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Lincoln Library named one of America's top event venues
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was named the nation's best place to hold events that offer participants a truly unique experience in voting conducted for Unique Venues magazine's 2019 "Best Of" awards.

The library and museum won the "Best Venue for Unique Experiences" category for combining top-notch meeting facilities with access to exhibits, history experts and special activities, such as history-themed scavenger hunts. The magazine also praised the opportunity to hold dinners and receptions in a museum plaza featuring a log cabin on one side and the White House on the other.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List
Saturday, January 18, 2020

The cold season's answer to lettuce
When the weather is frigid, and the garden has hunkered down for the winter, it's time to turn to chicories. These leafy vegetables are our cold-season friends, packed with vitamins and nutrients, and winter's replacement for sweet summer greens. While chicories are also referred to as "greens," whites, reds and purples may be a more accurate description. This broad group of leafy "greens" includes endive, escarole, frisee, Treviso and radicchio.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

The perfect baked potato begins with russets
A fluffy baked potato is a glorious thing, but too often you slice into the potato and it is shiny and waxy, not light and creamy in texture.

Baking a potato is the easiest thing in the world, right? Then why are so many potatoes lacking in texture and flavor?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

To experience New Zealand's rugged beauty, go by camper van
We crested a hill on the winding lakeside road, and there it was: Middle-earth.

Rugged, snow-capped mountains glowed in the setting sun, and dappled green pastures tumbled down to the water's edge. White peaks soared in the distance. The Misty Mountains, perhaps?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Review: Moore's book has clever plot, intriguing characters
“Long Bright River,“ Riverhead Books, by Liz Moore The complicated relationship of two estranged sisters who choose different life paths persuasively works as a metaphor for their old neighborhood that is in transition. Deftly plotted with strong, vivid characters, Liz Moore’s outstanding “Long Bright River” works as solid crime fiction and an intense family thriller.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lake Land College to host Academic Challenge
What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the Academic Challenge regional championship title.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lincoln, The Great Communicator tours the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Looking for Lincoln will host Lincoln, The Great Communicator in eight Looking for Lincoln Communities around the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The performance combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool and features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10 nominations
Todd Phillips’ much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations on Monday, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Two nature programs this weekend at Rock Springs
Two nature programs are scheduled for Rock Springs Nature Center this weekend: a Full Moon Viewing and Winter Lore Story Time.

On Friday, January 10 at 7pm, see the full moon fifty times larger through one of the Rock Springs telescopes. Then, venture into the forest on a short hike illuminated by our only natural satellite.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  This program is free and for all ages, but you must pre-register online by noon on Thursday, January 9 at

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of best-selling 'Prozac Nation,' has died at age 52
Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose blunt and painful confessions of her struggles with addiction and depression in the best-selling “Prozac Nation” made her a voice and a target for an anxious generation, died Tuesday at age 52.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7 weeks of Mardi Gras festivities this year
The Christmas season is officially drawing to a close, but it’s just the start of the season leading up to New Orleans’ biggest street party: Mardi Gras.

Some walking parades and streetcar-riding groups touch off Carnival revelry, which climaxes on Fat Tuesday — Feb. 25 of this year. On Monday the Krewe of Joan of Arc walks through the French Quarter, where the streets are too narrow for floats to pass. And two groups — the Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe — ride streetcars along St. Charles Avenue. The Societe des Champs Elysee, which usually celebrates on a different streetcar line, must walk to its party because the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel has closed that line.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Area gallery to host Barn Colony artists
Barn Colony Artists, based in Decatur, fill the Gallery and Upper Lobby of Flourishes Gallery and Studios through April 11. They invite you to view the forty-nine two-dimensional works by nine of their members. The reception with some exhibiting members present will be held Saturday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. All are invited.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Too much choice and too much technology: How TV will change in the 2020s
What will  watching TV  be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone.
Monday, January 6, 2020

