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home : news : arts & entertainment February 17, 2019

53rd Annual Shelby County Art Show April 13 - 14
The 2019 Shelby County Art Show information is available for artists to plan their entries.
Saturday, February 16, 2019


Review: Gervais crafts intelligent and thoughtful thriller
Pierce Hunt has returned from a six-month forced leave after a reporter is injured during a bust even though it's not Hunt's fault.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Outtakes: Regina King on white lies, directing and '227'
Regina King — who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” — discusses sitting in the director’s chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here .
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Central Minnesotans' tattoo art to be collected at museum
Grace Duxbury keeps an art collection on her at all time
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Great gadgets for travel enthusiasts
Travel enthusiasts know that venturing off to parts unknown can be unpredictable. As a result, travelers can never be too prepared. Some gadgets can help the world's wanderers overcome unforeseen obstacles while overseas, while others can simply add to the enjoyment of visiting a faraway land for the first time.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

YOU SAY RISOTTO, WE SAY FARROTTO
Surely, you've heard of risotto.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Beverage group cheers ruling on soda ad warnings
The Latest on a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda .
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fact vs. Fiction: Lincoln and Kennedy
Do you know about all the “eerie parallels” between Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy? Elected 100 years apart, concerned with civil rights, replaced by men named Johnson. The list goes on. But which ones are significant and which ones are routine coincidence or outright lies?
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rolling in the deep: HBO documentary film looks at roller skate culture
First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

'High Flying Bird' exhilarating fast break
Straight, “no chaser” is how NBA agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) likes his news in “High Flying Bird,” and the same could be said for the cinematic preferences of director Steven Soderbergh, whose stripped-down latest is a fleet-footed fast break of a movie.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

King the wire fox terrier take Westminster's best
Wire fox terriers are still King at Westminster.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

John Phillip Sousa returns to Peoria
The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert in Dingeldine Music Center on the Bradley campus Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United States.
Monday, February 11, 2019

'Broken Ground' gives insight to Scotland's role in war
(AP) —The past is always in the present for Edinburgh Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, making her fifth appearance in Val McDermid’s expertly plotted “Broken Ground.” As head of the Historic Cases Unit — that would be cold cases in the United States — Karen is used to investigations that aren’t just old but also give a glimpse of life in the past.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Suicide survivor featured speaker at Focus on the Future event
Best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines will be the featured guest speaker at the Macon County Mental Health Board’s Focus on the Future event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at the Mt. Zion Convention Center. The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. To register, log on www.mcmhb.com/focus-on-the-future-2019/.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

'Flower Drum Song' author C. Y. Lee dead at 102
C.Y. Lee, whose novel “The Flower Drum Song” became a best seller and the basis for a popular stage musical and Oscar-nominated film despite mixed critical reactions and concerns about stereotypes, has died at age 102.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Film: Farhadi channels Agatha Christie in thriller set in Spanish village
There are few more seductive things to watch onscreen than a big, wine-soaked, multi-generational family wedding like the one that happens early in “Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi’s new thriller set in a picturesque Spanish village. 
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Keith Urban to play at NHL Stadium Series outdoor game in Philadelphia
The NHL took the Stanley Cup to Keith Urban’s studio last year, and now the country music star will be taking his talents outside to play a league event.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Super Bowl ads that got the greatest buzz
This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers.
Monday, February 4, 2019

New York museum exhibit marks Jackie Robinson centennial
As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's birth approached, Sharon Robinson was sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tame the rooster: embrace the cold weather with coq au vin
The origins of coq au vin (cock in wine) is steeped in frugality and addressed how to cook a tough rooster by tenderizing the meat with a long braise. The resulting stew was deliciously rich in wine and aromatics, so it's easy to see why this French specialty has transcended time.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

