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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

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
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

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
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

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

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

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

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
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

Summer camping trip with the kids: The right gear can make it much easier
For some parents, it can be plenty challenging just to take young children on a trip to the mall. Then there are those who take their tiny hikers into the wilderness.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ramsey Lake State Park offers great outdoor fun at a location close to home
For those looking for family friendly outdoors adventures or just a beautiful place to dream away the summer hours, Ramsey Lake State Park has something for everyone. Located a little less than an hour’s drive from Taylorville in Fayette County, the state park is 1,980 acres of pure outdoor fun and beauty waiting for any willing adventurers to explore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Rick Atkinson digs deep into Revolutionary War
As he researched the first volume of his planned American Revolution trilogy, Rick Atkinson traveled from the battlefields of Massachusetts to London’s Windsor Castle, where he looked through the papers of King George III.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Real spies, not James Bond, at new spy museum
James Bond’s shiny silver sports car — with its JB007 rotating license plate — is the first thing visitors see when they step into the new and improved International Spy Museum that opened last Sunday in Washington. After that, it’s as if the history of Hollywood’s famous private eye vanishes in invisible ink, while the stories of real-life spies and modern-day espionage take center stage.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

When Homemade Is Better
When I was young, one of my favorite side dishes was rice pilaf. It came in a slim box with a portion of rice and a sachet of spices, dehydrated chicken stock -- and goodness knows what else -- all set to prepare with water on the stovetop. The results were salty, addictive and aromatically flavored. My brothers and I would fight over who got to finish the bowl on the dinner table; one box was never enough.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer concert series at Rock Springs starts June 2
The Macon County Conservation District will again host a free, outdoor summer concert series at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Enjoy lazy summer evenings with live acoustic music in the great outdoors on select Sundays in June, July, and August from 7-8pm.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, May 18, 2019

New exhibit at library celebrates train history
A new exhibit celebrating train history and the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad opened last week at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum with hours of free family activities.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Dickson Mounds offers special kids programming
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, June 6 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Fish” presented by staff from the Illinois River Biological Station. They will show a variety of live fish from the Illinois River. Participants may also enjoy viewing the station's fish population survey boat and learning about some of station’s latest research. In addition, there will be fun crafts for participating children to take home.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Barnes & Noble kicks off summer reading with the hotest books and events
The world's largest retail bookseller, is kicking off summer reading with the hottest books, special offers, and nationwide events all summer long. The Company also announced its annual Summer Reading Program, giving kids in grades one through six a chance to earn a free book by reading 8 books and completing a reading journal. With its unique offerings and expert booksellers, Barnes & Noble is the destination for summer reading for all ages both in store and online at BN.com/summerreading, as well as on social media by using hashtag, #BookYourSummer.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Summer STEM Camp in Rochester for area students
Students will have an opportunity for a fun learning experience of exploring, creating, and building this summer at STEM Camp. They will work together on science, technology, engineering, and math challenges.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

See the Smoky Mountains via Pink Jeep Tours
You may have walked, hiked and biked in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and now you have a chance to see it while riding in a decked-out pink Jeep Wrangler.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pine Bluff an unlikely hotbed for museums
The sky's the limit this spring at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas. Actually, the entire universe is the limit in a family-focused exhibition at this hybrid Pine Bluff museum.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Save money on an RV road trip: Make smart fuel choices and camp for free
Heading out on a road trip in a recreational vehicle allows travelers a unique opportunity to explore the nation while enjoying some comforts, too.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lake Shelbyville offers fun in the water, on the water and all along the shore
For those who enjoy summer fun on the water, look no farther to the east than Lake Shelbyville. This 11,100 acre reservoir is situated in both Shelby and Moultrie counties and offers a wide range of activities, whether you enjoy being in the water, on the water or along the shore.
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Night hike at Friends Creek
Explore Friends Creek Conservation Area after dark during a night hike on Saturday, May 25 from 8-10PM. Discover how your eyes, ears, and nose work at night, as you find your way through the woods on this naturalist-led hike. Wear sturdy shoes. $2/person. Must pre-register online by noon on May 24 at Macon CountyConservation .org.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Music: Big Thief's 'U.F.O.F.' hauntingly beautiful
Since the band’s debut album in 2016, Big Thief has continued to pull audiences in, captured by the voice of lead singer Adrianne Lenker and the compelling, poetic lyrics the band pairs with her distinctive, delicate tone. Her voice often comes across as angelic, but on “U.F.O.F.,” the band’s third album, her voice takes a turn. Coupled with cryptic lyrics and entrancing musical composition, her voice is haunting, as it floats through the album’s 12 tracks.
Friday, May 17, 2019

