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Review: 'Broken Faith' looks inside Word of Faith Fellowship
Few religious leaders purport to hear directly from God but those that do seem to draw an unusually rabid following.
Friday, February 28, 2020

Review: Gardiner weaves horrifying tale in 'Dark Corners'
A terrifying killer that targets families by attacking them in the middle of the night tests the abilities of FBI profiler Caitlin Hendrix in Meg Gardiner’s latest thriller, “The Dark Corners of the Night.“
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Kids shine as Broadway's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' goes big
The cast of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ditched its somber Broadway home Wednesday for the cavernous Madison Square Garden, performing the play for 18,000 school kids in an electric one-time-only performance that one actor called “primal.”
Thursday, February 27, 2020

Music: Moreland goes deep in ways few songwriters can
Singer-songwriter John Moreland could bring an audience to tears singing nursery rhymes.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

'Warsaw Protocol' offers fascinating history of Poland
Poland becomes a battleground between several other countries and only a former agent for the United States has a chance to make things right in “The Warsaw Protocol,” Steve Berry’s latest adventure starring Cotton Malone.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Film: Peter Pan's Wendy Darling no long saddled with Victorian expectations
A Peter Pan story told from Wendy’s perspective sounds either too precious to be true or ripe for a skewering. But in the hands of the filmmakers behind “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Wendy” resides — ever so delicately — in the space between. It is an achingly earnest, feral, transporting and (very) loose reimagining of the classic J.M. Barrie tale about not wanting to grow up.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A diminished Victoria's Secret is sold
Victoria’s Secret, beset by falling sales and uncomfortable questions about its billionaire founder who has run the company for five decades, is being sold.

The company’s owner, L Brands, said that the private-equity firm Sycamore Brands will buy 55% of Victoria’s Secret for about $525 million. The Columbus, Ohio company will keep the remaining 45% stake.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A CGI canine yearns to be free in 'Call of the Wild'
Does the dog movie have any new tricks? Do we want it to?
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Austen's 'Emma,' humanized but not modernized
There’s beauty to spare in the new screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” from its palatial country estates with their art-filled galleries and manicured lawns, to the exquisitely detailed costumes (those feathered bonnets!), to star Anya Taylor-Joy, whose porcelain skin and blonde ringlets look like they belong in a Botticelli painting.
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Area artist wins prestigious national award
Well-known Central Illinois artist Tracey Maras has been awarded a top prize in the Pastel Journal Top 100 competition. The Pastel Journal is the major international magazine for Pastel painting. Maras’ painting “Cool Drink” won second place in the wildlife category of the competition in which there were 1,500 entries world-wide in that category. The poignant image shows a raccoon taking a refreshing drink from a stream. All 100 winners are featured in the April edition of Pastel Journal which will hit news stands and magazine racks on March 3, 2020.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020

St. Louis born AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102
A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that became a Steven Soderbergh film, died Saturday at age 102.

He died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, according to his son, Timothy Hotchner, who did not immediately know the cause of death.

Monday, February 17, 2020

For the ultimate grilled cheese, use both stovetop and oven
Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, an adult treat that harkens back to childhood. I never met a grilled cheese sandwich I didn’t like.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

SUNDAY NIGHT MA PO TOFU
This recipe is not entirely authentic. I prefer to call it an improvised Ma Po Tofu, because when the craving strikes for this spicy, satisfying Asian soup, but it happens to be a Sunday night in the dead of winter and you happen to be in your P.J.'s, it's time to dig deep and improvise.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

'Looks like a movie!' Traveling back in time to Tombstone
“Bang!” “Bang!” “Bang!”

And several more “bangs!” — the gunshots in this reenacted shootout happened so quickly I couldn’t keep count.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Calamine pink, or Dead Salmon? What's behind paint names
Ever wonder how paint colors get their names? If you’re shopping for pink, say, you’ll find dozens of shades referencing roses, bubblegum and shells. There are some extra-evocative names like Calamine and Dead Salmon. And what about a pink called Harajuku Morning? Modern Love?
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Review: 'Mr. Nobody' is mesmerizing psychological thriller
“Mr. Nobody,” the second novel by New York Times bestselling author Catherine Steadman, is a mesmerizing psychological thriller. A man is found on a beach. He doesn’t know his identity or how he got there. Expert neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is called in to help him regain his memory. This man — the media calls him Mr. Nobody — was found in Emma’s hometown, a place she fled 14 years ago, hoping never to return.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Prosecutor: Weinstein saw victims as 'complete disposables'
Harvey Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating aspiring actresses like “complete disposables,“ a prosecutor told a jury in closing arguments Friday at his New York City rape trial.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Winter Weekend events at Dickson Mounds Feb. 29-Mar. 1
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting its annual Weekend Knap-in on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. both days. The public is welcome to view flint knapping demonstrations. Visitors may learn about the different techniques used by craftsmen and see their stone tool creations.  Flint knappers interested in participating should contact Christa Christensen at 309-547-3721 for more information.
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Twin plots of new Doc Ford novel are far-fetched
Thirty years have zipped by since Randy Wayne White first introduced readers to Doc Ford and his pals in “Sanibel Flats,” and from time to time the mostly solid crime fiction series seems to falter. “Salt River,” the 26th Ford novel, is one of those times.
Thursday, February 13, 2020

