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Events Calendar printed February 4, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016


CMT to air 'Million Dollar Quartet' miniseries
NEW YORK (AP) — The CMT network is casting for its “Million Dollar Quartet” miniseries this month at Elvis Presley’s alma mater in Memphis, Tennessee.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jimmy Buffett Musical To Premiere Next Spring
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm — the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

More Super Bowl Commercials Preview Online
NEW YORK (AP) — With Super Bowl Sunday just days away, a flurry of advertisers including Budweiser and LG Electronics have already released their game-day ads in the hopes of stoking excitement and building up shares on social media.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lincoln Library Offers Free Day, Special Events
 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — February brings an array of special events and family-friendly activities to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, including free admission on Lincoln’s birthday.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Four-Legged Fur Balls Take To The Field, Too
NEW YORK (AP) — On the field, the four-legged fur balls of the Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl III were all business.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sotomayor to speak at U of I next month
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will appear at a public event next month at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

David Davis mansion hosts tours and Lincoln birthday party
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Who was Old Buck? Why was Abraham Lincoln’s sense of humor so important? What role did Lincoln’s hat play in his political fortunes? Visitors will discover all that and more when the David Davis Mansion State Historic Site throws a birthday party for Lincoln on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Youth symphony presents valentine's concert
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony invites you to attend the Civic Orchestra’s Valentine’s Day concert, Love is in the Air. The performance, under the direction of Conductor Matthew Sheppard, takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, at The Legacy Theatre.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Backyard bird count and mini camp on owls at Rock Springs
DECATUR, Ill. — Show your love for birds by participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count on Sunday, February 14 from 1-3pm at Rock Springs Nature Center.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Books: 'Language of Secrets' an action-packed thriller
(AP) — The hot-button issues of religion and culture — sometimes wrapped in controversy and suspicion — make a compelling foundation in Ausma Zehanat Khan's second novel about Esa Khattak, head of Toronto's Community Policing Section that handles minority issues.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tedeschi Trucks reaches new heights
(AP) — It's barely 2016, but the Tedeschi Trucks Band has already released one of the great records of the year.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Human folly is the star in Coen bro's 'Hail, Caesar!'
(AP) — The Coen canon reaches a crescendo — or rather a warped inversion of one — in “Hail, Caesar!” when the brothers assemble a quartet of religious leaders from various faiths before Josh Brolin’s 1950s movie studio “fixer” Eddie Mannix. The scene plays like a theological joke: the Coen version of a priest and a rabbi walk into a movie studio.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

3 Chicago attractions free to state residents on holiday
CHICAGO (AP) — Three top Chicago attractions are providing free general admission on Presidents’ Day to Illinois residents.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sports Illustrated: swim suit edition to be TV show
NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Millikin University celebrates Black History Month 2016
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University is pleased to announce its celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2016 is "Because of Them, We Can."
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bennett shows artistry on Grammy-nominated CD
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett really belongs in a different category at this year’s Grammy Awards than the one he’s dominated for the past quarter-century.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Autism support group events
HILLSBORO, Ill. — TASC/The Autism Support Connection's monthly support group meeting will be held Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Ave., Hillsboro, Illinois. We will have an open discussion format.
Friday, January 29, 2016

'Van Gogh's Bedrooms' exhibition opening in Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago exhibition next month will mark the first time in North America that three versions of a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting will be shown together.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Broadway's 'Aladdin' to launch tour in Chicago next spring
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway's hit musical "Aladdin" will take a magic carpet ride across the country — a national tour will launch next year in Chicago.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Miners' lives exhibit opens
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville is displaying dozens of black-and-white photographs taken nearly 40 years ago to document the living and working conditions of coal miners.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Broadway ticket deal extended
NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s massive snowfall might have a silver lining on Broadway.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Quality programming to look for on PBS later this year
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association winter meeting...
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Events Calendar printed January 28, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Rock Springs announces early February events
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Presidential Library launching 'Art in Atrium' series featuring area artists
SPRINGFIELD – The best, most creative artists in central Illinois will get the chance to reach new audiences thanks to “Art in the Atrium,” a new program at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

