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Family events at museum will focus on animals in winter
Children and their families are invited to learn more about how animals adapt to the cold winter months in Illinois at upcoming events at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield.
Friday, December 6, 2019


Get in the holiday mood with Christmas classics
Here’s a collection of holiday albums reviewed by The Associated Press.
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Iconic Southern rock recording studio is revived
The Georgia music studio that fused blues, country and other sounds into Southern rock is being reborn.

Capricorn Sound Studios in Macon helped propel the Allman Brothers Band and other groups to stardom in the 1970s.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Townshend regrets not staying after Who stampede
Forty years after a stampede left 11 people dead and 23 injured at a Who concert in Cincinnati, Pete Townshend says he’s always regretted not sticking around to deal with the aftermath.

Instead, the band left the Riverfront Coliseum on December 3, 1979, and moved on to Buffalo, New York, the next stop on their tour.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Safe shopping guide offers list of unsafe holiday toys
The office of Illinois’ top lawyer has released its annual safe shopping guide ahead of the holiday season to alert families about recalled children’s toys, clothing and furniture.

The report includes information about goods that are a safety hazard and have been linked to infant deaths. Some of the items featured include choking hazards, articles of clothing that do not meet the government’s flammability standard and furniture that can injure children if not assembled correctly.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Macon County offering Christmas light recycling
Strings of unwanted Christmas lights will be collected for recycling between December 2, 2019 and January 15, 2020. People may place strings of lights in the specially-marked, outdoor, blue collection box at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st Street, Decatur.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Raymond Celebration Committee plans events
The Raymond Celebration Committee meet on Thursday, November 21 to discuss upcoming holiday celebrations. At the meeting, it was decided that the Queen Committeewould sell Krispy Kreme Glazed Donuts $8 a box, along with Scavenger Hunt tickets that are $5 each for those who are 16 and over, at the Raymond Christmas Mall.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Christmas celebration in Morrisonville this Saturday
The Village of Morrisonville will hold an Old Fashioned Christmas celebration on Saturday, December 7 throughout the entire village. Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the seasonal festivities.

Plans are being made by business and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browser and see what the village has to offer.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Don't overlook splashy coffee table books as gifts
Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche.

Offerings abound at holiday time. Some suggestions:

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Celebrate Christmas at Lincoln Log Cabin Dec. 7
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site presents an Old-Fashioned Christmas holiday event on Saturday, December 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with music and treats for the entire family.

The cabin’s historic interpreters will discuss the ever-changing Christmas traditions during Abraham Lincoln’s time and how the Greek bishop St. Nicholas came to be known as Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Heartland Mini Hoofs at area benefit
The annual Children’s Holiday Store opens Sunday, December 1, in Fairhills Mall, 1919 W. Monroe, Springfield. The biggest fundraiser for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, the store will be open daily through Saturday, December 21. The hours are weekdays, Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On opening day, the Heartland Mini Hoofs, the miniature therapy horses from Taylorville, will be available for holiday pictures with the shoppers from noon until 2pm. Santa will also be visiting the store between 1 and 3pm that day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Morrisonville Old Fashion Christmas is Dec. 7th
The 2019 Morrisonville Old Fashioned Christmas celebration is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019 throughout the Village. Plans are being made by businesses and organizations to open up their doors in downtown Morrisonville to allow the public to browse and see what the Village has to offer.

There will also be drawings for Morrisonville Bucks, 5-$100.00, 2-$50.00, 2-$25.00 prizes and a kids drawing of 5-$10.00 prizes for a total of $700.00 to be given away. Each participating businesses will have cards with the names of the businesses on them and each person must have the card validated at 10 businesses. Drop off validated cards at any participating business for your chance to win.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edinburg-Area Christmas Cantata is December 8
The Edinburg-area Christmas Cantata will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Edinburg United Methodist Church located at 102 W. Douglas Street in Edinburg. The public is invited to join.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Free family activities at ALPLM on Black Friday
A family-friendly alternative to the stress and headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Fun Frosty Friday” offers an array of free activities the day after Thanksgiving, including games, face-painting, a life-sized Candy Land Adventure and visits with Santa Claus.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Village of Raymond annual Christmas Mall Nov. 30
The holidays are fast approaching, and that means time to attend the Annual Raymond Christmas Mall at the K of C Hall.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gift wrapping this season trendys jazzy but sustainable, think Tenugui cloth
The trend in gift wrapping this holiday season is toward jazzy yet sustainable options. Consider beautifully folded fabrics or understated, brown or green masking paper topped with colorful washi tape or sprigs of green instead of easily crushed store-bought bows.

