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Thursday, May 31, 2012 12:00 am

The Illinois Symphony starts fresh with a new musical director

“The power of music can unite a community,” says Alastair Willis, brand new music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. “That’s what we all need to be striving towards.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:00 am

Public radio affiliate switches weekday focus from music to news

Change doesn’t have to be painful. At least that’s what WUIS general manager Bill Wheelhouse is hoping will be the case this summer, when the venerable radio station plans to shift from it
Performing Art
Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:00 am

Scott Richardson’s theatrical labor of love brings eclectic culture to Springfield

“I would say buying real estate is an emotional decision,” says Scott Richardson. “It’s probably not the wisest move, but sometimes you follow the heart. So we bought a theater
Thursday, March 29, 2012 12:00 am

Mike Doughty performs at Legacy Theatre March 30

Mike Doughty has been through the ringer. The former lead vocalist for sample-heavy ’90s alternative-rock mainstays Soul Coughing (“Super Bon Bon,” “Circles”) has put a l
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 12:00 am

A songwriter’s long, winding road from high school rocker to Sangamon Songs

To call Tom Irwin a fixture on the Springfield music scene would be something of an understatement. Beginning in the mid-1970s as a bass player and eventual frontman for various local rock bands, stra
Visual Art
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 12:00 am

From ceramics to hip-hop, dedication and enthusiasm trump economic adversity in Springfield

“I’m glad they’re here, kicking the arts in the butt,” smiles Betsy Dollar, executive director of the Springfield Art Association. She is referring to the organizers and partic
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 12:00 am

Enos Park apartments will serve people with disabilities

“Believe it or not, it was my sister who made the connection between me and SIU,” recalls Dulcinea Gillman. The former Springfield resident is now CEO of Critchfield Construction, an Elmhu
Visual Art
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 12:00 am

Arts center takes on $1.2 million fundraising challenge

“I had a person recently ask me what I do here,” recalls Fred Jarosz, executive director of the Hoogland Center for the Arts. “And I told them, ‘I’m the beggar. I’m
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 12:00 am

The talent at Torch Tuesday may be the Springfield music scene’s best-kept secret

[SOUND EFFECTS: needle drops onto vinyl; surface static; reporter clears throat]I’ll never forget the day I stumbled onto Springfield’s underground hip-hop scene. It all started with Raekw


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