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home : news : arts & entertainment August 31, 2016

'The One Man' heartfelt, compelling
Andrew Gross, known for his contemporary thrillers, takes the reader back to World War II and the brutality that Jews faced in the concentration camps in his novel, “The One Man.”
Thursday, August 25, 2016


Film: Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez enter the ring in 'Hands of Stone'
(AP) — “Hands of Stone “ is a sprawling yet fairly conventional biopic about the Panamanian boxing champion Roberto Duran — a man The Associated Press once declared the 7th greatest fighter and No. 1 lightweight of the 20th century. For the uninitiated, the title refers to Duran’s nickname. He was known for packing a mighty hit and (usually) winning.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

'Behind Closed Doors' is gripping domestic thriller
(AP) — The domestic thriller genre is based on a simple theme — sometimes the worst terror comes not from strangers but from those closest to us. That premise receives a gripping workout in B.A. Paris' terrifying and often realistic debut. "Behind Closed Doors," a best-seller last year in the U.K., is now receiving its U.S. launch.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Route 66 Walldogs Mural Festival in McLean Friday; 6.6k event Saturday
CENTRAL ILLINOIS — The Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway will be out in full force at a number of Central Illinois Route 66 upcoming events, and has also been providing support for these activities and projects along the Mother Road.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Acoustic blues guitar, harmonica Saturday at Dickson Mounds
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — The Hickory Ridge Concert Series welcomes the return of Filisko and Noden with their acoustic blues guitar and harmonica Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dickson Mounds Museum.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

State Fair chili cook-off this Sunday in a new location
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — There will be a new location for the 2016 Illinois State Fair Regional Chili Cook-off Sunday, August 21, 2016. The event will be held on the east side of the State Fairgrounds in the “Shed” building in Springfield, Illinois.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Friends Creek hosts annual astronomy jamboree Saturday
Argenta, Ill. — Take a better look at the night sky through telescopes! Join the Macon County Conservation District for the 32nd Annual Astronomy Jamboree on Saturday, August 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Friends Creek Conservation Area.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed August 18
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Coming this fall to a TV near you: 'MacGyver," Weatherly as Dr. Bull
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

'Ugly and Wonderful Things'
(AP) — Wavy's dad cooks meth in the trailers down the road from their house. Her mother stays home and alternates between swallowing pills, sleeping and threatening her daughter to keep her mouth closed, which is why Wavy refuses to talk and never eats in front of others.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hvorostovsky sings of 'War, Peace, Love and Sorrow'
The opera world was shocked by news last year that Dmitri Hvorostovsky had brain cancer. But the beloved Russian baritone with the velvety voice and phenomenal breath control carried on, canceling some appearances but performing when he could.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Film review: 'War Dogs' tells a story of one of the craziest hustles in history
(AP) — “War Dogs “ is too good of a true story not to get the Hollywood treatment, even if the end result doesn’t entirely do justice to the moral ambiguities and larger geopolitical implications of one of the craziest hustles in modern American history.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Film review: New 'Ben-Hur' stands in shadow of Wyler's 1959 epic
(AP) — Remaking a film that won 11 Academy Awards invites inevitable comparison, but the latest adaptation of “Ben-Hur” distinguishes itself from William Wyler’s 1959 epic by retooling key character and story elements. It’s still a big, biblical-era tale of power, loyalty and vengeance, only refocused through rose-colored lenses with an eye toward appealing to the lucrative faith-based audience.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer history program closes with Aug. 12 concert and Frederick Douglass presentation
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A summer-long celebration of history in Illinois’ capital city will wrap up Aug. 12 with a concert and a presentation on abolitionist Frederick Douglass at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lincoln Log Cabin welcomes bluegrass musicians and fans on August 14
LERNA, Ill. — The sounds of guitars, banjos and mandolins will fill the air when Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site’s annual bluegrass jam session returns Sunday, Aug. 14.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spears to present "Lincoln's First Year in Illinois" at public library
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Friends of the Library are pleased to invite the public to their August "Meet Me at the Library" Lecture Series presentation. Local Historian, Ron Spears, will be presenting a talk on "Lincoln's First Year in Illinois," at 7:00 p.m., August 18 at the Taylorville Public Library.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed August 11
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Book unearths lobotomy doc's secrets
(AP) — In a book that will rank with Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in the realm of outstanding medical ethics narratives, Luke Dittrich uncovers the story of his grandfather, a neurosurgeon, and, as Dittrich writes, "one of the most prolific lobotomists in history."
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Film: 'Pete's Dragon' pleasantly stays earthbound
NEW YORK (AP) — After an exhausting summer buffet of set pieces, superheroes and whatever s-word you might use for “Suicide Squad,” the gentle “Pete’s Dragon” is a welcome palate cleanser.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

