The great playwright Eugene O’Neill looms as large over Woody Allen’s latest film as the giant Ferris wheel that dominates the movie’s Coney Island setting.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ice baths and M&Ms: Secrets of the Rockettes revealed
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the biggest draws in New York this time of year is the “Christmas Spectacular” featuring the iconic Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Everyone knows about their high kicks but do you know how many calories each burns? What do they snack on? What’s the best place to be in their famous kick line? Two veterans — Bailey Callahan of Melbourne, Florida, and Alissa LaVergne of Houston — reveal all the backstage secrets.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Gift of travel: Give travel books for fun, inspiration
NEW YORK (AP) — Travel books can get you dreaming. They can provide practical information for your trips. And they can also just tell a good story.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Theatre 7 presenting A Christmas Chaos Holiday Dinner Theatre
DECATUR, Ill. — Enjoy an evening of holiday hilarity with Theatre 7’s “A Christmas Chaos” dinner theatre Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 at The Decatur Club, located at 158 W. Prairie Ave.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Happy Days' Marion Ross: 'Everyone has something to be thankful for'
HOLLYWOOD — As the TV matriarch of the Cunningham clan in the sitcom “Happy Days,” Marion Ross appeared in over 250 episodes during the hit series 11-season run from 1974 to 1984. But one episode has special significance for the actress this time of year.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Music review: Michael McDonald's soulful voice carries on 'Wide Open'
There’ s lot of soul in Michael McDonald’s latest album, “Wide Open,” and this time most it is his own.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner delivers big with first novel
(AP) — At 134 pages, Matthew Weiner's "Heather, The Totality" is best consumed in one bite like those exquisite pastries that line the cases of the French bakery/cafes on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The kind of people who patronize those tony joints, especially for Sunday brunch and often with their private-schooled kids in tow, take center stage in Weiner's suspenseful debut novel.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Film review: As moving as it is colorful, 'Coco' is a joy for all ages
(AP) — At first, Disney-Pixar’s latest, “Coco ,” sounds a lot like the 2014 Fox film “The Book of Life.”
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas at the Cabin Sat., Dec. 2
LERNA, Ill. — Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an old-fashioned Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 2, with music and treats from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A family alternative to Black Friday
SPRINGFIELD — A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, bigger and better than ever.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Candlelight tour at Homestead Prairie Farm
DECATUR — Explore the past by candlelight at Homestead Prairie Farm during the Candlelight Tour on Sunday, November 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Richard Thompson digs deep for "Acoustic Rarities"
(AP) — Richard Thompson’s “Acoustic Rarities” complements the Englishman’s two volumes of “Acoustic Classics,” one from 2014 and the second released just months ago.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Books: Actress Krysten Ritter reveals same edgy screen presence in her writing
(AP) — As an actress, Krysten Ritter has been building a solid career playing characters on the edge — the doomed Jane in "Breaking Bad," the lead in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" and especially her role in "Jessica Jones" and the same role in "The Defenders."
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Film review: 'Mudbound' is a moving, literary epic tale of family and race
(AP) — Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that after seeing an epic story as poetically told as Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” feelings of awe and admiration are quickly replaced with frustration that Hollywood hasn’t traditionally embraced the artistic visions of people who aren’t white and male. Maybe it’s because feelings are so raw in this post-Weinstein era, where the obstacles women face on their way to success are just beginning to be publicly understood.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University unveils several new exhibits
CHARLESTON — The Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University is pleased to announce its exhibitions opening on November 18: Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here, Living Room, and In All Around I See.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kick off the holidays at the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Pops concert
SPRINGFIELD — Kick off your holidays with festive music and holiday songs Saturday, Nov. 18, 15 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Holiday Pops in the Heartland, is truly a community affair, as the ISO is joined by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony, Springfield Ballet Company, and Springfield Youth Performance  led by Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Former resident to be featured on upcoming episode of Fox TV's 'Empire'
TAYLORVILLE — Musician Michael Folker,  Taylorville High School Class of 1976, was recently hired to be the timpanist in a scene for the mid-season finale of the TV series EMPIRE which is filmed in Chicago.  It is a show that centers on a fictional hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of it.
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Full-length new book on Illinois history appeals to all
CARLINVILLE, Ill. — A new, full-length book on the history of Illinois celebrates the state’s bicentennial while covering the fascinating people, places, and events of the last 250 years in the state.
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Music: Taylor Swift's 'reputation' is pure pop magic
(AP) — If you’d stop thinking about her reputation, you’d actually appreciate the musicality of Taylor Swift’s “reputation.”
Friday, November 10, 2017

Military museum showcases WWI
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Get a close-up view of life in the trenches of Europe during World War I. On Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. visit the Illinois State Military Museum, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd., Springfield, to see how Illinois National Guard troops lived and fought "Over There."
Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Genealogical Society to host 'witching' program this Sunday afternoon
TAYLORVILLE — The Christian County Genealogical Society will present a program on Dowsing or Witching that is free to the public on Sunday, November the 12 at the Fraley Cemetery, 2 miles east of Taylorville on Lincoln Trail. The  presentation will start at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Illinois College Campus Sculpture Walk open to public throughout November
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The public is invited to participate in a month-long, interactive art exhibit featuring work created by Illinois College students. Events include an outdoor tour of sculptures on campus, online auction to benefit the arts and a reception.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Millikin Wind Ensemble to perform Veteran's Day Salute Friday night
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2017-18 performance season with a Veteran's Day Salute on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Singer-songwriter Katie Dahl to perform tonight at Illinois State Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert Series presents award winning Wisconsin singer-songwriter Katie Dahl on Thursday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. Described as “a honey-throated alto thrush and an eagle-eyed songwriter,” Dahl combines old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Shania is back with her own brand
(AP) — When Shania Twain declares on her new album, "I'm independent to a fault, I know this well," she's singing about love, but she could be talking about her career as well.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cummings tells how she's really doing
Whitney Cummings is a stand-up comedian, co-creator and co-writer of the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls,” and will star in and executive-produce the HBO comedy “A Lot.”
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: 'Murder on the Orient Express' is a lavish romp
(AP) — Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express “ is a visual feast, bursting with movie stars, glamour and production value so high, you might just exit the theater experiencing some time-warp whiplash. Certainly no studio would make a straightforward, classical whodunit with a budget the size of a modest superhero pic (and no superheroes to speak of) nowadays, you think. What year is this anyway?
Thursday, November 9, 2017