What to do with that leftover bubbly? Some ideas
From early December through Jan. 1 (or beyond, depending on how fervently you hang on to the holidays), the pop of a Champagne or sparkling wine cork is a welcome and frequent sound. Fizzy wine is just the most festive of drinks, whether sipped straight up in a flute or mixed into cocktails. And many a New Year’s toast would feel incomplete without a glass of bubbles.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Sauce bologneseish
 If you don't have a recipe like this in your winter repertoire, then you should. In our house, we refer to this dish as Pasta Bolognese. Now, before you raise your hand to point out that this is not an authentic Bolognese sauce, I'll save you the time and announce it right here: This is not an authentic Bolognese sauce.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Slavery museum in Liverpool aims to confront painful legacy
Scarlet shackles sit peacefully on display in front of a sad, gray backdrop. The now rusted leg irons once locked human ankles during 18th century voyages from Africa to some European port, then to the Americas.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby arrested on battery charge
Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was arrested on a battery charge Thursday night in Miami after arguing with a music promoter over payment for a performance, Miami police said in an arrest warrant.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Author lays out sturdy case in 'From Russia With Blood'
In “From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West,” author Heidi Blake lays out a sturdy case that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a cold, treacherous thug who runs his country like a criminal cartel. But European and Asian leaders were so eager to welcome Russia into the family of free nations - and to buy Russian gas and oil - that they looked the other way as Putin consolidated his power and his opponents started turning up dead.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Program at Illinois State Museum on January 8 focuses on fight for ERA
Despite bipartisan passage in the U.S. Congress of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the country has witnessed a battle to adopt the amendment, a battle that was often contentious and always noisy. On Wednesday, January 8, Dr. Mark DePue, Director of Oral History at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a talk entitled “An Unlikely Defeat: The ERA Fight in Illinois.” The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Illinois State Museum’s Thorne Deuel Auditorium and will cover the long fight between pro- and anti-ERA groups in Illinois.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Calls to loved once revealed rough conditions before crab boat's sinking
A survivor of fatal Alaska crab boat tragedy said the crew  went from “sleeping to swimming in about 10 minutes” as rough seas and icing threatened to sink their boat.

“On the 31st we just started listing really hard on the starboard side,“ Dean Gribble Jr. said in a YouTube video he said he posted to answer some questions about what happened. “From sleeping to swimming was about 10 minutes. It happened really fast. Everybody was trying to get out. Everybody was doing everything they could and it was just really a (expletive) situation.”

Friday, January 3, 2020

Story Time at Illinois State Museum gets a make over
Story Time programs at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield have been expanded to include even more hands-on learning for children and a new name: Museum Play Date. Preschoolers and their caregivers will still enjoy stories and a craft, but Museum Play Date programs will also include interactive games, songs, and objects from the Museum’s collections.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists
When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Film explores Linda Ronstadt's life and music career
NEW YORK (AP) — Between the Kennedy Center Honors and a CNN documentary about her life debuting on television New Year’s Day, Linda Ronstadt is taking a career victory lap.
Friday, December 27, 2019

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gerwig's 'Little Women' opens Christmas Day
There is a wild urgency to Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” that hardly seems possible for a film based on a 150-year-old book. But such is the magic of combining Louisa May Alcott’s enduring story of those four sisters with Gerwig’s deliciously feisty, evocative and clear-eyed storytelling that makes this “Little Women” a new classic.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Asian Americans very rarely get in holiday movies
With its multiple teenage characters, the Netflix movie “Let It Snow” is a mix of holiday feels and a John Hughes comedy. But unlike those genres, the movie, about a small town besieged by a Christmas Eve snowstorm, has Asian American characters front and center who aren’t there just to be comedic relief.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

'Lemonade' by Beyonce is named the AP's album of the decade
The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Watch every bowl? Yes! Here's why they are must-see
Saturday, December 21, 2019

The science of gift wrapping: Sloppy is better
They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right.

Consumers in the U.S. spend billions of dollars a year on wrapping gifts, in most cases to make their presents look as good as possible. This includes money spent on paper, boxes, ribbon and pretty bows.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Forget wrapped presents, try wrapping wreaths
Wrapped presents belong under the tree, but wrapped wreaths on doors or walls also can add to holiday decor.

In contrast to prickly evergreen wreaths, yarn-wrapped wreaths are soft and fluffy. At their best, they add a whimsical touch that evokes a snowy landscape. At worst, they might you remind you of a bath mat.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

What's new in newest version of 'Christmas Carol'
Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair, Andy Serkis received a round of applause from the crew of “A Christmas Carol” after thanking them for their hard work on the set.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

What is it that makes Christmas movies so popular
If you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans' winter celebrations.

The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers' attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

TV: A sleighful of movies, right up to Christmas
There have been enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa's sleigh this season. Here's a sampling from broadcast networks, cable and streaming services worth tuning into, all times EST:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christian County families honor their timeless holiday traditions
Saturday, December 21, 2019

London offers winter warmers with festive flavor
Mulled wine, warm spiced cider and hot toddies have long been British staples during winter.