New Illinois State Museum exhibit to highlight immigrants to Illinois
Estanislao Goff came to Illinois from Mexico in 1918 to escape death at the hands of Pancho Villa’s guerillas.  Pierre Menard came in 1791 to capitalize on the fur trade. Winifred Barringer came from England in 1946 as a war bride. Bettye Kelley came from Mississippi in 1963 to escape the racism of the Jim Crow South. All left behind familiar faces and places for the opportunity to build a better life in Illinois.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 US History Teacher Seminar explores how Abraham Lincoln's words transformed a nation
This summer, educators will spend a week in Springfield, Illinois exploring Lincoln’s life and writings in a Teacher Seminar created by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar called “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation.”
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Maple Syrup Programs at Rock Springs, Feb 16
Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, February 16.  Programs will be held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Super Saturday at Illinois State Museum tomorrow
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield invites families to two upcoming special events featuring February holidays and African American history.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Film: 'Arctic' is a solid, and solitary, survival tale
The premise for "Arctic " is so simple it's almost silly to describe: Stranded man tries to survive. It's also been done more than a few times in movies, so it's understandable if hearing that invokes a yawn. And yet with barely any dialogue, traditional storytelling methods or even a cute pet or inanimate object to help, director Joe Penna and star Mads Mikkelsen have made a riveting and precisely plotted film worthy of other greats in the genre.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winslow writes a novel about the war on drugs
Don Winslow’s epic trilogy about America’s longest war, which he launched with “The Power of the Dog” in 2005 and continued with “The Cartel” in 2015, comes to a powerful and troubling conclusion in his new novel, “The Border.”
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Leyla McCalla sets aside her trademark cello for banjo and guitar
Look, Ma, no cello!
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Loyal friend keeps word to Earnest Hemingway
When the 1958 film adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea” hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jackson stage musical to premiere in Chicago
A stage musical about Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago later this year before heading to Broadway in 2020.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Music: Joe Jackson's 20th album dynamic, energetic
Joe Jackson and his band went straight from the stage to the studio to record “Fool,” and his 20th studio album displays plenty of the dynamics and energy usually found in live performances.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

A goofy, sweet and modern spin on Arthurian legend
The Arthurian legend gets a modern and more youthful spin in "The Kid Who Would Be King ," a surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, a crazy-haired Patrick Stewart (as "old" Merlin) and a few genuinely good gags, and it really couldn't have come at a better time.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cartoon library gets five decades of Marmaduke
A Great Dane known for making mischief has a permanent home in Columbus.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vandalia Statehouse to celebrate Lincoln's birthday
The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris
U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

'Roma,' 'The Favourite' lead Oscar nominations
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” led all films with 10 nominations each to the 91st Academy Awards, while Netflix and Marvel each scored their first best picture nomination.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pastor predicted score in Patriot's AFC win
A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night’s AFC championship game isn’t claiming divine intervention. But he’s confident the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl as well.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Millsap returns to iconic studio for a duets album
Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, “Ronnie Milsap: The Duets,” to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Monday, January 21, 2019

A peek at how Disney resort shows are made
With excitement building over a new “Star Wars” land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it’s easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the biggest year for the Florida theme park resort in two decades.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book review: 'Freefall' is entertaining, suspenseful

“Freefall” begins as an action-packed/heart-stopping thriller as it logically and smoothly leads into the self-examination of two women estranged from each other but still united by love. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album
Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, “Ronnie Milsap: The Duets,” to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

A lighter, fresher alternative to mashed potatoes
Sometimes, a fluffy, creamy side dish is called for, and potatoes just won't do the trick (shocker). It may simply be that potatoes are not the perfect match to the accompaniment, or the cuisine may not traditionally include potatoes, or (no judgment) you binged on a bowl of spuds last night and want to take a breather.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Impossible Foods Accelerates Launch of Impossible Burger 2.0
-In response to overwhelming demand from critics and restaurateurs, Impossible Foods is accelerating the rollout of Impossible Burger 2.0 to about 200 restaurants nationwide this week and to thousands more over the upcoming weeks.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum honors the life of John F. Kennedy through photographs
An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Illinois State Museum earns award of distinction
The Illinois Association of Museums has recognized the Illinois State Museum as the Leader Institution of the Year (2018), one of the association's "Awards of Distinction" that recognize excellence in the museum field, the highest honor given by the IAM.
Friday, January 18, 2019