"There's a lot of fun stuff going on in gift wrap these days," says Amy Panos, home editor at Better Homes and Gardens.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Guess Who's Coming to Town?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Area Holiday Events
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Great gifts to encourage young cooks in our lives
Do you have a kid in your life who loves a good baking session? Who really wants to use your chef's knife? Who is addicted to the TV show MasterChef Junior, and who uses words like "umami" in regular conversation?

There are many terrific gifts to encourage the fledgling cooks in our lives

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Red Cross makes it easy to save lives this season
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to be the lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood or platelets. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give through Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Still need reasons to fit lifesaving blood donation into busy holiday schedules? Try these three:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday events at Old State Capitol, Dana Thomas
There are full slates of special events and celebrations scheduled for the holiday season at two state historic sites in Springfield.

Santa will be available regularly at the Old State Capitol to collect children’s Christmas wishes and specially themed tours are scheduled for the Dana-Thomas House designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Candlelight tours Dec. 14 at Vandalia Statehouse
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 14 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 27, 2019

Little Theatre on the Square presents Elf the Musical Dec. 13-22
Embrace your inner Elf this holiday season by visiting The Little Theatre On The Square for its production of Elf The Musical running Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 22.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Iles House holiday events December 7 and 14th
Come see Springfield's oldest surviving house in a different light during the annual holiday events scheduled for the Elijah Iles House on December 7 and 14. The events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Charitable giving season kicks off December 3rd
Designed to serve as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday charitable giving season, Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the United States.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Edmunds: How to get deals beyond Black Friday
One of the most stressful aspects of Black Friday is fending off crowds or waiting in long lines to get a killer deal. It’s been that way for car buying, too.

But the truth is — with the exception of a few doorbuster sales — Black Friday in the car business is really more of a holiday sales kickoff rather than a one-day bonanza. And there are a few unique factors that make this November a better month for car shopping than December.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Five tips for much healthier holidays
With filling meals and tempting desserts at every corner, it can be difficult to keep nutrition in mind during the holidays. However, these simple tricks can help keep you stay on track, while still enjoying the best that the season has to offer.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

PERFECTLY PUMPKIN LOAF:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Serious tips for baking better Christmas cookies
Cookies and other baked treats are everywhere come the holiday season. It’s not uncommon to give cookies as gifts or arrive at holiday gatherings with cakes and other decadent desserts.

Cookies are a classic holiday treat, and some families even build entire traditions around baking Christmas cookies.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ways to fill your home with inviting holiday aromas
Holiday decor is as much about the sights and sounds as it is about the scents of the season. Few things evoke the holiday spirit as much as the aroma of fresh evergreen or spicy cinnamon and cloves. Incorporating inviting aromas into holiday decor can make homes feel even more special.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Help-yourself breakfast buffet makes it easy on all
Let's say guests are staying with you for some part of the holiday. You've planned a beautiful, robust holiday dinner. You've even been prescient enough to make a big batch of soup and buy a graze board's supply of cheeses, charcuterie, olives, etc. for a casual midday meal. You've made the beds, laid out fresh towels, remembered to bump up your wine reserves.

You are ready for your houseguests.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

PEPPERMINT SHORTBREAD COOKIES:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HEARTY ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLES:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

CAPRESE BEAN AND SALAMI SALAD:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

HOLIDAY BAKED BRIE:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

SEARED SALMON WITH SPINACH AND GRAPES:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A STUFFED TOMATO STARTER:
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Sensory-friendly film series film event this Saturday
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films.”  The next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 30 at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. The movie will be the newly released Disney animated feature, “Frozen 2.”  With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. Audience members are welcome to move about and dance, walk, shout or sing. 
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Superheroes need not apply: AARP releases names of Movies for Grownups
A new batch of film nominations are out from an influential media organization — but superhero flicks and “Frozen 2” need not apply.

AARP has released nominations for its annual Movies for Grownups awards, which is designed to reward films that resonate with older viewers and fight industry ageism.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Jack Reacher is in deep trouble in Lee Child's 'Blue Moon'
The narrative in “Blue Moon,” the latest Jack Reacher novel by author Lee Child, has the feel of an old Western where the town needs the sheriff to come and fight the villains to save the day.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

'Pioneer woman' sticks to her groove with her new cookbook
Ree Drummond — known for her Food Network cooking show, “The Pioneer Woman” — won’t follow diet trends to sell cookbooks.

