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Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 12:00 am
In just about two hours, Springfield poet Anita Stienstra will take on the role of  “Poet in the Parlor” at the Vachel Lindsay Home (603 S. 5th St). Stienstra will be presenting a 45 minute program, which will include readings from her own work as well as Vachel Lindsay’s poetry. "I think I’m going to bring my guitar," she says.  "I’ve se...
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. 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
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 12:00 am
There is a new stone bench on the UIS campus dedicated to the late Rich Shereikis, a founding faculty member of UIS’s predecessor school and a long-time contributor to IT. (See “The right combination of sensibilities,” April 11, 2013.) The bench adorns the berm where West Lake Drive meets the campus ring roa...
Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013 12:00 am
A year ago I ventured an opinion about one of the chronic ailments suffered by U.S. health care -- expensive, ineffectual or unnecessary treatments that are partly a result of incentives built into our perverse system of paying for such things. (See Just what the doctor ordered, August 23,2012.) On August 19
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...
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...

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