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ZZ Ward has some great big talent

ZZ Ward, "The Storm" (Hollywood Records)

(AP) — You'll hardly find ZZ Ward described the same way twice. Bluesy, pop-inflected, drawing from the deep well of R&B, indebted to hip-hop, folky, alternative indie and rocker — take your pick and you'll be right every time because all are part of Ward's influences and style.


Thursday, September 7, 2017


Rushdie crafts modern masterpiece in 'The Golden House'
(AP) — If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author's head.
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Book: Julia Keller tackles small-town heroin crisis in 24-hours

"Fast Falls the Night" (Minotaur) by Julia Keller

(AP) — An ongoing theme in Julia Keller's superior series about Raythune County prosecutor Bell Elkins is how these West Virginia residents maneuver when jobs are scarce but drugs have overrun the area. Hope, though often in short supply, is the only thing to which they can cling.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

John Steinbeck stepdaughter wins $13 million in lawsuit over movie rights
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal jury awarded John Steinbeck’s stepdaughter more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming the author’s son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of his classic works.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Grafton's alphabet series appears to be near its end
(AP) — "Y is for Yesterday" is Sue Grafton's projected penultimate novel in her alphabet series about intrepid California private investigator Kinsey Millhone. And if the series does end with "Z' ‚Äî and there's no reason to believe that it won't be the finale ‚Äî it's going out with even deeper plots and more intense characterizations than when it debuted 35 years ago. Despite clocking in at 496 pages, "Y is for Yesterday" briskly moves Kinsey's story forward.
Saturday, September 2, 2017

Christian County Historical Society preparing for 'Prairie Days' Sept. 9-10
TAYLORVILLE — Go back in time and don't miss out on the Christian County Historical Society’s Prairie Days September 9-10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day. Enjoy period demonstrators, artisans and vendors. The weekend will be rounded out with live music featured on the main stage including the Paul Moma Band, Danny Russell, Fred Dubay, and the Hood Family Band. Guests will also enjoy taking tours of the historical buildings and a fashion show featuring clothing styles of the Prairie Days.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Willie Nile's 'Positively Bob' rollicking
(AP) — There are some analogies between Willie Nile and Bob Dylan, like their early career moves to Greenwich Village, extended layoffs (Dylan's motorcycle accident, Nile's record company torments) and decades of excellent songwriting.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Historical thriller takes reader back to turbulent era
(AP) — An engineer from Oslo attempts to disrupt the Nazi war machine at the height of World War II in "The Saboteur," the latest historical thriller by Andrew Gross.
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Film review: Noomi Rapace proves quite deadly in formulaic 'Unlocked'
(AP) — There’s been a lot of talk about who should be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig puts aside his shaken martini. Orlando Bloom? Idris Elba? Damian Lewis? After watching the formulaic spy thriller “Unlocked,” might we suggest Noomi Rapace?
Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Head to Mt. Auburn this weekend for live music, carnival and concessions
MT. AUBURN — The 131st Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic begins on Thursday, August 24, and lasts through Saturday, August 26. The theme of the picnic is “A Great Place to Live.” All three days will be packed with events, including:
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Western brand and Chinese characteristics meet up at Club Med in Guilin
GUILIN, China (AP) — After 10 days of crisscrossing southwestern China by high-speed train with two young children in tow, exploring minority villages amid rugged scenery and often sleeping in grimy hotels, it was time for a break.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Your personal travel coach: Meet travel blogger Nomadic Matt Kepnes
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Kepnes had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year when he took a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.”
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Music: Bedouine's debut is hushed and haunted
(AP) — Bedouine is Azniv Korkejian's alias and the title of her debut. It's a hushed, haunted, delicate wonder — a collection evoking 1970s singer-songwriters which pairs her thoughtful words with unfussy arrangements.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Books: 'A Stranger in the House' has strong plot
(AP) — In her second thriller, Shari Lapena poses the question: How well do you know your spouse? It's not exactly a new story device, but Lapena's fresh approach makes it seem original in "A Stranger in the House."
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Film review: 'Hitman's Bodyguard' a fun, action-packed escape
(AP) — There's not a whole lot that's new about "The Hitman's Bodyguard ." Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable badass whose favorite word is mother(expletive). And like many movie heroes past, they're tasked with taking down a brutal dictator.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book tells story of Yellowstone Nat'l Park
(AP) — John Clayton explores the vast historical and cultural history of one of the most popular national parks to uncover why Yellowstone is so beloved in "Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon."
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Karin Slaughter's 'Good Daughter' has solid plot
(AP) — Each Quinn sister, in her own way, tries to be the good daughter but neither of these complicated, often prickly, women has come to terms with the horrific crime that changed their lives in Karin Slaughter's excellent stand-alone novel, "The Good Daughter."
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Unplugged on the Prairie feature 12 hours of progressive bluegrass and more
CARLINVILLE — SamJam, Unplugged on the Prairie, will bring twelve hours of progressive bluegrass, American, and roots music to the Macoupin County Fairgrounds Saturday, September 16. Held from noon to midnight, the event will also offer food, beverages, craft beer selection, winery, Caribbean cruise raffle and a raffle tub auction.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chicago folk duo 'Blind Hills' at Hickory Ridge
DICKSON MOUNDS — The Hickory Ridge Concert Series welcomes the Chicago folk duo Blind Hills to their stage on Saturday, August the 19th at 7;00 PM in the auditorium of the Dickson Mounds Museum. Blind Hills is the acoustic duo of Chuck VanderVennet and Diccon Lee. Whether inviting audiences to sing along with a much loved folk song or introducing them to a new original musical journey, Blind Hills entertains with songs that touch the heart.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Face to Face" Art by Gene Tanta at Anne Lloyd Gallery in September
DECATUR — Decatur Area Arts Council announces the September 2017 exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Entitled “Face to Face,” the exhibit features the art of Gene Tanta.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Die another day: Daniel Craig, back as Bond, is keeping 007 fans on edge
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Craig’s 007-era will die another day.