The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after judge nixes cancellation effort
The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a court rebuffed an ex-investor’s effort to cancel the anniversary extravaganza — but organizers will have to do without some $18 million, at least for now.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Who's ready for a new Archie Bunker, live on TV?
Archie Bunker is coming back to prime-time network TV and he might look a little different to viewers — even if what he says is exactly the same.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Smashing debut for Swinton's daughter in 'Souvenir'
It was only weeks before production was starting on “The Souvenir,” the story goes, and British director Joanna Hogg and her friend, actress Tilda Swinton, still didn’t have a lead actress.
Thursday, May 16, 2019

McCullough's new book on pioneers criticized
David McCullough is one of the country’s most beloved historians, known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams, acclaimed works on the Brooklyn Bridge and Panama Canal, and for narrating such famous documentaries as Ken Burns’ “The Civil War.”
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Explore history at new museum at Statue of Liberty
A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New Salem celebrating centennial of acquisition
New Salem State Historic Site will host a public open house event Saturday, May 18, to celebrate the centennial of the state's acquisition of New Salem, Abraham Lincoln's home from 1831-1837.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea at Flourishes in Shelbyville
Artist's Tea at Flourishes May 28 at 3 pm. Reservations needed by Thursday, the 23rd by email, phone or text to 217-827-5690.
Monday, May 13, 2019

Doris Day, icon of wholesome innocence in '60s film, has died
Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ‘60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
Monday, May 13, 2019

This cruise line rivals Broadway with 134 shows, 50 theaters
In a non-descript building in North Miami, a dozen different rehearsals are going on simultaneously for Royal Caribbean, which puts on more performances a year than New York’s Broadway and London’s West End combined
Saturday, May 11, 2019

Years in the making, film about jazz pioneer to open
More than two decades after the seed was planted in Dan Pritzker’s mind to make a movie about jazz cornetist Charles “Buddy” Bolden, the world is finally getting to see the story he’s been trying to tell.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

'A Life in Movies: Stories from 50 Years in Hollywood'
Oscar-winning movie producer Irwin Winkler recalls the time he brought a promising script to United Artists. They hated virtually everything about it.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Orchestra searching for child who 'wowed' crowd
America’s oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert.
Thursday, May 9, 2019

'Big Boy' steam locomotive makes post-restoration debut
It’s longer than two city buses, weighs more than a Boeing 747 fully loaded with passengers and can pull 16 Statues of Liberty over a mountain.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Learn about and look for mushrooms at Rock Springs Saturday
Discover the fascinating world of fungus with Dr. Andrew Miller at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, May 11, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Dr. Miller is a mycologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Monday, May 6, 2019

Summer starts in May at the movies: Here's a guide of what's playing
Summer starts in May at the movies and The Associated Press has you covered with a month-by-month guide of what’s playing at the theaters, and on Netflix, from the biggest blockbusters to the smallest indie
Thursday, May 2, 2019