Whiskey expert Ross Dennis at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery explains that the hot toddy comes from Scotland.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Holiday table: Don't ruin that pricey piece of meat
Nothing says "celebration" like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that's not really true, but this is the time of year for splurging, in dollars and eating.

And with apologies to all the vegetarians out there, few things are as impressive an anchor to a festive meal than an extravagant cut of meat.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

How to create a durable gingerbread house
Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than gingerbread.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

If you've over-indulged during the holidays: Try these keto-friendly, low-carb and gluten-free recipes
Saturday, December 21, 2019

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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Patience is key in creating a durable gingerbread house
Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than gingerbread.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pottery Program at Dickson Mounds Tot Time January 2
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be “Pottery Party” presented by museum staff. The program will focus on ancient container use and feature the hands-on activity of making various clay creations. This fun activity is a great way to kick off a new year of the Tot Time program series.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Review: Jordan and Foxx shine in urgent drama 'Just Mercy'
There’s usually one film that tops lists whenever powerful legal thrillers are debated — “To Kill a Mockingbird,“ set in the 1930s. Now comes a film showing how little has changed since then, based on a murder in the same Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote her masterpiece.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments
It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution right. The first time was at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The second time was during Reconstruction, the 12-year period after the Civil War when the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were adopted.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Party Food That Will Make Your Heart Happy
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Fresh Ideas For A New Year's Day Buffet
Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Jim Crow film that just won't die, "Song of the South"
Racially segregated movie theaters and whites-only water fountains disappeared decades ago after court rulings struck down the legal framework of Jim Crow America, but another element of the era just won’t die: Walt Disney’s 1946 movie  “Song of the South.”
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Patriotism the theme of Christmas at the White House
Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family’s annual ornament, the American flag.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Santa Claus helps residents of town in Alaska forget troubles
A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Growing holly: Careful consideration must be given to placement
Evergreens such as holly, with its bright green leaves and sparkling red berries, add excitement to an otherwise dull winter landscape. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Jennifer Fishburn provides insights on growing the winter favorite.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Trying to make your poinsettias last past Christmas? Here's how
Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. These colorful plants brighten up homes with their vibrant hues in variations of red, white and pink, making them a holiday decoration many people cannot live without.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Beware of Christmas tree hitchhikers
If you have ever purchased or harvested a living or cut Christmas tree, you may have inadvertently brought in some overwintering pests.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter sowing works with nature to prepare seeds
Winter-sowing is a cost-effective and low-maintenance way of starting plants for the garden. Creator of the winter-sowing method, Trudi Davidoff puts it in simple terms: starting plants outdoors, in winter.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow
Years ago, I had one of those spineless cacti that once a year splash colorful flowers out the ends of their flat, arching stems. Such plants are usually named for when they are supposed to bloom: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter cactii.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Planning next year's planting: Opt for fundamentals
Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more time focusing on what retailers call “shopping filters.“ That means selecting plants based on their performance rather than their flash.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Six 2020 All-America Section winners announced
After the polar vortex of last winter, many are wondering if those cold blustery temperatures will return this season to affect our plants in Illinois. According to winter predictions, and University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Bruce J. Black, this winter should be cold, but with enough snow, plants will be successfully insulated.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

New Kids Day Program at Dickson Mounds January 4
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a new program – Kid’s Day: Animals in Winter – on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Those attending will learn about how a variety of animals survive the changing of the seasons. The Peoria Zoo will present “An Animal for all Seasons” featuring live animals. Hot or cold, discover how animals make it through the summer without air conditioning and through the winter without mittens.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

You better not cry: helping kids manage their fears of Saint Nick
Photos of crying kids on Santa’s lap may be popular on Facebook, but steps can be taken to ease fears about meeting jolly old Saint Nicholas, avoid the tears and preserve a healthy level of caution around strangers, a Springfield-based therapist says.

“The point is for it to be a fun moment for everyone involved,” said Jonathan Ponser, manager for children and family therapy at Memorial Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Springfield-based Memorial Health System. “I understand the societal pressure to get that picture and that photo op.”