Outdoor fall tours Sunday
DECATUR, Ill. — Join Macon County Conservation District staff for a tour of District sites on Sunday, November 5 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. During the Conservation Areas in Fall tour, a naturalist will drive you to conservation sites you may not be aware of. Tours will look for wildlife, colorful fall foliage and hear what restoration work is underway at each stop.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Families invited to attend celebration of the Sangamon River this weekend
DECATUR — The 2017 Sangamon Watershed Celebration to be held at Richland Community College in Decatur on Saturday, November 4, will be a full day with family-friendly activities, educational speakers and exhibits and music. The Agricultural Watershed Institute hosts this annual event to bring rural and urban people together for an occasion that is always both fun and educational. The day’s events will be in the National Sequestration Education Center and the University of Illinois Extension building, located near the wind turbines on the Richland campus.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Haunted Hollow this weekend at SIU-C campus is a family-friendly festival
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The ninth annual Haunted Hollow, a popular fall tradition, will provide delight for all ages at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center on Nov. 5.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Springfield Classical Guitar Society presents concert by Mark Akin Saturday
SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by classical guitarist Mark Akin on Saturday, November 4.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Melismatic magic from Wailin' Jennys
(AP) — It’s easy to make a terrific album, as the Wailin’ Jennys show on “Fifteen.” Their formula: three marvelous voices blending beautifully to sing a batch of great songs. Simple, right?
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Books: 'Two Kinds of Truth' engaging
(AP) — Harry Bosch lands a current case with his new department while also facing a possible wrongful conviction from his past in “Two Kinds of Truth,” Michael Connelly’s latest page turner. Connelly tells two compelling stories that individually would make a terrific read but together make an instant classic.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fowler says starring in 'Superior Donuts' is sweet
NEW YORK (AP) — Jermaine Fowler is plenty pleased with his new CBS sitcom, "Superior Donuts."
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Film review: 'Lady Bird' shows an absolutely perfect slice of teenage life
(AP) — Lady Bird is obsessed with place. Her place in the world, in her Catholic high school, in her school play, in her own family and in her unglamorous hometown of Sacramento (“the Midwest of California”) and the even more unglamorous part she lives in. She craves sophistication in a way that she can’t quite put into words or actions, beyond a vague desire to go to an East Coast college, but is certain that whatever she has in her middle-class existence in 2002 isn’t it.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Museum presents Life in Ancient Illinois this Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People have lived in Illinois for thousands of years. Learn about the lives of ancient Illinoisans and how scientists discover clues to what their lives were like at the November “Super Saturday” event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, November 4.
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Raptor awareness show next weekend at Cahokia Mounds
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. — Fall is the perfect time to check out the World Bird Sanctuary at Cahokia Mounds. They are hosting a Raptor Awareness Show in the Interpretive Center auditorium Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

'Fire Road' adds napalm girl's voice to famous photo
(AP) — In many ways, Kim Phuc has never left Route 1 in Vietnam, the highway where Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured her running on June 8, 1972.
Saturday, October 28, 2017

No Halloween costume yet? No problem, this one's a piece of cake
TAYLORVILLE —  If you're looking for a fun, creative DIY costume this Halloween, look no further than your next Amazon Prime delivery. Boxes from your online purchases can be used to create clever box costumes - or boxtumes - using supplies you already have around the house. 
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Top-grossing horror movies perfect to download for a Halloween thrill
TAYLORVILLE — Scares and thrills help make Halloween one of the most popular holidays of the year. Many people like to go outside their comfort zones come Halloween, and what better way to do that than with haunted houses, corn mazes, spooky superstitions, and, of course, a bevy of scary movies?
Thursday, October 26, 2017

To carve the perfect pumpkin, begin with one with a green stem
Begin with a fresh pumpkin. Look for a pumpkin with a green stem. If the pumpkin has been sitting around for too long or has been handled too much, the stem can get brittle and/or fall off. A thick, fresh pumpkin is best for carving.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Millikin Percussion Ensemble presents Halloween Concert this weekend
DECATUR — The 11th annual Halloween Concert will be performed by Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble on Oct. 26-27. Millikin's Percussion Ensemble will perform three special concerts in celebration of Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. and on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Harvest festival at Rock Spgs. Sunday
DECATUR — The Macon County Conservation District invites all ages to the Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, October 29 from 1-4 p.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Steve Martin puts humor and love into bluegrass
(AP) — There's a lot of excellent music on Steve Martin's new bluegrass album with the Steep Canyon Rangers, which is good news considering five of the collection's 14 tracks are instrumentals.
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Grisham's latest: Sharks that profit on student debt
(AP) — John Grisham explores student loan debt and the sharks that profit from it in his latest novel, “The Rooster Bar.”
Thursday, October 26, 2017

An edgeless satire in Clooney's 'Suburbicon'
(AP) — The perfect veneer of 1950s suburban life is just a mask for the deep rot and hypocrisy festering underneath the trimmed lawns in George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” a derivative and somewhat edgeless satire with some compelling performances nonetheless.
Thursday, October 26, 2017









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