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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 ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 07:05 pm
"Laura Coffey" by Philip Ackerman   This is the first in a series of posts leading up to the Saturday March 9 group exhibit of work by members of local art collective The Pharmacy. Philip Ackerman co-founded the group back in 2011, and his distinctive work both in watercolor portraiture and tile mosaic have been touchstones of each Pharmacy group show so far. More than two years on...
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 01:57 pm
This week marks the return of the Torch Tuesday hip-hop concert series, featuring a local favorite, a consummate up-and-comer and a visitor from up North. Headlining the show is Black Steel (a.k.a. Young Twizz). "I wouldn't call it gangsta rap, but he raps about his experiences and what he has witnessed, so there's stuff about growing up around drug dealers, seeing people getting shot,&quot...
Monday, March 4, 2013 03:00 pm
Thrice each year, the artists of local grass roots collective The Pharmacy put their best work on display for all to see. All four of the previous exhibitions have been watershed events, brimming with stimulating images and textures, virtually vibrating with enthusiasm. This excitement doesn't just come from the artists proudly showing their most recent creations - the exhibitions have gained ...
Monday, May 16, 2011 12:13 am
In an inexplicable piece of happenstance, one of the most famous and respected rap artists in the world will be performing in downtown Springfield tomorrow night -- Tuesday, May 17th -- in a bar that can’t even legally admit 100 people. Yes, Raekwon the Chef himself will be, um, “cooking up some marvelous shit to get your mouth watering” this week at Bar None (427 E. Monroe), as part of ...
Thursday, April 28, 2011 11:26 am
The living rebuke to any Beatles-era baby boomers fond of lamenting the lack of melody and harmony in today’s pop music -- namely The New Pornographers -- will be playing at the Canopy Club in Urbana tonight, and I for one could not be more thrilled to have tickets. The Canada-based indie rock combo is grounded in the More-Hooks-Than-A-Live-Bait-Shop songwriting of bandleader A.C. Newman...
Sunday, April 10, 2011 03:59 pm
Midafternoon on a Sunday at Bar None isn’t exactly the time and place you expect to encounter a rock show, but that’s just what Tom Irwin has decided to pull out of his back pocket today. A makeshift “power trio” (Irwin on bass, local percussion legend Timothy M. “Grumpy” Harte on drums, and Tom’s guitar-slinging son Owen Irwin on 6-string duty) plows game...

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