“I have found that I have to be authentic to me, otherwise it won’t work. My interest will fizzle. I stay most passionate when it’s something that’s really going on in my life,” she told The Associated Press.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Stop! Washing your Thanksgiving turkey could spread harmful germs
Go ahead and rinse your cranberries, potatoes and green beans. But food say experts say don’t — repeat don’t — wash the turkey before popping it in the oven on Thanksgiving Day.

They say that could spread the germs lurking on your turkey in the kitchen sink or nearby food. But it’s been a challenge trying to convince cooks to stop rinsing off raw poultry.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Before you go, take steps to ensure a happy homecoming
People tend to spend a lot of time planning their holiday travel but not a lot preparing for their return home. But returning to a mess  minor bummers like an empty fridge or stinking garbage can, or major problems like frozen pipes  can make it difficult to savor the good times you had while away.

Some simple pre-departure tasks are crucial to a happy homecoming. These include: tidying up, putting your mail on hold, stocking up on frozen or non-perishable food (or scheduling a grocery delivery for when you get home), unplugging appliances, turning off the water supply, putting fresh sheets on the beds and giving a spare key to a friend.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Galette: A Rustic Free-Form Tart
I am not a patient baker. My desserts tend to be free-form, which, in my case, is a polite way of saying messy and imprecise.
Saturday, November 23, 2019

Across Mister Rogers' neighborhoods, his faith echoes
His TV neighborhood, was, of course, a realm of make believe — a child’s-eye view of community summoned into being by an oddly understanding adult, cobbled together from a patchwork of stage sets, model houses and pure, unsullied love.

Visiting it each day, with Mister Rogers as guide, you’d learn certain lessons: Believe you’re special. Regulate your emotions. Have a sense of yourself. Be kind.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pacific Northwest botanists hunting for apple varieties long believed to be extinct
The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold.

It has been there for more than a century, and there is no hint that the tree or its apples are anything out of the ordinary. But this scraggly specimen produces the Arkansas Beauty, a so-called heritage fruit long believed to be extinct until amateur botanists in the Pacific Northwest tracked it down three years ago.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen
Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service of fame and money but “in service to God.”
Monday, November 18, 2019

Festival of Trees begins November 23
The 30th annual Memorial's Festival of Trees will be held Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

The festival's hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 23, Nov. 25-27 and Nov. 29-30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 24 and Dec. 1; and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day).

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Collectors are welcomed to join club
The Mid-State Collectors Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Maverick Steaks and Spirits in Litchfield. Attendees are asked to arrive prior to 7 p.m. and to eat dinner before the meeting begins. Following the Collectors Club meeting an interesting program will be presented to those in attendance.
Monday, November 11, 2019

Event to explore anti-slavery movement
Illinois may have been a free state, but its anti-slavery forces were far from united in the years leading up to the Civil War, as a historian will explain Nov. 14 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Monday, November 11, 2019

APL annual fall trivia night is Friday
The Animal Protective League (APL), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting ill, injured and abandoned homeless animals, will hold its annual Fall Trivia Night Fundraiser on Friday, Nov 15th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 2200 Meadowbrook Rd, Springfield. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 11, 2019

George Orwell New Mexico exhibit bares 'doublespeak' legacy
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)  War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Canoe Sangamon River with conservation district
Enjoy fresh fall air and colorful autumn leaves on a guided canoe trip down the Sangamon River with Macon County Conservation District staff on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Millikin to host annual literary festival this weekend
Millikin University will host its 17th annual Literary Festival and High School Writing Contest on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. The 2019 Literary Festival is open to high school and college students, and the general public. The festival includes workshops, readings and sessions with featured writers. The event gives students the opportunity to work directly with professional writers and receive feedback.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Memorial's Festival of Trees seeks volunteers for event
Memorial Medical Center Foundation seeks volunteers for the 30th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
Monday, November 4, 2019

Sensory film event Nov 9 at Orpheum Theatre
Eisentraut Theatres and TASC/The Autism Support Connection have joined together to bring families affected by autism and other disabilities “Sensory Friendly Films”. Our movie event for November will actually be held at 1 pm Saturday, November 9th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. This month’s movie will be the newly released live action feature, “Playing with Fire”. With Sensory Friendly Films, the movie theatre lights are left up and the sound is turned down. 
Monday, November 4, 2019

