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home : news : arts & entertainment December 16, 2018

Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to women's groups
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS on Friday pledged to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.
Saturday, December 15, 2018


Joyce Carol Oates views past via future in latest
In Joyce Carol Oates’ future America, history and free thought are off-limits. Thus, high school senior Adriane Strohl is arrested for treasonous speech when it’s revealed that her valedictory address is comprised of questions that her classmates haven’t the nerve to ask.
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Nancy Wilson, Grammy award winning pop-jazz singer, dies at age 81
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died.
Friday, December 14, 2018

Film: In 'The Mule,' Clint Eastwood reflects on a life on the road
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule” is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Blunt's a practically perfect Poppins!
In the half-century since the original “Mary Poppins” debuted, we’ve learned a lot about refined sugar, frankly none of it good. Doctors tell us it can lead to obesity, heart disease and all sorts of other detriments to our health.
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Van Morrison's latest finds him in a relaxed, swinging groove
The first thing longtime listeners to Van Morrison will notice is the lack of angst — his 40th studio album is missing the usual complaints about the greed and cynicism of the music business. The next and most remarkable aspect is the relaxed, easy groove that permeates through “The Prophet Speaks,” which finds Morrison relishing his relatively recent incarnation as a jazz singer backed by an expressive, moody band.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Kirk Douglas celebrates his 102nd birthday
Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday with a special video message from his daughter-in-law.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Massive tuba ensemble blasts its way into record book
A massive tuba ensemble has smashed a Guinness World Record in Kansas City and spread some Christmas cheer.
Monday, December 10, 2018

Holiday Family Pops features rare classic animated film
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming Holiday Pops in the Heartland concert will feature a rare live performance with orchestra soundtrack of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film The Snowman. Performance is Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sangamon Auditorium in Springfield. Tickets are available online at ilsymphony.org.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Exhibit at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield has opened a new exhibit Harvesting the River: Pearl Buttons focusing on an important and historic Illinois industry – the harvesting of freshwater mussels from Illinois waters.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dolly Parton builds on success with 'Dumplin' song
Dolly Parton says she never really aspired to be “The Girl in the Movies,” the title of her Golden Globe-nominated song from the new dramedy “Dumplin’.”
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Things get quirky in 'Greatest Love Story Ever Told'
In their new book, actors and humorists Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman leave nothing off the table. “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told” describes their passionate marriage, acknowledges their non-traditional views of life and celebrates their ability to make it all work in Hollywood.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Do you hear what I hear? Tubas at Lincoln Library
The jolly sound of tubas will fill the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Dec. 15 as the museum takes part in the worldwide “TubaChristmas” celebration.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

You Don't Have To Be Swedish
In the weeks preceding Christmas, luxurious saffron is both celebratory and fragrant, bestowing a beautiful golden hue to treats and sweets. Saffron bread or Santa Lucia bread is a delicious Swedish sweet bread, which celebrates the return of light during the dark winter solstice.
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Holly Jolly holiday event at Kidzeum this Saturday
This Saturday December 8, Kidzeum of Health and Science is celebrating the season with the opening of the Little Free Lincoln Library reading area. There will be holiday crafts, and fun fitness activities all day long included the Student Yoga and Mindfulness Project and The Little Gym. Kidzeum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

AFSCME retirees to hold two meetings next week
Retired members of AFSCME Sub-Chapter 87 will hold two meetings in December to finish off 2018 in style. The first will be held at noon on Monday, December 10, at the Decatur Public Library (Staley Room). All members are encouraged to bring a dish to pass to the “Pot-luck” luncheon. The meeting will follow the meal at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker for that occasion is Chad Tobin, a financial advisor with Slagle Finance.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Film puts modern spin on "Mary, Queen of Scots'
“Mary, Queen of Scots “ is an ambitious re-imagining of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with modern flourishes and bold performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. But the film, for all its prestige and edginess, its lofty goals and contemporary messages, is not a particularly engrossing experience.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Books: Hughes' Hollywood no haven for women
Hollywood history for the (hash)MeToo movement, Karina Longworth’s “Seduction” is an astute and entertaining takedown of the movie industry, the press and the multimillionaire turned wannabe filmmaker Howard Hughes. Hardly anyone emerges from the pages of “Seduction” unblemished by selfishness and greed once they are touched by the movie business and its promise of wealth, power and fame.
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Josie Silver writes a captivating love story
Author Josie Silver takes readers on a journey that spans 10 Christmas seasons, exploring what happens when true love is found — and lost — in “One Day in December.”
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Imagine Dragons deliver again but differently
Do Imagine Dragons ever sleep? Not apparently.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Event celebrates Mary Lincoln's 200th birthday
Mary Lincoln remains one of the most fascinating first ladies in history, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate her 200th birthday with special events on Dec. 13.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

