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home : news : arts & entertainment August 20, 2019

Music at the beer tent
The entertainment at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic has been set with three great bands performing.

The Robbie Mitchell Band is set to perform Friday, August 23 in the beer tent at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. They play country rock and a variety of other music.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Tom and Leona True are named grand marshalls
Tom True and Leona McGinnis were high school sweethearts, both growing up close to Mt. Aburn; Tom in Grove City and Leona on a farm a few miles West of there.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

133rd Annual Mt. Auburn Picnic starts Thursday
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Preston and Child start a new series 'Old Bones,' historical mystery of the fate of the Donner Party
In “Old Bones” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, archaeologist Nora Kelly gets a visit from historian Clive Benton, who shows her a lost artifact tied to the fate of the Donner Party, the group of people trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Mountains of California in 1847 that resorted to cannibalism to survive.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Area artists' work on exhibit at Shelbyville gallery
— Artists Sue Goodpaster and Carol Kessler share the Gallery space at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the upcoming months. The public may view the exhibit which will be on display through October 26. Opening hours normally are on Tuesday from 10-5 and Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10-noon. Call 217-827-5690 for more information or confirmation of opening times as changes sometimes occur.
Monday, August 19, 2019

Florida's iconic palm trees threatened by disease
Florida’s iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill.

Spread by a rice-sized, plant-hopping insect, lethal bronzing has gone from a small infestation on Florida’s Gulf Coast to a nearly statewide problem in just over a decade. Tens of thousands of palm trees have died from the bacterial disease, and the pace of its spread is increasing, adding to environmental woes of a state already struggling to save its other arboreal icon, citrus trees, from two other diseases.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Peruvian cuisine: the beloved star at Lima's Pan Am Games
Olympic swimmer Renzo Tjon-a-Joe from Suriname says his "love affair" with Peruvian cuisine began during his recent trip to the capital of Lima for the Pan American Games.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Everything tastes better on a stick
Here's the thing: It's fun to eat with your fingers. Skewering puts the fun in food, taking ordinary recipes and sticking it to them (pun intended), along with an assortment of dipping sauces -- because dipping a stick in a sauce is half the fun of eating food on a skewer. It's a lively presentation inviting interaction, and it's also a great way to encourage your kids to eat their food, or to feed a crowd with do-ahead cocktail party bites.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

'Raised in Captivity' reveals author's warped imagination

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, August 17, 2019

With glut of festivals, hard to match Woodstock magic
Fifty years after Woodstock, the mystical and messy event that gave birth to a myriad of musical festivals, the entertainment industry is diluted with festivals and events like it — some genre specific, some extremely diverse and others offering experiences in addition to music, ranging from food to art, in order to appeal to wider audiences.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Lloyd Loar's Hometown Music Festival set for Saturday, August 24
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting the second annual Lloyd Loar's Hometown Music Festival on Saturday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., featuring live music from roots, folk, and bluegrass performers.  Visitors may enjoy performances by Andy Hatfield and Solly Burton, Chris Vallillo, The Rocky Ford Rounders, and The Nathan Taylor Band. The festival opens with guest performances by Carlos Shaw, Sunflower Slim, Erich Schroeder, and Erin Connolly.
Friday, August 16, 2019

Support for the papers of Abraham Lincoln
The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum has been awarded grants by two important federal agencies for the goal of building a 21st century research tool that can be used by Lincoln scholars and fans around the world.
Friday, August 16, 2019

'Chrisley Knows Best' couple plead not guilty to charges
Reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tax evasion and other federal charges.
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Review: In 'Blinded by the Light,' growing up with the Boss
After starring roles for Freddie Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Elton John (”Rocketman”) and the Beatles (“Yesterday”), it’s Bruce Springsteen’s turn to join the mixtape that the movies have lately become. 
Thursday, August 15, 2019

Hummingbird Festival at Rock Springs, August 27
Meet hummingbirds up close at the Macon County Conservation District’s annual Hummingbird Festival on Tuesday, August 27 from 4-7 p.m. at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Join host Vernon Kleen to learn about hummingbird species, what attracts these birds, and witness the banding process.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Final Municipal Band Concert Wednesday
The final concert of the Taylorville Municipal Band will be Wednesday, August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Flourishes Gallery and Studios to feature "Our Feathered Friends" exhibit
“Our Feathered Friends,” a new exhibit at Flourishes Gallery and Studios, will feature a series of watercolor, gel pen and colored pencil drawings by Dan Modzelewski. Dan is looking forward to sharing his new work, which is definitely “for the birds!.”  Prints will also be available.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