'Sonic the Hedgehog' truly a feel-good buddy movie
If the Hollywood mantra for making blockbusters is “faster, faster, faster,” then the creators of “Sonic the Hedgehog” have wisely ignored it.

The little blue alien who can sprint quicker than the speed of light has ironically benefited from slowing it down, taking a pit stop to retool and emerge this month as a total crowd-pleaser.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Huey Lewis and The News 'Weather' may be it
“Weather” is the first album of original songs from Huey Lewis and The News in nearly two decades and it may also be their last.

Lewis has been suffering for decades from an inner-ear disorder that causes afflictions like hearing loss and vertigo, but the condition got much worse just days after the band finished mixing the songs on “Weather” with legendary studio wizard Bob Clearmountain.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Jigsaw puzzles for grownups back in vogue
There are jigsaw puzzle nights at coffee shops and libraries. Puzzle groups and puzzle games online. Hand-cut wooden puzzles that cost thousands of dollars. And puzzle designs that range from edgy, original artwork to your own, custom-ordered family photos.

Jigsaw puzzles for grownups are in vogue.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Primped and poised standard poodle best of show
Primped and poised, Siba the standard poodle owned the ring.

Even with the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for a popular golden retriever, the statuesque Siba strutted off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Actor-comedian Orson Bean, 91, hit and killed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian who enlivened the game show “To Tell the Truth“ and played a crotchety merchant on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. He was 91.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sunday News: Guest Lineups
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows:
Saturday, February 8, 2020

'Cartier's Hope' transports readers back in time
A strong woman pursuing her dream of a career and finding love fights against expectations in 1910 New York in M.J. Rose’s “Cartier’s Hope.“
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Powerhouse roster makes 'Birds of Prey' album fun
The all-female roster assembled for “Birds of Prey: The Album” represent uniquely different worlds, and a variety of music styles, but their message on the movie soundtrack is singular: DON’T MESS WITH US.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

It's easy to let travel rewards go unused. Don't
(NERDWALLET via AP) — Amtrak’s “buy one, get one” spring sale got me started.
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Lincoln library opens its vault in the name of love
History doesn’t always mean treaties, speeches and battles. It can also mean romantic letters, love songs and reunions with loved ones, as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will demonstrate the day before Valentine’s Day.

A special “Tales from the Vault” session on Feb. 13 will showcase materials from the presidential library’s collections that connect to love and romance. Manuscripts curator Christopher Schnell will explain each item and discuss what historians can learn from them.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Nature program for tots
Young children with an adult buddy are invited to Rock Springs Nature Center for Preschool Peepers: Wild Woodpeckers on Sunday, February 16 at 2pm. Children and their adult buddies will explore these unique birds, and make a woodpecker craft to take home. All supplies will be provided. Preschool Peepers programs are ideal for ages 3-5, but all ages are welcome. This program is free, but you must pre-register online by noon on February 14 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

'Spartacus' star Kirk Douglas rose from poverty to become a king of Hollywood
He was born Issur Danielovitch, a ragman’s son. He died Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood king.

Douglas, the muscular, tempestuous actor with the dimpled chin, lived out an epic American story of reinvention and perseverance, from the riches he acquired and risked to the parts he took on and the boundaries he defied. Among the most popular, versatile and recognizable leading men of the 20th century, he could will himself into a role or a favorite cause as mightily as he willed himself out of poverty.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

'Bright River' is intense family thriller
Riverhead Books, by Liz Moore The complicated relationship of two estranged sisters who choose different life paths persuasively works as a metaphor for their old neighborhood that is in transition. Deftly plotted with strong, vivid characters, Liz Moore’s outstanding “Long Bright River” works as solid crime fiction and an intense family thriller.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

