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home : news : arts & entertainment November 20, 2018

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Saturday, November 17, 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

'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

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

'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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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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

'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

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

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

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

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Saturday, September 29, 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

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

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

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

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

Willie Nelson swings, croons Sinatra on 'My Way'
Willie Nelson is country music personified, but he’s no red-headed stranger to the Great American Songbook, either. On “My Way,” the prolific Texan swings and croons through 11 songs associated with Frank Sinatra, with whom he formed an unlikely and undeniable mutual admiration society.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Packed fall TV brings Julia Roberts and life after 'Roseanne' among others
There’s so much television to watch or pretend to watch — have you really followed all of wrenching “The Handmaid’s Tale” or even heartwarming “This Is Us”? — the guru who coined the term “peak TV” is upping the ante.
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Bicentennial series to focus on Illinois in art and literature
The special Illinois Bicentennial Speaker Series – “The Culture and Heritage of Illinoisans” – continues on Sunday afternoon, September 16 and will wrap up on October 21.  The series is presented by the Academy of Lifelong Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield in collaboration with the Illinois State Museum. The Illinois State Museum is located at 502 S. Spring St. in downtown Springfield. The programs are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Elton John's farewell tour has flair
After 90 minutes of nonstop singing and piano playing — which had the audience on their feet and desperately waiting for more — Elton John returned to the stage dramatically, and epically.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Rockaholic To Perform Saturday Night
Rockaholic is a high energy, technically proficient rock and roll band playing hits from the 70's to today. Their set lists include songs such as Simple Man, Living on a Prayer, Enter Sandman, Magic Man, Crush Crush Crush and many more.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

3 days of food, fun and fellowship kicks off this Friday at St. Mary's Fall Fiesta
Food under the tent Saturday and Sunday from 5-10 p.m. includes: pork chop and bbq sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, lemon shakeups, caramel apples and soda. There will also be a kids tent, face painting, Pepsi toss, snack tent, holiday booth, 50/50 gift baskets, soda and beer wagon.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Dickson Mounds Archaeology Program for Kids on Sept. 15
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00-3:00 p.m., the Kid’s Day program will be ‘Archaeology’ in celebration of Archaeology Awareness Month. Participants may enjoy learning about how archaeologists study the ancient past through the techniques and tools commonly used at an excavation. Learn about how these scientists “read” the artifacts they find and how these items are sorted, catalogued, stored, and used to tell stories of the past.
Monday, September 10, 2018

What is gluten?
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Iron & Wine retains intimacy on 6-song 'Weed Garden'
For fans of Iron & Wine, it's Christmas in August. "Weed Garden" is a six-track EP including songs written by Sam Beam mostly while working toward his last full album, "Beast Epic," and they sound very much like it.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Johnson's 'Darwin Variant' is engaging
When scientists calculate that a comet will impact Earth, chaos reigns, but the worst is yet to come in Kenneth Johnson’s sci-fi thriller, “The Darwin Variant.”
Thursday, September 6, 2018

A so-so haunted house drama in 'The Little Stranger'
A decaying and haunted manor in the post-World War II English countryside, a grieving family on the verge of madness and class divisions make "The Little Stranger " a darkly intriguing specimen. But the Lenny Abrahamson-directed adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel is all moody teases with no payoff, never quite congealing into a coherent whole.
Thursday, September 6, 2018

History, Hollywood and voodoo all in a New Orleans cemetery
If you've heard about New Orleans' famous cemeteries with their above-ground tombs, chances are you've heard about the gravesite of the so-called voodoo queen.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

"You Were Made for This" by Michelle Sacks delves into the subject of marriage and parenting
Appearances sometimes are not just deceiving but can hide fissures so deep and fractured that tragedy can seem a surprise when it occurs. Michelle Sacks richly explores marriage and parenting — and the illusions that some couples present to the world — in her riveting debut, “You Were Made for This.”
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fire up your fruit for a simple summer dessert
This apricot dessert is simple, fresh and seasonal -- a golden rule of cooking, which is easy to follow when summer produce is at its peak. It requires only a few ingredients that allow the sweet, ripe apricots to shine.
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Wall Street Journal best-sellers list
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Aretha Franklin's funeral to fuse spirit with star power
Organizers of Aretha Franklin’s funeral insist it will be a service, not a show. Yet the Queen of Soul’s final send-off on Friday certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.
Friday, August 31, 2018