'A waterfall of love': Woodstock memories 50 years later
They helicoptered over crowds into the Woodstock festival and hiked in past abandoned cars. They danced at dawn on a muddy hillside and dodged drenching rain. They barely slept, phoned Mom to say they were OK and marveled at their sheer numbers. They let behind sodden socks and sleeping bags, but gained an enduring sense of community. 
Monday, August 12, 2019

Healthy breakfasts before school? It's not that hard
Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning.

But serving a healthy breakfast can feel like one more challenge for parents trying to get themselves and their kids out the door on time.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Just The Right Balance
There is a magical window of time when fresh figs are abundant, and now is the time. Soft and fragrant, fresh figs are oh-so-ethereal to eat. Their flavor is delicate yet nuanced. Depending on the variety, they can be sweet and winey, honeyed or grassy.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Scrappy little movie 'Peanut Butter Falcon' makes dreams of actor with Down syndrome come true
Shia LaBeouf is trying to show how different he is from his co-star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” Zack Gottsagen.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Building with country music legacy in Atlanta partially demolished
A court order has stopped demolition after it had already began on a downtown Atlanta building where the first country hit song is believed to have been recorded.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton channels Carole King on Broadway
Over the years, the Broadway show about singer-songwriter Carole King has starred powerful singers in the title role. But until now it hasn’t had one thing — a singer-songwriter.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Gardeners plan butterfly event at Dana Thomas house
University of Illinois Master Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers will present a "Butterflies and Bugs" open house on Saturday, September 7, from 1-3 pm in the gardens at the Dana-Thomas House State Historic site located at 301 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mt. Auburn soap box derby Aug. 24
All interested youth are encouraged to begin assembling their soap box derby cars for the annual Bradley Allison Memorial Soap Box Derby to be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Auburn Farmers’ Picnic.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Rosenfelt's new thriller 'Bark of Night' is a treat
Andy Carpenter, a fictitious defense attorney created by David Rosenfelt, hates to work. He doesn’t need money because he’s wealthy from a large inheritance. He loves dogs, so when one is in peril, he springs to the rescue.
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, August 10, 2019

Canoe bike trail pond at Rock Springs, Aug 25
Canoe the largest pond at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. All equipment, including life vests, will be provided for this fun paddle: Canoeing the Bike Trail Pond.
Friday, August 9, 2019

Register by tomorrow for free craft event at Rock Spgs.
Adults are invited to construct a Bird Feeder Wreath at Rock Springs Nature Center on Sunday, August 11 at 2pm.  Then, take your creation home for the birds in your backyard: they will love snacking on this edible wreath. All supplies will be provided. This program is free. Must pre-register online by noon on August 9 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Salvage Dogs to host Chicago hot dog day Saturday
The Salvage Dogs will host their first annual Chicago Hot Dog Day this Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Palamino Club, 1101 N. Webster St. in Taylorville from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

50 years later long-forgotten Woodstock photos are displayed for the 1st time
As Jerry Garcia jammed and Janis Joplin wailed, Mark Goff captured images at Woodstock that no one ever saw.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fifty years ago this week: AP retells the story of the brutal Manson murders
Fifty years ago this week, Charles Manson orchestrated the slaughter of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people over two nights in Los Angeles.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fans recreate Beatles' Abbey Road album cover shot 50 years ago
It was 50 years ago today, that The Beatles caused a traffic delay.
Thursday, August 8, 2019

'Tales from the Vault' Thursday at Lincoln Library
From routine diplomatic matters to delicate negotiations that might change the course of the Civil War, foreign affairs played a major role in Lincoln's presidency.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Municipal Band to perform Wednesday night
The Taylorville Municipal Band Big Band will present its concert this week on Wednesday, August 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fall Festival History
“Our greatest blessings are FREE — water, air, sunshine and the social intermingling of kindred spirits.”
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blue Mound Fall Festival Schedule
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The 2019 Blue Mound Fall Festival Parade will be led by Grand Marshall "Anne Byard"
Anne has been a Blue Mound resident for most of her life. She was born to Wayne and Hallie Nicholls and raised in Blue Mound with her sister Janet and brothers Leon and Dick. She graduated from Blue Mound High School in 1956. Soon after, she married Danny Byard and lived as a military wife in North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky before settling in Blue Mound in 1972.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Streisand can't leave politics out of her performance in NYC Saturday night
Barbra Streisand’s return to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years attracted figures from pop superstar Mariah Carey to Bill and Hillary Clinton for a concert that turned political.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Original 'Nancy Drew' passes torch to TV's newest version
Pamela Sue Martin, TV’s original Nancy Drew, has passed the torch to the actress playing the latest incarnation of the teenage sleuth.
Monday, August 5, 2019