St. Louis included on Stones tour
The Rolling Stones are returning to some North American cities where they haven’t played in years.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Unfinished Jane Austen draft source for PBS show
Crystal Clarke could imagine herself playing the heroine of a period costume drama, a genre that regularly makes its way to TV and film screens with potential breakout roles for young actresses. But the African American tempered her expectations.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Music: Haden Triplets sustain the tradition of sibling harmony
On their new album, “The Family Songbook,” The Haden Triplets sustain the longstanding musical tradition of siblings singing in harmony while also expanding their family’s musical footprint, which goes back generations.
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Amateur scientists globally documenting 'king tides'
Tourists, nature lovers and amateur scientists are whipping out their cameras to document the effects of extreme high tides on shorelines from the United States to New Zealand, and by doing so are helping better predict what rising sea levels will mean for coastal communities around the world.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Conservation group hosting trip to Cahokia Mds.
The Macon County Conservation District is hosting a trip to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on Wednesday, February 12 from 12-7 p.m. The trip departs from Rock Springs Nature Center.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

How Pacino and DeNiro were taught to act young
Would you have the gumption to tell Al Pacino to act his age?

That was the unique position Gary Tacon, the movement coach of “The Irishman,” found himself in on the set of Martin Scorsese’s crime epic. On Pacino’s first day shooting, the scene called for the 79-year-old actor, playing a 40-something Jimmy Hoffa, to jump out of a chair as he screams at a television showing the election results for John F. Kennedy.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

'The Age of Entitlement' is insightful look into where America is today
“The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties,” Simon & Schuster, by Christopher Caldwell

This is a sweeping but insightful examination into every social, political and legal decision, movement and trend that leaves us where we are today in a polarized nation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Watch the Super Bowl halftime show? What you may not know you saw
When the Super Bowl halftime show began, Yol-Itzma Aguirre and her relatives watched with anticipation. The El Paso, Texas, family was curious how Colombian-born Shakira and New York-raised Jennifer Lopez, two of the world’s most popular Latina artists, would seize the stage.
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Smash musical 'Hamilton' by original cast is coming to a theater near you
Next year, you’ll be able to see the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” perform the musical smash from the comfort of a movie theater.

The Walt Disney Company said  it will distribute a four-year-old live capture of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show in the United States and Canada on Oct. 15, 2021.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Rock Springs offers two nature events this month
Join a naturalist to learn about the Predators of the Prairie at Rock Springs Nature Center on Saturday, February 8 at 1pm. After some time indoors, guests will journey outside to try to spot some!  Dress for the weather. This program is free and for all ages, but you must pre-register online by noon on February 7 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, February 3, 2020

LLCC celebrates African-American history month
Lincoln Land Community College is celebrating African-American History Month during February with various events. The theme for this year’s observance is “Vision 2020: Elevate, Accentuate, Illuminate Your Future.”

Events are open to the public at no charge and held at LLCC’s Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The LLCC African-American History Month Committee and LLCC Student Life are event co-sponsors unless otherwise noted.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Birds of prey program for tots Feb. 6
The Tot Time program at Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, February 6 at 9:30 a.m. will be “Birds of Prey” presented by Wildlife Prairie Park.  Participants will get an up-close look at a variety of live birds and learn about what they eat, where they live, and other fun facts.  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy fun crafts to take home.
Monday, February 3, 2020

A look at the some of the best Super Bowl ads
During advertising’s biggest night, Super Bowl Sunday, marketers battled it out to bolster their brands and promote new products. Advertisers paid up to $5.6 million for 30 seconds, and almost 100 million people tune into the big game.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Stark contrast: Adams sends hope to Americans; Beyonce sits out anthem
Grammy-winning gospel legend Yolanda Adams says she feels blessed after performing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl.
Monday, February 3, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best Sellers
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Quick-braised chicken thighs yield slow cooked flavor
Craving comfort? These braised thighs will do the trick.
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Spirit Tourism: Britain sees spike in visits to distilleries
Many people these days are thirsting not just for a drink but for knowledge about where it comes from. “Spirit tourism” is booming across the United Kingdom, with artisanal brands and micro distilleries popping up and many global brands distilled here.
Sunday, February 2, 2020

Review: Moore's book has clever plot, intriguing characters
“Long Bright River,“ Riverhead Books, by Liz Moore The complicated relationship of two estranged sisters who choose different life paths persuasively works as a metaphor for their old neighborhood that is in transition. Deftly plotted with strong, vivid characters, Liz Moore’s outstanding “Long Bright River” works as solid crime fiction and an intense family thriller.
Sunday, February 2, 2020

New Chess Workshop to be held at Dickson Mounds Museum February 8
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a new workshop – Experience the Game of Chess – on Saturday, February 8. There will be two sessions. The first session is from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and is for kids ages 9-16 years old. It is a chance for those who are new to chess to learn how to play and for those have playing experience to acquire basic strategies. The second session is from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and is for participants ages 17 years old and up. This second session is a great opportunity for those who already know how to play to find their match and hone their skills.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 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.” Our next sensory friendly movie event will be held at 1 pm Saturday, February 15th at The Orpheum Theatre in Hillsboro. Our movie will be the newly released feature film, “Sonic the Hedgehog Movie.” 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.
Saturday, February 1, 2020

