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Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 12:00 am
Registration begins today for a unique class at the Springfield Art Association. "Most classes in small art communities focus on media and techniques," explains Robert Mazrim, co-instructor of Studies in Observation and Representation along with Erin Svendsen. "You expect to be taught, within a certain medium, a series of techniques - how to hold a brush, how to mix color and all that. O...
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. 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...
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 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 charmingly monikered native Springfield rockers Soap Scum. Website:
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013 12:00 am
Bruce Williams In just a few hours, the Second Annual Healing Arts Festival will kick off at the Douglas Park Band Shell (400 N MacArthur). Organized by Bruce Williams (NIL8, Tom Irwin and the Raouligans), the music begins at 5 PM with Tater Tot. At 6PM, Maryl Walters will speak on the subject of "prayer based healing of today's challenges," followed by a rocking set from ...
Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 12:00 am
Early in my Springfield-set novel Kennel Cough (Post-Traumatic Press, 1999), a fictional late-1980s rock band makes its first professional recording at a small studio located across the street from the Illinois State Fairgrounds in the dead of winter. In tribute to the opening weekend of the fair, below is an excerpt from that section of the book. The opening of the final song to be r...
Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013 12:00 am
If you find yourself weary of all the go-to overhyped hits currently on local screens, cinematic alternatives are only as far away as a quick trip to Champaign. Through the coming weekend, the Art Theater Co-op (126 W. Church St. in Champaign) will be screening a variety of intriguing, non-standard fare, including documentaries about killer whales in...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 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 spotlight shines on regular-guy punk band Nephrons whose unassuming surface belies a ferocious live show. Take it away bo...

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