Books: Is there 'Sex in the City for women in their 50s?
Carrie’s back! Or at least her real-life alter ego, Candace Bushnell, whose loosely autobiographical newspaper columns and book about the dating adventures of single women in their 30s became the basis of the hit HBO show “Sex in the City.”
Monday, August 5, 2019

Towering Broadway director and producer Hal Prince has died at age 91
Harold Prince, a Broadway director and producer who pushed the boundaries of musical theater with such groundbreaking shows as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cabaret,” “Company” and “Sweeney Todd” and won a staggering 21 Tony Awards, has died. Prince was 91.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Scorsese's big-budget mafia epic 'The Irishman' to premier at film festival
Martin Scorsese’s big-budget mafia epic “The Irishman” will premiere as the opening night film at the 57th New York Film Festival, Film at Lincoln Center announced Monday.
Thursday, August 1, 2019

'Retro Report' brings the humor to often staid PBS
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Andy Borowitz is bringing the funny to staid PBS.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

LGBT representation in children's TV is becoming more and more common
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series “The Bravest Knight,” describes the show’s dad couple this way: “We’re not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We’re talking about the love of a family.”
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jousting an Olympic sport?
Medieval is meeting modern as English Heritage tests video review technology for jousting.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rare Steinbeck story set in Paris to be pulished in English this week
Ernest Hemingway wasn’t the only Great American Writer with something to say about Paris.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Producer of 1969's Woodstock calls it a lesson in community
A producer of the 1969 Woodstock festival says he’s come to appreciate how a community can be born of difficulty.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Math whiz and elderly fight city hall in 'Helpline'
Being an expert in mathematics is a useful skill in extremely small circles. Life gets complicated for the math genius when you lose your job and are forced to find traditional work in the real world. In her debut novel, “The Helpline,” Katherine Collette follows an eccentric woman with zero people skills who reluctantly finds herself in the arms of a supportive community. 
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Smothers Brothers mark their CBS firing 50 years ago
Getting fired from work isn’t usually a cause to celebrate. But the Smothers Brothers aren’t your run-of-the-mill comedians.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Duchess of Sussex has guest edited the September issue of British Vogue with the theme "Forces for Change"
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has guest edited the September issue of British Vogue with the theme “Forces for Change.”

Royal officials say the issue coming out Aug. 2 features “change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers” and includes a conversation between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Books: Harvath returns
A Russian plane carrying a prisoner in chains experiences engine trouble and crashes in the middle of the woods. It’s enemy territory for the captive, who survives, and now Scot Harvath is in the middle of Russia with no hope of escape in Brad Thor’s new thriller, “Backlash.”
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time' turns tragedy into radiant fable
Quentin Tarantino has, for a while now, been reminding us what’s so great about movies — or at least, what he thinks is so great about them.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

McKnight gives fans love album they waited for
Don’t ask Brian McKnight where he’s been. That question is really telling, he says, because his true fans know where to find him.
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Muni band concert Wednesday features flutist
The Taylorville Municipal Bandwill feature Debbie Eddy, professional flute performer, teacher and soloist on Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Hersey Towers.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

NYC DA Morgenthau, model for Adam Schiff, dies
He seemed almost like he was out of central casting — tall and patrician, with a cultivated above-the-fray presence. And in fact, former Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau inspired some television casting of his own, as the model for the avuncular character of prosecutor Adam Schiff, played by actor Steven Hill on the long-running television series, “Law and Order.”
Monday, July 22, 2019

Rock Springs speaker will discuss tree ring dating
Explore how Dendrochronology, also known as tree ring dating, applies to many disciplines with guest speaker, Dr. Glen Freimuth, at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
Monday, July 22, 2019