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Audobon's annual Christmas Bird Count strong
It’s been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. Today, the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Alaska students butcher moose to learn life skills
Students at an Alaska high school have received lessons in anatomy, life skills and Alaska cultural traditions through an unusual study source: a moose carcass.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

People in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism
For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Park announces winners of Christmas Bake Off
Winners were announced in the Manners Park Christmas Bake Off competition. The contest was held Sunday, December 15, 2019 in the Dining Hall at Manners Park in Taylorville.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Making and sharing familiar meals with those who have dementia can be a way to boost their spirits
Long before Tim Hollingsworth earned the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year award and served as chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was learning to cook by his mother’s side at home. As a kid, Hollingsworth would measure ingredients to help his mom make dinner, and he’d talk with her and sample the dishes as they cooked.

Today, Hollingsworth — the winner of Netflix’s “The Final Table“ and owner of Otium in Los Angeles — returns the favor. His mother, now struggling with memory loss, sits with him as he cooks her favorite recipes, from fragrant pots of chili to comforting platters of chicken and dumplings.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library announces January auditions for 'Alabama Story'
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will hold auditions in early January for its next play, “Alabama Story,” a drama about censorship and civil rights that was inspired by real events.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Forget technology, Dench is the real special effect
There’s apparently enough groundbreaking technology used in “Cats” for NASA to send a rocket to unexplored parts of the universe — perhaps to a far-off planet where cats sing, dance on two legs, and recite T.S. Eliot poetry in half-Cockney accents.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Who: Townshend, Daltry embody high standards
While frequently joining forces for tours and other projects, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have released just two studio albums as The Who since 1982, with 2006’s “Endless Wire” their last such work until now.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is busting out of Broadway
The hit play “To Kill a Mockingbird” is busting out of Broadway — and dunking at Madison Square Garden.

For one night only in February, the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic book will be performed exclusively for 18,000 public school children free of charge at the home of the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

'A Hidden Life,' a hymn of defiance
Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet.

Franz Jagerstatter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters. They spend their days working and playing in the hillside fields, enraptured by their humble mountain idyll. The enormous peaks that surround them make a kind of open-air cathedral.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Celebrities deep into liquor, with their own brands
From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Docudrama 'Richard Jewell' typical Eastwood strong
(AP) — “Richard Jewell” is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while captivatingly dramatizing the villainization of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero, only to needlessly tarnish itself with a wanton and unfounded depiction of a female journalist at the center of the 1996 media storm.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

2 nature programs at Rock Springs this weekend
There will be two nature programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area this weekend. All ages can learn about mammals in Illinois on Saturday, December 14 at 11am. Attendees will examine pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. The program is free. Those attending must pre-register online by noon on Friday, December 13 at
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Don't overlook splashy coffee table books as great holiday gifts
Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche.

Offerings abound at holiday time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lincoln Home visitor center to host play set on Christmas Eve of 1864
The holiday season is here and Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the community to attend a special performance of “A Message at Midnight” that will be presented on Friday, December 20, 2019 and Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances are at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center at 426 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Get an up-close look at Lincoln Presidential Library's rare Civil War relics
More than 150 years after the bullets stopped flying, the battles of the Civil War hold a special place in American memory. On Dec. 12, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open its vault to display concrete reminders from a few of those bloody battles.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with Postmodern Jukebox's "A Very Postmodern Christmas" at Kirkland Fine Arts Center Dec. 14
This holiday season, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) launched their inaugural Christmas tour, entitled "A Very Postmodern Christmas," which can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Chang says his new Netflix show honors Bourdain
"Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" host David Chang says he understands why critics are comparing his new show to work done by his late friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain. Chang's show fuses food and travel as did Bourdain's "Parts Unknown.'
Saturday, December 7, 2019

In this window of time between Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas excess, take a break from fancy feasts and indulge in a robust and rustic one-pot meal. This wine- and brandy-laced stew is guaranteed to warm you in the cold weather. After all, while libations are certainly for sipping, don't overlook their power to enhance flavor in food, such as this pork and prune stew fortified with Armagnac. If this recipe doesn't warm you, I'm not sure what will.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in the wine world
From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue.

Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

2-year old Arthur becomes star in UK Christmas ad tradition
Little Arthur crawls out of bed in his red Marvel Comics pajamas, brushes his teeth and strolls outside after breakfast to his day job: helping out at the family hardware store in Rhayader, Wales. It’s Christmas and Arthur, nearly 3, has his work cut out for him wrapping presents, hanging ornaments and helping customers.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ali Wong's Raunchy Humor Charms in 'Dear Girls'
In a hilarious series of letters to her daughters, comedian Al Wong reflects on her life before and after fame in "Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life"
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Family events at museum will focus on animals in winter
Children and their families are invited to learn more about how animals adapt to the cold winter months in Illinois at upcoming events at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Friday, December 6, 2019

Get in the holiday mood with Christmas classics
Here’s a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Iconic Southern rock recording studio is revived
The Georgia music studio that fused blues, country and other sounds into Southern rock is being reborn.

Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon helped propel the Allman Brothers Band and other groups to stardom in the 1970s.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Townshend regrets not staying after Who stampede
Forty years after a stampede left 11 people dead and 23 injured at a Who concert in Cincinnati, Pete Townshend says he’s always regretted not sticking around to deal with the aftermath.

Instead, the band left the Riverfront Coliseum on December 3, 1979, and moved on to Buffalo, New York, the next stop on their tour.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Safe shopping guide offers list of unsafe holiday toys
The office of Illinois’ top lawyer has released its annual safe shopping guide ahead of the holiday season to alert families about recalled children’s toys, clothing and furniture.

The report includes information about goods that are a safety hazard and have been linked to infant deaths. Some of the items featured include choking hazards, articles of clothing that do not meet the government’s flammability standard and furniture that can injure children if not assembled correctly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Macon County offering Christmas light recycling
Strings of unwanted Christmas lights will be collected for recycling between December 2, 2019 and January 15, 2020. People may place strings of lights in the specially-marked, outdoor, blue collection box at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st Street, Decatur.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Raymond Celebration Committee plans events
The Raymond Celebration Committee meet on Thursday, November 21 to discuss upcoming holiday celebrations. At the meeting, it was decided that the Queen Committeewould sell Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts $8 a box, along with Scavenger Hunt tickets that are $5 each for those who are 16 and over, at the Raymond Christmas Mall.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas celebration in Morrisonville this Saturday
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 7 throughout the entire village. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the seasonal festivities.

Plans are being made by business and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browser and see what the village has to offer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Don't overlook splashy coffee table books as gifts
Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche.

Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at Lincoln Log Cabin Dec. 7
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an Old-Fashioned Christmas holiday event on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with music and treats for the entire family.

The cabin’s historic interpreters will discuss the ever-changing Christmas traditions during Abraham Lincoln’s time and how the Greek bishop St. Nicholas came to be known as Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Heartland Mini Hoofs at area benefit
The annual Children’s Holiday Store opens Sunday, December 1, in Fairhills Mall, 1919 W. Monroe, Springfield. The biggest fundraiser for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, the store will be open daily through Saturday, December 21. The hours are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On opening day, the Heartland Mini Hoofs, the miniature therapy horses from Taylorville, will be available for holiday pictures with the shoppers from noon until 2pm. Santa will also be visiting the store between 1 and 3pm that day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Morrisonville Old Fashion Christmas is Dec. 7th
The 2019 Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019 throughout the Village. Plans are being made by businesses and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browse and see what the Village has to offer.

There will also be drawings for Morrisonville Bucks, 5-$100.00, 2-$50.00, 2-$25.00 prizes and a kids drawing of 5-$10.00 prizes for a total of $700.00 to be given away. Each participating businesses will have cards with the names of the businesses on them and each person must have the card validated at 10 businesses. Drop off validated cards at any participating business for your chance to win.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edinburg-Area Christmas Cantata is December 8
The Edinburg-area Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Edinburg United Methodist Church located at 102 W. Douglas Street in Edinburg. The public is invited to join.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Free family activities at ALPLM on Black Friday
A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Fun Frosty Friday” offers an array of free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including games, face-painting, a life-sized Candy Land Adventure and visits with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Village of Raymond annual Christmas Mall Nov. 30
The holidays are fast approaching, and that means time to attend the Annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gift wrapping this season trendys jazzy but sustainable, think Tenugui cloth
The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or understated, brown or green masking paper topped with colorful washi tape or sprigs of green instead of easily crushed store-bought bows.

"There's a lot of fun stuff going on in gift wrap these days," says Amy Panos, home editor at Better Homes and Gardens.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Guess Who's Coming to Town?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Area Holiday Events
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Great gifts to encourage young cooks in our lives
Do you have a kid in your life who loves a good baking session? Who really wants to use your chef's knife? Who is addicted to the TV show MasterChef Junior, and who uses words like "umami" in regular conversation?

