IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Thu, 23 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Chest-thumping http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14604-chest-thumping.html Chest-thumping
 Further thoughts about the Daily Herald’s forlorn search for a gubernatorial candidate who can “change Illinois history.” The paper believes it found one in Bruce Rauner. As I noted in l...]]>
Waste not more http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14606-waste-not-more.html Waste not more
 I’ve been thinking a bit more about food waste, and the several ways it might be reduced, or at least redeemed. While it’s too wet to burn, food waste can be digested by our littl...]]>
“Men” Tripped up by Obvious Intentions http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14600-%25E2%2580%259Cmen%25E2%2580%259D-tripped-up-by-obvious-intentions.html “Men” Tripped up by Obvious Intentions
If director Jason Reitman wants you to take anything away from his new film Men, Women and Children, it’s the knowledge that the internet is a very bad thing, I mean a REALLY bad thing, an awful, ...]]>
“Alexander” an Effective Reminder of Our Blessings http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14601-%25E2%2580%259Calexander%25E2%2580%259D-an-effective-reminder-of-our-blessings.html “Alexander” an Effective Reminder of Our Blessings
We’ve all had them, those days when, not only do things go badly, but circumstances occur that are so outlandish, so catastrophic that we can’t possibly understand how they came to be.  Th...]]>
“Dracula: Untold” a Worthy Addition to Vampire’s History http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14602-%25E2%2580%259Cdracula-untold%25E2%2580%259D-a-worthy-addition-to-vampire%25E2%2580%2599s-history.html “Dracula: Untold” a Worthy Addition to Vampire’s History
Other than Sherlock Holmes, Dracula has graced the silver screen more than any other fictional character.  With that being the case, do we really need another movie featuring the cursed count ...]]>
Downey Jr. and Duvall Struggle Mightily to save “Judge” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14603-downey-jr-and-duvall-struggle-mightily-to-save-%25E2%2580%259Cjudge%25E2%2580%259D.html Downey Jr. and Duvall Struggle Mightily to save “Judge”
David Dobkin’s The Judge is a movie that has one thing and one thing only on its mind – to make its star Robert Downey Jr. look good.  This should come as no surprise as this is the first ...]]>
Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14576-taking-note.html Taking note - Art, music, poetry yield new song for Chris Vallillo
Central Illinois roots musician and songwriter Chris Vallillo found inspiration at the Dana-Thomas house this summer. While performing a series of shows at the Springfield state historic site as pa...]]>
Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14548-touche-amore.html Touche Amore - Thao Le captures post-hardcore band performance
Thao Le is at it again. She was out at The Castle Theater in Bloomington on Sept. 24 to see and capture in images, Touche Amore, a post-hardcore band from California. As Le stated, “They're curr...]]>
Video Preview: Special Red at DEMO Project this evening http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14547-video-preview-special-red-at-demo-project-this-evening.html Video Preview: Special Red at DEMO Project this evening
  Brooklyn artist Victoria Calabro has transformed the DEMO Project space into a neon pink beachfront. If you don't believe me, head over there yourself for the opening reception today from...]]>
Art Opening at UIS Gallery tonight http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14546-art-opening-at-uis-gallery-tonight.html Art Opening at UIS Gallery tonight
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Oh, there's Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14521-oh-theres-illinois.html Oh, there's Illinois
 In “Where’s Illinois?” I pondered the ways in which the Midwest is a state of mind – and that when it comes to geography, Americans’ minds are often in a state of confusion. Yale...]]>
Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14517-remembering-george-colin.html Remembering George Colin - A central Illinois artist who was simply extraordinary
Almost two years ago, George Colin was the reason for my visit to Salisbury, Illinois. I was collecting info to write an Illinois Times article about a new book featuring Vachel Lindsay’s poem ��...]]>
Autopilots http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14492-autopilots.html Autopilots
The social impacts of the cyber revolution are beyond the brief of a columnist specializing in weedy parking lots and aldermanic antics. But, like the current Republican gubernatorial candidate, I ...]]>
Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14490-who-was-jacob-david-george.html Who was Jacob David George - A man with three first names fighting for the every man
Today by chance, I read about a young man who died recently. Jacob David George was a banjo-playing singer/songwriter, bicyclist/activist who rode across the country with a message. His message was...]]>