Nacho night
It's Nacho Night at our house. Yes, I confess. Foodie I may be, parent I certainly am, and health-minded ... almost without fail. But there is always a time and place for nachos. We can all do with a little cheesy nacho goodness from time to time to balance out a healthy diet, to dig into with our hands, and to wash down with an ice-cold drink. And as a heaping platter of chips goes, this one is relatively, um, light. Is it possible to call nachos healthy? Where there is a will, there is a way.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

8 tips for saving money on groceries
I do not know of a single person who doesn’t like to save money. And the supermarket is one of the most important places to be shopping-savvy.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Czech stud farm makes UNESCO's World Heritage list
A Czech stud farm founded 440 years ago to breed and train ceremonial horses to serve at the Habsburg emperor's court has been added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, acknowledging the significance of a tradition that has survived for centuries.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Enjoy the entertainment in the Beer Tent
Saturday, July 20, 2019

So what is 4-H anyway?
What exactly is 4-H? Have you ever seen their logo and wonder what does that mean?
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Interactive Farm at C C Agricultural Fair
The Christian County Farm Bureau and the Taylorville FFA present the Interactive Farm July 23-27th at this year’s Christian County Agriculture Fair. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday nights from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 12-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Christian County Fair exhibits
Linda Binger, Superintendent of Exhibits, encourages everyone to display their fair exhibits this year at the Christian County Fair.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Western Horse show to make a return
The Christian County Fair Jack Pot Western Horse Show will be held Saturday, July 27, 2019 on the infield at the Christian County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

2018 Miss Christian County
Aly Moore of Taylorville (center) was crowned Miss Christian County last year. It was a clean sweep for Moore who was also chosen as the people’s choice.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Hoggin a good time
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Grandstand Events return to the Christian County Fair
The Christian County Fair grandstand is a little different than other fairs. There aren’t bands performing or shows going on, but rather Stock Car Races, Tractor and Truck pulls, and of course, the Demolition Derby.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

2019 Christian County Agricultural Fair Board:
Saturday, July 20, 2019

CME Group and 4-H to bring Commodity Carnival to Christian County Fair
CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, and 4-H, the nation's largest youth development organization delivered by America's Cooperative Extension System, have announced the seventh year of their partnership to bring the award-winning Commodity Carnival experience to more than 120 state and county fairs across the Midwest this fair season.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

6th Annual Christian County Fair Racing Event coming Wednesday night
The 2019 Christian County Agricultural Fair opens up Tuesday July 23 and runs through July 27, but it's Wednesday, July 24 that racing fans have marked on their schedules as three divisions of racing return. The Taylorville fair put racing back on the schedule in 2014, much to the delight of racers and fans in the area. The event is promoted by Track Enterprises of Macon, ILL. and presented by Larry's Service Center and NAPA of Taylorville.
Saturday, July 20, 2019

4-H Sheep Show
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Little Miss Christian County Contestants
Saturday, July 20, 2019

2019 Christian County Agricultural Fair Schedule:
Saturday, July 20, 2019

A house sitter becomes a target in 'Lock Every Door'
A historical New York City apartment building complete with wealthy celebrity residents, gargoyles and a storied legacy including the setting of a best-selling book would seem to be the ideal place to call home. The location couldn’t be better, even if the stay is temporary—a three-month apartment-sitting stint, thinks Jules Larsen, the young, down-on-her-luck heroine in the deliciously frightening “Lock Every Door.”
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger reunite to tease R-rated 'Terminator' sequel at Comic-Con
Leave the kids at home, “Terminator: Dark Fate” is getting an R-rating.

Director Tim Miller told the audience at San Diego Comic-Con that it wasn’t always going to be the plan, but the fans demanded it. The panel that kicked off the fan convention Thursday morning may also have gotten the same rating with the number of expletives thrown around by Miller.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Film: Crosby's life and art intersect at key moments
The final image of David Crosby in a new documentary about the singer-songwriter shows him in his hippie glory, spotting a video camera filming him. He roguishly sticks out his tongue. Then he inexplicably goes further and gives viewers the middle finger.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ed Sheeran wins again, new terrain, new friends
If anything, Ed Sheeran’s new album does two things. It lets him show off his tremendous range. And it lets him show off his impressive rolodex.
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Morrisonville Kids Parade set for Friday
The Morrisonville Kids Parade will be held this Friday, July 19, 2019.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dixieland band featured at muni band concert Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Smith, will perform its  weekly band concert on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

