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home : news : arts & entertainment September 18, 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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

2017 Pana Tri-County Fair Queens
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

Hurelbrink's named Grand Marshals
Paul and Sue Hurelbrink are this year’s Grand Marshals in the Mt. Auburn Farmer’s Picnic Parade that will be held on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Carnival
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

132nd Annual Mt. Auburn Farmer's Picnic August 23-25
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tennessee Borderline to perform August 24
Tennessee Borderline entertains crowds with a variety of modern and classic country, southern and classic rock with a splash of some 80’s and today’s pop hits.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Review: David Joy novel takes gritty look at families
David Joy's unflinching look at those who live in the Appalachian area of western North Carolina takes another unconventional spin in "The Line That Held Us."
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Whistler in Canada developing a reputation as a golf destination
The village of Whistler in Canada's British Columbia has a long-standing reputation as a world-class ski destination. With two massive mountains, pristine powder and a wide variety of terrain, it's no wonder.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

FIRE UP YOUR FRUIT
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, August 18, 2018

Stinky 'corpse flower' in full bloom in California
Visitors are flocking to the Huntington Library in Southern California to get a whiff of the so-called corpse flower, known for the rotten stench it releases when it blooms.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Stan Lee gets 3-year restraining order against ex-adviser
Stan Lee’s restraining order against a former business manager has been extended for three years.
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, August 18, 2018

In Franklin's anthems, women hear empowering message
Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem’s role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect.
Friday, August 17, 2018

Endless Highway to perform in Tower Hill
Endless Highway will perform at the Tower Hill Free Methodist Church on Saturday, August 25 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Friday, August 17, 2018

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies this morning in her home
Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Muscular dystrophy diagnosis inspired art in exhibit
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the ceramic exhibit “Decompose” by Greenville artist Kyle Anderson Aug. 20-Sept. 13. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and attend a reception with the artist on Aug. 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Shooter Jennings comes back to country
As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

NFL player behind new high school football drama
Former NFL player Spencer Paysinger is drawing on his high school days living between two worlds for his first major Hollywood project.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Relationships are tested in 'How to Love a Jamaican'
Alexia Arthurs' short story collection "How to Love a Jamaican" is a timely exploration of multigenerational waves of immigration, the impact separating families has on children and the desire to be included.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Film review: A low-key rom-com for Gen-X in 'Juliet, Naked'
“Juliet, Naked “ is a charming and smart little film about early middle age, second chances, regrets and the intoxicating freedom of written correspondence that’s nearly impossible to explain without either spoiling something or being willfully misleading.
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Categories announced for Edinburg Labor Day parade
The Edinburg Labor Day committee is announcing the judging categories for the 2018 Grand Parade. “At the Drive-In!” is this year’s parade theme.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Cooperstown stirs emotions for dad of young player
Two places have triggered tears of joy in my life: The Vatican and Cooperstown.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dog hike this Sunday
There’s no better hiking companion than man’s best friend!  Bring your dog for guided hike at Fort Daniel Conservation Area on Sunday, August 19 at 2 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Glacier park staff share challenge of accommodating record 3-million visitors
Lake McDonald was smooth, and the sunlight soft, on a recent early morning. But Jim Foster took little solace in the scenery.

"It's not a relaxed environment during the summer at all," he said, driving along the lake's shoreline. As Glacier's Chief of Facility Management, Foster oversees a summer staff of about 100, tasked with the mundane but vital maintenance duties that make any trip comfortable.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by wildfires
A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer season.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Free admission this weekend at the Illinois State Museum
The Illinois State Museum will be taking part in the Illinois Office of Tourism’s Doors Open Illinois program. During the weekend of August 11-12, the Museum will offer free admission, giving visitors an opportunity to see the new exhibition Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection. This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

'Rescued' by Rosenfelt is a heartwarming mystery
Defense attorney Andy Carpenter is known to win seemingly unwinnable cases. In “Rescued,” the 17th of David Rosenfelt’s novels featuring Carpenter, the maverick legal eagle’s not sure if he can pull off his usual miracle because the evidence against his client is overwhelming.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

This R&B duo born to sing together
Along with his considerable talents as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, bandleader and radio host, Buddy Miller is an excellent talent scout. In the case of the War and Treaty, Miller gave his stamp of approval — and a helping hand — to an act beyond his usual Nashville orbit.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Reality TV: 'Making It' challenges contestants to craft
They made you laugh, but can they make you craft?