What to look for this year in the Top 10 celebrity Super bowl ads
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl is a little more than a week away, but advertisers are going strong online, offering up celebrity laden teasers well ahead of the game. Teasers are one way Super Bowl advertisers can build buzz without revealing their full Super Bowl ads too far in advance.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Film: Pandemonium! Third time's a charm for the witty 'Kung Fu Panda 3'
If you're one of those people — and I'm with you — who roll your eyes when handed a pair of 3D glasses at the multiplex, wondering if all this rigmarole is REALLY necessary, then take heart: The lovely, color-popping visuals in "Kung Fu Panda 3" are well worth those darned glasses.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book reviews: 'The Ex' and 'Where it Hurts' both compelling
(AP) — Gus Murphy was looking forward to retirement after a distinguished career as a Long Island policeman, but when his son dropped dead of an undiagnosed heart defect during a pickup basketball game, Gus's life all but ended, too.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Film: 'The Finest Hours' awash in waves of nostalgia
(AP) — Waves of water and nostalgia drench "The Finest Hours," a heroic action-thriller based on the true story of the most daring rescue in the history of the Coast Guard.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Wider change in Hollywood sought after Academy reforms
NEW YORK (AP) — The widespread outrage over two straight years of largely white Oscar nominees coalesced behind three damning, viral words: “OscarsSoWhite.” The hashtag, which activist April Reign is credited with creating, lent social-media unity to a tide of frustration that on Friday led to diversity reforms announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Book captures pop culture moments that scream love
NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion and style have forever been in bed with film, television and music, especially the moments that scream love.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Scully, Mulder Return In 'The X-Files' Reboot
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The X-Files” creator Chris Carter is pleased to update the original template with his 21st-century unease. Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are glad to be playing opposite each other again as Scully and Mulder.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

'The King and I' Taps Into 'Hawaii Five-O' Star
NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway’s next king has been awfully busy chasing bad guys on the streets of Honolulu.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a match made in musical theater heaven — Bette Midler will star in a Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!” Movie and theatrical producer Scott Rudin said Tuesday that the Divine Miss M will take on the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the classic musical due to start next year.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Meow! 'Cats' To Return To Broadway This Summer
NEW YORK (AP) — “Cats,” once Broadway’s longest-running show, will not be a “Memory” for long — the musical is coming back to New York.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Broadway's Spring Offers Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange
NEW YORK (AP) — When the weather warms up on Broadway, the stars will come out. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jessica Lange and Audra McDonald are some of the celebrities slated for the stage this spring. Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Music: Lloyd's latest has spiritual feel
The guitars flanking saxophonist Charles Lloyd on his latest album nudge him in a more spiritual direction. There's a prayerful feel even to the pop tunes "Masters of War" and "You Are So Beautiful," and the closing 16-minute piece, "Barche Lamsel," has Buddhist roots.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Books: Bryson finds plenty to love and lament in UK
(AP) — Bill Bryson has pulled off quite a trick in his decades of travel writing. With every book, he manages to make readers wish they could go for a walk with him, while he secretly wants nothing more than to be left alone.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Inimitable Maggie
(AP) — There are cozy, innocuous pleasures to Nicholas Hytner's adaption of Alan Bennett's "The Lady in the Van," but chief among them is watching two grand old talents — Maggie Smith and Bennett, himself — operating firmly in their self-created wheel houses.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

'13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' steers clear of politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Bay’s new film, “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” tells the story of the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks in Libya through the heroics of the private security contractors assigned to protect Americans.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Morrisonville Mouse Races
MORRISONVILLE — The 6th annual Morrisonville Mouse Races will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016. It is hosted by the Morrisonville Knights of Columbus and it will benefit the Kitchell Memorial Library.
Monday, January 18, 2016

