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Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 12:00 am
OK. If you're so busy or brain dead you forgot you get a three-day weekend this weekend (like I did), you need to read this stuff below: Tonight, 7 p.m., at The Pharmacy a jazz show with Lucas Collins from N.Y. on percussion and
Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC flashlight shines on Springfield's only apparent working free jazz ensemble, End Times Trio. (Answers below provided by Mark Schwart...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 12:00 am
I love elections. The torrent of lies, half-truths and baseless insinuations from candidates about other candidates is entertaining, though also disheartening if you let yourself think about it too much.

This morning, I found the most magnificent specimen of a political hit job in my email box from the National Republican Congressional Committee. Behold:

Hey there &ndash...
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 12:00 am
As always, anything goes at The Pharmacy's Open Format Open Mic. Bring a guitar and share a song or two. Try out that new poem, even thought the ink is still not dry in your Moleskine. Go public with that original knock-knock joke you've been annoying your friends and family with. Peel and eat an orange. The only limit (other than municipal decency statutes) is your imagina...
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 12:00 am
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents "Between the Cracks" - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC flashlight shines on charmingly monikered native Springfield rockers Soap Scum. Website:
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 12:00 am
Bruce Williams In just a few hours, the Second Annual Healing Arts Festival will kick off at the Douglas Park Band Shell (400 N MacArthur). Organized by Bruce Williams (NIL8, Tom Irwin and the Raouligans), the music begins at 5 PM with Tater Tot. At 6PM, Maryl Walters will speak on the subject of "prayer based healing of today's challenges," followed by a rocking set from ...
Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 12:00 am
What do other folks do? Those that don't attend the Illinois State Fair or mill about the pool. Well, this poet goes out into the world and welcomes in happy little moments. Unafraid to find a sweet rendezvous in unexpected little places or pleasures, fearlessly finding connections, sometimes between the natural world and the world ins...
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 12:00 am
Early in my Springfield-set novel Kennel Cough (Post-Traumatic Press, 1999), a fictional late-1980s rock band makes its first professional recording at a small studio located across the street from the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the dead of winter. In tribute to the opening weekend of the fair, below is an excerpt from that section of the book. The opening of the final song to be r...
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:00 am
If you find yourself weary of all the go-to overhyped hits currently on local screens, cinematic alternatives are only as far away as a quick trip to Champaign. Through the coming weekend, the Art Theater Co-op (126 W. Church St. in Champaign) will be screening a variety of intriguing, non-standard fare, including documentaries about killer whales in...

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