Decatur Artist featured at Flourishes
Bonnie Rideout makes baskets in Decatur and will fill the Library area at Flourishes Gallery and Studios for the next two months.  Her show opens Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 ? E. Main, Shelbyville, elevator available. She welcomes viewers to see and learn about her handmade baskets. Not only will Bonnie be an available artist, but other artists also with opening shows will be available including Rae Nell Spencer (Decatur), Jamie Rutherford (Shelbyville), Carol Kessler (Shelbyville), and students and family from the Shelbyville Schools. All will be on display through January
Monday, November 4, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library honors American's Veterans
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will honor the sacrifices of America's veterans with special events throughout November, including a display telling the story of the "Fighting Powells."
Monday, November 4, 2019

The realism of Harvard's Glass Flowers is still dazzling
Tucked inside a museum on the Harvard University campus is a gallery teeming with plants so lifelike in appearance you'd be forgiven for swearing they're real.

But this foliage is glass  really old glass.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Choose your airport wisely
When booking a flight to a city with more than one airport, how do you know which one to choose? If you’re like a majority of Americans, you’re guided in part by your wallet.

More than 7 in 10 U.S. airline passengers (72%) say ticket price is a key deciding factor when choosing an airport to fly into or from, according to a 2019 survey commissioned by NerdWallet and conducted online by The Harris Poll among more than 1,800 U.S. adults who have ever flown on an airplane.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Going somewhere? How about a trip to the unknown
When Dena Espenscheid answered an advertisement on social media offering a weekend vacation to an unknown destination, her sister warned her she was going to get kidnapped.

As it turns out, not only was the offer legit, Espenscheid said she "had a blast."

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Set of steps in the Bronx now a tourist attraction after 'Joker'
Move over, Rocky, there’s a new stairway to climb.

A set of outdoor steps in the Bronx has become a tourist attraction in recent weeks since the release of the movie “Joker.”

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Student Art Featured
K-12 Art by Shelbyville students will be on display until January 4 at Flourishes Gallery and Studios in downtown Shelbyville.  Mrs. Cole presents her student works titled "Ocean Adventures" and Mr. Mathis has student work as well.  The opening reception is Sunday, November 3 from 1-4 at 140 1/2 East Main, Shelbyville.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Add a little fruit and fiber to your morning muffin
I don't bake muffins often, but when I do, I try to make them healthy and have them on hand for an easy breakfast or a snack. My issue with muffins is that they often resemble mini-cakes, packed with sugar and fat. To some extent, this can't be avoided if you wish to eat a muffin that doesn't resemble a hockey puck or bird food.
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Erivo is vivid presence in first major film about Harriet Tubman
Legendary American heroine that she is, there are certain things for which Harriet Tubman is overdue. One is her spot on U.S. currency: Google “Tubman” and “$20” and “Trump.” Another is a major feature film based on her life: Google “Tubman” and “Hollywood” and “why so long?”

Well, that $20 bill has been delayed, but finally there’s a Hollywood film, “Harriet,” that seeks to honor Tubman and her extraordinary place in the anti-slavery movement.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Scorsese's melancholy "The Irishman' grapples with life in and after the mob
The runtime is the most boring aspect of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman “ to dwell on.

There is no question that three hours and 28 minutes qualifies as a long movie. And in a landscape where some films can make two hours seem bloated and overindulgent, it’s at least understandable why one might be wary. But Scorsese has earned the benefit of the doubt and “The Irishman” keeps you rapt from the first winding tracking shot through a staid retirement home — a flashy cinematic show in the most un-cinematic of places — through the melancholic end.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Books: New Stritch bio reveals vulnerability behind the moxy
As the curtain rises in a new biography of Elaine Stritch, the scene is the actress' New York memorial service, attended by some of the biggest names in the theater world, with eulogies by Tony-winning actor Nathan Lane and famed producer Hal Prince, both throwing out zingers for laughs and to honor the woman who made so many lines shine.
Thursday, October 31, 2019

John Legend co-writes new take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside'
John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, his fellow coach on “The Voice,” have joined forces on a reimagined version of the oft-criticized Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
Thursday, October 31, 2019

"Raised in Captivity" (Penguin Press), by Chuck Klosterman
Chuck Klosterman seems like a great hang. He’s the guy at the party who has everyone spitting out their drinks as they laugh while trying to swallow — the one who is never at a loss for words in a game of “Would You Rather?”
Saturday, October 26, 2019