China to overtake France as top travel destination
China is set to overtake France as the world's number one tourist destination by 2030 as a growing middle class in Asia looks to spend more on travel, according to experts at market research group Euromonitor International.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Luxury hotel built in former pit mine opens in China
A luxury hotel opening outside Shanghai is offering guests with deep pockets the chance of a very deep sleep.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Not Your Average Hummus
You probably know hummus, the likable, dependable and very beige Middle Eastern chickpea and tahini dip. But if you are looking for something a little extra, a dip with pizzazz and flair, then you should try a different kind of hummus.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tidings Of Comfort And Joy
The John Canty Morrison house on the grounds of the Christian County Historical Museum is decorated for the Christmas event “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” on December 8, beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Feed the Animals at Rock Springs, December 9
Get a behind the scenes look at how staff feed and care for the live reptiles, amphibians, and fish at Rock Springs Nature Center during Feed the Animals on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

View meteor shower Dec. 14
Join Senior Naturalist Alysia Callison for a look at the Geminid Meteor Shower at Griswold Conservation Area on Friday, December 14 from 9pm to 11pm. The Geminid Meteor Shower is the strongest meteor shower of the year. These meteors originate from the constellation Gemini, and are usually bright and colorful!
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Annual twilight Christmas parade downtown Saturday
The arrival of Santa Claus promises to be a spectacular grand finale to Taylorville’s annual Christmas twilight lighted parade, sponsored by DowntownTaylorville.org  on Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Holiday joy: 'Wonderful Life,' 'Holiday Inn,' more
In need of a jolt of holiday joy? Or a comforting share of romance or silliness or spirituality?
Friday, November 30, 2018

Forget the chocolate: Advent calendars now go for booze and cheese
Advent calendars are hitting the bottle.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Autism support group party
TASC/The Autism Support Connection will host our annual Sensory Friendly Christmas Party on Thursday, December 6 from 6-7 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1400 Seymour Avenue, Hillsboro, Illinois.
Friday, November 30, 2018

Old Fashioned Christmas Saturday in Morrisonville
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 1, 2018 throughout the village.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Star Trek's interracial kiss 50 years ago heralded change
It was the kiss heard around the galaxy.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

New detective novel is not a routine crime solver
Claire DeWitt is a private detective not always easy to like.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Music: 1975's can do it all
The English band the 1975, practitioners of some of the smoothest electropop in recent memory, have delivered another gem with “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” the group’s third full-length album that serves as a heart-wrenching roadmap for modern relationships teeming with tumult.
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Youth talent performance series at governor's mansion
The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association announced today that it is staging a series of youth-in-the-arts performances at the newly renovated People’s House. The series is part of a Families First initiative undertaken by the association to showcase the work of talented Illinois youth.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Prof. unearths Auschwitz inmates' music
Patricia Hall went to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in 2016 hoping to learn more about the music performed by prisoners in World War II death camps.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Film on Ailes looks at fusion of politics, show biz
Roger Ailes might not always have been a household name during his time at Fox News, but many media commentators believe he changed the TV landscape forever. As the architect of the conservative cable news channel, Ailes created a beacon for what he deemed as an underserved news market.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Fox begins new digital service Tuesday
The new streaming service Fox Nation that launches Tuesday is aimed at people who don’t think Fox News Channel offers enough opinion.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Call him Judge Jerry: Springer is getting a court show
Hopefully there won’t be any chairs in this courtroom.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Alec Baldwin set for court date in parking spot assault case
Alec Baldwin is due to answer assault and harassment charges in a New York court after being accused of striking a man in the face over a parking space.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Morning Joe: Cummings officiates
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” are now co-hosts and spouses.
Monday, November 26, 2018

Baldacci introduces readers to Agent Atlee Pine
(AP) — David Baldacci introduces readers to FBI Special Agent Atlee Pine in his latest thriller, “Long Road to Mercy,” that hopefully is the start of a new series featuring her adventures.
Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Friday, November 23, 2018

TAKE A HEALTHY TIME-OUT
Bowls of nourishing soups and stews are a perfect timeout during the busy (and indulgent) holiday season. Brimming with seasonal vegetables and hearty grains, they're a great way to put some of that turkey stock to use and cook any wayward vegetables that escaped the turkey dinner.
Friday, November 23, 2018