47th annual bull frog jumping contest is Friday
The 47th annual bull frog jumping contests will be held at Morrisonville Homecoming celebration on Friday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Col. Morrison’s water hole across from the park.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Enjoy 3 Days Of Fun At The Morrisonville Picnic
The Morrsionville Homecoming will run from Thursday, July 18 to Saturday, July 20. Events are as follows:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Potato Salad, Danish-Style
I discovered this fresh and light-handed salad years ago when I lived in Denmark. Most likely it was at one of our frequent family gatherings, seated outdoors at a long wooden picnic table in the shadow of a thatched roof farmhouse with the summer sun hanging, as if caught on the hook of the horizon, refusing to sink as the evening set in. It was certainly summer, because that's when new potatoes are at their peak in Denmark, and considered not only a staple but a delicacy to be greedily devoured. 
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Fearless dog chases bear from nearby neighbor's yard
A New Jersey man is promising to give his neighbor’s dog a steak for chasing a black bear from his backyard.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Dickson Mounds to host Mississippian Conference July 27
Dickson Mounds Museum will host a Mississippian Conference on Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The program is open to the public and there is a $5.00 registration fee, payable at the door.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Review: K.Flay celebrates all her sides on CD 'Solutions'
It’s always been hard to pin down K.Flay’s music. She’s a bit of a sonic chameleon, mixing elements of hip-hop, rock and indie pop with moods that go from brash to introspective. You’ll get no clear answers after listening to her new album “Solutions” — thankfully.
Thursday, July 11, 2019

In 'The Farewell,' a family drama straddling East and West
Film director Lulu Wang knew her pitch for “The Farewell” was unconventional.  
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nokomis Homecoming Schedule of Events July 12-14
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Taylorville Muni Band performance on Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band, under the direction of James Smith will present its weekly concert on Wednesday, July 10 at Hershey Towers at 7:30 P.M.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Illinois State Museum Society hosting two day trips
The Illinois State Museum Society today announced two upcoming day trips that invite participants to explore the history and culture of Illinois by motorcoach.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Lincoln's New Salem to host presentation on the history of corn
July 13, 2019 – Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site will host author Cynthia Clampitt presenting "How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else" on Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, July 6, 2019

ELEVATING BERRIES AND CREAM
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Vacationers are planning a road trip for their pets this summer
The great American road trip has officially taken on dogs. According to a recent online travel survey from Orbitz, 77% of vacationers are planning to take their pets on a road trip this summer and visiting dog parks (20%) and taking selfies at tourist attractions (21%) are at the top of their to-do list1.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England
Mountain bikers will get the chance to see much of New England this summer and help rural economies with a new initiative that brings together more than a half-dozen trail systems in three states and parts of Canada
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Alison Gaylin probes how violence affects families
The popularity of true crime podcasts bleeds into the tightly plotted “Never Look Back” by Alison Gaylin. Her fictional hero Quentin Garrison uses his position as the interviewer for the L.A.-based podcast “Closure” to chronicle how violence affects families for decades in various ways.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

Kevin Spacey accuser drops lawsuit against actor
A young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor, his lawyer said Friday.
Saturday, July 6, 2019

A rare peek behind curtain at famed Bolshoi Ballet
Makhar Vaziev’s day begins before he sets foot inside his office in Moscow’s famed Bolshoi Theater.
Friday, July 5, 2019

Municipal Band to perform at Lake July 4
The Taylorville Municipal Band under the direction of James Smith, will perform a holiday concert at Lake Taylorville on July 4, at 7:00 p.m. The concert will consist fo several musical numbers depicting our national heritage and dedicated to the 4th of July holiday.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Christmas is coming early to APL with annual Christmas in July Carnival July 6
The Animal Protective League (APL) will present our annual “Christmas in July Carnival” on Saturday, July 6th, from noon to 4 p.m. at the organization’s shelter, 1001 Taintor Road in Springfield.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Nature Walk for Health Series at Dickson Mounds July 25
The Emiquon Partnership-Dickson Mounds Museum, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the July 25 “Nature Walk for Health Series” at Dickson Mounds from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Participants may enjoy fun wildlife stories and facts during each walk.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Gallery Walk in Decatur Friday, July 12
The Gallery Walk for July will take place on the second Friday of July due to the Fourth of July weekend. Come enjoy the downtown Decatur art galleries on Friday, July 12 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 1, 2019

