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Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 am
Continuing an apparent tradition of sneaking quirky and / or acclaimed and / or independent movies onto and off of Springfield screens so stealthily that local cinephiles may never realize they were here at all, AMC Showplace 12 is currently showing The Bling Ring, Sofia Coppola's (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette) latest slice of distaff angst. The fact-base...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am
Reacting to my “In defense of the politician,” a veteran State of Illinois employee told me that he thought it would be fun to work under a governor like Jerry Brown. Younger readers might be interested to know that Illinois very nearly had its Jerry Brown, in 1982 and 1986, when the 11-year U.S> Senator lost to ...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 am
This is the lovely cover of Dan Guillory's new poetry book titled HousePoems. More than a poetry book, this is an interesting collection of poems, histories (short essays) and photos of central Illinois homes and structures and the folks who inhabited them. There’s also a section on th...
Saturday, June 15, 2013 12:00 am
It may be raining cats and dogs (or any other less cliched species) but there are still three - count 'em - music festivals happening in the Springfield area today. The Black Sheep (S. Grand & 11th) is playing host to DumbFest from 1-10PM featuring twenty (!)  punk and alternative bands, including Tenement, Big Eyes, Lumpy & the Dumpers and Soap Scum. For the more THC-m...
Friday, June 14, 2013 12:00 am
In “White elephant,” I speculated about the fate of White Oaks Mall in a future in which bricks-and-mortar retailing seems doomed by the internet. Jordan Weissman -- who looks younger than some of the store displays at WOM – tells us in a recent Atlantic post...
Thursday, June 13, 2013 12:00 am
Republican Kirk Dillard recently raised the issue of which kind of family ought to be living in the Executive Mansion in Springfield. It is a question we ventilated in in 2009. (“Life in the Big House.) Clearly, it was not a question on the minds of the two most recent occupants of the house. Mr. Blagojevich famously disdain...

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