Mario meet Hulk: Nintendo park coming to Universal
Harry Potter and Hulk: Welcome your new neighbors, Mario and Pokemon. A fourth park at Universal Orlando is being created based on characters from Nintendo, the park’s owners announced.
Friday, January 31, 2020

Long list of special events at Lincoln library
February brings an array of special events and family-friendly activities to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, including free admission on Lincoln’s birthday.
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Civil War Saturday series begins Feb. 1
The State Historic Sites in Springfield and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources are pleased to partner with the Springfield Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society to present two history education programs on the first Saturday of February and the first Saturday of March at the Old State Capitol.  Both programs include free craft activities and share relevant historical information in a fun and relaxed setting.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Dana-Thomas House hosting specialty tour series
Specialty tours to provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy extra time inside the historic Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield are planned for February and March, hosted by the State Historic Sites Springfield and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  Two different tours will be offered, providing guests with not only an extended tour, but also extra insights into the architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Actors' union issues standards for sex scene supervisors
The union that represents actors and television performers issued a series of standards and guidelines Wednesday for crew members who supervise scenes involving sex and nudity. The goal is to combat on-set sexual harassment.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Longtime PBS 'NewsHour' host Jim Lehrer dies, age 85
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85.
Friday, January 24, 2020

Everyone invited: 'Great Gatsby' copyright to end
For decades, Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and other characters from “The Great Gatsby” have been as real to millions of readers as people in their own lives, exemplars and victims of the American pursuit of wealth and status.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

'Naughty boy:' Monty Python star Terry Jones dies
Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by a colleague as “the complete Renaissance comedian,“ has died after a battle with dementia.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020

James Dean revival spurs debate on raising the digital dead
The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film are aiming not just to give his digital likeness a role, but a whole new career.
Monday, January 20, 2020

Downton Abbey creator's new TV show is painfully accurate
The period costumes of a Julian Fellowes drama can be excruciatingly accurate, as an actress in his new series “Belgravia” discovered.

The Epix drama from “Downton Abbey” creator Fellowes and executive producer Gareth Neame is set in 19th-century London and features Tamsin Greig, who starred in the TV comedy “Episodes,” and Philip Glenister (“Cranford“).

Monday, January 20, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers List
Saturday, January 18, 2020

The cold season's answer to lettuce
When the weather is frigid, and the garden has hunkered down for the winter, it's time to turn to chicories. These leafy vegetables are our cold-season friends, packed with vitamins and nutrients, and winter's replacement for sweet summer greens. While chicories are also referred to as "greens," whites, reds and purples may be a more accurate description. This broad group of leafy "greens" includes endive, escarole, frisee, Treviso and radicchio.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

The perfect baked potato begins with russets
A fluffy baked potato is a glorious thing, but too often you slice into the potato and it is shiny and waxy, not light and creamy in texture.

Baking a potato is the easiest thing in the world, right? Then why are so many potatoes lacking in texture and flavor?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

To experience New Zealand's rugged beauty, go by camper van
We crested a hill on the winding lakeside road, and there it was: Middle-earth.

Rugged, snow-capped mountains glowed in the setting sun, and dappled green pastures tumbled down to the water's edge. White peaks soared in the distance. The Misty Mountains, perhaps?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Review: Moore's book has clever plot, intriguing characters
“Long Bright River,“ Riverhead Books, by Liz Moore The complicated relationship of two estranged sisters who choose different life paths persuasively works as a metaphor for their old neighborhood that is in transition. Deftly plotted with strong, vivid characters, Liz Moore’s outstanding “Long Bright River” works as solid crime fiction and an intense family thriller.
Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lincoln Library named one of America's top event venues
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was named the nation's best place to hold events that offer participants a truly unique experience in voting conducted for Unique Venues magazine's 2019 "Best Of" awards.

The library and museum won the "Best Venue for Unique Experiences" category for combining top-notch meeting facilities with access to exhibits, history experts and special activities, such as history-themed scavenger hunts. The magazine also praised the opportunity to hold dinners and receptions in a museum plaza featuring a log cabin on one side and the White House on the other.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lake Land College to host Academic Challenge
What happens when you take some of the most brilliant minds from area high schools and put them under one roof? Nothing other than an academic face off, where teams are pitted against each other in eight subject areas in order to take home the Academic Challenge regional championship title.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Lincoln, The Great Communicator tours the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area
Looking for Lincoln will host Lincoln, The Great Communicator in eight Looking for Lincoln Communities around the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area. The performance combines live period music with conversation and narrative by President Lincoln (using Lincoln’s own words) to explore Lincoln’s use of communication as a personal and political tool and features Lincoln impersonator George Buss and Illinois folk musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

'Joker' tops Oscar nominations with 11; 3 other films get 10 nominations
Todd Phillips’ much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations on Monday, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece.
Monday, January 13, 2020

Two nature programs this weekend at Rock Springs
Two nature programs are scheduled for Rock Springs Nature Center this weekend: a Full Moon Viewing and Winter Lore Story Time.

