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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am
This Friday July 5th marks the first of several events under the Springfield Renaissance umbrella. Presented by the not-for-profit Illinois Independent Arts Association, the shows have been created with an eye toward "supporting the young music community through arts and entertainment," according to IIAA board member Eric Heyen, who hopes that this will be the first of many monthly s...
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 ...

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