'Yesterday' takes a great idea, add too much sugar
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a soulful if brooding young man, with a very pleasant singing voice. But when we meet him, the fledgling songwriter and supermarket clerk from coastal England feels stuck in the middle of a hard day’s night. If he doesn’t get any help soon, he’ll end up a real nowhere man.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hollywood Vampires rise again on great 2nd album
When Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and movie star Johnny Depp formed a band in 2015 to pay homage to dead drinking buddies, it might have seemed like a pleasant diversion, a one-off lark for otherwise busy artists.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Novel dissects divorce with a sharp, funny scalpel
There was once a time when becoming a doctor or marrying one was an ideal measure of success. But “Fleishman Is in Trouble,” the new novel by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, rejects that antiquated notion and several other tired societal tropes, shining a light on how we view work, relationships and material things.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Muni band concert tomorrow night
Sandy Hooper will be the featured vocal soloist for the Municipal Band concert on Wednesday June 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Assumption Fest kicks off Thursday, 3 days of fun
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Performing Friday
Antics will perform on Friday night, June 28th at the Assumption Fest from 8 p.m.-12:30 p.m. in the beer tent. This year marks the 39th year of performing for the group. They began in 1980 with founding member Floyd Short.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, June 22, 2019

SIMPLY AVOCADO
Avocados are a healthy staple in the kitchen. Packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, and high in monounsaturated fat, their creamy texture and mild flavor lend well to dips, smoothies, even ice cream, while their coolness provides a foil to spice and heat in salsas and salads. Having said that, one of the best ways to eat an avocado is as simply as possible, so its delicate flavor will stand out. And that's where avocado toast steps in.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Elton John gets top French award, joins AIDS fight call
Elton John, a newly awarded Legion of honor pinned to his suit, joined a call Friday by French President Emmanuel Macron to fund AIDS research and treatment. 
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book 'Wild and Crazy Guys' stars '80s film funnymen
Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious heights and managed to endure the decade despite some appallingly unfunny lows. Sharing “SNL” in their DNA, most of them worked together in front of the camera at some point and, behind the scenes, commiserated at times over the vagaries of show business.
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Meet the Museum of Natural History's newest guest: a T. rex
Positioned in mid-kill, the Tyrannosaurus rex towers over the prone body of its prey, a similarly huge triceratops.

Even in simulation millions of years later, it's a moment of unmistakable savage violence and an embodiment of the meaning of the word dinosaur: Greek for terrible lizard.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Homestead Prairie Farm open on weekend for season
Discover 1860s rural Illinois with a visit to Homestead Prairie Farm at Rock Springs Conservation Area. This restored one room log home is open for tours every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. in June through October. Admission is free for all ages. No reservations are required.
Friday, June 21, 2019

Church Family Feud event set for June 21 is canceled
The Church Feud that was scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2019 has been canceled.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Willie's son Lukas Nelson says turn off the news
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have a piece of advice for their listeners: Turn off the news.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Music: Willie Nelson's latest is relaxed and joyous
Willie Nelson’s latest studio offering, “Ride Me Back Home,” is a relaxed, joyous collection that finds Nelson reflecting, explicitly, on age and its toll — complaining, in fact, about the way time has left his face so lined — but free of any self-pity.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Queen of country pop Shania Twain set to party in Vegas with new residency
Since Shania Twain launched her first residency in Las Vegas seven years ago, Sin City has been invaded with contemporary pop stars, from Lady Gaga to Drake to Christina Aguilera, jumping on the residency trend. Even Cardi B has plans for a short-term Vegas residency this year.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

The ever-shifting Madonna takes a detour into the land of strange with 'X'
These days Madonna is wearing an eyepatch for dubious reasons. But it’s her ears that seem to have failed her.
Thursday, June 20, 2019