After months of gossip and denials, Craig on Tuesday night confirmed to Stephen Colbert on the “Late Show” that he will indeed return for another James Bond movie. The yet-titled film is due out November 2019.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Music: Back from the past, TLC still sounds great on new CD
(AP) — TLC, the iconic '90s-era girl group, is back after 15 years away and these women are clearly not wasting anymore time. "We don't need no introduction," they boast on the first song of their new self-titled CD. "No, we don't need no instructions/We already paved the way."
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: 'The Quiet Child' by John Burley is engrossing novel
(AP) — "The Quiet Child" is 6-year-old Danny McCray, who is indeed quiet. He doesn't speak, though doctors have said he can but has "elective mutism." Danny's presence is often disconcerting to the residents of Cottonwood, California, where he is "a ghost child, a quiet child the townspeople referred only to in whispers." They blame him for bringing whatever ails the town.
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Film review: Soderbergh's 'Logan Lucky' is sure to put a smile on your face
(AP) — "Logan Lucky " is an easy movie to like, but maybe not love.

In his big return to film after a four-year hiatus (or retirement, if it can even be called that now), Steven Soderbergh has created a sort of cinematic bingo of his well of tricks. Heist movie? Check. Channing Tatum? Check. Not so subtle metaphors slipped in to genre stories about the state of the working class man? Check. Dopey but reliable sidekick brothers? Check, check, check.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Main character of 'Lost Ones' makes novel work

(AP) — Vancouver research assistant/receptionist Nora Watts technically isn't a detective — though she works for a private investigating firm — but her skills at finding people and detecting liars is almost peerless. She also barely holds her life together. She lives, unknown to her bosses, in the firm's basement with Whisper, her rescue dog and her one "lifeline" to humanity. Whisper brought to Nora's life "a kind of fullness and peace" that was missing.