Area theatre group hosting holiday comedy dinner theater show
Theatre 7 is pleased to announce the cast of its hilarious holiday dinner theatre show The ReGifters. The show is directed by Kathy Zientara with Cheryl Laskowski as Assistant Director.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Morrisonville to hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Dec. 1
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas on Saturday, December 1, 2018 throughout the village.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Barbershop chorus presents 'Most Wonderful Time of the Year'
The Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus will present their 2nd annual winter show, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year", taking place in Theater 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South 6th St., Springfield, Ill., on Friday and Saturday evenings, November 30 and December 1.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Vandalia Statehouse hosting Candlelight Tours Sat., Dec. 8
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 8 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 21, 2018

Taylorville native is featured in LLCC concert
November and December performances by faculty and students in Lincoln Land Community College’s music program are in full swing now.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Joanna Gaines tells how to make a house a home
Joanna Gaines, known for her cozy-yet-cool designs including open-concept floor plans, farmhouse sinks and sliding barn doors, admits having to scale back on the vision of her own home in Waco, Texas, to allow her children to add personality to their own spaces.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Gifts for the food, drink and coffee lover in your life
For the foodie on your holiday list — or just people who might appreciate a good tequila or pie pan — we offer a gift guide. It’s got coffee machines, books, chocolate truffles and a fabulous tote to carry it all away.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Treat yourself: Get in the holiday mood with Diana Ross, John Legend, more
Are you in the mood for jolly, singalong Christmas music? Diana Ross has you covered.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, November 17, 2018

'This Is Us' season will answer war mysteries, series creator says
“This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia was between scenes on the set in Vietnam, the setting for a critical flashback story about his character Jack’s wartime tragedy.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Books: Cussler's 'Sea of Greed' will have readers rapidly turning the pages
“Sea of Greed,” the latest entry in the NUMA Files series, pits Kurt Austin and his colleagues against a seemingly unstoppable enemy.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Michael Buble returns with 'love' album after a two-year break
Michael Buble says though his cancer-stricken son aspires to have superhuman powers, he’s already a superhero in his eyes.
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collection
In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Night Hike Sat. at Griswold Conservation Area
Venture into the darkness during a Night Hike at Griswold Conservation Area on Saturday, November 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. During this naturalist-led hike, you’ll use your senses to find your way through the woods. Discover what makes your eyes, ears, and nose work at night. Dress warm. Cost is $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on November 16 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Trombone ensemble Thursday at Millikin
Millikin University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble will continue its 2018-2019 concert season with a performance of "Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble" on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public.
Monday, November 12, 2018

'Tear Me Apart' by Ellison is a gut-wrenching thriller
“Tear Me Apart,” J.T. Ellison’s latest gut-wrenching thriller, asks the question: How far would a parent go to save the life of a child?
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Eat your heart out at the Pizza Museum
There is now a museum for pizza lovers everywhere that’s popped-up in arguably America’s pizza capital, New York City.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

When a kitchen mistake becomes a classic dessert
A tarte Tatin is an upside-down caramelized fruit tart, traditionally made with apples, yet also a lovely way to showcase other seasonal fruit, such as pears in the fall and stone fruit in the summer. It's a rustic and unfussy dessert, notably shellacked in caramel -- and in my case, it is irregular, uneven and all the more charming for that. 
Saturday, November 10, 2018

'Trust Me' is stellar thriller by Hank Phillippi Ryan
A former journalist has a chance at redemption and recovery of her shattered life when she receives an offer to write about a heinous trial in Hank Phillippi Ryan’s stellar thriller, “Trust Me.”
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wall-Street Journal Best Sellers list
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Selling The War Exhibit Opens at Dickson Mounds Museum
Dickson Mounds Museum is pleased to announce the recent opening of the “Selling the War” exhibit consisting of World War I posters from the collection of Frank Goudy of Cuba, Illinois.
Saturday, November 10, 2018

Son of Beatles' producer dives into treasure trove of White Album
Hardcore fans of the Beatles like to pore over every detail of the band and endlessly dissect their songs. Then there’s Giles Martin, who manages to time travel to meet the Fab Four.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Ace of Cups, 60's all-girl band, make timely debut
The all-female Ace of Cups was part of the late ‘60s psychedelic scene in San Francisco, opening for Jimi Hendrix and The Band but without ever recording an album. Until now, over 50 years later.
Friday, November 9, 2018

Author Liane Moriarty serves up laughs, thrills and surprises
Life is good for Liane Moriarty. The “Big Little Lies” novelist who partnered with actress Nicole Kidman to turn that book into a hit HBO series, sold the rights to her new novel, “Nine Perfect Strangers,” to her Australian friend before the rest of us could even read it.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Film review: Claire Foy trades Elizabeth for Lisbeth
No, “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” isn’t a Spider-man spinoff about a young woman ensnarled by Peter Parker. But you’d be forgiven for thinking the latest, revamped iteration of Stieg Larsson’s thrillers has some superhero DNA.
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Idris Elba named Sexiest Man Alive
People magazine has named Idris Elba as 2018’s Sexiest Man Alive, and the British actor says the honor has given him a boost of self-confidence.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Bohemian Rhapsody' won't rock you, but Malek will
Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth.
Friday, November 2, 2018