On Friday, January 10 at 7pm, see the full moon fifty times larger through one of the Rock Springs telescopes. Then, venture into the forest on a short hike illuminated by our only natural satellite.  Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.  This program is free and for all ages, but you must pre-register online by noon on Thursday, January 9 at MaconCountyConservation.org.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of best-selling 'Prozac Nation,' has died at age 52
Elizabeth Wurtzel, whose blunt and painful confessions of her struggles with addiction and depression in the best-selling “Prozac Nation” made her a voice and a target for an anxious generation, died Tuesday at age 52.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

7 weeks of Mardi Gras festivities this year
The Christmas season is officially drawing to a close, but it’s just the start of the season leading up to New Orleans’ biggest street party: Mardi Gras.

Some walking parades and streetcar-riding groups touch off Carnival revelry, which climaxes on Fat Tuesday — Feb. 25 of this year. On Monday the Krewe of Joan of Arc walks through the French Quarter, where the streets are too narrow for floats to pass. And two groups — the Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe — ride streetcars along St. Charles Avenue. The Societe des Champs Elysee, which usually celebrates on a different streetcar line, must walk to its party because the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel has closed that line.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Area gallery to host Barn Colony artists
Barn Colony Artists, based in Decatur, fill the Gallery and Upper Lobby of Flourishes Gallery and Studios through April 11. They invite you to view the forty-nine two-dimensional works by nine of their members. The reception with some exhibiting members present will be held Saturday, January 11 from 10 am to 2 pm. All are invited.
Monday, January 6, 2020

Too much choice and too much technology: How TV will change in the 2020s
What will  watching TV  be like in the 2020s? Amid new gadgets and glitz, the CES tech show in Las Vegas aims to offer some answers, many of which boil down to more streaming and more efforts to glue you to your phone.
Monday, January 6, 2020

What to do with that leftover bubbly? Some ideas
From early December through Jan. 1 (or beyond, depending on how fervently you hang on to the holidays), the pop of a Champagne or sparkling wine cork is a welcome and frequent sound. Fizzy wine is just the most festive of drinks, whether sipped straight up in a flute or mixed into cocktails. And many a New Year’s toast would feel incomplete without a glass of bubbles.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Sauce bologneseish
 If you don't have a recipe like this in your winter repertoire, then you should. In our house, we refer to this dish as Pasta Bolognese. Now, before you raise your hand to point out that this is not an authentic Bolognese sauce, I'll save you the time and announce it right here: This is not an authentic Bolognese sauce.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Slavery museum in Liverpool aims to confront painful legacy
Scarlet shackles sit peacefully on display in front of a sad, gray backdrop. The now rusted leg irons once locked human ankles during 18th century voyages from Africa to some European port, then to the Americas.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby arrested on battery charge
Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was arrested on a battery charge Thursday night in Miami after arguing with a music promoter over payment for a performance, Miami police said in an arrest warrant.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Author lays out sturdy case in 'From Russia With Blood'
In “From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin’s Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin’s Secret War on the West,” author Heidi Blake lays out a sturdy case that Russian President Vladimir Putin is a cold, treacherous thug who runs his country like a criminal cartel. But European and Asian leaders were so eager to welcome Russia into the family of free nations - and to buy Russian gas and oil - that they looked the other way as Putin consolidated his power and his opponents started turning up dead.
Saturday, January 4, 2020

Program at Illinois State Museum on January 8 focuses on fight for ERA
Despite bipartisan passage in the U.S. Congress of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the country has witnessed a battle to adopt the amendment, a battle that was often contentious and always noisy. On Wednesday, January 8, Dr. Mark DePue, Director of Oral History at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, will present a talk entitled “An Unlikely Defeat: The ERA Fight in Illinois.” The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Illinois State Museum’s Thorne Deuel Auditorium and will cover the long fight between pro- and anti-ERA groups in Illinois.
Friday, January 3, 2020

Calls to loved once revealed rough conditions before crab boat's sinking
A survivor of fatal Alaska crab boat tragedy said the crew  went from “sleeping to swimming in about 10 minutes” as rough seas and icing threatened to sink their boat.