NYC library exhibit offers glimpse into Salinger's life and work
As he worked on early drafts of “The Catcher in the Rye,” a novel which proved both scandalous and life-changing, J.D. Salinger considered adding his generation’s idea of a trigger alert.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

NYC: Sept. 11 exhibit stages hunt for bin Laden
Declassified U.S. government documents and artifacts will be part of a new exhibit about the decade-long search for Osama bin Laden at the site of the New York terrorist attack he masterminded.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

New York City: Discover a revamped Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art’s new $450 million, 47,000-square-foot expansion offers visitors more than much-needed elbow room. It emphasizes new juxtapositions of works to encourage broader perspectives and new narratives.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Mt. Pulaski Christmas on Vinegar Hill Nov. 23
For 31 years, “Christmas On Vinegar Hill” has taken place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and 2019 is no exception with this special event at the Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site on Saturday, November 23. 
Saturday, October 26, 2019

One-Pan Cooking For Full Flavor
There are one-pan dinners, and there are sheet-pan dinners. They both make sense. By limiting the cooking action to a single pan, there is less to wash up, which is a definite bonus at the end of a long day. But there's a more important advantage: One-pan cooking ensures that every ingredient mingles together during the cooking process, sharing the spices and flavorings while contributing to the pan juices, which, in turn, promises a very tasty and comforting dish.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

American Dream: 2nd largest mall in nation opens
More than two decades ago when a mega entertainment and shopping complex was being conceived on a vast swath of swamp land in New Jersey, the iPhone didn’t exist, Amazon was only selling books online and malls were where you went for all your shopping needs.
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, October 26, 2019

Carol Burnett among panelists for discussion about memoirs
For at least one night, Carol Burnett was a writer among writers.

The beloved entertainer was among three panelists Thursday for “An Evening of Memoir,” presented at the MacDowell artist colony’s intimate event space in Manhattan. With some 50 people in attendance, many MacDowell officials and supporters, she was joined by the retired Princeton University historian Nell Painter and the author and literary event host Amanda Stern. Their backgrounds differ greatly, but they identified with each other as memoir writers and through more common life experiences, whether conflicts with their parents or the struggles of writing itself.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Family Halloween event tomorrow night at Old State Capitol
Families are welcomed to a special night of trick-or-treating for local youth at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Springfield on Saturday, October 26. 
Friday, October 25, 2019

Neil Young back in his ragged glory with 'Colorado'
Neil Young is back with his old band Crazy Horse in all their ragged glory with "Colorado," a beautiful, rambling, chaotic howl against climate change, division and hate.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Ringo's peace and love fills up new album
With enviable energy and the simple, persistent message of "peace and love," Ringo Starr has become one of humanity's quintessential goodwill ambassadors. "What's My Name," his 20th studio album, is another bundle of positivity and cheer, with a handful of good tunes to boot.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Genre-bending bio of Thomas Edison is highly illuminating
The late Edmund Morris, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer known for his willingness to brush aside the norms of his genre if it suited his narrative ends, does it again in his final book: a fresh look at Thomas Alva Edison, perhaps America's most prolific and consequential inventor.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sue Monk Kidd's next novel imagines a married Jesus
Sue Monk Kidd’s next novel is very much a work of fiction.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Gallery walk in Decatur November 1
The November First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Decatur will take place on Friday, November 1 from 5-7:30 pm. Two downtown Decatur art galleries will be open.
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thinking Ahead For The Holidays
There is something magical about roasted butternut squash. Its orange flesh softens into sweet, nutty squidginess, which is easily transformed into a puree.
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Chemistry Club at LLCC sponsors haunted lab
The Lincoln Land Community College Chemistry Club will host the seventh annual "Haunted Lab" Friday, Oct. 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in upper Sangamon Hall on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ghost hunter's work gets TV afterlife in 'Holzer Files'
Ask the daughter of paranormal researcher and “Ghostbusters” inspiration Hans Holzer whether she’s got any scary Halloween memories to share, and Alexandra Holzer doesn’t disappoint.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

'Patsy and Loretta' delves into bond between singers
Writer-director Callie Khouri is drawn to stories about female friendships and country music, and her latest television film “Patsy and Loretta” combines those passions into the true story of a friendship between two of country music’s most powerful voices.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' smartly teams Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer
For a moment, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” seems poised to turn into a wonderful take on “Father of the Bride” only with fangs and wings.
Thursday, October 17, 2019

'Y'all ride freight?': Trainhoppers speak of experiences as itinerant 'train kids'
Long before he ever reached for a moving train, Jeff Spiteri did homework. For two years, Spiteri, a teenager in suburban Detroit, researched freighthopping: Where to sneak on, what to pack, and how to evade police.