'Game of Thrones' music to tour America with full orchestra
NEW YORK (AP) — If you can’t get to Westeros, don’t fret: It’s coming to a town near you next year. Or, at least the music is.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: 'Guy Novel' is widely improbable spy thriller
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Wildflower of the week
This biennial alien plant grows on abandoned land and waste areas throughout Illinois.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

These kitten Olympians are as good as gold
NEW YORK (AP) — These Olympians are fleet of foot, shockingly flexible and fearless on the high bar.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Branson's top entertainer performing in Effingham
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The Effingham Performance Center has announced on Saturday, August 13 Branson’s #1 entertainer, Shoji Tabuchi, is coming to the EPC for two shows at 2 and 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

More than 75 antique cars on display this weekend in Bloomington
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Beautiful, historic cars in a beautiful, historic setting – that’s the promise of the 20th Annual Antique Car Exhibition on Aug. 6 at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lovano live set spotlights Hank Jones
Joe Lovano has pulled from the vaults his 2005 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival with a quartet that included the late pianist Hank Jones, then 87.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

TV: Harry Connick Jr. launching daytime talk show
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Harry Connick Jr. has recorded, toured, performed in movies and sitcoms, starred on Broadway and, in the process, charmed nearly everyone he meets.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review: Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin revisits Patty Hearst saga
Thursday, August 4, 2016

'Suicide Squad' bad guys aim to save DC ambitions
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Suicide Squad “ should have been the quirky side show to the Warner Bros./DC film “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and its kickoff of a 10 film franchise that would rival the one built by Disney and Marvel.
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed August 4
Thursday, August 4, 2016

County Fair Wraps Up Saturday
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Linda Fairstein navigates NYC fashion scene in new thriller
(AP) — Linda Fairstein's novels about Assistant District Attorney Alexandra "Alex" Cooper take readers behind the scenes to New York City's often hidden corners and crevices, as well as its industries.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Catalina Island: Cactus, buffalo, golf carts, beach
AVALON, Calif. (AP) — Catalina Island is just a ferry ride from Long Beach and other points on the coast of Southern California, but it feels like it's a world away.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hollywood's gorilla man Charlie Gemora got start with 'Hunchback'
HOLLYWOOD — Movie databases would suggest make-up genius Charlie Gemora worked on only about a hundred films.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Coming Up At The Fair
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed July 28
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Candi Staton blends gospel, dance on new album

(AP) — Candi Staton blends gospel themes and messages of redemption and caution with dance music, funk and soul on "It's Time to Be Free," revisiting earlier hits and perhaps creating new ones.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nick Heller returns in Finder's 'Guilty Minds'
(AP) — Corporate fixer and private intelligence operative Nick Heller returns in a tale of scandal and manipulation in Joseph Finder's "Guilty Minds."
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Film review: In 'Jason Bourne,' the saga's lethal precision is still razor sharp
(AP) — Jason Bourne, as played by Matt Damon across four movies, is forever disappearing off the grid only to reluctantly resurface years later and again menace the CIA. He's the spy who came in from the cold only to return to the cold, come in again, and, yet again, head back to the cold.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Mad magazine artist Jack Davis dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Davis, the prolific Mad magazine illustrator, cartoonist and movie poster artist, has died.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