Hunter S. Thompson bio tackles late reporter's drive
The common image of the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson is one of a drug-induced writer who rode with the Hells Angels, often shot up his red IBM Selectric typewriter and helped Chicano attorney Oscar Zeta Acosta burn the lawn of a California judge.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Andrea Bocelli teams up with his son for new duet
Italian star tenor Andrea Bocelli has teamed up with singers like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Ed Sheeran for acclaimed duets during his career, but singing with his son Matteo is something he hopes feels extra special.
Thursday, November 1, 2018

Beatles release new video for 'Glass Onion' on Apple Music
The Beatles have released a new music video on Apple Music for their 1968 song, “Glass Onion.”
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Memorial's Festival of Trees to be held Nov. 17-25
The 29th annual Memorial’s Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 17-25 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, October 29, 2018

Sangamon Watershed Celebration Nov. 10
The 2018 Sangamon Watershed Celebration to be held on the Richland Community College campus in Decatur on Saturday, November 10, will be a day filled with family-friendly activities, educational speakers and exhibits, and a Sangamon River film.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

For a different perspective try leaf peaping from a New England summit
For an ever-changing perspective on the fall foliage, try viewing the colors from a higher elevation by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift up one of New England's mountains.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Skewer Up Some Flavor
Chicken skewers are fun to eat and perfect finger food for a party. These skewers pack extra flavor with a marinade enriched with pomegranate molasses, a viscous syrup made from the juice of the fruit. Sweet, tart and sticky, the molasses gives a welcome flavor boost to the easygoing white meat, while the sugars in the molasses help to caramelize and crisp the chicken while cooking.
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tana French sides with victim in 'The Witch Elm'
By now we are accustomed to Tana French’s engrossing, eloquently written murder plots solved by the Dublin Murder Squad. This time, however, she’s left the police to work behind closed doors and introduces her first stand-alone novel, “The Witch Elm.”
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Eagles' Don Felder at EPC Nov. 2nd
Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles, will bring his solo tour to the Effingham Performance Center on Friday, November 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, October 26, 2018

Group calls on networks to reach 10% LGBTQ characters on TV
A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Teutopolis monastery museum open November 4
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Historical drama tells story of IC president Beecher
Illinois College TheatreWorks has announced its production lineup for the 2018-2019 season with a theme of “Against All Odds,” to highlight people striving for a better future, from historic Illinois College activism to a fantasy mission battling demons.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

'Johnny English' sequel is an ode to low-tech charm
There’s nothing really new or fresh or bold in “Johnny English Strikes Again,” the third installment of Rowan Atkinson’s bumbling-spy saga/James Bond spoof.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

Harry Potter party crafts thrive years after books
For crafty Harry Potter fans, throwing a party themed to the stories can be the ultimate DIY labor of love.
Thursday, October 25, 2018

'Mockingbird' chosen as America's best-loved novel
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” a coming-of-age story about racism and injustice, overpowered wizards and time travelers to be voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Anywhere but: Why DC stories rarely film in DC
It’s a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart glaring geographic and architectural inaccuracies in movies and television shows set in Washington.
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fall Festival at New Salem this Saturday and Sunday
The public is invited to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the fall season in the 1830s village of New Salem the last weekend of October for the annual Fall Festival at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Millikin percussion ensemble Halloween concerts
The 12thannual Halloween Concerts performed by the Millikin University Percussion Ensembles will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 and 8 p.m. This all-ages, family-friendly event of the season will take place in the infamously haunted Albert Taylor Theatre in Shilling Hall on the campus of Millikin University.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Photography exhibit opens next month in Decatur
Decatur Area Arts Council announces the November 2018 exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Entitled “The World As I See It,” the exhibit will be open from November 1-26.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

71st annual Pana Halloween parade
The annual Halloween parade will be on Thursday, October 25, in Kitchell Park, at the Chautauqua Pavilion. Sign up for all participants will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade across the stage starting around 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22, 2018

