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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...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am
Tonight at Torch Tuesday, all eyes will be on resident DJ Yatti Dny, who will be spinning all night, providing a master class in the art of DJ-ing. Yatti says he first started to DJ due to the simple process of elimination. "There was me and three other guys walking down the street. Two dudes wanted to be rappers, one dude wanted to be the manager. There was no other position left but ...
Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:00 am
Condition 90 ca. 1986, l-r Irwin, Walter, Berkman It is nothing out of the ordinary for Tom Irwin to be performing at Brewhaus (617 E Washington) on a Sunday night. Tonight, however, promises to be unusual indeed.  In just over two hours, at 8 PM, Springfield music fans of a certain age will be treated to their first chance in a couple of decades to see the normally folky Irwin t...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the first in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. Joshua Cox grew up in central Illinois, in small towns near Peoria. He eventually headed east, y earning his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston before deciding to return to his midwestern roots, spending a few years each liv...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the second in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members  and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. "I have a general idea of where I want to start, and kind of where I'm headed," says Peoria-based artist Sarah Nesbit of her experience painting, "but as the process unfolds, I end up ultimately arriving...
Friday, July 5, 2013 12:00 am
A. D. Carson has been a leading member of Springfield's literary, educational and musical communities for years. He published the novel Cold in 2011, followed by The City, a book of shorter pieces, this past October. Carson has been writer-in-residence at Benedictin...
Friday, July 5, 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 lands on local rock and roll madmen Texas Trucker Speed Fiends who will be performing this very evening at Bar None. ...
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...

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