At the local railroad tracks he spent afternoons ascending graffiti-plastered boxcars. Online, he watched videos on illicit boarding techniques and messaged veteran freighthoppers for advice on living as an itinerant "train kid."

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers list
Saturday, October 12, 2019

A tale to two children and brussels sprouts
If you have more than one child, you may understand this tale. I have two children. One is an adventurous eater, and one is not. One loves fish, and the other can't stand it (although I don't recall her ever tasting much of it). One adores butter and milk, while the other would prefer not to be seated at the same table with dairy products.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Fun fall day trips for the family
If you're looking for something fun to do this Halloween season there are many local activities available, or some just a short drive away.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Ghostly fun at Lincoln presidential museum
Creepy characters will take over the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Oct. 19 for the annual “Spooktacular Evening with Abe,” a night of games, music and costumes to welcome the Halloween season.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

A trip to find the past
When the air begins to carry a cool bite and the leaves start to dress in dazzling hues, that can only mean one thing. Autumn has arrived, bringing with it all the things people love. Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, flannel - the list could go on. For some people, the fall season is a time to enjoy one of life’s greatest pleasures: Antique shopping.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

From the eccentric to modern, Makanda, southern Illinois, has something for everyone this fall
With the trees turning bright shades of orange, brown and yellow as the fall season arrives, southern Illinois puts out the welcome mat for visitors to enjoy the cool, crisp season. A good place as a destination to anchor any trip is the village of Makanda, located east of U. S. Route 51 in the southeast corner of Jackson County in deep southern Illinois. Makanda, also known as the “Hippie Town,” the nearly abandoned village had a Renaissance starting in the late 1970’s as artisans from nearby Southern Illinois University in Carbondale started to gravitate to its location due to low real estate prices.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

Take A Central Illinois day Trip
Saturday, October 12, 2019

'I've got one!' Hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert
As the setting sun left a yellow tinge on dirt-colored cactuses as far as the eye could see, park ranger Anna Roberts gave us a lesson on what we were about to hunt.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

'This Side of Night' is suspenseful, thought-provoking

In Texas’ Big Bend country, Sheriff Chris Cherry, the protagonist of J. Todd Scott’s previous two novels, may finally have run into more than he and his smattering of small-town peace officers can handle.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

THS Choirs to present 2019 Fall Concert
The Taylorville High School Choirs in cooperation with the South Fork High School Choir will present the annual Fall Demonstration Concert on Thursday, October 17 beginning at 7:00pm in the THS Cafeteria. This first concert of the year serves as a demonstration of the learning process that the students go through while preparing for the performance. In addition to several finished songs, the THS/SFHS Combined and THS Concert Choirs will present some of the warm-up and vocal flexibility exercises that are used in the classroom.
Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Lumineers create a stunning album in 'III'
Films, movies, television, books: They all tell stories that allow audiences to see glimpses of themselves. The Lumineers have told their own story in “III,” a 10-track concept album composed of three chapters that follows the fictitious Sparks family.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Lively 'Queen Meryl' crowns Streep as acting's best
The sort of book that would make its subject blush and her fans gush, “Queen Meryl” affirms Meryl Streep as the greatest actress of her generation — maybe of either gender and of any generation. That she’s not one to take herself so seriously as to believe there is anything heroic or legendary about her life is another reason to celebrate her.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Film: In 'The King,' Chalamet inherits the throne
Shakespeare adaptation without all that Shakespeare stuff, David Michod’s “The King” goes once more unto the breach only to come up short.
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Kiss will perform under the sea for great whites and guests
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Having played nearly every corner of the Earth in a nearly 50-year career, the rock band Kiss is taking its show to a new place — under the sea, where they will perform for great white sharks and eight fans separated from them by a small submarine.
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Historic Bethel School Open at Friends Creek
There will be two opportunities to explore the past at Friends Creek Conservation Area near Argenta, Ill. on Saturday, October 5: A Preschool Peepers program and open house hours at Historic Bethel School.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Children invited to learn and create at state museum
Children and their families will enjoy employing their powers of observation at two Illinois State Museum programs in October.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Back to Chiapas 25 years after covering rebel uprising
We rode up to the mountain towns of Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas and straight into the aftermath of an army shootout with rebels.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Leaning in to Puttanesca
It took me a long while to make puttanesca sauce, the feisty Italian tomato sauce packed with sharp, pungent and briny flavors. I admit it was the anchovies that gave me pause. While I don't mind anchovies in moderation, I don't liberally cook with them, either, foolishly reverting to a childhood bias against their salty fishiness. I should know better.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Prince Harry walks through Angola mine field, echoing Diana
A body armor-wearing Prince Harry on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Race, family and history converge in 'Heaven, My Home'
Race, family and history converge in Attica Locke’s second intense novel about African American Texas Ranger Darren Mathews. In this new series, as she has done in her previous novels, Locke skillfully packs “Heaven, My Home” with realistic and, at times, uncomfortable situations as she depicts complicated characters.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Versatile Forest Whitaker goes from crime boss to music man
Forest Whitaker plays a real-life crime boss in Epix’s new drama series “Godfather of Harlem” with the commanding intensity expected from him. What’s less expected is the movie musical he filmed in London this summer, a U-turn for the actor who started out a singer.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