Spend A Day Or More Exploring All That Taylorville And Surrounds Offers
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Spend A Day Or A Weekend Exploring Central Illinois
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Spend A Day Or A Weekend Exploring Central Illinois
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Get spooked at LLCC chemistry club haunted lab
The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club will host the sixth annual "Haunted Lab" Friday, Oct. 26 from 5-6:30 p.m. in upper Sangamon Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Enjoy A Fall Harvest Festival At Rock Springs
The Macon County Conservation District invites all ages to the Fall Harvest Festival at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, October 28 from 1-4 p.m.  Enjoy fun activities with your family and friends in celebration of the harvest season.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Unger's 'Under My Skin' weaves baffling puzzle
A woman’s life spirals out of control as she battles with the loss of her husband in Lisa Unger’s latest psychological thriller, “Under My Skin.”
Saturday, October 20, 2018

'Vietnam' by Hastings is masterful account of the war
British journalist Max Hastings, noted for his critically acclaimed books about World War II, has fast-forwarded his research and writing talent to a war that many Americans would like to forget.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Monticello museum tells the Illinois iron horse story
Located just off Interstate 72 at Exit 166 near Monticello, is the Monticello Railway Museum. If you are expecting to see model train layouts, you’ll be disappointed. The trains on display are not HO gauge or even O gauge - they are the real thing - life-sized, working trains from a 1907, 82-ton, steam locomotive to the modern, sleek diesel powered locomotives. Almost 100 different types of railroad engines and cars are in the collection.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Take a day trip to Cahokia to enjoy native artwork
While hayrides and orchards are some of the enjoyable parts of fall, there are other ways to experience the season without having to embrace all of the great outdoors. For those who want to take a seasonal day trip, but don’t want to spend the entire fay outdoors, a journey to Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois might be just what the doctor ordered.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Learn how to carve a captivating pumpkin this fall
Toothy grins and a mesmerizing orange glow help make jack-o’-lanterns captivating sights come Halloween. Pumpkin carving is an autumn tradition and runs the gamut of simple designs to more intricate artwork worthy of any medium. Although anyone can grab a pumpkin and get started, when done correctly, jack-o’-lantern designs can last for several days.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Add some gourds, squash and pumpkins for color
As colorful as the costumes children wear for trick-or-treating may be, nature’s beauty is unsurpassed this time of year, and the scores of pumpkins, gourds and squashes on display only add to that colorful melange.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Grab the family dog and head out to Eckert's Farm
With the weather starting to turn crisp and the air carrying that scent of autumn, many people are itching to go on a little day trip before winter hits. However, it may be hard for some families to plan a get away because they have a four-legged companion they can’t bear to leave behind. It is time for families with fur-babies to rejoice; there are travel options for those who want to enjoy the fall season alongside their beloved pets.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Discover the boyhood home of Mark Twain this fall
Hannibal, Missouri is located on the bank of the Mississippi River, approximately 100 miles Northwest of St. Louis and 17 Miles from Quincy, Ill. It is the boyhood home to author Mark Twain and is famously known as the setting for timeless novels including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Illinois leads the nation in processed pumpkins
Most would agree that Abraham Lincoln is the most famous resident of Illinois.  But during the holidays, he gets some competition from the Great Pumpkin.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Annual candlelight tour at Homestead Farm Nov. 10
Visit Rock Springs Conservation Area for the annual Candlelight Tour hosted at Homestead Prairie Farm on Saturday, November 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Head to Effingham for a cult classic screening
Come celebrate Halloween at the EPC with the film screening of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – Sat., Oct. 27 at 10:00 p.m. Goodie bags full of interactive props will be available at the door. Halloween costumes are highly encouraged!
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Tame The Earthiness Of Kale
It's getting chilly outside, and while warm comfort food is high on the list of cravings, it's more important than ever to keep eating salads that are brimming with nutrient-rich vegetables and grains. The good news is that the cooler weather gives us an excuse to fortify our salad bowls, transforming the light and wispy summer salad into a healthy, hearty autumn dish.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Take a fall trip to explore the early life of Lincoln
Sitting atop a bluff overlooking the Sangamon River sits the home of a youthful Illinoisian, destined to become the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. A lot of the Lincoln lore was established in the community of New Salem, a settlement founded in 1829 by James Rutledge and John Cameron who built a grist mill on the river.
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Couple does Disney east and west, 1 day
Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when their Los Angeles-bound plane took off from Florida on time: Their biggest hurdle was now eliminated for achieving their goal of visiting six Disney parks on two coasts in one day.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Motown wants more Motown in Motown's hometown
From the auditorium of Detroit’s main library on a recent weeknight emerged the sound of Motown: Spirited takes of tunes that sprung from a studio just a few miles away and made their way around the world.
Friday, October 19, 2018

Chaka Khan grand marshal
Chaka Khan has been named grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, which will feature the theme, “The Melody of Life.”
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Michael Buble shuts down rumors of his retirement
Michael Buble is shutting down rumors that he’s going to retire from music, saying he was misquoted in a recent interview.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