THS Spring Musical Casts 'von Trapp' Family
TAYLORVILLE — The von Trapp family is an integral part of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical ‘The Sound of Music.’ This spring five area children will get the chance to portray that family in the THS rendition of the famous production.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

'Revenant' Saga Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations
NEW YORK (AP) — The brutal frontier saga “The Revenant” landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed January 14, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Eagle Viewing Trips January 23 and 30
DECATUR, Ill. —The Macon County Conservation District invites area residents to enjoy one of two Eagle Viewing Trips to Starved Rock State Park this January. The trips will be from 8 a.m.-4p.m. on Saturday, January 23 and a second on Saturday, January 30.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

New hours, new events at Lindsay Home
SPRINGFIELD — The Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site is updating its schedule so that poetry and history lovers can visit three days a week and is adding three new events.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Explore Stars and Planets at Star Party
Decatur, Ill. — Explore the stars during a Star Party program at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, January 17 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The evening will include creating crafts and learning about telescopes, stars, and planets.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Retired Illinois police officer writes gripping novel on terror attack
ILLINOIS — During a lengthy career in law enforcement, Ed Traylor never dreamed of writing a novel that would be picked up by the first publisher he contacted.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review: '13 Hours' is thrilling, but too video game-like
The most surprising thing about “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is how Michael Bay makes 144 minutes pass so quickly.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Alan Rickman, star of stage and 'Harry Potter' dies at 69
LONDON (AP) — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the “Harry Potter” saga and other films, has died. He was 69.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Community Calendar printed January 10, 2016
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Record-breaking 'Star Wars' movie opens in China
BEIJING (AP) — The record-breaking “Star Wars” opened Saturday in China, where it is far from certain to draw in enough moviegoers to knock off “Avatar” as the world’s all-time biggest grossing movie.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Netflix expands into 130 more countries in surprise move
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix has already crossed off the biggest item on its New Year’s list of resolutions. The Internet video service debuted in 130 countries Wednesday in a surprise move likely to reel in millions of new subscribers.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg join new BET series'
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Wednesday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs:
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed January 7, 2016
Thursday, January 7, 2016

LLCC Recital Series features Melinda Pitt Kate Jan. 31 in "Café Diem"
SPRINGFIELD — Melinda Pitt Kaye, adjunct instructor of music at Lincoln Land Community College, will perform “Café Diem: Retro/Modern Bistro” in the Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus. The recital is free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Chicago museums offer free admission
CHICAGO (AP) — Three of Chicago’s most popular cultural institutions are offering free admission to Illinois residents on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Snake and turtle show at Rock Springs
DECATUR, Ill. — See, feel and watch Rock Springs Nature Center’s resident live reptiles at a Snake and Turtle Show on Saturday, January 16 from 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year's Fitness Hike January 17
DECATUR, Ill. — Start the year off right and get outdoors to reach your fitness goals during a New Year’s Fitness Hike at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, January 17 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Jackson's 'Off the Wall' to be rereleased with Spike Lee doc
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate won’t stop ‘til they get enough.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Willy Wonka Junior Auditions Sunday, January 10
SULLIVAN, Ill. — Willy Wonka, Junior auditions will be held Sunday, January 10 from 1-6 p.m. at the Little Theatre's dance studio on the square in Sullivan and are by appointment only.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Idaho man finds art in back hair
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — One man's back hair is another man's canvas.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