“On the 31st we just started listing really hard on the starboard side,“ Dean Gribble Jr. said in a YouTube video he said he posted to answer some questions about what happened. “From sleeping to swimming was about 10 minutes. It happened really fast. Everybody was trying to get out. Everybody was doing everything they could and it was just really a (expletive) situation.”

Friday, January 3, 2020

Story Time at Illinois State Museum gets a make over
Story Time programs at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield have been expanded to include even more hands-on learning for children and a new name: Museum Play Date. Preschoolers and their caregivers will still enjoy stories and a craft, but Museum Play Date programs will also include interactive games, songs, and objects from the Museum’s collections.
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Forest ecologist helps refashion Barbie dolls as scientists
When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Film explores Linda Ronstadt's life and music career
NEW YORK (AP) — Between the Kennedy Center Honors and a CNN documentary about her life debuting on television New Year’s Day, Linda Ronstadt is taking a career victory lap.
Friday, December 27, 2019

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Asian Americans very rarely get in holiday movies
With its multiple teenage characters, the Netflix movie “Let It Snow” is a mix of holiday feels and a John Hughes comedy. But unlike those genres, the movie, about a small town besieged by a Christmas Eve snowstorm, has Asian American characters front and center who aren’t there just to be comedic relief.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Gerwig's 'Little Women' opens Christmas Day
There is a wild urgency to Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” that hardly seems possible for a film based on a 150-year-old book. But such is the magic of combining Louisa May Alcott’s enduring story of those four sisters with Gerwig’s deliciously feisty, evocative and clear-eyed storytelling that makes this “Little Women” a new classic.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

'Lemonade' by Beyonce is named the AP's album of the decade
The top 15 albums of the decade by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Watch every bowl? Yes! Here's why they are must-see
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Forget wrapped presents, try wrapping wreaths
Wrapped presents belong under the tree, but wrapped wreaths on doors or walls also can add to holiday decor.

In contrast to prickly evergreen wreaths, yarn-wrapped wreaths are soft and fluffy. At their best, they add a whimsical touch that evokes a snowy landscape. At worst, they might you remind you of a bath mat.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The science of gift wrapping: Sloppy is better
They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right.

Consumers in the U.S. spend billions of dollars a year on wrapping gifts, in most cases to make their presents look as good as possible. This includes money spent on paper, boxes, ribbon and pretty bows.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

What's new in newest version of 'Christmas Carol'
Wearing a tall black hat, a heavy mottled fur coat covered in trinkets, a long beard and plenty of hair, Andy Serkis received a round of applause from the crew of “A Christmas Carol” after thanking them for their hard work on the set.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

TV: A sleighful of movies, right up to Christmas
There have been enough holiday TV movies to overturn Santa's sleigh this season. Here's a sampling from broadcast networks, cable and streaming services worth tuning into, all times EST:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

What is it that makes Christmas movies so popular
If you are one of those people who will settle in this evening with a hot cup of apple cider to watch a holiday movie, you are not alone. Holiday movies have become firmly embedded in Americans' winter celebrations.

The New York Times reports a massive increase in new holiday movies this year. Disney, Netflix, Lifetime and Hallmark are now in direct competition for viewers' attention, with both new releases and reruns of the classics.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Christian County families honor their timeless holiday traditions
Saturday, December 21, 2019

London offers winter warmers with festive flavor
Mulled wine, warm spiced cider and hot toddies have long been British staples during winter.

Whiskey expert Ross Dennis at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery explains that the hot toddy comes from Scotland.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Holiday table: Don't ruin that pricey piece of meat
Nothing says "celebration" like a ridiculously expensive piece of meat. Well, that's not really true, but this is the time of year for splurging, in dollars and eating.

And with apologies to all the vegetarians out there, few things are as impressive an anchor to a festive meal than an extravagant cut of meat.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

How to create a durable gingerbread house
Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than gingerbread.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

If you've over-indulged during the holidays: Try these keto-friendly, low-carb and gluten-free recipes
Saturday, December 21, 2019