CMT honors all female artists for first time ever at last night's awards show
This one’s for the girls, during a night when CMT honored all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show in an empowering night of lifting up each other.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

'One Destiny' play examines Lincoln's assassination
Two actors alone on a stage, trying to make sense of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. That’s the simple but compelling premise of the play “One Destiny,” which returns to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum this week.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Lou Berney keeps tension high in 'November Road'
Although set in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, “November Road” avoids being another novel about that fateful day in Dallas. Instead, this superior novel from Edgar winner Lou Berney melds crime fiction with a tale about people reinventing themselves, played out during a cross-country automobile trip.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Music: Rod Stewart nostalgic on 'Blood Red Roses'
Nostalgia has been a focal feature of Rod Stewart’s songwriting even as far back as 1971’s “Maggie May,” and some of the best tunes on “Blood Red Roses,” his 30th studio album, explore that same vein.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Film: 'Wildlife' shows a family in crisis, beautifully
It's fall of 1960 in Montana when we meet the Brinson family in "Wildlife," a carefully considered and deeply moving adaptation of a Richard Ford novel about a fracturing marriage and the teenage son witnessing it all.
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Autism group presents sensory event
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.” The movie event for October will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Goosebumps 2.”
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Six survive 30-hour amusement park coffin contest
Six people have managed to spend 30 hours in coffins as part of a ghoulish promotion at Six Flags St. Louis.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their1st child
Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday.
Monday, October 15, 2018

The journey is the vacation on this 35-hour train trip
It was late Friday night and we were scouring the usual sites touting the top things to do in Los Angeles. Uninspired by our options and facing a long weekend without obligations, my husband and I made a last-minute booking on Amtrak's Coast Starlight. Ten hours later we're settling in for a 35-hour train trip spanning 1,377 miles (2,216 kilometers) up California's picture-perfect coastline and Oregon's rugged terrain. Seattle may have been the end destination, but this weekend was all about the journey.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, October 13, 2018

A HOLIDAY BAKING MUST!
These cookie bars couldn't be easier. Almond flour and oats team up with flour in a cinnamon-laced streusel, which does double-duty as the topping and base for these bars, sandwiching an intense raspberry filling.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

A sweet and savory Halloween treat
Save the tricks for another time; this Halloween is all about the treats. Halloween parties are par for the course, and spooktacular hosts and hostesses want to serve their guests something special. Enter a dessert hybrid that layers various flavors to create a masterpiece that simply works.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

'Shadow Tyrants' is latest Clive Cussler suspense thriller
Almost 2,000 years ago, an emperor avoided a coup and entrusted nine Scrolls of Knowledge to nine individuals to ensure that none would use the information for nefarious purposes ever again. These Nine Unknown Men’s descendants still maintain the materials, but there are factions inside the group that want to aggressively pursue change for the betterment of mankind and the world.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Portman, Clooney call for action at Hollywood luncheon
Natalie Portman is calling out Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s lack of diversity at the Variety Power of Women event Friday in Beverly Hills.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Beyonce, Jay Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event
Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bloomington's David Davis Mansion home to Abraham Lincoln's strongest advocate
Grand manors make up the skylines of many Illinois communities, but the history encapsulated at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington holds it above the rest.
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Brown Bag program on collection of 19th Century clothing
The Illinois State Museum recently acquired a large collection of 19th century clothing passed down through several generations of the Enos-Hatch family of Springfield. On Wed., Oct. 17, the ISM Brown Bag lunchtime series will feature Curator of Art and History Erika Holst’s program “Opening the Enos-Hatch Wardrobe: What a Collection of 19th Century Clothing Can Tell Us About an Early Illinois Family.”
Friday, October 12, 2018

Rock and Salvation series continues in Effingham
The EPC will host its next installment of the ROCK & Salvation Series on Thu., Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with Matt Maher and Zach Williams: Together in Concert.
Friday, October 12, 2018

At 81, Roberta Flack is back and ready to sing again
Once a week, Roberta Flack gives a musical performance for an exclusive group.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Kathleen Turner to make Metropolitan Opera debut
One of acting’s most distinctive voices will make an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut.
Friday, October 12, 2018

Man who builds medieval Lego castles will speak Sat.
Dr. Bob Carney started modeling real medieval castles with Lego blocks in 1986.
Friday, October 12, 2018

THS and South Fork join for Annual Fall Choir Concert
The Taylorville High School Choirs in cooperation with the South Fork High School Choir will present the annual Fall Choir Concert on Tuesday, October 16 beginning at 7:00pm in the THS Cafeteria. This first concert of the year serves as a demonstration of the learning process that the students go through while preparing for the performance. In addition to several finished songs, the THS/SFHS Combined and THS Concert Choirs will present some of the warm-up and vocal flexibility exercises that are used in the classroom.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