“Parks and Recreation” co-stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are bringing the same silly, sweet sitcom vibe to reality television with “Making It,” a competition show that challenges contestants to craft everything from Halloween costumes to lawn furniture. Airing Tuesday nights on NBC, the show offers up an unapologetic antidote to bleak current events.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

History-making 'Crazy Rich Asians' speaks of uniqueness of Asian-Americans
It’s been 25 years since a major Hollywood studio released an English-language film with a primarily Asian cast. The last was Wayne Wang’s adaptation of the generational tear-jerker “The Joy Luck Club,” which was released in 1993.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

ISP issues tips for safely enjoying the Illinois State Fair
Illinois State Police (ISP) District 09 Interim Commander, Lieutenant J.W. Price, encourages visitors to enjoy the Illinois State Fair and keep in mind these simple safety tips:
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Muni band final concert of season an All-American classic
The fifty-five members of the Taylorville Municipal Band and their director Mr. James H. Smith invite you to come out for an All-American spectacular concert this Wednesday night, the final concert of the season.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Free museum admission
The Illinois State Museum will be taking part in the Illinois Office of Tourism’s Doors Open Illinois program. During the weekend of August 11-12, the Museum will offer free admission, giving visitors an opportunity to see the new exhibition Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection. This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Explore birds of prey at Rock Springs
Learn about birds of prey at “What’s the Difference? Raptors” at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, August 9 from 6-7 p.m. Explore what makes, owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles unique from one another. We have several mounted species to show you. This program is free and for all ages. Register online by noon on August 8 at MaconCounty Conservation.org.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Mass Anthem to perform August 9 at fall festival
Mass Anthem is a Christian pop band originally from the Chicagoland area now located in Nashville, Tenn.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Danny Byard 28th Annual Memorial 5k run Sat.
Danny Byard 28th Annual Memorial 5k Run will be held Saturday, August 11 at 8 a.m. in Wise Park, with registration beginning at 7 a.m.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Johnny Cash tribute Saturday night at the festival
Bill Forness and One More Round, a Tribute to Johnny Cash are sweeping the country with the iconic sounds of legendary Johnny Cash. Celebrating the life and music of one of the most influential musicians of our time, Bill Forness has mastered the essence of a real Johnny Cash performance. With a deep baritone voice and a theatrical stage presence, Bill Forness and One More Round has become the most sought after Johnny Cash Tribute act anywhere!
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Festival pageants will begin at 6:00 on Thursday
The Blue Mound Fall Festival  Miss, Jr. Miss, Pre-Teen and Little Miss/Mister pagents will be held on stage on Thurs., Aug. 9, at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blue Mound fall festival kicks off Thursday night
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Coach McDonald named 2018 grand marshal
The 2018 Blue Mound Fall Festival Grand Marshal is Dick McDonald. Dick was born in Decatur, Ill. the son of Harold and Margaret McDonald, Dick had a brother, Harold Jr., who is deceased.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Effingham Performance Center announces new season
The Effingham Performance Center has announced its 2018 – 2019 season, with over 50 shows to be presented from August 8, 2018 to May 17, 2019. Tickets are available to the general public beginning Monday, July 30 at 10 a.m.
Monday, August 6, 2018