New museum exhibit celebrates work of Illinois sculptor
The Illinois State Museum welcomes visitors to the new art exhibition URGENT CARE: Stuck in that Awkward Space between Birth and Death, which will open to the public on June 22.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Highway 615 to perform at Stonington Summerfest
Highway 615 was founded in June 2018 with a vision to bring the country music fans of Central Illinois a show like they don’t often see anymore.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Lincoln Log Cabin historic site seeks volunteers
As the summer season begins, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic site is looking for additional volunteers. With the implementation of the seven day-a-week summer schedule, more volunteers are needed to assist at the historic site's Visitor Center information desk and in the gift shop.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Stonington Summerfest kicks off Friday night with Miss Summerfest contest
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Clarinet soloist featured at Wednesday concert
Miss Cara Rivecco clarinetist, will be the featured soloist at the Taylorville Municipal Band concert Wednesday night at 7:30 at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Franklin impersonator at Dickson Mounds July 4
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, July 4 at 9:30 a.m., tots and their caretakers will celebrate America’s birthday and meet “Ben Franklin,” a man for all ages! Inventor, statesman, and founding father--he seemed to do it all. Listen as “Franklin” reminisces about his political life, writings, and scientific inventions. How has this founding father changed the way we live our lives today?
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Music, ice cream and games at Homestead Prairie Farm Independence Day 1860 event
Enjoy a 4th of July festival as Americans celebrated it in the 1860s. Visit HOMESTEAD PRAIRIE FARM at Rock Springs Conservation Area for Independence Day 1860 on Saturday, June 29 from 1-4 p.m. All activities are free and no registration required.
Monday, June 17, 2019

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

New novel 'Love Actually' meets the horoscopes
A journalist once considered adjusting her newspaper’s horoscope to help an astrology-devoted friend. She didn’t do it, but in her new novel, Minnie Darke imagines what happens when her lovesick protagonist acts on the same impulse she had. The result is an escapist delight.
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Klein, who helped created 'American Bandstand,' dies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create “American Bandstand” and launched the careers of Dick Clark and Bob Saget, has died. He was 91.
Friday, June 14, 2019

Music Review: 'Western Stars' new path for Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen’s new studio release breaks fresh ground for the veteran rocker, who turns his back not only on the blistering sound of the E Street Band but also abandons the haunting acoustic moods pioneered on “Nebraska” and fine-tuned on later solo efforts.
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Upcoming IDNR events celebrate history, nature and art
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) lists upcoming events in the area:
Monday, June 10, 2019

Broadway honors its own: A historic win tops an evening of feel-good moments
When effervescent actress Ali Stroker came onstage to accept her historic trophy as the first actor in a wheelchair to win a Tony, it wasn’t just the feel-good moment of the night. It may have been one of the most joyous Tony moments in years.
Monday, June 10, 2019

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

YOUR NEXT PARTY CENTERPIECE
This salad does not hold back on herbs and spice. Handfuls of your favorite garden herbs, and a shake of the contents of your spice drawer, build welcome layers of flavor and freshness into this bright and festive couscous platter. Israeli couscous (also known as pearl couscous) is made of wheat flour and semolina, which is rolled into tiny "pearl" balls and then toasted. The dried couscous, once purchased, is simmered in a liquid to soften. I like to toast the dried couscous in the pan with a little olive oil first, before adding the liquid to simmer, which essentially means the couscous is doubly toasted. This extra step adds a satisfying nutty flavor and golden color to the sturdy little semolina balls.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Theatre 7 holding open auditions for season opener "Lucky Stiff"
Theatre 7 is hosting two days of open auditions for the hilarious murder mystery musical "Lucky Stiff." Auditions will start at 6:30 p.m. July 23 and 24 at Theatre 7, located at 131 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur.
Saturday, June 8, 2019

Small island of Kauai dotted with spectacular golf courses
Hawaii has some of the most beautiful and memorable golf courses in the world. And the quiet island of Kauai may have the most picturesque courses on the islands  or anywhere else.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Venezuelan ska band leaves crisis-hit country for US tour
Jammed into a small studio, Venezuelan ska band Desorden Publico rehearsed “One Step Beyond” and other tunes ahead of an American tour. Percussionist Oscar Alcaino, 60, wore a porkpie hat, a sartorial signature of ska. The cork-lined walls carried old music posters: Dr. Ring Ding, Ruben Blades, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Joe Strummer 1952-2002.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Review: Danger, beauty, suspense in 'The River's' wilderness
This novel about two Dartmouth College students on a canoe trip gone badly awry is partly an ode to the Northern wilderness, partly a survival how-to, and mostly a thriller  suspenseful and gut-wrenching.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Funky New Orleans singer Dr. John dies
Dr. John, the New Orleans singer and piano player who blended black and white musical styles with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, died Thursday, his family said. He was 77.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Cast of Broadway's 'Ain't Too Proud' is very proud
For Jeremy Pope, the idea of playing one of The Temptations was a daunting proposition. Thankfully, he got some advice and help from an original Temptation.
Friday, June 7, 2019