A look at Netflix's documentary 'Making a Murderer'
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The 10-part Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” which casts doubt on the legal process in the case of convicted killers Steven Avery and his then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey, has prompted celebrities to armchair sleuths to flood online message boards and Twitter feeds.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Entertainment Calendar printed December 31, 2015
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Presidential library's digital offerings include hundreds of pieces of music
SPRINGFIELD – How did Americans of the past feel about the Civil War? What did they think of Abraham Lincoln or of growing up in Illinois? One way to find out is by looking at the songs they sang – something the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is making possible through its digital services.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Film review: Tremendous lead actors absolutely make '45 Years'
How many great movies could be written across the enigmatic, profound face of Charlotte Rampling? Hundreds? Thousands? At any rate, Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" is one of them.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Longtime broadcasters to call their last Rose Parade New Year's Day
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime Rose Parade broadcasters Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards will make the 2016 edition their last.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Stage and screen stars and others make Queen's list
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year honors list makes knights and dames out of some of Britain’s best loved stage and screen stars even as it recognizes the sacrifices of doctors who treated Ebola victims and the everyday heroism of those who spent time helping others.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Downton Abbey season premier this Sunday promises to melt viewers' hearts
NEW YORK (AP) — In the grand domain of splendid characters at Downton Abbey, Mr. Carson is perhaps the first among equals. Among the superb cast of “Downton Abbey,” a similarly towering figure is Jim Carter, who plays him.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Wit And Wisdom Of 'Downton Abbey' Actors And Characters They Portray
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The costumes were stunning. The manor house was sublime. And the “Downton Abbey” cast members made the most of their characters.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Online Animals Of The Year: Oh-So-Cute Faces And A Rat's Resolve
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Animals can melt the human heart, tickle the funny bone or bring us to tears. And thanks to Instagram, YouTube and other online options, you can enjoy their antics simply by following, liking or pinning them.
Thursday, December 31, 2015

Community Calendar printed December 17, 2015
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Trump, Williams, Jenner Among TV's Biggest Happenings
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see TV.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Book Review: "The Slow Loss of Foods We Love"
(AP) The lands, waters and atmosphere of our planet are under tremendous stress from the appetites and endeavors of more than 7 billion people, and such issues often make for grim reading. But environmentalist Simran Sethi has an appealing new argument in "Bread, Wine, Chocolate."
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Wrapping - Thinking Outside The Box
(AP) — It's the year of the tassel in gift wrapping.
This holiday season, in lieu of the traditional bow, lifestyles magazines are showing tassels and pompoms adorning brightly wrapped packages and wine bottles.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Margaritaville madness: Jimmy Buffett musical in the works
NEW YORK (AP) — Parrottheads, rejoice — there’s a Jimmy Buffett musical in the works.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Stage Fright Productions performance 'Forever Plaid' this weekend
TAYLORVILLE — Matt Carlen, Blake Carmichael, Ellis Henley, and Aaron Robertson will star in the State Fright Theatricals performance of ‘Forever Plaid’ this weekend as Frankie, Sparky, Jinx, and Smudge respectively.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Entertainment Calendar printed December 17, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Luminaria display Saturday night at Dana Thomas House, free admission
SPRINGFIELD — The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site will put on its holiday finery Dec. 20 with hundreds of candles shining on the home’s exterior, creative floral designs filling the interior and music drifting through the air.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Missouri Botanical Garden train show starts this weekend
ST. LOUIS — Celebrate the holidays at the Missouri Botanical Garden! The Garden is sharing the spirit of the season with an abundance of festivities. Among them, an annual favorite is the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Grammy-nominated Cam shines on debut
A Southern California native who spent time shoveling manure on her grandfather's horse ranch, Cam — born Camaron Ochs — blends earthy, from-the-heart sentiments and urban pop rhythms on her country music debut, "Untamed."
Thursday, December 17, 2015

PBS series finds these 2 unlikely Bills related
NEW YORK (AP) — The PBS series “Finding Your Roots” has discovered that political television’s polar opposite Bills — Maher and O’Reilly — are distant cousins.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Movie review: Family ties of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler tested by 'Sisters'
(AP) — In “Sisters,” Tina Fey and Amy Poehler attempt to bring the most teenage of comedy genres —— that of keg stands and drunken hook-ups —— into middle age.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Critics: 'The Force is back big time,' 'Spoiler alert, it's good,' 'Reinvigorating'
NEW YORK (AP) — Critics are praising J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” as a return to form for the “Star Wars” franchise, albeit one that replays many of the saga’s familiar story lines. Here’s a roundup of reviews:
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Senior Center holiday bazaar Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Senior Center will host their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Center at 701 W Adams Street.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Can 'The Force Awakens' become biggest movie ever?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Riding galaxy-sized expectations, the new “Star Wars” movie opening Friday is setting records for pre-opening ticket sales. But does that mean the movie is destined to be the biggest of all time?
Saturday, December 12, 2015