ICEBOX CUPCAKES:
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RUGELACH:
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HOLIDAY BRISKET WITH DARK RUM SAUCE:
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RAJAS CON CREMA:
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CUBAN SANDWICHES:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Patience is key in creating a durable gingerbread house
Gingerbread cookies and houses are one of the many symbols of the holiday season, alongside Christmas trees and twinkling lights. In fact, few confections symbolize the holidays more so than gingerbread.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Pottery Program at Dickson Mounds Tot Time January 2
At Dickson Mounds Museum’s Tot Time on Thursday, January 2 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be “Pottery Party” presented by museum staff. The program will focus on ancient container use and feature the hands-on activity of making various clay creations. This fun activity is a great way to kick off a new year of the Tot Time program series.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Review: Jordan and Foxx shine in urgent drama 'Just Mercy'
There’s usually one film that tops lists whenever powerful legal thrillers are debated — “To Kill a Mockingbird,“ set in the 1930s. Now comes a film showing how little has changed since then, based on a murder in the same Alabama town where Harper Lee wrote her masterpiece.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Foner writes timely new book on Reconstruction amendments
It took the United States two tries to get the Constitution right. The first time was at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. The second time was during Reconstruction, the 12-year period after the Civil War when the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were adopted.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Party Food That Will Make Your Heart Happy
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Fresh Ideas For A New Year's Day Buffet
Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Jim Crow film that just won't die, "Song of the South"
Racially segregated movie theaters and whites-only water fountains disappeared decades ago after court rulings struck down the legal framework of Jim Crow America, but another element of the era just won’t die: Walt Disney’s 1946 movie  “Song of the South.”
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Patriotism the theme of Christmas at the White House
Melania Trump is celebrating American patriotism at the White House this Christmas, incorporating red and blue into the traditional holiday green, adding a timeline of American design, innovation and architecture and studding a Christmas tree with her family’s annual ornament, the American flag.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Santa Claus helps residents of town in Alaska forget troubles
A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Growing holly: Careful consideration must be given to placement
Evergreens such as holly, with its bright green leaves and sparkling red berries, add excitement to an otherwise dull winter landscape. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Jennifer Fishburn provides insights on growing the winter favorite.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Trying to make your poinsettias last past Christmas? Here's how
Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. These colorful plants brighten up homes with their vibrant hues in variations of red, white and pink, making them a holiday decoration many people cannot live without.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Beware of Christmas tree hitchhikers
If you have ever purchased or harvested a living or cut Christmas tree, you may have inadvertently brought in some overwintering pests.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter sowing works with nature to prepare seeds
Winter-sowing is a cost-effective and low-maintenance way of starting plants for the garden. Creator of the winter-sowing method, Trudi Davidoff puts it in simple terms: starting plants outdoors, in winter.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow
Years ago, I had one of those spineless cacti that once a year splash colorful flowers out the ends of their flat, arching stems. Such plants are usually named for when they are supposed to bloom: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter cactii.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Planning next year's planting: Opt for fundamentals
Gardeners skimming the newly arrived 2020 seed catalogs should probably spend less time on the tempting photographs and more time focusing on what retailers call “shopping filters.“ That means selecting plants based on their performance rather than their flash.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Six 2020 All-America Section winners announced
After the polar vortex of last winter, many are wondering if those cold blustery temperatures will return this season to affect our plants in Illinois. According to winter predictions, and University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Bruce J. Black, this winter should be cold, but with enough snow, plants will be successfully insulated.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

New Kids Day Program at Dickson Mounds January 4
Dickson Mounds Museum is hosting a new program – Kid’s Day: Animals in Winter – on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Those attending will learn about how a variety of animals survive the changing of the seasons. The Peoria Zoo will present “An Animal for all Seasons” featuring live animals. Hot or cold, discover how animals make it through the summer without air conditioning and through the winter without mittens.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

You better not cry: helping kids manage their fears of Saint Nick
Photos of crying kids on Santa’s lap may be popular on Facebook, but steps can be taken to ease fears about meeting jolly old Saint Nicholas, avoid the tears and preserve a healthy level of caution around strangers, a Springfield-based therapist says.

“The point is for it to be a fun moment for everyone involved,” said Jonathan Ponser, manager for children and family therapy at Memorial Behavioral Health, an affiliate of Springfield-based Memorial Health System. “I understand the societal pressure to get that picture and that photo op.”

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Audobon's annual Christmas Bird Count strong
It’s been 120 years since New York ornithologist Frank Chapman launched his Christmas Bird Count as a bold new alternative to what had been a longtime Christmas tradition of hunting birds. Today, the annual count continues, stronger and more important than ever.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Alaska students butcher moose to learn life skills
Students at an Alaska high school have received lessons in anatomy, life skills and Alaska cultural traditions through an unusual study source: a moose carcass.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

People in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism
For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Park announces winners of Christmas Bake Off
Winners were announced in the Manners Park Christmas Bake Off competition. The contest was held Sunday, December 15, 2019 in the Dining Hall at Manners Park in Taylorville.
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Making and sharing familiar meals with those who have dementia can be a way to boost their spirits
Long before Tim Hollingsworth earned the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year award and served as chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was learning to cook by his mother’s side at home. As a kid, Hollingsworth would measure ingredients to help his mom make dinner, and he’d talk with her and sample the dishes as they cooked.