There are many terrific gifts to encourage the fledgling cooks in our lives

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Red Cross makes it easy to save lives this season
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give through Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Gift Card via email. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday events at Old State Capitol, Dana Thomas
There are full slates of special events and celebrations scheduled for the holiday season at two state historic sites in Springfield.

Santa will be available regularly at the Old State Capitol to collect children’s Christmas wishes and specially themed tours are scheduled for the Dana-Thomas House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candlelight tours Dec. 14 at Vandalia Statehouse
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 14 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Little Theatre on the Square presents Elf the Musical Dec. 13-22
Embrace your inner Elf this holiday season by visiting The Little Theatre On The Square for its production of Elf The Musical running Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Iles House holiday events December 7 and 14th
Come see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 7 and 14. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Charitable giving season kicks off December 3rd
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edmunds: How to get deals beyond Black Friday
One of the most stressful aspects of Black Friday is fending off crowds or waiting in long lines to get a killer deal. It’s been that way for car buying, too.

But the truth is — with the exception of a few doorbuster sales — Black Friday in the car business is really more of a holiday sales kickoff rather than a one-day bonanza. And there are a few unique factors that make this November a better month for car shopping than December.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Five tips for much healthier holidays
With filling meals and tempting desserts at every corner, it can be difficult to keep nutrition in mind during the holidays. However, these simple tricks can help keep you stay on track, while still enjoying the best that the season has to offer.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Serious tips for baking better Christmas cookies
Cookies and other baked treats are everywhere come the holiday season. It’s not uncommon to give cookies as gifts or arrive at holiday gatherings with cakes and other decadent desserts.

Cookies are a classic holiday treat, and some families even build entire traditions around baking Christmas cookies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ways to fill your home with inviting holiday aromas
Holiday decor is as much about the sights and sounds as it is about the scents of the season. Few things evoke the holiday spirit as much as the aroma of fresh evergreen or spicy cinnamon and cloves. Incorporating inviting aromas into holiday decor can make homes feel even more special.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Help-yourself breakfast buffet makes it easy on all
Let's say guests are staying with you for some part of the holiday. You've planned a beautiful, robust holiday dinner. You've even been prescient enough to make a big batch of soup and buy a graze board's supply of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, etc. for a casual midday meal. You've made the beds, laid out fresh towels, remembered to bump up your wine reserves.

You are ready for your houseguests.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sensory-friendly film series film event this Saturday
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”  The next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 30 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. The movie will be the newly released Disney animated feature, “Frozen 2.”  With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing. 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Superheroes need not apply: AARP releases names of Movies for Grownups
A new batch of film nominations are out from an influential media organization — but superhero flicks and “Frozen 2” need not apply.

AARP has released nominations for its annual Movies for Grownups awards, which is designed to reward films that resonate with older viewers and fight industry ageism.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jack Reacher is in deep trouble in Lee Child's 'Blue Moon'
The narrative in “Blue Moon,” the latest Jack Reacher novel by author Lee Child, has the feel of an old Western where the town needs the sheriff to come and fight the villains to save the day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

'Pioneer woman' sticks to her groove with her new cookbook
Ree Drummond — known for her Food Network cooking show, “The Pioneer Woman” — won’t follow diet trends to sell cookbooks.

“I have found that I have to be authentic to me, otherwise it won’t work. My interest will fizzle. I stay most passionate when it’s something that’s really going on in my life,” she told The Associated Press.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread harmful germs
Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food say experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day.

They say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey in the kitchen sink or nearby food. But it’s been a challenge trying to convince cooks to stop rinsing off raw poultry.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Before you go, take steps to ensure a happy homecoming
People tend to spend a lot of time planning their holiday travel but not a lot preparing for their return home. But returning to a mess  minor bummers like an empty fridge or stinking garbage can, or major problems like frozen pipes  can make it difficult to savor the good times you had while away.

Some simple pre-departure tasks are crucial to a happy homecoming. These include: tidying up, putting your mail on hold, stocking up on frozen or non-perishable food (or scheduling a grocery delivery for when you get home), unplugging appliances, turning off the water supply, putting fresh sheets on the beds and giving a spare key to a friend.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Galette: A Rustic Free-Form Tart
I am not a patient baker. My desserts tend to be free-form, which, in my case, is a polite way of saying messy and imprecise.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Across Mister Rogers' neighborhoods, his faith echoes
His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.

