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Performing Art
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

Local production continues at the Hoogland Oct. 11-13

 Is it timeless or just old? Inherit the Wind may be a staple of community theater, but can a fictionalized account written 58 years ago about something that happened 88 years ago resonate with A
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Illinoisans struggle as student debt robs America’s future

Angela McGonigle tried to do everything right. Born and raised in Springfield, she had saved $5,000 to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville but used the money to study abroad instead. D
Performing Art
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 12:00 am

Muni brings gritty drama Rent to the Springfield stage

When Mac Warren submitted Rent to the Muni’s play reading committee, he knew the edgy show would be a tough sell. The Tony and Pulitzer winning musical, based loosely on La Boheme, depicts New Y
Performing Art
Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 12:00 am

Springfield’s summer theater continues its strong season with Peter Pan

If there’s one thing the cast and crew of the Muni’s latest production want you to know, it’s this: their Peter Pan is more than just a kids’ show. And while the husband-and-wi
Performing Art
Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience

It’s more than you,It’s more than me,No matter what we are,We are a family.This dream is for all of us, This one can be real,And you can’t stop us now,Because of how you feel. &nbs
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am

One man’s journey from Kuwait, to Jordan, to owner of Mariah’s Steakhouse

Although he came into the world in 1964, Bassam “Sam” Al-Khayyat (pronounced Alkite) refers to July 3, 1989, as the day he was born. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he s
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Bringing the international hit to the Springfield stage

Joshua Ratz could have done anything on Father’s Day. He could have spent time with his 19-year-old stepson. He could have helped his pregnant wife care for their infant. He could have worked on
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:00 am
At 280,000 acres, the expansive beauty of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois can feel both breathtaking and intimidating. In fact, in April of this year, Saline County Central Dispatch a
Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 am
More than 100 years ago, Illinois was the fourth largest wine-producing state in the nation. Now the Treasury Department holds Illinois responsible for just a fraction of the 40 million gallons bottle


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