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Saturday, March 23, 2013 07:14 pm
In The Wizard of Oz (1939), a young farm girl from Kansas wishes for excitement and gets more than she bargained for when a cyclone lands her in Oz, a bizarre alternate reality populated by odd, often hostile creatures. In Spring Breakers, currently playing in Springfield at AMC's Parkway 8, four young college girls wish for excitement and get more than they bargained for when a Greyhound bu...
Thursday, March 21, 2013 02:06 pm
Flyer by Mary Brennen It's the third Thursday of the month, which can only mean it's time for Third Thursday, Springfield's most reliable art and music event, 6pm-9pm at Donnie's Homespun. Here's an excerpt from my 2012 Illinois Times year end art scene wrap-up, describing what you might expect: As indicated by their name, on the third Thursday of every month, a constantly shifting...
Monday, March 18, 2013 10:00 am
Over the past year or so, Torch Tuesday at Bar None has steadily transformed from a rap-oriented open mic night into a varied and exciting place for all elements of hip-hop culture -- not just MCs and DJs but poets, visual artists, photographers, fashion designers, and more --to gather and find expression. There's a lot of local and regional talent on display each week, but host Aaron Uncanny ...
Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:19 am
In a 1981 case study conducted at the University of Kansas, researchers described the experiences of a woman with the neurological condition called chromesthesia, which caused her to experience sound as a visual color experience as well as an auditory sensation. Chromesthetics describe every sound they hear as triggering a ...
Friday, March 8, 2013 10:40 am
This is the fourth in a series of posts leading up to this evening's (Saturday, March 9) group exhibit of work by members of local art collective The Pharmacy. Installation Sketch 1 by Heather Brammeier It's basically a painting in space, says Heather Brammeier of the installation work she plans to show at tonight's Pharmacy gallery opening. I compose it the same way I would compo...
Thursday, March 7, 2013 11:14 am
No Name Comix Illinois, like so many great ideas, came into existence out of necessity. There were no places in Springfield to get stage time, says comedian, founder and First Thursday Comedy Showcase host Derek Bennet. We were having to drive for everything. The other thing was, everywhere we went we saw these really hilarious guys who nobody knew about. It was really a no-brainer. We needed ...
Thursday, March 7, 2013 07:04 am

It has been a long winter, perhaps even more so for Springfield’s fans of independent, foreign and other ‘art house’ cinema. Outside of the ongoing noble efforts of the Springfield Art Association’s Molly Schlich Film Series - acclaimed Japanese drama I Wish s...
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 01:43 pm
"Glowing, Them All" by Rachel Jennings This is the second in a series of posts leading up to the Saturday March 9 group exhibit of work by members of local art collective The Pharmacy. "This is my first experience out of school," enthuses Pharmacy member Rachel Jennings, who graduated from U of I in Champaign in May of 2012. "I love it a lot. It’s a lot different from anything ...

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