What they said: The 1977 reviews of 'Star Wars'
(AP) — When George Lucas’ “Star Wars” first landed in 1977, some critics were swept away, while others resisted the tide.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A look back at a century of Frank Sinatra
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Frank Sinatra was the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes and The Voice. But “Slacksy O’Brien?”
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Community Calendar printed December 13, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015

A crafty storage solution to taking charge of clutter
ILLINOIS — A desk or workspace is one of the most difficult spaces to organize. Between the things you need to keep within reach and the mementos and treasures you want close by, chasing away clutter may feel like a losing battle. Especially when surface space is at a premium, try turning to your walls for creative storage solutions.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

'Rich in Faith' brings young pastors to reality TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a MTV executive, Rod Aissa helped develop "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," the reality series that peered into the lives of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.
Friday, December 11, 2015

Jazz pianists pay tribute to the great Oscar Peterson
(AP) — The Bosendorfer Imperial grand piano in Oscar Peterson’s home studio had hardly been played for years after the jazz legend’s death in 2007. But the piano has gotten a workout over the past year as some of the world’s greatest jazz pianists made the pilgrimage to the home in Mississauga, Ontario, at the invitation of Peterson’s widow to record a one-of-a-kind tribute.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra presents Baroque Fire concert Dec. 18
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Warm you heart this holiday season with the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Fire concert.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Millikin faculty jazz sextet performing holiday concert Saturday
DECATUR, Ill. — The Millikin University Faculty Jazz Sextet, featuring guest vocalist and Millikin alumna Angel Spiccia Slykas '03, will present its 8th annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkland Fine Arts Center.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Historic wreaths on display at Old State Capitol for the holiday
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Historic sites like the Old State Capitol and the Dana-Thomas House are going all out for the holiday season. State sites in Springfield will welcome Santa, show off Christmas wreaths from across Illinois, put up gorgeous decorations and more.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas In The Park Lights Up On Friday Night
The light display in Manners Park will be open to cars on Friday, December 11 through Friday, December 25 from 5:00 -10:00 p.m. each night. There will be sleigh rides available on Thursday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 16 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Santa visits on December 13, 16, 19, 21 and 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a live nativity performed by the Church of the Nazarene on December 11, 18 and 20 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Entertainment Calendar printed December 10, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Coldplay has a dance party on new album
(AP) — Get out your disco ball. Coldplay has dabbled with dance music before but on the band's new set, "A Head Full of Dreams," Chris Martin and co. have gone full tilt.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

David Bowie classics propel imaginative 'Lazarus'
NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to be a David Bowie fan or have seen his starring role as a Martian in the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film "The Man Who Fell To Earth" to appreciate the new musical "Lazarus."
Thursday, December 10, 2015

'Big Short' is a rollicking odyssey thru financial collapse of 2008
(AP) — In Adam McKay's comic and clear-eyed adaption of Michael Lewis' "The Big Short," a handful of finance speculators __ outsiders and oddballs __ predict a downturn in the housing market only to realize, to their horror and immense profit, that they've effectively bet against America, and won.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Millikin dance department presents concert of dance
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University’s Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Solstice: A Concert of Dance”  tonight and on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in Albert Taylor Theatre, Shilling Hall, on Millikin’s campus.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Twilight Parade
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Memphis travel essentials: history, music and beer
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — This city loves its music. It protects its history. And it's really starting to like its beer.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Travel: Finding serenity at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
CLEVELAND (AP) — I found my serenity at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It may sound counterintuitive, but architect I.M. Pei's temple to all things rock offers generations of music-lovers a chance to commune with their muses.
When the weather turned rainy on the last day of a Great Lakes family vacation, a detour to Cleveland emerged as Plan B.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Michigan students ascend five-story singing Christmas tree
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — It's not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. It's more that the towering steel tree is decorated with garland, twinkling lights ... and hundreds of teenagers.
Friday, December 4, 2015

