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home : news : arts & entertainment September 28, 2016

More than grapes fill glass of wine in 'A Perfect Score'
Kathryn Hall loves wine. Her passion isn't merely for the taste, but also the full process of developing the drink, from soil to glass.
Saturday, September 24, 2016


International Route 66 Mother Road Festival this weekend in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —On September 23-25, 2016, the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival will be featuring over 1000 cool cars and 80,000 spectators rolling into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown. Be sure to attend for a weekend of family fun in the sun and non-stop live music and entertainment!
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant and Civil War impersonators at Old State Capitol Friday
SPRINGFIELD — One hundred and fifty-five years ago an up-and-coming captain was given a small office in Illinois' Statehouse to bring order to the process of mustering Union troops from Illinois to fight in the Civil War.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016

TV: 'Pitch' on Fox imagines the first woman in major league baseball
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Remarkably, the lead actress and lead writer of “Pitch” have been asked by strangers whether the Fox TV series about the first woman in the major leagues is based on a true story.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

'Home' by Harlan Coben is suspenseful and twisty
(AP) — Fans of Harlan Coben will be thrilled to learn that he brings back his iconic series character Myron Bolitar to tackle a mystery over 10 years old in "Home."
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicago sextet Wilco in acoustic mood
Wilco’s “Schmilco” finds the Chicago sextet in a mostly acoustic mood.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

'The Magnificent Seven' rides again, with more guns
(AP) — Deciding to remake “The Magnificent Seven “ with a fresh batch of movie stars is certainly no sin. John Sturges’ 1960 tome, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic “Seven Samurai,” is a fun confection of star power and charismatic bravado, sure, but held in such high esteem probably more because of Elmer Bernstein’s iconic score than anything else. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a ragtag group of outlaws banding together to defeat a powerful bully?
Thursday, September 22, 2016

This week's wildflower
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Ian McEwan's 'Nutshell' is 'Hamlet' in miniature
(AP) — It takes a lion's nerve to rewrite "Hamlet" from the viewpoint of a fetus, a stunt conceived and sweetly achieved by Ian McEwan in his latest novel, "Nutshell."
Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' defend Emmy crowns
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television has become a Wild West of adventurous channels and booming digital platforms, with intriguing new shows pouring into its wide-open spaces.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Film shows how Beatles helped fight segregation
LONDON (AP) — Music aside, the true power of The Beatles wasn’t the volume of their fans or the popularity of their hairstyles — it was the pull of their politics.
Friday, September 16, 2016

3 days of fun this weekend at St. Mary's Fiesta
Thursday, September 15, 2016

In Decatur this weekend: Arts in Central Park, Monarch Madness and more
DECATUR, Ill. — Decatur Area Arts Council and Gallery 510 invite you to Arts in Central Park in downtown Decatur’s beautiful Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 2016.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

In Springfield this weekend: Edwards Place Fine Art Fair, classical guitar
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Springfield Classical Guitar Society will present a performance by classical guitarist Matthew Fish on Saturday, September 17.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Autumn Knap-In at Dickson Mounds this weekend
LEWISTOWN, Ill. — Dickson Mounds Museum will host an Autumn Weekend Knap-In Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on the Museum’s grounds.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

In its latest foray into non-athletic sports, ESPN to broadcast drone racing
(AP) — Look! Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed September 15, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Political odd couples make for insights in PBS' 'Contenders: 16 for '16'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shirley Chisholm memorably billed herself as “unbought and unbossed” when she ran for president in 1972. John McCain’s forthright message to voters was lettered on his 2000 campaign bus and an airplane eight years later: Straight Talk Express.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

'Bridget Jones's Baby' is a charming return to form
(AP) — Renee Zellweger is charming as ever in "Bridget Jones's Baby ," a lively return to form for the unlikely trilogy about an ordinary woman and her professional and romantic woes. It turns out a little break is just what this series needed to find its footing after the manic missteps of "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," which fell into some of the all too common traps of sequels looking to up the stakes (hello, Thailand prison sequence).
Thursday, September 15, 2016

'Darktown' by Thomas Mullen has intense plot
(AP) — Atlanta during the post-World War II years was a city on the cusp of change: "Neither city nor country but some odd combination" writes Thomas Mullen as he sets the scene in his gripping novel "Darktown," which succinctly, and often uncomfortably, explores racism.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Plans for huge sculpture in New York unveiled
NEW YORK (AP) — The developer behind a cluster of skyscrapers rising near the Hudson River raised eyebrows when he boasted the project would be anchored by a monumental sculpture that would be the city’s Eiffel Tower.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