 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Metallica guitarist's monster movie posters go up on display
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Kirk Hammett may be known best as the guitarist whose deafening solos have come to define the band Metallica. But a new exhibit is showcasing a different side of the rocker, his passion for sci-fi and horror films.
Friday, August 11, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

State Fair kicks off tonight with Twilight Parade followed by Foghat concert
SPRINGFIELD — In keeping with the 2017 Illinois State Fair theme, Manager Kevin Gordon announced today that the Vose Family, the Cullers Family and Coleman Family will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. Combined, the families have been a member of the State Fair family for 176 years.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Paradise Valley" by C.J. Box is taut, suspenseful
(AP) — "Paradise Valley" reaches the same level of frightening realism that made C.J. Box's "The Highway" so terrifying. A sequel to that novel, "Paradise Valley," makes an excellent conclusion to Box's gripping The Highway Quartet novels that have evolved into a hunt for a serial killer who works as a long-haul trucker.
Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Ingrid Goes West' looks at social media's dark side
(AP) — Quick, what's more important: social media or real life?

For the title character in "Ingrid Goes West ," there is no question, and perhaps no distinction.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

6 facts about watermelons
Watermelons provide cooling, juicy refreshment during the warm days of summer. But while they're most associated with summer, watermelons can typically be found in grocery stores year-round. Watermelons are members of the cucurbitaceae family, which includes other gourds, such as pumpkin, squash and cucumber.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Connelly cements reputation as master of crime fiction
(AP) — Michael Connelly leaves the world of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller to start a new series featuring Detective Renee Ballard, a strong-willed woman forced into the grinding night shift.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

Estefan, Lear among Kennedy Center honorees
WASHINGTON (AP) — This year’s Kennedy Center honorees will include two singers, a television writer, a dancer - and for the first time, a hip-hop artist.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lost for decades, Chris Robinson's horror thriller 'The Intruder' resurfaces
HOLLYWOOD — Harry Guerro couldn’t believe his good fortune after making the 3,000-mile journey from New Jersey to the West coast in late 2012, and unearthing a 35 mm print of the 1975 horror thriller, “The Intruder,” featuring a cast of Hollywood legends.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lincoln Library offers All-American picnic, fun and games, August 19
SPRINGFIELD – The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate America’s pastime August 19 with an All-American Picnic featuring baseball-themed crafts, demonstrations of the game as it was played in its earliest days and a screening of the classic “Field of Dreams.”
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chicago blues duo featured on harmonica, guitar at 'Blues at the Museum'
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert series welcomes renowned Chicago Blues duo Felisko and Noden Thursday, August the 10th, at 7:00 pm. Felisko and Noden are expert practitioners of harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days but are now all too rarely heard. They are also world class players and showmen.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site hosts portrayal of Mary Lincoln August 5
LERNA, Ill. — At the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m., Jessica Michna will present a first-person portrayal of Mary Lincoln as she recalls her early years and education in Lexington, Kentucky. Ms. Michna's performance will take place in the site’s visitor center auditorium, and is free and open to the public.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Music: Isley Brothers and Santana are 'Power of Peace' advocates
Ronald and Ernie Isley team up with Carlos Santana on the vigorous “Power of Peace,” putting their stamp on mostly spiritually inclined songs from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Bacharach & David and Swamp Dogg.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Atkins delivers engrossing thriller in 'The Fallen'
(AP) — Ace Atkins' novels about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff, takes place in Mississippi's rural Tibbehah County, where the largest town is the small Jericho. But Edgar finalist Atkins uses this as a microcosm of the world in "The Fallen."
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Film Review: In 'Wind River' grief blankets a Wyoming reservation
(AP) — For Taylor Sheridan, the West is still alive with frontier tragedies and genre thrills, even if hopelessness has moved in and blanketed the land.
Thursday, August 3, 2017

'Ancient Brews' reveals tasty history of alcohol

"Ancient Brews: Rediscovered & Re-created" (W.W. Norton & Co.), by Patrick E. McGovern

(AP) — It's easy to find cold brews on summer days, but here's a twist: a journey back to the alcoholic beverages that people drank thousands of years ago.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

What's in your rum?
URBANA, Ill. — Aficionados use words like “oaky” to describe some wines, or “hoppy” when talking about certain beers. But for rum—a product with over 1,000 different varieties—putting the words together to describe what imbibers are smelling and tasting is a bit more difficult.
Saturday, July 29, 2017

TAKING THE CAKE OUT OF FISH CAKES
When my family and I lived in Denmark, a favorite outing was to our local harbor, where the fish market sold fish cakes, or "fiskefrikadeller," created from the daily catches hauled in on the fishing boats. When the fish were filleted, all the extra pieces were reserved for fist-sized fish patties sold by the bagful with containers of remoulade, or tartar sauce, meant to be devoured family-style at the picnic tables perched over the sea. 
Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Garwood delivers another suspenseful romance with 'Wired'

(AP) — Julie Garwood delivers another suspenseful romance with her new novel, "Wired." Readers will be immersed in a world of digital coding where computer hackers reign as heroes.