Visiting it each day, with Mister Rogers as guide, you’d learn certain lessons: Believe you’re special. Regulate your emotions. Have a sense of yourself. Be kind.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pacific Northwest botanists hunting for apple varieties long believed to be extinct
The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold.

It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this scraggly specimen produces the Arkansas Beauty, a so-called heritage fruit long believed to be extinct until amateur botanists in the Pacific Northwest tracked it down three years ago.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen
Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service of fame and money but “in service to God.”
Monday, November 18, 2019

Festival of Trees begins November 23
The 30th annual Memorial's Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival's hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 29-30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1; and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Collectors are welcomed to join club
The Mid-State Collectors Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Maverick Steaks and Spirits in Litchfield. Attendees are asked to arrive prior to 7 p.m. and to eat dinner before the meeting begins. Following the Collectors Club meeting an interesting program will be presented to those in attendance.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Event to explore anti-slavery movement
Illinois may have been a free state, but its anti-slavery forces were far from united in the years leading up to the Civil War, as a historian will explain Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, November 11, 2019

APL annual fall trivia night is Friday
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Fall Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, Nov 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 2200 Meadowbrook Rd, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 11, 2019

George Orwell New Mexico exhibit bares 'doublespeak' legacy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)  War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Canoe Sangamon River with conservation district
Enjoy fresh fall air and colorful autumn leaves on a guided canoe trip down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Millikin to host annual literary festival this weekend
Millikin University will host its 17th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The 2019 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students, and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Memorial's Festival of Trees seeks volunteers for event
Memorial Medical Center Foundation seeks volunteers for the 30th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Sensory film event Nov 9 at Orpheum Theatre
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for November will actually be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 9th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Playing with Fire”. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Decatur Artist featured at Flourishes
Bonnie Rideout makes baskets in Decatur and will fill the Library area at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the next two months.  Her show opens Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 ? E. Main, Shelbyville, elevator available. She welcomes viewers to see and learn about her handmade baskets. Not only will Bonnie be an available artist, but other artists also with opening shows will be available including Rae Nell Spencer (Decatur), Jamie Rutherford (Shelbyville), Carol Kessler (Shelbyville), and students and family from the Shelbyville Schools. All will be on display through January
Monday, November 4, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library honors American's Veterans
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the sacrifices of America's veterans with special events throughout November, including a display telling the story of the "Fighting Powells."
Monday, November 4, 2019

The realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers is still dazzling
Tucked inside a museum on the Harvard University campus is a gallery teeming with plants so lifelike in appearance you'd be forgiven for swearing they're real.

But this foliage is glass  really old glass.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Choose your airport wisely
When booking a flight to a city with more than one airport, how do you know which one to choose? If you’re like a majority of Americans, you’re guided in part by your wallet.

More than 7 in 10 U.S. airline passengers (72%) say ticket price is a key deciding factor when choosing an airport to fly into or from, according to a 2019 survey commissioned by NerdWallet and conducted online by The Harris Poll among more than 1,800 U.S. adults who have ever flown on an airplane.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Going somewhere? How about a trip to the unknown
When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped.

As it turns out, not only was the offer legit, Espenscheid said she "had a blast."

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Set of steps in the Bronx now a tourist attraction after 'Joker'
Move over, Rocky, there’s a new stairway to climb.

A set of outdoor steps in the Bronx has become a tourist attraction in recent weeks since the release of the movie “Joker.”

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Student Art Featured
K-12 Art by Shelbyville students will be on display until January 4 at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in downtown Shelbyville.  Mrs. Cole presents her student works titled "Ocean Adventures" and Mr. Mathis has student work as well.  The opening reception is Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 1/2 East Main, Shelbyville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Add a little fruit and fiber to your morning muffin
I don't bake muffins often, but when I do, I try to make them healthy and have them on hand for an easy breakfast or a snack. My issue with muffins is that they often resemble mini-cakes, packed with sugar and fat. To some extent, this can't be avoided if you wish to eat a muffin that doesn't resemble a hockey puck or bird food.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Erivo is vivid presence in first major film about Harriet Tubman
Legendary American heroine that she is, there are certain things for which Harriet Tubman is overdue. One is her spot on U.S. currency: Google “Tubman” and “$20” and “Trump.” Another is a major feature film based on her life: Google “Tubman” and “Hollywood” and “why so long?”