$1-Million Powerball winning ticket purchased in Spfld.
If you bought a Powerball ticket in Springfield, you may want to check it right away. A gas station in Springfield sold a $1,000,000 winning Powerball ticket in the Wednesday, October 10, drawing.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Royal Wedding redux: This time Princess Eugenie
It’s time for another royal wedding at Windsor Castle — but this time it’s less of a global TV spectacle and more of a family affair.
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Public invited to observation nights at Millikin observatory
Millikin University will host Public Observation Nights (PON) at Requarth Observatory each Thursday evening throughout the Fall 2018 semester from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The next Public Observation Night is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

From special seed to 2,170-pound winning pumpkin
“One special seed” and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

LLCC Honors Program collecting Halloween costumes for distribution
The Lincoln Land Community College Honors Program is collecting Halloween costumes on campus and at several area locations, to be distributed to families at a “BOOtique” Oct. 20.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Best-selling author returns to heaven for first sequel
Mitch Albom’s books are about faith and salvation, forgiveness and second chances. 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Eagles' Joe Walsh tells his addiction story at gala event
Joe and Marjorie Walsh were honored Monday night by the nonprofit Facing Addiction with NCADD for their support of the recovery movement and their efforts to raise awareness about drug and alcohol abuse.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

71st annual Halloween parade
The annual Halloween parade will be on Thursday, October 25, in Kitchell Park, at the Chautauqua Pavilion. Sign up for all participants will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade across the stage starting around 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8, 2018

'Spooktacular' event features haunted exhibits and more
Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 20 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, music and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Story time for toddlers at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host an upcoming special event for children and families that will feature a pumpkin story time.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Redford is wry, charming in his (maybe) swan song
If you’re going to pick someone to play a man who moves through the world with grace, style and a slight, wry smile, you could hardly do better than Robert Redford.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

'A Star Is Born' is dizzyingly wonderful, terrific
It’s hard not to go into “A Star Is Born “ without a lot of prejudgments. Even if you haven’t seen the other three versions, the mere fact that they exist, and with such formidable talent, is enough to make anyone scoff at the fact that Hollywood keeps dusting off this well-worn story about fame and love and addiction.
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Real Peggy Sue of Buddy Holly song dies in Texas
The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue” has died at a Lubbock hospital.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Beatles producer Martin not fond of White Album
Giles Martin says his father, producer George Martin, would wince whenever a fan would say that the “White Album” was their favorite Beatles’ record.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

GET YOUR CHILI ON
October brings fall, football and crisp weather, which, in my book, invites a large pot of chili to slowly simmer on the stove, filling the kitchen with the heady scent of browned meat, tomato and spice on a blustery afternoon.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

What's yogurt? Industry wants greater liberty to use term
If low-fat yogurt is blended with fatty ingredients like coconut or chocolate, is it still low-fat? Is it even yogurt?
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers list
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Review: Novel by Hank Green is out of this world
What if a huge, stagnant robot appeared out of nowhere on the streets of New York City? And what if you were the key to solving the mystery of what it wants? Hank Green takes readers on a sci-fi adventure, tackling issues such as social media obsession and global humanity in his novel, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.”
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Exhibition reflects on 1968 Olympic protest and its legacy
 Nearly five decades before NFL players took a knee to protest police brutality and social injustice, African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos defiantly raised black-gloved fists during an Olympic medal ceremony to protest the way black people were treated in the United States.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Come See It After Dark - Annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln's New Salem on Oct. 5, 6 and 7
Come and experience Lincoln’s New Salem after dark as candle lanterns illuminate the 1830s village, while fireplaces entice visitors into many of the log buildings of main street during the annual Candlelight Walk at Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

International award winning fiddler at the museum
The Music at the Museum Concert Series presents internationally renowned violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. With comments like “Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable!” used to describe her playing, Mari is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.
Saturday, September 29, 2018

Baldwin to perform at MacMurray
Actor Annette Baldwin will perform at MacMurray College for two shows, “The Long Road to Victory” and “ Jane Addams: Worthy Choices,” in the Marian Chase Schaeffer Studio Theatre (also known as the Black Box) inside the Jenkins Education Complex along Hardin Avenue.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