'Amazing Grace' tests faith on Broadway
CHARLESTON, S.C. — During his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine worshippers killed this summer at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, a visibly moved President Barack Obama paused as he pondered the mysteries of grief and forgiveness.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Dynamic Rehabbers Are Back With 'Mad Men' theme
TAYLORVILLE — The dynamic duo of Sam and Rachel Peabody have returned with gusto to debut their newly built home. After wowing visitors with their 2013 makeover on Brantley Road, the then newlyweds purchased a home on West Main Cross, flipped it and then decided to build at their new location, 4668 Wilson Drive.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Events Calendar printed December 3, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Village of Morrisonville hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas this Saturday
MORRISONVILLE — The Village of Morrisonville will be encouraging residents to shop locally on Saturday December 5th when it holds its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

An Historic Christmas program presented at seven Springfield historic sites
SPRINGFIELD —  Ring in the holidays at seven historic sites in one fun-filled day at Springfield’s fifth annual “An Historic Christmas!” This  program will take place, from 1:00pm-5:00pm, on Saturday, December 12.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Davis Mansion dressed for the season
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The David Davis Mansion State Historic Site offers two different ways to enjoy the holidays this year. The mansion will has begun displaying its lavish Christmas decorations already, and it will also be part of a special tour of Bloomington mansions on Dec. 12.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Millikin welcomes holiday season with Vespers
DECATUR, Ill. – Millikin University will present the 57th annual Vespers at Millikin on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will be held at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on the campus of Millikin University.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Taylorville dancers performing in The Nutcracker
SPRINGFIELD —  The Springfield Ballet Company proudly presents its 41st annual production of The Nutcracker.

Performances will be at Sangamon Auditorium on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. and at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 13, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors, and $18 for students and children.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Books: Rhimes embarks on life-changing journey
(AP) — When you think about Thursday-night television, the term "Shondaland" probably comes to mind. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," 'Scandal" and "How to Get Away With Murder" dominate the small screen, and Shonda Rhimes is the brain, heart and life of these successful shows. She's the voice behind numerous characters that are considered bold, sometimes twisty — and fearless.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Music: Dweezil Zappa shows his dad's influence
(AP) — Dweezil Zappa's new album is top-heavy with the influence of father Frank and bottom-loaded with harmony-drenched pop songs.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Film: 'Youth' is a captivating portrait of friendship and aging
(AP) — Superheroes and franchise blockbusters may dominate the multiplex, but Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" is a reminder of the touching, unexpected and unusual places movies can go.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Among the Rockettes this year are three sisters
NEW YORK (AP) — The world-famous Rockettes are supposed to look alike, but fans this Christmas might do a double take — and then a triple-take.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'All in the Family' creator Norman Lear says TV still a place to talk about race
ATLANTA (AP) — Legendary TV producer Norman Lear believes there is still a place for shows to explore race relations issues in the same manner as his famed sitcoms “All in the Family” and “Good Times.”
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Bandstand" story of WWII veterans
NEW YORK (AP) — The sound of swing will return to Broadway next season when director Andy Blankenbuehler leads “The Bandstand” to New York.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Community Calendar Printed November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015

The most useful, inspiring and interesting cook books to give this year
Have you ordered your copy of the latest five-ingredient-paleo-gluten-free-Nordic-kale smoothie cookbook yet? Me either.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Holiday Calendar of Events
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Parades Mark The Start Of The Christmas Season
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Music: Some holiday albums released this year
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