Well, that $20 bill has been delayed, but finally there’s a Hollywood film, “Harriet,” that seeks to honor Tubman and her extraordinary place in the anti-slavery movement.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Scorsese's melancholy "The Irishman' grapples with life in and after the mob
The runtime is the most boring aspect of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman “ to dwell on.

There is no question that three hours and 28 minutes qualifies as a long movie. And in a landscape where some films can make two hours seem bloated and overindulgent, it’s at least understandable why one might be wary. But Scorsese has earned the benefit of the doubt and “The Irishman” keeps you rapt from the first winding tracking shot through a staid retirement home — a flashy cinematic show in the most un-cinematic of places — through the melancholic end.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Books: New Stritch bio reveals vulnerability behind the moxy
As the curtain rises in a new biography of Elaine Stritch, the scene is the actress' New York memorial service, attended by some of the biggest names in the theater world, with eulogies by Tony-winning actor Nathan Lane and famed producer Hal Prince, both throwing out zingers for laughs and to honor the woman who made so many lines shine.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

John Legend co-writes new take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside'
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, his fellow coach on “The Voice,” have joined forces on a reimagined version of the oft-criticized Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Thursday, October 31, 2019

"Raised in Captivity" (Penguin Press), by Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman seems like a great hang. He’s the guy at the party who has everyone spitting out their drinks as they laugh while trying to swallow — the one who is never at a loss for words in a game of “Would You Rather?”
Saturday, October 26, 2019

NYC library exhibit offers glimpse into Salinger's life and work
As he worked on early drafts of “The Catcher in the Rye,” a novel which proved both scandalous and life-changing, J.D. Salinger considered adding his generation’s idea of a trigger alert.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

NYC: Sept. 11 exhibit stages hunt for bin Laden
Declassified U.S. government documents and artifacts will be part of a new exhibit about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden at the site of the New York terrorist attack he masterminded.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

New York City: Discover a revamped Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art’s new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion offers visitors more than much-needed elbow room. It emphasizes new juxtapositions of works to encourage broader perspectives and new narratives.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mt. Pulaski Christmas on Vinegar Hill Nov. 23
For 31 years, “Christmas On Vinegar Hill” has taken place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and 2019 is no exception with this special event at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site on Saturday, November 23. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

One-Pan Cooking For Full Flavor
There are one-pan dinners, and there are sheet-pan dinners. They both make sense. By limiting the cooking action to a single pan, there is less to wash up, which is a definite bonus at the end of a long day. But there's a more important advantage: One-pan cooking ensures that every ingredient mingles together during the cooking process, sharing the spices and flavorings while contributing to the pan juices, which, in turn, promises a very tasty and comforting dish.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

American Dream: 2nd largest mall in nation opens
More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn’t exist, Amazon was only selling books online and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Carol Burnett among panelists for discussion about memoirs
For at least one night, Carol Burnett was a writer among writers.

The beloved entertainer was among three panelists Thursday for “An Evening of Memoir,” presented at the MacDowell artist colony’s intimate event space in Manhattan. With some 50 people in attendance, many MacDowell officials and supporters, she was joined by the retired Princeton University historian Nell Painter and the author and literary event host Amanda Stern. Their backgrounds differ greatly, but they identified with each other as memoir writers and through more common life experiences, whether conflicts with their parents or the struggles of writing itself.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Family Halloween event tomorrow night at Old State Capitol
Families are welcomed to a special night of trick-or-treating for local youth at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Springfield on Saturday, October 26. 
Friday, October 25, 2019

Neil Young back in his ragged glory with 'Colorado'
Neil Young is back with his old band Crazy Horse in all their ragged glory with "Colorado," a beautiful, rambling, chaotic howl against climate change, division and hate.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ringo's peace and love fills up new album
With enviable energy and the simple, persistent message of "peace and love," Ringo Starr has become one of humanity's quintessential goodwill ambassadors. "What's My Name," his 20th studio album, is another bundle of positivity and cheer, with a handful of good tunes to boot.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Genre-bending bio of Thomas Edison is highly illuminating
The late Edmund Morris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer known for his willingness to brush aside the norms of his genre if it suited his narrative ends, does it again in his final book: a fresh look at Thomas Alva Edison, perhaps America's most prolific and consequential inventor.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sue Monk Kidd's next novel imagines a married Jesus
Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel is very much a work of fiction.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Gallery walk in Decatur November 1
The November First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Decatur will take place on Friday, November 1 from 5-7:30 pm. Two downtown Decatur art galleries will be open.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

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