 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Popular Civil War Tech at Lincoln Library offers hands on activities for kids
SPRINGFIELD — It will be a day of dueling ironclads, coded messages and battlefield operations Aug. 5 when the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum presents a back-to-school showcase of its popular Civil War Tech program.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Litchfield's Live in Library Park features country music singer Josh Stanley
LITCHFIELD, Ill. — Live in Library Park has a big performance coming next week, on Thursday, August 3! This week’s performer will be Joshua Stanley. Joshua will perform on Thursday, August 3 from 6-8 PM in Library Park in Litchfield (400 North State Street).
Thursday, July 27, 2017

APL's Kittenfest this weekend; group looking to find homes for 80 kittens
SPRINGFIELD — The Animal Protective League (APL) is celebrating Kittenfest this weekend, July 28th through July 30th, with approximately 80 kittens looking for their forever homes!
Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tweedy delivers re-imagining of Wilco
(AP) — With its paradoxical title, "Together at Last" features Wilco songwriter and lead singer Jeff Tweedy all alone with just his acoustic guitar and occasionally a harmonica.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Books: Mystery abounds in 'Bright Ideas Bookstore'
(AP) — Matthew Sullivan's "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" is shocking, charming and thrilling from the opening scene. Lydia Smith, a compassionate bookstore clerk, is horrified one night when she finds her favorite customer, the young Joey Molina, has committed suicide in the Western history section.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Theron heats up the Cold War in 'Atomic Blonde'
(AP) — People don’t usually move very fast in Cold War thrillers. Mostly, the only time anyone runs is right before they get shot in the back. Most of the “action” happens in a film cabinet, down a back alley or with a silencer. The classic Cold War tale — which is to say a John le Carre one — is characterized by a deathly stillness: grave faces meeting under gray clouds.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

'The Almost Sisters' tests bonds of family & friends
(AP) — "The Almost Sisters" is, at its heart, a story about four generations of family. How author Joshilyn Jackson defines family, however, isn't just by bloodlines and gene pools.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Route 66 spaceship on display at The Mill on 66 to celebrate 88th birthday
LINCOLN, Ill. — On July 25th, 1929 The Mill officially opened as The Blue Mill, and was painted white with blue trim.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming area events include programs on US mail, Vietnam, archaeology
DECATUR — Brent Wielt, of the Macon County Conservation District, will present information about how mail changed in the 1800s and how it affected society, from postcards to letters, flyers, stamps and more. See what was sent and received and how it became the basis of what we still get today.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dealing a blow to cancer: Wrestlers in Kincaid organize event for charity
TAYLORVILLE — Jason Willhite spent 16 years on the independent wrestling circuit, where he was known as Jason Wells, the Hardcore Legend.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Riveting 'Dunkirk' is not only Christopher Nolan's best, it's the year's best
(AP) — "Dunkirk " is not a typical war movie.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Amy Silverstein explores friendship in 'My Glory Was I Had Such Friends'
(AP) — Amy Silverstein received a new heart when she was 25 years old, and for the next 26 years she beat the odds, surpassing all expectations for a transplant recipient. Then a single jolt of dizziness warned her that something was terribly wrong; her heart was rapidly giving out.
Thursday, July 20, 2017