'Facts of Life' star Charlotte Rae dies at age 92 in Los Angeles
Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom “The Facts of Life” during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She was 92.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Ace Atkins' 'The Sinners' is an action-packed read about rural Mississippi
Mississippi’s rural Tibbehah County — the evocative setting for Ace Atkins’ superior series about Quinn Colson, a former Army Ranger turned sheriff — is the crossroads of all things good and evil. Here, ordinary people too often intersect with members of the crime syndicate and general low-life people who have infiltrated the area.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cape-to-Connecticut ride shows progress, bumps on Greenway
After a white-knuckle trip over a bridge from Portsmouth into Bristol, which involved lifting our bicycles over concrete barriers and construction equipment, the police officer who pulled us over told us something we had already figured out.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Jazz Up Your Summer
Late summer reaps bushels of peppers in a kaleidoscope of colors and a crooked assortment of wiggly shapes.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Restaurant still serving New England fare 100 years later
A roadside eatery that started the year World War I ended is still in business and thriving, this year celebrating 100 years of Yankee cooking in central Vermont.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List
Saturday, August 4, 2018

Tim Allen: Expect centrist view now on 'Last Man'
“Last Man Standing” isn’t rushing to pick up the “Roseanne” pro-Trump mantle when it starts life at its new network this fall.
Friday, August 3, 2018

'Christopher Robin' a return to Hundred Acre Wood
Oh, bother.

The misfortune of “Christopher Robin” is not only that it comes a year after “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” an earnest if sentimental tale about Winnie-the-Pooh author A.A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin Milne, but that it arrives a few months after the screwball radiance of “Paddington 2.” When it comes to bears in London this movie year, our hearts are already spoken for.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Police stop young Mercedes driver for cuteness
A 1-year-old motorist has been pulled over for driving without a license — but he got off with a “cuteness warning.”
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Hemingway story from 1956 published for the first time
The themes and trappings are familiar for an Ernest Hemingway narrative: Paris, wartime, talk of books and wine and the scars of battle.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Boz Scaggs revisits Blues influences
Sometimes with more gloss, at times with more grit, but always with great feeling, Boz Scaggs has kept some form of the blues close to the surface during most of his career, which has already sailed past the 50-year milestone.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Buddy spy movie hard knuckle action and comedy
From the get-go, “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” a Kate McKinnon-Mila Kunis buddy spy comedy, has two things going for it.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

My Life as A Spy, under surveillance in Romania
Romanian secret police agents eavesdropped on her, persuaded friends to snoop on her and filmed her when she was in her underwear.
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mr. Rogers will be in the PBS 'hood,' Betty White too
A roundup of news from the Television Critics Association summer meeting, at which TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Muni Band concert this Wednesday
Father and daughter musicians from Taylorville, Dennis and Mallory Jones, will perform a trumpet duet, ‘Side Partners’ at the weekly Taylorville Municipal Band concert Wednesday night at Hershey Towers, 400 W. Franklin St., Taylorville, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Music: Lori McKenna is a must-hear songwriter
It’s rare to read about Lori McKenna without hearing that she got married at 19 and had the first of her five children at 20. And since her latest album, “The Tree,” is a canon of songs about family, it would be easy to pigeonhole her as a mom singing sweetly about a world she knows well.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Nothing's impossible in 'Mission Impossible Fallout'
And so, fellow moviegoers: Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what Tom Cruise can — and will — do for you.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Professor's life is changed in 'A Noise Downstairs'
Paul Davis is driving home when he sees his mentor and colleague Kenneth Hoffman driving erratically. He follows and soon learns that Hoffman has two dead bodies in his trunk. When Davis confronts him, Hoffman whacks him in the head with a shovel. The police show up just in time to stop another murder. 
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Edinburg announces theme for Labor Day celebration
“At the Drive-In!” is the theme for the 2018 Edinburg Labor Day Grand Parade and Labor Day Celebration.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Husband of chef Paula Deen wins Hemingway contest
After eight previous tries, the husband of celebrity chef Paula Deen has won the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest held in the city where writer Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote during the 1930s.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Apply now for youth firearm deer season at JEPC
Youth hunters interested in participating in the Youth Firearm Deer Hunt on October 6-8 at Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area must submit a postcard to the site office by September 6 to enter a drawing for 75 hunters to hunt the two Open Units at JEPC. The drawing will be held September 7.
Monday, July 23, 2018