King's most famous speech on display in Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 21, by presenting his most famous speech and welcoming community groups that work to better the lives of others.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Millikin chorale winter tour finales concert Sunday
The Millikin University Collegiate Chorale will present the final concert of its 2019 Winter Tour on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Central Christian Church, located at 650 W. William St. in Decatur, Ill., beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Morris starts 2nd album with 'GIRL'
Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of “GIRL,” she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Film review: Documentary 'They Shall Not Grow Old' an immersive marvel
Director Peter Jackson is upfront about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.“ This is a film made by a non-historian for an audience of non-historians, he says. There are no dates, names or locations. Neither are there any talking heads or historians or politics. It’s just images and the voices of those who were there, telling their own stories.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Maren's debut 'Sugar Run' is heartfelt
Flawed people and a forceful look at an area ravaged by an economic downturn and a rising opioid epidemic meld in the character-driven "Sugar Run," Mesha Maren's novel debut.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spielberg casts 17-yr. old unknown to play Maria in 'West Side Story'
Steven Spielberg has cast an unknown 17-year-old from New Jersey to play Maria in his remake of “West Side Story.”
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

CBS' Mo Rocca to begins series on 'Mobituaries'
CBS News “Sunday Morning” correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca has his own spin on obituaries.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Broadway legend Carol Channing dead at 97
Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features "Tranquility of Nature" Jan. 14-31
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the Chinese brush painting exhibit “Tranquility of Nature” by Su Ge Jan. 14-31. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fireflies light up the lunch hour on Jan. 16
Bring your lunch to the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center for a dose of summer during the heart of winter on Wed., Jan. 16. During the ISM Brown Bag program from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., ISM adjunct researcher Dr. Tracy Evans will present recent research on fireflies.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

'The First Conspiracy' unspools plot on Washington in 1776
“The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington” (Flatiron Books), by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: 'The Upside' is a cliche-ridden, exploitative mess
It's said that January is one of the prime months that Hollywood chooses to dump its most embarrassing films and "The Upside" doesn't exactly disprove that notion.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Spacey enters not guilty plea in groping
Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court Monday on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Val Mcdermind's gripping novel 'Broken Ground' gives readers new insight to Scotland's role in war
The past is always in the present for Edinburgh Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, making her fifth appearance in Val McDermid’s expertly plotted “Broken Ground.” As head of the Historic Cases Unit — that would be cold cases in the United States — Karen is used to investigations that aren’t just old but also give a glimpse of life in the past.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans
Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Did you know....
Drivers who travel between the United States and Canada or plan on renting a car for an international business trip or vacation should understand that driving rules vary from country to country.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Breakfast for dinner, Tunisian-style
"Shakshuka" is a traditional Tunisian breakfast composed of simmered tomatoes, peppers, aromatics and poached eggs. It's meant to be spicy, which is a nifty DIY method for keeping cool in the Saharan heat. (The more you sweat, the more you cool off.) As for us, it's a warm meal that screams comfort food, perfect in the dead of winter.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Snacks on wheels: PepsiCo tests self-driving robot delivery
Forget vending machines, PepsiCo is testing a way to bring snacks directly to college students.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Illinois State Museum launches new "Museum After Hours" series
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will launch a new evening event series on Friday, January 25 featuring live music, food and fun, with the January theme of “Bye, Bye Bicentennial” in celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial & Beyond:  The Illinois Legacy Collection exhibition, which will close on February 3.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians' snag PGA nominations
The producers behind hits “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Opera based on Sarah Kane's last play gets US premiere
Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Millikin University Choir to embark on Winter Tour
The 43-voice nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will embark on a 16-day tour this January with stops in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. The 2019 Winter Tour will begin with a performance on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, located at 501 S. Fourth St. in Springfield, Ill. The tour will conclude with a finale concert on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Netflix criticized for yanking comedian's episode in Saudi
Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year's Eve television viewership takes a dip
Television ratings for New Year’s Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Conservation district hosting eagle viewing trips January and February
The Macon County Conservation District invites area residents to enjoy one of four Eagle Viewing Trips in January and February. All four trips are open to all ages.  Each trip departs from and returns to Rock Springs Nature Center. A fee of $25/person covers all transportation.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Box office breaks records in 2018
Broadway producers had plenty of reasons to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many shows recording their most profitable weeks despite some eye-popping ticket prices.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Daryl Dragon, Captain of Captain & Tennille, dead at 76
Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of Captain & Tennille who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love,” died Wednesday. He was 76.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Netflix's 'Bird Box' success gets Hollywood clucking
Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Syrian TV-chef opens restaurant in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Tucked away in a former fast-food kiosk in the German capital lies a new restaurant whose owner hopes will provide a taste of home for the thousands of new arrivals who have fled Syria's brutal civil war.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Fondue: It's more than a '70's style party
It perplexes me when the subject of cheese fondue comes up, and it's often accompanied by a smile and a reference to the '70s. This quintessential alpine dish should not be relegated to that bygone era evoking images of shag rugs, shaggier hair and textured bell-bottoms.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