'UNSUB' is an intelligent, compelling page-turner

"UNSUB" (Dutton), by Meg Gardiner

(AP) — A serial killer known only as "The Prophet" terrorized the San Francisco Bay area with a series of ritualized killings in the 1990s, taunting the authorities with cruel mind games that left the lead detective who hunted him a broken man. Then, as abruptly as they began, the killings stopped, and the killer vanished.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun assists cast in play about recruiting
WATERFORD, Conn. (AP) — Actor Sam Kebede went to rehearsal hoping to get some insights about what it’s like to be recruited by a big-time college basketball coach. Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun was happy to assist. 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Heroes who stopped French train attack to star in Clint Eastwood film
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The three California men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about their heroics, a studio announced Tuesday. 
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mike Berry remembers the delightful British comedy'Are You Being Served?
America discovered the delightful British comedy series “Are You Being Served?” in the 80s, thanks to reruns on Public Television. Released in the U.K. 45 years ago this year, the 10-season show remains as popular as ever with fans.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Music: Sam Baker has a style all his own
(AP) — If Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize re-ignited the debate on what separates popular music from poetry, Sam Baker is here to complicate things further. Baker makes elegant, original music. Nothing he does could be mistaken for anyone else's work.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book review: Raw emotion with every page turn
Thursday, July 13, 2017

In 'Lady Macbeth,' a young wife's bloody rebellion
(AP) — "Unsex me here" was Lady Macbeth's plea to the spirits for manly ferocity in Shakespeare's tragedy, but the protagonist of "Lady Macbeth" has no such designs on shedding or subduing her already perfectly potent femininity in William Oldroyd's austere but thick-blooded drama about a young, 19th century woman's unrepentant rebellion.
Thursday, July 13, 2017

Chicago-based duo pairs music, poems
Many of the lyrics on “Myths and Mortals” date back more than a century, which is why the New Zeitgeist is singing of fairies, fables and linnet’s wings. This is real roots music that connects Dublin and Austin.
Monday, July 10, 2017

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

"Here and Gone" is terrifyingly realistic
(AP) — The vulnerability of a family — in this case a woman and her two children escaping an abusive home — is at the center of Haylen Beck's "Here and Gone," a tension-laden, sometimes disturbing story with a viselike grip that won't let go.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Film claims to solve the Amelia Earhart mystery
NEW YORK (AP) — The photo is haunting. Among a number of figures gathered on a dock, the fuzzy image seems to be that of a woman, her back to the camera, gazing at what may be her crippled aircraft loaded on a barge, and perhaps wondering what her future might hold.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

At 70, former Chicago mailman John Prine is hippest songwriter in Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time a new country songwriter named Kacey Musgraves saw one of her songwriting heroes, John Prine, she had an unusual proposition when she approached.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Harry Potter, Abe Lincoln books on business owners' summer reading lists
NEW YORK (AP) — A book about marketing or managing employees may be the last thing small business owners want to read on vacation. But some say they’ve found insight they can apply to their companies from the subjects of books they cracked just for the joy of reading — Abraham Lincoln, Harry Potter or a young woman in an alternative universe.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Diana Damrau makes her case for Meyerbeer
(AP) — Once considered a giant of 19th century opera, Giacomo Meyerbeer has been relegated over the century to the second tier of composers, admired for his craftsmanship but faulted for lacking that intangible ingredient called genius.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Film review: 'A Ghost Story' casts a bizarre spell
(AP) — A fatal, off-screen car crash interrupts the picturesque, suburban lives of a young married couple in David Lowery's "A Ghost Story," marooning the deceased husband musician (Casey Affleck) in a kind of purgatory as a watchful, mostly benign ghost.
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Lovers of fine writing will note Toibin's observations
(AP) — In the days before the gods lost interest in human folly, King Agamemnon summoned his daughter Iphigenia to wed Achilles. His wife, Clytemnestra, believed his ruse and led their young daughter to what turned out to be her death in a blood sacrifice on the eve of the Trojan War.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Amtrak to disount travel for eclipse
CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Giant deer sculpture on display
CHICAGO (AP) — Visitors to Chicago’s downtown riverfront will be able to see a new public art sculpture featuring a giant deer.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Navy Pier offers tips for July 4 fireworks
CHICAGO (AP) — Organizers for Chicago’s lakefront Independence Day celebration say Navy Pier will open early to give revelers a jumpstart.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Award winning Celtic duo Switchback at Music at the Museum
SPRINGFIELD — The Music at the Museum Concert Series will present the award winning Celtic Americana duo Switchback Thursday, July the 13th, at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Illinois State Museum. Known for their high energy performances, Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Night Hike at Griswold Conservation Area
BLUE MOUND — The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a Night Hike at Griswold Conservation Area on Saturday, July 8 from 10pm-11:30pm. Venture into the darkness at this conservation area during a naturalist-led hike. You will experiment with your five senses and see how they can play tricks on your mind, then walk to the top of the glacial kame to view the full moon. Free. Must pre-register online by July 7 at maconcountyconservation.org.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