From 'stalker' to 'walker': Woman gets dream job as zombie
When she’s not spending time with her grandchildren, Terrie Hamrick is likely dressed as a zombie.
Monday, July 23, 2018

Review: Mystery after mystery builds in 'The Pharaoh Key'
Gideon Crew as nothing left to lose, so he decides to go out with a bang in “The Pharaoh Key,” Preston & Child’s latest — and supposedly final — story to feature their intrepid hero.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christian County Fair begins Tuesday
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christian County Fair Grandstand events
The Christian County Fair is set to begin on Tuesday, July 24 and run until Saturday, July 28. For sports, this means the Stock Car races on Wednesday, the ITPA Tractor Pull on Thursday, the Truck Pull on Friday, and the Demolition Derby on Saturday. All events begin at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Stock Car races beginning their hot laps at 6:30.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Christian County Fair Admission Prices
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Stock Car Racing
Saturday, July 21, 2018

What's a fair without fun and games?
The Christian County Fair will feature a new carnival provider this year. “We had a good relationship with Miller Spectacular, but they’ve just gotten too big for us,”  Christian County Fair Board President Jim Curtin said. “This year we’re going with Conner Amusement. I think everyone will be pleased. They are very professional, and we’ve heard a lot of good things.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Antics to celebrate 38 years of rock at Christian County Fair
Saturday, July 21, 2018

2017 4-H General Show
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cotton Candy queen
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Christian County Fair exhibits
Linda Binger, Superintendent of Exhibits, encourages everyone to display their fair exhibits this year at the Christian County Fair.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

4-H Show Schedule
Saturday, July 21, 2018

ITPA Tractor Pull
Saturday, July 21, 2018

B-I-N-G-O
Saturday, July 21, 2018

A world of wine on Long Island's North Fork, east of NYC
Thirty chickens and a parading duck provided entertainment as patrons sipped Cacklin' rose on the shady deck of The Old Field Vineyards in Southold, Long Island, east of New York City.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

SHISH KEBOB MAXIMIZES FLAVOR
Weekends are made for grilling, and this weekend was no different. California halibut is in season, and while halibut's firm flesh is ideal for roasting thick filets on the grill, I prefer to cut the fish into chunks, quickly marinate them and thread them on skewers.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Farm Dreams workshop
Join us this summer for our second Farm Dreams workshop held at Bear Creek Farm & Ranch in Palmer, Illinois. At a time when small farming is steadily becoming a viable career path for many people, it is important to understand what that path looks like, and what demands, pitfalls, and rewards await those that heed the call of the land. That is what the Farm Dreams workshop aims to explore. Farm Dreams is a workshop for aspiring farmers, helping them discover what it would really take to start a farm business.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Comic-Con fans go wild meeting first female 'Doctor Who'
Some 6,500 Comic-Con attendees cheered on the 13th “Doctor Who” Jodie Whittaker Thursday in San Diego in her first public appearance since getting the coveted role.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wall-Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Muni Band Children's Concert Wednesday
On Wednesday, July 25th, the Taylorville Municipal Band will hold their 2018 Children’s Concert. In addition to the annual evening of children’s music, the band will be collecting tax-deductible donations for the “Play the Music Forward” fund of the Taylorville Public Schools Foundation. That fund was established on June 18, 2011, when a “once in a lifetime” band and choir alumni concert was held to raise funds for the entire music department of the Taylorville Community Unit School District. 
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Thailand seeks control over movies about cave ordeal
Thailand’s military government wants to control how movies portray the ordeal of the young soccer players and their heroic rescue from a flooded cave that drew worldwide interest and the attention of foreign filmmakers.
Friday, July 20, 2018

