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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:00 am
Cornfucius himself Springfield was deprived of one of its most clever, charismatic and confrontational musicians when long-time hip-hop producer-rapper-instrumentalist CornBread (real name Andre Middleton)  recently relocated to California, where he is pursuing a degree from the Los Angeles Recording School. Cornbread is back in town this week for vacation and will be headlining his ow...
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...

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