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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 12:01 am

Local women singers head to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis

 “I have heartaches, I have blues. No matter what you got, the blues is there.”Jan. 21-25, at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, Tenn., hundreds of blues musicians gather fro...
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 12:01 am

Leading Springfield to a future of health and fitness

Fitness is in. We’ve all seen enough alarming articles about obesity in America to know that something has to change, and there are plenty of people in Springfield trying to do something about it. W...
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 12:01 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery’s mid-life crisis

 During winter, especially, the signs aren’t obvious.Snow covers expanses of lawn prone to brown during dry summers. Dead trees, perhaps as many as 90, aren’t distinguishable from the ones th...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am
Movies are about moments – big moments that erase our cynicism about cinema and remind us of its capacity to dazzle, quiet scenes that succeed in touching our hearts. This happens in a way only poss...
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 12:01 am

Alienation and loss dominate

 The more things changed, the more they remained the same for American movies. Superhero films and sequels still held sway at the box office as the top five grossing movies fell into one of these...
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:01 am
Grand performances move HustleDeception, denial and blind ambition are at the core of David O. Russell’s American Hustle, a wildly ambitious, relentlessly engaging and darkly humorous tale that feat...
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:01 am

Established and successful, music education is ready to grow

 On Wednesday, Dec. 4, outside Room 2250 in Menard Hall on the campus of Lincoln Land Community College, well-dressed young adults pace nervously, awaiting the moment they enter to participate in...
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 12:01 am

Five innovators give their perspectives on the Springfield arts and music scene

As 2013 draws to a close, the arts in Springfield are in an exciting place. Local visual artists, theatrical performers and musicians have rarely had so many opportunities to gain exposure, with a gro...
Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 12:01 am

Supermarkets flood Springfield

 At first glance, it should be a matter of simple mathematics.If there are x number of mouths to feed in any given city, then that city should support y number of grocery stores. The industry rul...
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 12:01 am

UIS athletic director Kim Pate keeps her eye on the ball

 Three years ago, the athletic department at the University of Illinois Springfield faced criticism from several angles. Scandals large and small hinted at lax standards and a lack of accountabil...

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