'Hadestown' leads Tony nominations followed by 'Ain't Too Proud'
“Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” built around songs by the Temptations, which received a dozen nominations.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Millikin to host Midwest Music Expo Friday, May 3 and Saturday 4
Those interested in making music, art or gaining insight into creative entrepreneurship are invited to attend the Midwest Music Expo hosted at Millikin University May 3-4, 2019. The Midwest Music Expo, presented by First Step Records, a Millikin student-run company, is a hub for the exchange of ideas, connections and opportunities for singers, musicians, producers, DJs, managers, podcasters, bloggers, designers and artists.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Did you know?
Pizza continues to remain a popular comfort food and go-to staple for quick, family-friendly meals. Statistics Brain reports that 93 percent of Americans eat at least one piece of pizza per month.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Making hotel stays more memorable through scent experience
While global in scale, Andaz hotels and resorts weave the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and textures of the surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each destination. Today, the brand announced a new collaboration with The Society of Scent, an olfactory collective which includes a proprietary fragrance creation laboratory led by Jean Claude Delville. Delville, who first began studying perfumery at age 17, has developed fragrances with several major designers including Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Joe Malone and Vera Wang. Through this collaboration, the sense of scent will be brought to life at all Andaz properties worldwide in highly immersive and unexpected ways.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

HAVE YOU MASSAGED YOUR KALE LATELY?
Whether you use your oven or the grill, this healthy one-dish meal is bright and satisfying. I use my go-to marinade for the salmon. With a balance of bright citrus, sweet chili heat and piquant mustard, it hits all of the flavor categories, and provides a welcome bite to cut through the buttery richness of the fish.
Saturday, April 27, 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, April 27, 2019

National Comedy Center to digitize Lucille Ball archives
Handwritten notes and family photographs belonging to Lucille Ball will be digitally preserved as part of a new project being undertaken by the National Comedy Center in the late actress’s hometown.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wall Street Journal's Best-Sellers
Saturday, April 27, 2019

'Hamilton' exhibit opens in Chicago
An exhibition that producers are touting as a 360-degree immersive experience to accompany “Hamilton” the musical is set to debut in Chicago.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Auditions for Mary Poppins this Tues.-Wed. at Blackburn
The Summer Repertory Theatre at Carlinville is pleased to announce open auditions for the summer production of Mary Poppins.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Puppet program for toddlers at Dickson Mounds
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Puppets & Play-The Birds Fly Back with Mrs. Goose” presented by puppeteer, storyteller, and educator Marilyn Price. This interactive program will be filled with song and finger play and stories with Mrs. Goose and her puppet master. The goose will lead the audience in song and participate in two of her favorite stories including "The Little Red Goose" and "King Bounce the First." Tots and their caretakers will enjoy crafts, too..
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Books: Jon Land's fans are in for another wild ride
Jon Land’s insubordinate, trigger-happy Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back again in another action-packed thriller in “Strong as Steel.”
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Sting on Las Vegas residency, new album
Sin City? More like Sting City.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

In 'Red Joan', Judi Dench gets spy role far from 007
Judi Dench is back in the world of espionage — but her latest role is a far cry from James Bond’s unflappable spy chief, M.
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Festival of Spring and river clean up day this Saturday
Celebrate spring and April's Earth Day with a day of outdoor activities. The Macon County Conservation District and Decatur Audubon Society will hold the 38TH Annual Festival of Spring and Sangamon River Clean-Up on Saturday, April 27 at Rock Springs Conservation Area. Many activities will take place, beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

All five Marsalis musicians performing at Jazz Fest
If your tastes are eclectic, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poses a problem: Which of a dozen acts do you want to hear? Earth, Wind & Fire, Alanis Morissette, or Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band?  Van Morrison, Al Green, Johnny Rivers, or all five Marsalis jazzmen playing together?
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Man or cyborg? 'Jeopardy!' champ passes $1M mark
There’s no truth to the rumor that James Holzhauer is a cyborg created to be the perfect “Jeopardy!” contestant.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

'War of the Roses' author Warren Adler dies at 91
Best-selling author Warren Adler who chronicled dysfunction and duplicity, most notably in his divorce novel “The War of the Roses,” a dark comedy that was made into a hit film has died. He was 91.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019














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