Piano man Cullum's new album ambitious
Eight albums into his career, Jamie Cullum still deploys the vast musical repertoire of a cruise ship pianist, which he once was. Name a song; he’ll play it. Eager to please and hard to stump, Cullum willingly tackles any genre.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Elton John's songwriter has new art exhibit
Bernie Taupin is known for his longtime musical work with Elton John, but the British songwriter’s visual artistry is stepping into the spotlight through an art exhibit.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Film: Emma Thompson kills it in 'Late Night'
Watching “Late Night,” an enjoyably zippy if scattershot comedy about a veteran late-night host and her fresh-faced new writing hire, a persistent thought runs through your head: How have we been abiding without a steady supply of leading roles like this for Emma Thompson, and why haven’t we by now elected her ruler of all living things?
Thursday, June 6, 2019

'Chasing the Moon' looks at history of rocketry
“Chasing the Moon: The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America into the Space Age” (Ballantine Books), by Robert Stone and Alan Andres
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Vandalia Grande Levee at the Vandalia Statehouse on June 14-15
The Vandalia Grande Levee, a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors, will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15 at the Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site, located at 315 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. The family event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Blast from the past comedies, Fawcett bio win in TV ratings
Blasts from the past proved irresistible to viewers, who flocked to live versions of a pair of classic sitcoms and a special about a 20th-century TV beauty.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

'Godzilla' brings Millie Bobby Brown to a new monster fight
Millie Bobby Brown may use brute force against demon monsters in “Stranger Things,” but the teenage actress relies more on intelligence to outsmart the 500-foot-tall behemoths in the new Godzilla film.
Thursday, May 30, 2019

Civil War general from Illinois creator of Memorial Day
Civil War General John A. Logan is credited with creating what we know today as Memorial Day, according to the executive director of the museum in Murphysboro, Illinois, that is dedicated to him.
Monday, May 27, 2019

"Bee Bath" craft for adults at Rock Springs
Bees need a cool drink of water, too!  Adults are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center to create their own garden Bee Bath on Sunday, May 26 at 2pm. Learn how to attract bee and butterfly pollinators to your garden, by creating a shallow “bee bath” for them to access water. All supplies will be provided. Free. Must pre-register online by noon on May 24 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Blue Apron latest to suffer in tough meal kit market
Meal kit companies face an ultimatum: Adapt or die.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

WHAT GROWS TOGETHER GOES TOGETHER
There's no better way to enjoy ripe fruit than in a good old-fashioned crisp. In the summer, stone fruit and berries reign supreme, while in the fall, apples and pears take over. This crisp was inspired by late spring's fresh rhubarb and boysenberries. I spied them at my weekend farmers market. A little rickety garden table in the far corner of the maze of stalls was lined with blotchy pint-sized cartons, stained blue and violet, from the juices of wild raspberries, blueberries and (best of all) boysenberries.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Exhibits about Ali, nature, motorcycles opening at Graceland
A massive new exhibition and entertainment hall is set to open at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Tennessee with three museum-style exhibits, including one focused on the late boxing great Muhammad Ali
Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Overwatch League commissioner leaving to work on Fortnite
Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer is leaving the competitive video game circuit to oversee esports competition for Fortnite publisher Epic Games.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Young friends make a bad decision in Gudenkauf novel
Twelve-year-old Cora Landry starts junior high, and she lacks friends and social skills to succeed in the environment of cliques and budding puberty.
Saturday, May 25, 2019

Egerton glitters in glossy 'Rocketman'
Whatever you say about Dexter Fletcher’s glossy, glittering Elton John blinged-out biopic “Rocketman ,” a shiny sequin of a movie, it doesn’t lack for sparkle. Like its flamboyant subject, it’s a movie outfitted to the nines in dazzle and verve, even if it’s gotten all dressed up with nowhere to go but the most conventional places.
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Stray Cats in fine form in 1st album after 26 years

After 26 years, the Stray Cats are back with a new album. And the seasoned felines are in mostly fine form.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Mavis Staples, Ben Harper combine for great music
Time has certainly not dampened the urgency in Mavis Staples’ voice. Now 80, the Grammy-winning legend and social activist has one clear enemy on her new album: the status quo. She sings the word “change” some 20 times.
Thursday, May 23, 2019












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