IDNR Announces State and Federal Sites to be open for 2019 Youth Waterfowl hunting seasons
A number of Illinois state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and recreation areas will be open to youth waterfowl hunting during the 2019 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Seasons, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today. Federal sites that fall under the IDNR waterfowl administrative rule that will be open for the youth hunts also are listed below.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Spooky Story Program at Dickson Mounds, Oct. 3
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 9:30 a.m., the program will be “Spooky Stories” presented by Mike Anderson. Tots and their caretakers will enjoy spooky, silly, funny and thought-provoking stories and songs that will deliver a shiver! Spooky face-painting and crafts will also be part of the morning’s activities.
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers list
Saturday, September 28, 2019

Adult singers invited to join community choir
The Lake Land College Community Choir will begin its fall rehearsals Tuesday, Oct. 1 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. in the Lake Land College Theater.
Friday, September 27, 2019

Pretenders Chrissie Hynde takes a jazz turn
Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde brings much of the same qualities to “Valve Bone Woe” — her latest collection of tunes, mostly orchestral jazz — to her rock performances: attitude, commitment and expressiveness.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mister Rogers quotes fill new coffee-table book
If you need something to hold you over between the Mister Rogers documentary and the upcoming biopic starring Tom Hanks, a new coffee-table book of his quotes is now in bookstores.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Zellweger's dazzling performance as Judy Garland makes her an Oscar front runner
For Renee Zellweger, the task of becoming Judy Garland was too daunting to contemplate all at once. Such a character needed to be assembled piecemeal: a bit-by-bit metamorphosis starting with the voice, followed by workshopping the songs and then building in the mannerisms, the hair, the make-up, the stage presence, and so on.
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Robert Hunter, Grateful Dead's poetic lyricist, dies
Robert Hunter, the man behind the poetic and mystical words for many of the Grateful Dead’s finest songs, has died at age 78.

Hunter died Monday at his Northern California home with his wife, Maureen, at his side, former Grateful Dead publicist Dennis McNally told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The family did not release a cause of death.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In a fast moving age, botanical illustration persists
(AP) — Think of botanical illustrators, and you might envision a world of medieval herbalists, tulip or orchid collectors, or affluent young women of the 17th and 18th centuries making detailed drawings and watercolors of garden plants.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

October 2019 archaeology talk at Dickson Mounds focuses on historic bead collection
The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) will meet Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Dickson Mounds Museum beginning at 7:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Brooke Morgan, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum Research & Collections Center, Springfield, who will present a talk titled “The Frost Trade Bead Collection at the ISM”. This event is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be available following the presentation.
Monday, September 23, 2019

Paranormal investigator author at Dana's Saturday
TAYLORVILLE — On Saturday, September 21, 2019 Dana’s Book Exchange, 109 W. Main Cross in Taylorville, will host paranormal investigator and author Larry Wilson, who will be signing copies of his latest book, “Where Evil Lurks.”
Friday, September 20, 2019

'Letters from Hollywood' is a movie nerd's dream
Paul Newman passes on an offer to co-star with Barbra Streisand in “Funny Girl,” saying he can’t carry a tune or dance.
Monday, September 16, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-sellers
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Oktoberfest began as something of a wedding reception
Beer lovers who also like to travel no doubt include attending Oktoberfest in Munich on their bucket lists. The annual festival in Munich begins in late September and lasts for 16 days, during which people from across the globe gather to celebrate Bavarian culture.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