First Friday Gallery Walk in Decatur features Chinese culture
 DECATUR — The First Friday Gallery Walk for July will take place on Friday, July 7 from 5-7:30 p.m. in downtown Decatur.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Iles House celebrates annual Clara Irwin Strawberry Party July 4
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will host its annual “Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party” on Tuesday, July 4 from 5 to 8 p.m on the lawn of the Iles House, 628 South Seventh Street. Clara Irwin, the spouse of the house’s second owner, was known for her promotion of the horticultural arts in central Illinois, and was renown for the quality of her strawberries — and her strawberry parties — in the 1840s and ‘50s.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Poetry on the Praire July 2 at Homestead Farm
DECATUR, Ill. — Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area is hosting a Poetry on the Prairie program Sunday, July 2 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cleveland's Rock Hall of Fame to open 'Power of Rock' exhibit this weekend
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rock ‘n’ roll fans can get a taste of what it’s like to be a star inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beginning this weekend.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cray takes a Memphis stroll with Hi Rhythm
(AP) — Robert Cray teams up with the Hi Records rhythm section for a Memphis stroll of soulful sounds and evocative songs.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fact outhits fiction in 'Pride of Yankees'
(AP) — The movie "The Pride of the Yankees" is the kind of Hollywood hokum that makes us feel good. And there's nothing wrong with that — as long as we know life is usually more complicated than a Gary Cooper movie.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: 'Baby Driver' is a toe-tapping, engine-revving jolt with epic chase
(AP) — There’s nothing like an epic getaway chase to kick a movie into high gear, and the first five minutes of “Baby Driver “ are pure movie magic.
Thursday, June 29, 2017

'House of Names' is family drama on a mythic stage
In the days before the gods lost interest in human folly, King Agamemnon summoned his daughter Iphigenia to wed Achilles. His wife, Clytemnestra, believed his ruse and led their young daughter to what turned out to be her death in a blood sacrifice on the eve of the Trojan War.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Annual Farm Aid benefit concert returning to Pennsylvania
BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The annual Farm Aid benefit concert is coming back to Pennsylvania for just the third time since it began in 1985.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: John Grisham's 'Camino Island' is fine beach read
The tale opens with a robbery and closes with a reconciliation. In between these bookends, “Camino Island” by John Grisham is populated with ruthless thieves, witty writers and enough intrigue to fill a bookstore’s mystery aisle. At the heart of the story is the theft of five priceless, yet heavily insured, original manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald, including “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender Is the Night,” from Princeton University’s library.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Porch Chat at the Iles House June 23
SPRINGFIELD — The Elijah Iles House will have this season’s first Summer Porch Chat on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the House. The topic is Thomas Lincoln Reconsidered. It is free and open to the public. Courtesy Refreshments Will be Served.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

32nd Annual Montgomery County Fair this weekend
BUTLER, Ill. — The Montgomery County Fair is going on now through the weekend. As always, the gate admission is $5 per person, which includes free parking and free carnival rides each evening.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Joan Shelley's self-titled album is simply lovely
(AP) — "Joan Shelley" reflects the beauty of simplicity. On her self-titled fourth album, Shelley is often accompanied only by acoustic guitar as producer Jeff Tweedy wisely puts the spotlight on her luminous dimming-of-the-day alto.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

'Mrs. Doubtfire' and 'Matilda' made Mara Wilson famous
Talented child actors don’t inevitably extend their careers into adulthood. Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood all did; Mara Wilson did not.
Thursday, June 22, 2017











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