50 year later, Dylan's crash remains mysterious
WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) — Bob Dylan tumbled from a Triumph motorcycle on a sunny Friday morning here 50 years ago on July 29, 1966. The banged-up musician holed up in the mountains of upstate New York for months afterward, dramatically altering the rocket ride of his career.
Thursday, July 28, 2016

'Walking Dead' offers glimpse of King Ezekiel at Comic-Con
SAN DIEGO (AP) — King Ezekiel and his pet tiger Shiva are coming to “The Walking Dead.”
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Out and About: Art, nature and history abounds
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Public invited to bike Route 66 with Czech film crew
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Route 66 on a Bicycle. The public is invited to take part in bicycling on a portion of Historic Route 66 with the Czech Route 66 Solo Bicycle Ride Film Tour.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Viking ship sails for Chicago Tall Ships event after stop at Michigan fest
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Norwegian ship described as the largest Viking vessel in the world has departed for Chicago after raising enough money to leave Michigan and continue at least part of a Great Lakes tour.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival scheduled for July 23rd
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The St. Andrews Society of Central Illinois will host the 23rd Annual Springfield Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday, July 23 at Chatham Community Park, and the public is invited to attend.
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed July 21
Thursday, July 21, 2016

How millennial nostalgia fueled the recent success of 'Pokeon Go'
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The children who once dreamed of capturing real-life Pokemon starting in the 1990s are now the nostalgic millennials helping fuel the worldwide success of “Pokemon Go.”
Thursday, July 21, 2016

New Orleans R&B and Brooklyn funk
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Journalist uncovers mystery in 'Cabin 10'
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Birbiglia gives improv its first close-up on big screen
NEW YORK (AP) — Good improv is like a magic act, conjured out of thin air. A handful of people step onto the stage with nothing prepared, and — poof! — an hour of laughs tumbles forth from unpredictable, off-the-cuff scenarios. 
Thursday, July 21, 2016

This Week's Wildflower
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Lifetime TV to offer peek behind Broadway curtain
NEW YORK (AP) — Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” will feature several Broadway productions this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on “An American in Paris,” “Finding Neverland” and “The King and I.”
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review: 'I Am No One' is slow-motion thriller
Saturday, July 16, 2016

First Presbyterian Church presents 4th annual Night of Close Harmony
TAYLORVILLE — 4 Tonight, has been singing together only six months but do not lack in experience. The quartet represents the Bloomington and Peoria, Ill. chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society. With combined experience of more than 120 years, don’t let the newness of 4 Tonight fool you, they are no strangers to entertaining audiences.
Friday, July 15, 2016

Out and About: Enjoy these historic Illinois events this weekend
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Two more 'Hamilton' principals leave; Chicago cast is revealed
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed July 13
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Barbershop singers work to break down cultural barriers and preserve history
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If the sound of barbershop harmony invokes Norman Rockwell images of white men singing vaudeville-style songs in straw hats, organizers of the Barbershop Harmony Society are trying to update that image.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

TV: Obama town hall to air tonight
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC’s news president says the sense that the public is hungry for progress on race relations and policing led the network to quickly schedule a town hall meeting with President Barack Obama in prime time on Thursday.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Music review: Steven Tyler's country album shines
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Atkins delivers rousing thriller with 'The Innocents'
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Freewheeling and funny solidarity of four leads wins out in 'Ghostbusters'
(AP) — The easy, electric chemistry of the four leads in Paul Feig's "Ghostbusters" acts like a firewall against the supernatural and the adolescent, alike, in this spirited reboot of the 1984 original.
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Energetic, joyful Garth Brooks returns to NYC after 19 years
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Podeschi Presenting Program At Lincoln Library 'My Old House'
SPRINGFIELD – Put on your best hat, gather up friends and relatives, and enjoy an elegant afternoon tea with a serving of history July 16 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

American folk art show opens at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Since its debut five years ago, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has showcased works by well-known American artists like Georgia O’Keeffe and Andy Warhol. Now the Arkansas museum founded by a Wal-Mart heiress is turning its attention to ordinary objects made by unsung craftsmen, quilters and painters.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