It's All About Leftovers
My inspiration for making soup is often a convergence of too many vegetables in the refrigerator with homemade stock and leftovers from a roast chicken. This recipe is not an authentic tortilla soup, as I managed to empty most of the contents of my veggie drawer into it. It's chock-a-block full of corn, beans, zucchini and peppers, simmered with a few must-have aromatics (onion and garlic) and pantry staples (canned Italian plum tomatoes and black beans).
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lots to sample on a weekend visit to Pittsburgh dining scene
When celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich decided to open a restaurant in Pittsburgh's Strip District in 2001, she arrived in a neighborhood filled with warehouses and factories.

This narrow stretch of streets in the shadow of the city's downtown office towers had long been home to food purveyors like Wholey's Fish Market and the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company, known to locals simply as Penn Mac.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Local Agribusinesses to sponsor free showing of "Silo" September 26
In today’s society, advancements in technology help to make agriculture production easier, safer, and more time efficient. Nonetheless, even with so many advancements, farming still ranks in the top 15 for America’s most dangerous jobs (USA Today), with grain bin related injuries being one of the most prominent.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

Review: A captivating new novel about word-obsessed twins
Cathleen Schine's captivating new novel, "The Grammarians," centers on a pair of identical twins named Daphne and Laurel, after the Greek myth of transformation, and their obsessive love of language. It's also about their family, and what happens to them as they grow older and some die.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

It's judgment day for Huffman in college admissions scheme
Felicity Huffman returned to court Friday to be sentenced for her role in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.
Saturday, September 14, 2019

A suicidal Madame Butterfly, Otello and Desdemona all in new world premier
A suicidal Madame Butterfly bids farewell to her son, who morphs into Otello and murders Desdemona twice while singing snippets of Rossini and Verdi. The Tomb Scene from “Aida” segues to Rusalka giving her prince the kiss of death. Then Romeo and Juliet die in each other’s arms.
Friday, September 13, 2019

Enrique Mazzola to succeed Davis as Chicago's Lyric Opera music director
There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago.

Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Music: Rested, revived, Black Keys return after 5 years
When the Black Keys last played a festival together in 2015, there was no grand plan to go an indefinite hiatus. They just stopped booking shows and they went home to Nashville, Tennessee to sleep in their own beds.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fiction: Stephen King returns with 'The Institute'
The kids are all right again, in Stephen King’s world.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Nonfiction: 'Only Plane' a compelling history of 9/11
People born at least a quarter-century ago probably remember the exact details of what they were doing on that beautiful blue September day when terror was unleashed across the country.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Go ahead, dive inside the mind of Bill Gates. Be sure to strap in
There are some things about Bill Gates that are unremarkable. His favorite food: hamburgers. His favorite animal: the dog. But a few minutes into a new TV series on Gates reveals a fascinating insight.

The Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist is asked what his worst fear is. It’s not family tragedy or personal pain. “I don’t want my brain to stop working,” he responds.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Film review: In 'Hustlers,' Jennifer Lopez steals money, and she steals the show
“Hustlers” is, in itself, a hustle.

It looks like a flashy, glamorous movie about strippers — all sparkle and skin and high-heels. And it is that. But the fleshy, dazzling surface of “Hustlers,” written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, cloaks an empowering feminist tale about a sisterhood of women who turn the tables on a male-controlled industry.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Immigration tale 'El Norte' returns to theaters for 1 day
“El Norte,” the seminal film about a brother and sister who flee violence in Guatemala to seek a new life in the United States, is returning to the big screen for one day this month to commemorate its 35th anniversary.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Turner Classic Movies hires 1st African American host, a U of Chicago professor
Jacqueline Stewart has been named host of Turner Classic Movies’ silent movie program “Silent Sunday Nights,” making her the network’s first African American host in its 25 year history.

TCM on Monday announced the hiring of Stewart, a professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago who has specialized in the racial politics of film preservation. She will make her TCM debut on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Did you lose Downtown Abbey in the British fog? Catch up before epic film
Does it feel like forever since we lost the style, splendor and scandals of “Downton Abbey?”

Well, dust off your jewels and put up the kettle because the twists and turns at your favorite Yorkshire estate in early 20th-century Britain are back with a feature film, to the delight of fans and “Masterpiece,” among others involved in creating the show.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019










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