'Aquaman' outswims'Poppins,' 'Bumblebee' with $67.4M debut
NEW YORK (AP)‚ - In a flood of new releases, "Aquaman" easily swam past "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Bumblebee" to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Explore Dinosaurs and Dragons at Rock Springs
Why have dragons existed in our imaginations for centuries? Compare fact from fiction as we discuss the difference between mythical dragons and prehistoric dinosaurs during Dinos Vs. Dragons at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, December 27 at 2pm. For all ages. Free. Must pre-register online by noon on December 26 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, December 24, 2018

'Aquaman' outswims 'Poppins,' 'Bumblebee' with $67.4M debut
In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Bakers upset with missing tips on Hershey's Kisses candy
Bakers are complaining that something is amiss with Hershey’s Kisses.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Paint the Walls at Dickson Mounds kicks off 2019 Tot Time Series
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be ‘Paint the Walls.’  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy learning about ancient symbols and drawing the images on the walls. Tots may have fun making their own symbols and art on the walls, too. 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

List of top holiday songs and movies listed in AP-NORC poll
A list of the top holiday songs and films or television that were listed as favorites in an open-ended question poll of 1,067 U.S. adults conducted by AP-NORC earlier this month. Works that were mentioned by at least two percent of respondents are included:
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Book reflects on Rock Hudson's closeted love life
Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the movies solely on their looks. He remained on the screen for decades because of a likability that can’t be learned or manufactured.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen to become dad
It was “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen instead of one of his reality show guests who dished up a surprise for his audience.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Hold up, fans, Beyonce did not release new music
There’s no more juice in Beyonce’s lemonade jar: The singer did not release new music though two albums featuring old Beyonce songs hit streaming services Thursday.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

3 tips to plan your dream vacation
If asked to come up with an idea for their dream vacations, many people may not hesitate to name a destination. The Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China and St. Peter's Basilica are just a few of the many attractions people have on their bucket lists.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Redolent And Flavorful
This light and moist cake will carry you through the holidays and, for that matter, any day. Redolent with orange and cardamom and spiked with Grand Marnier, it's delicious for brunch or afternoon tea and spiffy enough for dessert. Almond flour adds a slight nuttiness and wholesome crumb to the cake. Do not skimp on the orange zest, as it adds a zing of citrus flavor and fragrance. The sea salt is optional in the glaze, but if you lean that way, really go for it.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

AP-NORC Poll: Christmas carols favored over Billboard hits
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years, but Americans still prefer hearing carols such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” a new poll shows.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Judge declines to throw out Weinstein criminal case
A New York judge declined to dismiss sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein today, rejecting the latest push from the disgraced film producer’s lawyers to have his indictment thrown out.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Film review: In 'Cold War,' a love is exiled by communism
It took “Aquaman” two and a half hours just to put a fancy trident in its hero’s hands. Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest, “Cold War,” follows a doomed romance over 15 years and across much of mid-century Europe in a mere 88 minutes. And you’re telling me the guy who can swim fast is the superhero?
Thursday, December 20, 2018

'Vice' is frenetic and fun; Bale's something to behold
Blink and you’ll miss the split-second shot of a younger Donald Trump in “Vice,” Adam McKay’s exhaustingly entertaining (and entertainingly exhausting) Dick Cheney movie.
Thursday, December 20, 2018

'Laverne' role gave Marshall springboard to career
Penny Marshall was typically self-effacing whenever her brother, the late filmmaker Garry Marshall, proudly boasted that his sister was the first female director to direct a $100 million box-office hit.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, November 23, 2018

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

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

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

Vandalia Statehouse hosting Candlelight Tours Sat., Dec. 8
The oldest surviving capitol building in Illinois is putting on its best holiday duds and throwing its doors open to the public the evening of Saturday, December 8 for candlelight tours as part of the annual Vandalia Statehouse Christmas Open House. The first 100 families to visit will receive free Christmas ornaments.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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

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

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

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

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














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