'Colette,' a very British movie about a very French feminist icon
Wash Westmoreland’s “Colette” is a very British movie about a very French feminist icon. A handsome and lively period film, it’s too timid to capture the ravenous appetites of the literary force that was Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. But with Keira Knightley playing the prolific and trailblazing author, “Colette” has nimbly condensed an un-condensable life into a sprightly and self-evidently relevant biopic.
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Phoenix and Reilly excel as 'The Sisters Brothers'
Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly might not be obvious picks to play brothers, but French director Jacques Audiard made an inspired choice by casting them as such in “The Sisters Brothers .”
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Family event Oct. 6 at state museum
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will host an upcoming special event for children and families that feature fossils, minerals, and rocks.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Score! Scrabble dictionary adds 'OK' and 'ew'
Scrabble players, time to rethink your game because 300 new words are coming your way, including some long-awaited gems: OK and ew, to name a few.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Disney World changes its flexible-pricing plan
Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will vary based on the date picked with a new online planning tool debuting next month.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

'Murphy Brown' is back on Thursday nights, ready to 'make some noise'
Last season’s short-lived “Roseanne” revival blew an air kiss to President Donald Trump in its debut episode before it reverted to finding laughs in family and working-class woes, not politics. Expect “Murphy Brown,” another reborn 20th-century sitcom, to be consistently faithful to its own roots.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Monastery museum open October 7
Visitors can view more than 30 rooms of the Teutopolis Monastery Museum on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

IDOT kicks off high school engineering program
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that a kickoff meeting for the annual Engineering Explorers program will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, in Springfield. New and returning students are encouraged to attend.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

APL virtual event to honor Remember Me Thursday
The Animal Protective League (APL) is joining over 138 countries worldwide including Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, and Puerto Rico for the Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign. Candles are lit around the globe on the same day to remember the millions of animals who die in shelters or on the streets without ever knowing the security and love of a permanent home. 
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Ken Burns turns his attention to the Mayo Clinic
After spearheading an epic, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to more personal subject matter — one that knows him very intimately, too.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Lake Land Community Choir to begin fall rehearsals
The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Tuesday, Sept. 25. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights in the Lake Land College Theater from 7-9:30 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018

Taikoza Drums at Millikin Kirkland Center Sept. 29
DECATUR, Ill. — Millikin University is pleased to welcome the powerful rhythms and electrifying, room-thumping energy of the Taikoza Drums to Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

'Button Man' is a rich and compelling novel
New York City from almost a century ago and the saga of Jewish immigrants struggling to make a living highlight “Button Man,” a rich and compelling novel from Andrew Gross.
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Twists keep plot churning in 'Prisoner in the Castle'
One pleasure of a mystery series is connecting with a character that changes and grows with each novel. Maggie Hope, the heroine of Susan Elia MacNeal’s World War II novels, is a different woman in this eighth outing, “The Prisoner in the Castle,” than she was in the 2012 Edgar-nominated debut, “Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.”
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Film: 'Life Itself' is star-studded, earnest but lacking
Hallmark sentimentality, passionate defenses of Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” and horrific head traumas are thrown together in Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself ,” a curious cocktail of a movie from the “This is Us” creator about all of life’s highest highs and lowest lows across generations and continents. Fogelman has seemingly never met an extreme emotion he doesn’t want to exploit, and “Life Itself” might be the apex of that guiding principle.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ann Wilson keeps 'Immortal' tracks alive on album
Ann Wilson is one of rock’s immortal performers, having earned her spot among the greatest vocalists of all-time. On “Immortal,” an album of covers, the Heart singer pays tribute to artists who have died or bands who have had a key member pass on.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

'The show must go on:' Stranded in Europe, Boston Orchestra improvises
The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album “Songs in the Key of A” — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra opens season Sept. 22
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will kick off its 2018-2019 performance season with an opening night "Masterworks I" concert on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University's campus.
Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Biodiversity Live!" event this Saturday
Illinois’ rich biodiversity will be featured at the “Biodiversity Live!” family event at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Celebrate Nat'l Public Lands Day at Carlyle Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host “The Importance of Pollinators” on Saturday, September 22, 2018 to celebrate National Public Lands Day. The event will take place at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, 795 Lake Road, Carlyle, IL 62231 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A tea dedicated to Illinois food and art this Saturday
Illinois art, Illinois food, Illinois history and Illinois travel – the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate the state with a special “Made in Illinois Tea” on Sept. 22.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Winkler wins Emmy 42 years after 1st nomination
Henry Winkler won the first Emmy of his career on Monday, more than four decades after he was first nominated for his role as The Fonz in “Happy Days.”
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Rare photos go inside America's most famous family
It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album.

Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring six-pack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. Here’s Kathleen Kennedy, awkwardly twisting upside down in a skirt to kiss Ireland’s Blarney Stone. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees.

Monday, September 17, 2018

School shootings inspire new Burt Bacharach song
At age 90, Burt Bacharach hasn’t lost faith in the power of music.
Monday, September 17, 2018












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