George W. Bush painting book coming in 2017
NEW YORK (AP) — The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cars will cruise to David Davis Mansion this Saturday to raise money for historic site
BLOOMINGTON – Vehicles of all ages and styles are welcome to join the sixth annual “Cruise-In at the Mansion” fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Corvette fans are gearing up for annual Effingham festival next weekend
EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The City of Effingham's Tourism Office will be hosting the Corvette Welcome Fest Downtown Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 15 to kick-off Mid America Motorworks' 23rd Annual Corvette Funfest, and residents are invited to join in welcoming Corvette enthusiasts to Effingham.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cahokia Mds. hosts Native American cultural event
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in southwest Illinois is hosting two days of cultural presentations by Native Americans.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

International Model A Ford Day in Nokomis this Saturday
NOKOMIS, Ill. — The International Model A Day is a formal opportunity for Model "A" Ford owners and Clubs around the world to get out, go for a drive and plan fun events with each other like Model A Day in Nokomis has done now for the past seven years.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Demo Derby Saturday at Montgomery County Fair
BUTLER, Ill. — Montgomery Co. Fair Association will hold their fall demo derby on Saturday. September 10, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Butler. The event will start at 6 p.m. with the Kids Power Wheel Derby. The demo derby will start at the conclusion of the Power Wheels Derby.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Library to present musical program 'Mussels, Moonshine, Music'
TAYLORVILLE — The Friends of the Taylorville Public Library invite the community to a special musical program "Mussels, Moonshine, Music: Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th century" on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. Dennis Stroughmatt will present the program with support from the Illinois Humanities Council, Road Scholars Program.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Amy Benton among performers at Capitol fundraiser Saturday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – New landscaping at the Old State Capitol will be unveiled Sept. 10 to guests at the annual “Canapés at the Capitol” event, a lawn party to raise money for completing a beautification project on the downtown square.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed September 8, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Books: Account of Monet's last work a chronicle of war, too
(AP) — Anyone who has stood before Claude Monet's monumental water lily paintings may recall feeling dissolved into their world of ineffable light and seemingly perfect tranquility. A new book makes clear that that's just a first impression.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hanks and Eckhart take flight in Clint Eastwood's 'Sully' due out Friday
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — As far as everyday heroes go, commercial airline pilots might be among the most unsung.
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Wildflower of the Week
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Review: Freed's 'Hot Start' has sense of authenticity
(AP) — For a fictional action hero, Cordell Logan, a former military assassin now scraping out a living as a flying instructor in Southern California, is a real softie.
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day pops concert
DECATUR, Ill. – When it's Labor Day in Decatur, it's time for Labor Day Pops in Nelson Park.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

First Friday gallery walk
DECATUR, Ill. — The First Friday Gallery Walk on Friday, September 2 from 5-7:30 pm features three exhibits and a host of interactive activities:
Thursday, September 1, 2016

8th International Model A Ford Day September 10th In Nokomis
NOKOMIS, Ill. — The International Model A Day is a formal opportunity for Model "A" Ford owners and Clubs around the world to get out, go for a drive and plan fun events with each other like Model A Day in Nokomis has done now for the past seven years.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Edinburg Baptist Church to host Gospel Sing
EDINBURG, Ill. — Edinburg Baptist Church at 416 North Ricks, Edinburg, Il.,  will be hosting a Gospel Sing, Friday, September 2, 2016. There will be a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and the sing will start at 7:00.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Haley Bonar, personal and universal
(AP) — Haley Bonar's songs on "Impossible Dream" are both personal and universal, stories with an indie film ambience detailed enough to fill a larger screen.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

'Couple Next Door' well-sculpted domestic thriller
(AP) — In Shari Lapena's highly suspenseful thriller "The Couple Next Door," Anne and Marco Conti return home from a dinner party to find their front door open and their 6-month-old daughter, Cora, missing.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Connors plays fierce Chicago blues on 'Six String'
(AP) — "Six String Stories" is her first studio album in 14 years, but thousands of gigs in the interim have only enriched Chicago-based Joanna Connor's fierce guitar skills and expressive, bluesy vocals.
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ten things to look forward to at the movies this fall
(AP) — Out with the summer, in with the fall. Please hurry. 
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed September 1, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Emeril Lagasse feasts globally on new series
NEW YORK (AP) — Caution: Eat before you watch “Eat the World.” Do not come to this new Emeril Lagasse-hosted docuseries hungry for anything other than new insights about food, travel and culture.
Thursday, September 1, 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










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