PBS film explores Ted Williams' Mexican heritage
Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Area art exhibit features work of Vermont native
The Decatur Area Arts Council presents In Living Color: The Art of John Hoag from August 6-29 in the Anne Lloyd Gallery at the Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. The exhibit features paintings by John Hoag who transplanted to Decatur from Vermont two years ago.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Book explores 'Beowulf' in the suburbs
Maria Dahvana Headley’s new novel, “The Mere Wife,” is much more than a simple recasting of the ancient epic poem “Beowulf” in the suburbs. It’s “The Stepford Wives,” 9/11 and English class thrown into a lyrical blender, and it’s kind of glorious.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Film examines career of a brilliant, troubled designer
The London fashion world didn’t know quite what hit it when Alexander McQueen’s disheveled models staggered down the runway at his 1995 “Highland Rape” show, their Scottish-inspired clothing ripped to expose breasts and nether regions.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Full House - Busy Street
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bask in the effervescent insanity of 'Mamma Mia 2'
“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again “ is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It’s the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Colt Ford playing in Christian County Sat., Aug 4
Country music star, Colt Ford will be playing in Christian County at Tailgate N Tallboys Music Mud Bog on August 4 at South Fork Dirt Riders, just east of Kincaid on Illinois Route 104.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

'Annie' opens today with three area actors as orphans in cast
Leapin' Lizards! The musical about everyone's favorite orphan, Annie opens at The Little Theatre On The Square on Wednesday, July 18. The fourth show in the theatre's 2018 summer season line up, Annie features 13 young performers from the Central Illinois area as Annie and the orphans.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Looking back at a political convention in aboslute chaos
Fifty years ago, the Democratic National Convention shocked America with violence in the streets and anger in the convention hall. On Aug. 2, four people who were there will look back in a special panel discussion at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Explore how animals camouflage at Rock Springs on July 28
Discover how birds, insects, and mammals use camouflage during “Can You See Me?” at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Archaeological Society to host annual Indian artifact show
Local collectors Curtis Winans and Frank Bramel of Mt. Auburn will again display a portion of their collections found in Christian County at the 20th annual Springfield Native American artifact show. Several other collectors from the county will attend.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Taylorville Muni Band concert Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band will be in concert on Wednesday July 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Hershey Towers. The band has prepared a concert filled with music that will entertain you throughout the evening. We will hear, "Florintiner March" an Italian march, and "March Lamar" written by Clifton Williams. The "Light Cavalry Overture" By F. Von Suppe is one of the most well-known concert overtures. If you watched the TV show, "The Magnificent Seven" will bring back good memories.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Dave Kelmel will serve as 2018 Grand Marshal
David was born and raised in the Morrisonville area. He attended St. Maurice grade school and Morrisonville Jr. High and High Schools, graduating in 1973.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

2017 Morrisonville Royalty
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morrisonville all city prayer service kicks off picnic Thursday
There will be an all city prayer service to kick off the annual Morrisonville Picnic.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Morrisonville Picnic begins Thursday with pageants
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Last words: The late Peter Mayle's 'My 25 Years in Provence'
(AP) — A new, posthumously published collection of essays by Peter Mayle takes readers back to the idyllic, slow-paced and occasionally befuddling world that Mayle first wrote about in his best-selling memoir “A Year in Provence.”
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Stories in 'Sweet & Low' reach far past the South
(AP) — “Sweet & Low,” a collection of short stories by Nick White, is set primarily in modern-day Mississippi, but the themes of these stories reach well beyond the Southern locale.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

'Terrible Country' is wonderful book
With the United States in an uproar about Russian meddling in its election, it’s a good time to brush up on the country’s former Cold War enemy. Here to help is Russian-born emigre Keith Gessen, whose hilarious, heartbreaking second novel, “A Terrible Country,” may be one of the best books you’ll read this year.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Film: A flawed but earnest cartoonist biopic from Van Sant
Macabre is a word often associated with the late cartoonist John Callahan. He’s the man who in his widely published cartoons, drawn in his signature squiggly style, poked fun at lesbians, Chinese people, the handicapped, women, Oprah, Alzheimer’s patients, chiropractors and even sexual harassment in a cartoon that features a woman showing cleavage in a tight dress telling her similarly outfitted colleague “Remember...it’s only sexual harassment if they’re not dateable.” His website proudly featured all the “hate mail” sent to the newspapers that published his cartoons. It’s extensive.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alyson Hannigan plays TV mom to glitter-loving 'Fancy Nancy'
Alyson Hannigan is clear about why she pursued a role on the “Fancy Nancy” TV series: Her daughters, ages 6 and 9.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Entertainment: Comedy hypnotist and live music
The Nokomis Homecoming has announced that it will feature several entertainment acts during this year’s event.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nokomis Homecoming kicks off Friday night, carnival and queen contest
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Texas songwriting duo at the museum
Texas singer songwriter duo Ordinary Elephant will perform on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. for the Music at the Museum Concert Series in the Illinois State Museum auditorium.
Monday, July 9, 2018