33rd Annual Madrigals performance set for Dec. 4-5
TAYLORVILLE — On Friday December 4th and Saturday December 5th, the Taylorville High School cafeteria will be adorn with medieval decor and the halls will echo with the sounds of merry minstrels in celebration of the thirty-third annual THS Madrigal performance.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Preserved lemons are deliciously worth the wait
(AP) — In Moroccan and the Middle Eastern cooking, the lemon is treated much differently than here in the U.S. And it's a difference I love.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Velvety Smooth Gravy
What’s Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes and gravy? Sure, you can buy gravy packets, even ready-made gravy, but there's nothing like homemade gravy with the drippings from your roasted, baked or pan-fried meat.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

COMMUNITY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nat Geo movie airing Sunday and Monday tells gritty tale of Pilgrims
NEW YORK (AP) — With its political infighting, tip-of-the-arrow diplomacy and climactic decapitation scene, the National Geographic Channel's film "Saints & Strangers" is the "Game of Thrones" version of the first Thanksgiving.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Illinois College teams up with Army Band for concert
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — The Illinois College Wind Ensemble will team up with the 144th Illinois Army National Guard Band out of Springfield for a fall concert on Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Rammelkamp Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Home Tour: St. Mary's will be hub of Holiday Bazaar
TAYLORVILLE — In the spirit of the holiday season, St. Mary's Parish Center will be the hub of activities for the "Cherish Our Memories" Holiday Home Tour. Tour-goers will be greeted by the charming sounds of Christmas music, especially selected for this event.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

THS Music Dept. holding auditions for 'Sound of Music'
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville High School Music  Department will host open children auditions for the upcoming classic musical "The Sound of Music" on Dec. 11-12. They are seeking talented student actors between the ages of 5 and 13 to play the von Trapp family singers. Four girls and one boy will be chosen.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Events Calendar printed November 19, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015

35 years ago, 90-million TV viewers tuned in to see who shot J.R. Ewing
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-five years ago this Saturday, viewers learned the truth.

They got the answer to the question that bedeviled them for months.

They found out who shot J.R. Ewing as 90 million of them massed in front of half the nation’s TVs watching “Dallas” that evening of Nov. 21, 1980.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

His music inspires those who lack faith
Kirk Franklin encourages Christians to accept the flaws of others rather than convict them on the title track of his new album, "Losing My Religion."
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Baldacci knows how to keep the pages turning
(AP) — David Baldacci proves you can’t go home again in “The Guilty,” his latest thriller featuring professional assassin Will Robie.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sir Simon Rattle on Beethoven: We know the music so well, never get used to it
NEW YORK (AP) — For Sir Simon Rattle, Beethoven was, of course, brilliant. And perhaps crazy.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Community Calendar printed November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Justin Bieber answers questions, performs songs for fans
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Bieber is proving to fans that he has a new “Purpose” in life.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

LLCC Recital Series Sunday features Irish music
SPRINGFIELD — Tom Irwin and Theresa O’Hare will perform in the Lincoln Land Community College Recital Series on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus. The recital is free and open to the public.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Events Calendar printed November 12
Thursday, November 12, 2015

TV: Bill O'Reilly and George Will in vitriolic dispute that started on air
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill O’Reilly and George Will have escalated their extraordinary feud this week, a dispute that encompasses the leading cable television news outlet, a publishing empire and the legacy of the conservative movement’s most revered politician.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

King ponders death in new release
Stephen King has always addressed his "Constant Readers" in prefaces or afterwords to his books. He likes to share what inspired him or what he was thinking about when he wrote it.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

A marriage on the rocks in Jolie Pitt's 'By the Sea'
(AP) — How do we picture the private lives of Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt? If they were to, say, wind along the Mediterranean coast in a top-down convertible with Serge Gainsbourg lilting on the radio, would that do the trick?
Thursday, November 12, 2015

'Damn Country Music' by McGraw is darn good
Few veteran artists straddle contemporary and traditional country music styles as well, and as entertainingly, as Tim McGraw. On his new album, "Damn Country Music," McGraw includes tunes George Jones would have felt comfortable performing, while others push country music into new territory.
Thursday, November 12, 2015












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