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Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 02:32 am

A Long Way Home depicts the struggle of coming back from war

When Springfield resident Tom Jones reads about or meets a young veteran returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, something deep within him stirs. Jones remembers well the difficulties of adjusting to life...
Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010 04:11 pm

New Salem production brings Foote’s last play to life

When Horton Foote died last year at the age of 92, America lost one of its most prolific and endearing dramatists. Foote, who was still writing until his last days, completed more than 60 plays and sc...
Thursday, June 17, 2010 07:05 am

Seussical, The Musical, opens the Muni’s season, 60 years after it all began

Only through the lens of the late Theodor Seuss Geisle, better known as Dr. Seuss, can a chaotic menagerie of made-up creatures bring order and wisdom from whimsy and fun. Filled with comedies such as...
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 07:46 pm

Springfield embraces artists of the spoken word

In a city largely absent of activities and events related to African American culture, Springfield’s black residents have long suffered from the “there’s-nothing-to-do syndrome.&rdqu...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 12:52 am

Shen Yun, mixing art and politics, comes to Sangamon Auditorium

Five thousand years of Chinese performing arts and culture will take the stage Feb. 9 at Sangamon Auditorium in a multimillion-dollar touring production called Shen Yun (“divine character”...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 06:33 am
Ringing in the new year doesn’t need to be an adults-only party. Instead, welcome 2010 with a celebration of family-friendly arts, music and theater at the 23rd annual First Night. This year&rsq...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 01:39 am

Locally produced short film debuts at UIS

Statistics are often hard to remember. We might forget that 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS or that the global total is more than 30 million. We might not know that 25 percent of them d...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 03:42 pm

Success leads to space and money woes

Nestled in the basement between thick square support pillars, the young musicians eagerly consume sheet after sheet of music, building a crescendo with violins, timpani and horns. Three floors up, a g...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 09:25 pm
Local youths may be familiar with the confrontation and spectacle of mainstream hip hop, where the words flow effortlessly with messages of violence, money and sex. Less familiar is a close cousin, slam poetry, which also has smooth lyrical moves, but uses them to deliver appeals to social justice, racial understanding and cultural identity....

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