If payday loans with exorbitant rates go away, what will replace them?
NEW YORK (AP) — The lenders who advance poor people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry's critics have long said.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

New TV series to feature LA Rams
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It didn’t take long for the newly arrived Los Angeles Rams to go Hollywood.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Jarosz album elegantly understated
(AP) — On her fourth solo album "Undercurrent," Sarah Jarosz doubles down on understated elegance.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Books: "Bobby K.: The Making of a Liberal Icon"
(AP) — It seemed an unlikely start for the career of a man who would become one of the nation’s most fierce liberal heroes.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Movies: Pet lovers will delight in 'Secret Life of Pets'
(AP) — Any pet owner who’s imbued their furry or feathered friends with deep thoughts and mysterious intentions will relate to the imagination behind “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed July 5
Thursday, July 7, 2016

In lawsuit, Gretchen Carlson alleges sex harassment at Fox from CEO Ailes
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Fox News Channel anchor Gretchen Carlson sued network chief executive Roger Ailes on Wednesday, claiming she was fired after she refused his sexual advances.
Thursday, July 7, 2016

This week's wildflower
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Fire up a bold fourth of July BBQ
This Fourth of July, take your backyard barbecue staples from basic to bold with knock-out burgers, grilled fruit "steaks" and festive red, white and blue-colored desserts.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Harlequin to launch literary Park Row Books
NEW YORK (AP) — Harlequin, the publisher synonymous with romance novels, is anxious to show off its literary side.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

'Life Animated' documentary turns Disney-loving autistic man into a star
NEW YORK (AP) — Owen Suskind had largely retreated into silence in the years after his autism began to manifest, around age 3. Three painfully mute years later, and after countless rapt hours spent watching Disney animated movies, a word broke through.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

86-year-old Ed Asner remains as busy and versatile as ever
HOLLYWOOD — Don’t expect Ed Asner’s name to fade from casting lists any time soon. With a variety of current and upcoming projects, 86-year-old Asner remains as busy and versatile as ever.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

'Say, kids! What time is it?' It's Howdy Doody Time
NEW YORK (AP) — A former NBC star and offbeat candidate for president soon will be saluted on COZI TV .
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed June 30
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Revolutionary War era has inspired very little art
NEW YORK (AP) — Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and 11 Tony Awards, “Hamilton” is a cultural phenomenon that stands as the most celebrated work of art ever inspired by the American Revolution.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Music: Red Hot Chili Peppers reflective on 'Getaway'
(AP) — The Red Hot Chili Peppers' first album in five years, "The Getaway," is a melancholy set, even when the rhythms accelerate.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Film: Spielberg weaves magic out of Dahl's 'BFG'
(AP) — There's a secret about children that Steven Spielberg, Melissa Mathison and Roald Dahl have always known — that no matter how innocent, kids are as capable of understanding darkness as adults, and sometimes even more so.
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book compelling 'Star Trek' timeline
(AP) — Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman have compiled hundreds of interviews to create “The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years.”
Monday, June 27, 2016

Pilot faulted in crash while filming zombie movie
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators have issued a report faulting a pilot for the 2014 crash of an experimental plane during filming of a zombie movie in Florida.
Monday, June 27, 2016

'Walking Dead' will live year-round at Universal
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — It's all hands on deck at Universal Studios Hollywood. Behind double doors with the phrases "DON'T OPEN" and "DEAD INSIDE" scrawled across them in black paint, a team of workers is carefully positioning 12 creepy robotic hands as nearby crew members paint animatronic zombie heads and construct a hospital waiting room.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Community Calendar printed June 26

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hummus in land of gumbo: Israeli restaurant standout in NOLA
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chef Alon Shaya's unlikely love affair with Louisiana started years ago.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Judge blocks planned sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy Award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge blocked the sale of an Emmy Award that Whitney Houston won 30 years ago after it was put on the auction block by the late singer's family.
Saturday, June 25, 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

'God Bless Our Veterans' is theme for Taylorville Fourth of July parade
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

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.

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