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home : news : arts & entertainment July 23, 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


'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

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.

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.
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