Today, Hollingsworth — the winner of Netflix’s “The Final Table“ and owner of Otium in Los Angeles — returns the favor. His mother, now struggling with memory loss, sits with him as he cooks her favorite recipes, from fragrant pots of chili to comforting platters of chicken and dumplings.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

GRAPES IN ROSE WINE SAUCE:
Saturday, December 21, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library announces January auditions for 'Alabama Story'
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will hold auditions in early January for its next play, “Alabama Story,” a drama about censorship and civil rights that was inspired by real events.
Friday, December 20, 2019

Forget technology, Dench is the real special effect
There’s apparently enough groundbreaking technology used in “Cats” for NASA to send a rocket to unexplored parts of the universe — perhaps to a far-off planet where cats sing, dance on two legs, and recite T.S. Eliot poetry in half-Cockney accents.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Who: Townshend, Daltry embody high standards
While frequently joining forces for tours and other projects, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have released just two studio albums as The Who since 1982, with 2006’s “Endless Wire” their last such work until now.
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Hit play 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is busting out of Broadway
The hit play “To Kill a Mockingbird” is busting out of Broadway — and dunking at Madison Square Garden.

For one night only in February, the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic book will be performed exclusively for 18,000 public school children free of charge at the home of the New York Knicks and Rangers.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

'A Hidden Life,' a hymn of defiance
Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life” resides above the clouds in a small Alpine hamlet.

Franz Jagerstatter lives there, in Austria, with his wife, Franziska, and their young daughters. They spend their days working and playing in the hillside fields, enraptured by their humble mountain idyll. The enormous peaks that surround them make a kind of open-air cathedral.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Celebrities deep into liquor, with their own brands
From Kate Hudson’s new vodka to Dylan Sprouse’s Brooklyn-made mead, celebrities with their own brands of spirits and wines can make drink-loving fans happy at the holidays.
Monday, December 16, 2019

Docudrama 'Richard Jewell' typical Eastwood strong
(AP) — “Richard Jewell” is a typically strong late-period Clint Eastwood docudrama that balances grand American themes while captivatingly dramatizing the villainization of the Atlanta Olympics bombing hero, only to needlessly tarnish itself with a wanton and unfounded depiction of a female journalist at the center of the 1996 media storm.
Thursday, December 12, 2019

2 nature programs at Rock Springs this weekend
There will be two nature programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area this weekend. All ages can learn about mammals in Illinois on Saturday, December 14 at 11am. Attendees will examine pelts, tracks, and skulls of Illinois mammals to piece together what their lives are like. The program is free. Those attending must pre-register online by noon on Friday, December 13 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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

Offerings abound at holiday time.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lincoln Home visitor center to host play set on Christmas Eve of 1864
The holiday season is here and Lincoln Home National Historic Site invites the community to attend a special performance of “A Message at Midnight” that will be presented on Friday, December 20, 2019 and Saturday, December 21, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Performances are at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center at 426 S. Seventh Street, Springfield, Illinois.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Get an up-close look at Lincoln Presidential Library's rare Civil War relics
More than 150 years after the bullets stopped flying, the battles of the Civil War hold a special place in American memory. On Dec. 12, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will open its vault to display concrete reminders from a few of those bloody battles.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Celebrate the holidays with Postmodern Jukebox's "A Very Postmodern Christmas" at Kirkland Fine Arts Center Dec. 14
This holiday season, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) launched their inaugural Christmas tour, entitled "A Very Postmodern Christmas," which can be seen on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin University’s campus.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Chang says his new Netflix show honors Bourdain
"Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" host David Chang says he understands why critics are comparing his new show to work done by his late friend and colleague Anthony Bourdain. Chang's show fuses food and travel as did Bourdain's "Parts Unknown.'
Saturday, December 7, 2019

TIS THE SEASON FOR SPIRITS
In this window of time between Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas excess, take a break from fancy feasts and indulge in a robust and rustic one-pot meal. This wine- and brandy-laced stew is guaranteed to warm you in the cold weather. After all, while libations are certainly for sipping, don't overlook their power to enhance flavor in food, such as this pork and prune stew fortified with Armagnac. If this recipe doesn't warm you, I'm not sure what will.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in the wine world
From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue.

Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

2-year old Arthur becomes star in UK Christmas ad tradition
Little Arthur crawls out of bed in his red Marvel Comics pajamas, brushes his teeth and strolls outside after breakfast to his day job: helping out at the family hardware store in Rhayader, Wales. It’s Christmas and Arthur, nearly 3, has his work cut out for him wrapping presents, hanging ornaments and helping customers.
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Ali Wong's Raunchy Humor Charms in 'Dear Girls'
In a hilarious series of letters to her daughters, comedian Al Wong reflects on her life before and after fame in "Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life"
Saturday, December 7, 2019

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

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

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

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









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