Activist's memoir a poignant voice for incarcerated women
Donna Hylton opens her memoir, “A Little Piece of Light,” with an admission of guilt and remorse for her crimes. However, this isn’t where her story begins. From as early as she can remember, Donna’s life was marked by torment at the hands of her caregivers. Beginning with her birth in Jamaica and shifting to her move to New York when she was adopted, each phase of her existence promised relief, yet delivered disaster.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU PLUMS, MAKE A GALETTE
I am the queen of rustic desserts, which is a nice way to label desserts that are rather imperfect. The good news is that there is plenty of room for rustic and, yes, imperfect desserts in anyone's repertoire. In fact, most cuisines tout their own homey version of bubbling, squidgy desserts cobbled together with crumpled and crinkled borders oozing juices like a ruptured pipe. They're supposed to do that, and more important, they taste really good.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Explore Birds of Prey at Rock Springs Nature Center
Learn about birds of prey at “What’s the Difference? Raptors” at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, July 12 from 6-7 p.m. Explore what makes, owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles unique from one another. We have several mounted species to show you. This program is free and for all ages. Register online by noon on July 11 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

CC Fair Jack Pot Western Horse Show set for July 28
The Christian County Fair Jack Pot Western Horse Show will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 on the infield at the Christian County Fairgrounds beginning at 9 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Canoe or Kayak the Emiquon Complex on Saturday, July 21
The Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, and The Nature Conservancy will be co-hosting a paddling event on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time to start thinking about county fair exhibits
The 2018 Christian County Fair Book is now available online at www.christiancountyfair.com. The fair dates are Tuesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 28, 2018.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Olde Tyme Tractor Show
The 23rd Annual Olde Tyme Tractor Show, co-sponsored by the Montgomery County Farm Bureau, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 at Lake Hillsboro Park, Hillsboro, Ill.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, July 7, 2018

'Matchmaking' romantic summer read
Just in time for summer, Maddie Dawson serves up a delightful, light-as-air romance that successfully straddles the line between sweet and smart without ever being silly.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hendrix archives plucked for new album
Elvis has left the building but Jimi is still busy in the studio. Or so it would seem from the staggering number of posthumous Hendrix albums that record labels, bootleggers and — for the past two decades — his family have been releasing since his death in 1970.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Film review: 'First Purge' is depressingly prescient
This Fourth of July weekend, we've got a chance to celebrate America's birth in a very American way — watching internecine warfare, spasms of savage violence and a dark government conspiracy pulling the strings. That's right, it's time for a new Purge.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Newest book in coal mine wars trilogy is released
Looking for a summer read that drips more blood than a vampire movie, crackles with gunfire and shudders with man’s inhumanity to man. Seek no further than Sundown Town, the newest entry in author Kevin Corley’s coal mine wars trilogy.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Renovated museum opens as part of $380-million project to transform area around Gateway Arch
The centerpiece of a five-year project to transform the area around the Gateway Arch officially opens Tuesday when the Arch museum is introduced following a $176 million renovation, marking the completion of a $380 million upgrade to St. Louis’ iconic monument to westward expansion and the area around it.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

TASC to host Sensory Friendly Film Event
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Watermelon Salad
How do you like to eat watermelon? Undoubtedly, it's a summer treat. I remember hot New England summers when the air was so humid you could slice it with knife. My brothers and I would eat thick watermelon-smiles, as wide as our faces, leaning over the grass, while the juices dribbled down our chins and forearms, and spitting the seeds out (at each other, of course).
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Books: David Sedaris seeks catharsis in 'Calypso'
“Though there’s an industry built on telling you otherwise, there are few real joys to middle age.”