John Krasinski tackles terror, career shift in 'Jack Ryan'
John Krasinski comes across in conversation as a disarming match to his screen image, the sort of easy-going, decent guy he played on TV's "The Office" and in the romantic comedy "Away We Go."
Thursday, August 30, 2018

'The Anomaly' slowly simmers as groundwork is set up
Rumors have swirled that early in the 20th century an explorer on the Colorado River discovered a cavern high up in the rocks of the Grand Canyon. The stories of what he found are fantastic and hard to believe, which is perfect for Nolan Moore, an archaeologist who hosts a conspiracy theory show that explores historical mysteries without actually solving anything. With his team of cameramen and experts for the region, Nolan decides to see if they can find this strange cave and prove the wild claims from that earlier time.
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Brian Pankey to perform
Brian Pankey is a full time performer that hails from Springfield, Illinois. He has appeared on Season 9 of America’s Got Talent, Season 2 of the Gong Show with Mike Myers, the Ellen DeGeneres show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, MTV and Comedy Central.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Edinburg announces theme for 2018 Labor Day celebration
“At the Drive-In!” is the theme for the 2018 Edinburg Labor Day Grand Parade and Labor Day Celebration.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Edinburg Labor Day Picnic Event Schedule August 31-September 3
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Christian County Historical Society Prairie Days events
Prairie Days at the Christian County Historical Society & Museum will be September 8 and 9 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Enjoy period demonstrators, blacksmithing, vendor fair, tours of the historical buildings, butter churning, candle dipping and more. There will be a Vendor Fair both days (LuLaRoe, Paparazzi Jewelry, crafts, wood crafts, candles etc). Awesome demonstrators will be present to share their old time talents and crafts with guests, including blacksmithing, quilting, lace making and whittling. Many will have their hand crafted items for sale.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Guest Speaker on How Illinois Became a State at Rock Springs
Join guest speaker Dr. John Reda for his presentation, “Becoming the Land of Lincoln: From Colony to Territory to State,” on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center. 
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2017 Pana Tri-County Fair Queens
Monday, August 27, 2018

70th Annual Pana Tri-County Fair schedule of events August 29-September 3, 2018
Monday, August 27, 2018

Horse racing
Monday, August 27, 2018

Guest Speaker on How Illinois Became a State
Join guest speaker Dr. John Reda for his presentation, “Becoming the Land of Lincoln: From Colony to Territory to State,” on Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. in Rock Springs Nature Center. 
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Macon County History Museum to present "Lincoln's 8th Judicial Circuit"
The Macon County History Museum will host Lincoln’s 8th Judicial Circuit on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Review: Faustina Masigat shows she's a singular voice
Faustina Masigat leans in on her debut album. The Oregon songwriter's breathy alto sometimes drops to a near whisper, and she's so close to the microphone that P's pop; T's too. Forte is not her forte.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

'Papillon' remake is handsome but slow prison drama
Danish director Michael Noer's "Papillon " remake, adapted from both Henri Charriere's autobiography and the 1973 Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman film, is a sumptuous-looking but slow-moving prison drama that at times will have you dreaming about an escape of your own.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on 'Time Flies'
Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace.
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show
The annual Pana Labor Day Parade Horse Show will he held just prior to the parade, Sept. 3, 2018, approximately 9:30 a.m., at the Wallace Bros. Stable (former stockyards) at the intersection of Poplar Street and Cold Springs Road (1 block west of Parkway Apartments and Kitchell Park, or 1 block west of U.S. 51 South).
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hummingbird Festival at Rock Springs, August 28
Meet hummingbirds up close at the Macon County Conservation District’s Hummingbird Festival on Tuesday, August 28 from 4-7pm 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 22, 2018












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