So begins David Sedaris’ first collection of essays since 2013, firmly grounded in the present, but with the same sense of twisted nostalgia that has always marked his best work.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Film review: Slow down just a bit with the low-key drama 'Leave No Trace'
Like the pleasures of slow cooking, purposefully slow cinema can be a welcome respite from the craziness in both our world and multiplexes. And that is exactly what you'll get with filmmaker Debra Granik's "Leave No Trace ," a poetic and low-key drama about a father and his teenage daughter whose attempt to live outside of society becomes increasingly impossible.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Music review: 'Lost' 1963 John Coltrane album a rare pleasure, real treasure
It’s a rare pleasure to hear this “lost” John Coltrane album for the first time. The component sounds of his classic quartet are so familiar that it’s like hearing from an old friend — but the songs and solos are truly new. The original high quality tape recording, fruit of a glorious one-day session at Rudy Van Gelder’s famed New Jersey studio, was in the hands of the family of Coltrane’s ex-wife Naima, and the well-produced CD released 55 years later captures the quartet in its prime.
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Muni band concert on Wednesday
The Taylorville Municipal Band will present its weekly band concert on Wednesday June 27, at 7:30 at Hershey Towers.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two chances to explore early Illinois, July 11-12
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will take people back to the earliest days of Illinois with special events July 11 and 12 as part of the state bicentennial celebration.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Save energy, save money workshop set for July 17
A free interactive workshop, Save Energy, Save Money, is being offered to help residents learn the basics of managing household electricity usage and achieving cost savings on monthly electric bills. Simple ways to improve home energy efficiency and using Smart Meter technology will be discussed. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Hillsboro.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Old Stone House open Sunday in Rochester
The Rochester Historical Preservation Society will hold open house at the Old Stone House in Rochester Historic Park this Sunday, July 1.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Visitors come from around the world to see synchronous fireflies' light show
Picture a moonless June evening, shortly after midnight, deep in a northwestern Pennsylvania forest. Wild sounds echo gently. Stars glow far above through the canopy of trees. Otherwise it is dark — so very dark.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Prolific, painfully candid ex-poet laureate Donald Hall dies
Donald Hall, a prolific, award-winning poet and man of letters widely admired for his sharp humor and painful candor about nature, mortality, baseball and the distant past, has died at age 89.
Monday, June 25, 2018

Vivid 'Florida' stories are edgy, potent
“Florida,” a collection of short fiction by Lauren Groff, brings together 11 stories that for the most part have been published in recent years with favorable critical notice.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Illinois arboretum gets giant troll statues
A Danish artist has built six giant troll statues scattered throughout an outdoor museum in a western Chicago suburb.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Coast Coliseum to get food overhaul starting July 1
Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wall Street Journal best-sellers
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Fight summer heat
Do you crave spicy food when it's hot outside? It may sound counterintuitive, but when you eat food that packs a punch in the heat department, it cools you down. Spicy food makes you sweat, because it speeds up your metabolism, and once the sweat evaporates, it cools you off. This is a reason why hot peppers and spices are generously used in many warm-weather cuisines, such as this Caribbean barbecue recipe for Jamaican jerk chicken
Saturday, June 23, 2018

ABC orders 'Roseanne' spinoff minus Roseanne
ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Morning prairie walk at Rock Spgs. Saturday
Beat the heat of the midday sun by experiencing the prairie ecosystem in the morning at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, June 23 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

TV: 'Yellowstone' has everything a Western should
“Yellowstone” has everything a worthwhile Western should, including breathtaking vistas, battles over land and Kevin Costner in the lead role.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pattinson elevates the melancholy western 'Damsel'
Pitiful men pin their hopes on delusions of romance in David and Nathan Zellner’s clever and melancholy western “Damsel,” an offbeat odyssey about the foolhardiness of believing in the “damsel in distress.”
Thursday, June 21, 2018























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