Flyover country http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14459-flyover-country.html Flyover country
 In "Flyover Country" Is an Insult to Midwesterners Like Me. So Is "Heartland" Sentimentality,” journalist Matthew Wolfson offers a sober and perceptive assessment of the popular sentime...]]>
Tonight in St Louis - Black Lips with King Khan & BBQ Show http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14458-tonight-in-st-louis-black-lips-with-king-khan-bbq-show.html Tonight in St Louis - Black Lips with King Khan & BBQ Show
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Art weekend! Tonight: DEMO Project, tomorrow night, The Pharmacy http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14456-art-weekend_-tonight-demo-project-tomorrow-night-the-pharmacy.html Art weekend! Tonight: DEMO Project, tomorrow night, The Pharmacy
It's a big weekend for the visual arts in Springfield, with openings at the DEMO Project tonight and The Pharmacy's 10th group exhibition on Saturday.The DEMO Project (732 North Fourth Street) is ce...]]>
Hey Rockers! It's the American Music Show - Tonight & Tomorrow http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14457-hey-rockers_-its-the-american-music-show-tonight-tomorrow.html Hey Rockers! It's the American Music Show - Tonight & Tomorrow
 The return of the American Music Show is just hours away! Check out the videos below and then head to Donnie's homespun:Tonight at 6:30 - The Whistle Pigs   Now q...]]>
Already in the know http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14455-already-in-the-know.html Already in the know
My column next week will be about New York City, and the allure it has always had for the ambitious and the hopeful. Writing it, I was reminded of a something said in an interview by performance artis...]]>
Bland http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14454-bland.html Bland
Being harshly critical of a movie like Charlie Martin Smith’s A Dolphin Tale 2 is akin to kicking a puppy that’s been chewing on your shoes in the teeth.  Yes, corrective measures should b...]]>
Unbuilding your way out of a problem http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14427-unbuilding-your-way-out-of-a-problem.html Unbuilding your way out of a problem
 The State Journal-Register on Sunday published a useful report by reporter Jamie Monk about the efforts by the Springfield Metro Sanitary District to cope with flooding from "rain events" that...]]>
Back to the Town Branch http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14423-back-to-the-town-branch.html Back to the Town Branch
 The Y block in downtown Springfield lies along the now-buried course of the Town Branch of Spring Creek. That has implications for the redevelopment of that block, as I noted in Wet Dream. ...]]>
The screen, perfectly executed http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14426-the-screen-perfectly-executed.html The screen, perfectly executed
 Parking lot screening. Yes, I know it's on your mind. That's why, in my travels around this commonwealth, keep the Krohe eye peeled for edifying examples of the art that might act as inspirati...]]>
Torch Tuesday Tonight: The Return of Corn Bread! http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14399-torch-tuesday-tonight-the-return-of-corn-bread_.html Torch Tuesday Tonight: The Return of Corn Bread!
 Springfield hip-hop eminence Corn Bread is taking a break from his ongoing Los Angeles adventures to cast his verbal and sonic pearls before the Torch Tuesday Concert Series crowd tonight. Endles...]]>
Searching for the mot juste http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14397-searching-for-the-mot-juste.html Searching for the mot juste
 In "What do you mean by that?" I ventured the opinion that "big words"  words are not, like jewelry, mere adornments to the educated, but essential tools that equip us to...]]>
"Below" a Cut Above Standard Horror Fare http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14398-below-a-cut-above-standard-horror-fare.html "Below" a Cut Above Standard Horror Fare
On the surface, John Erik Dowdle’s As Above, So Below appears to be a typical horror movie populated with stereotypes stuck in an all-too familiar situation.  However, it quickly becomes appar...]]>
Familiarity Makes http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14395-familiarity-makes.html Familiarity Makes
More times than not, there’s a recurring problem where most faith-based movies are concerned – they’re often less-than subtle in delivering their message, which is ironic because for the most...]]>
Chuck's Classic Movie Picks 8/25 - 8/31 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14368-chucks-classic-movie-picks-8_25-8_31.html Chuck's Classic Movie Picks 8/25 - 8/31
Classic Pick of the Week - The Magnificent Ambersons  (1942) Orson Welles was more than up to the task of following up Citizen Kane (1941) as he planned to ...]]>
Sears, No-buck http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14365-sears-no-buck.html Sears, No-buck
In a 2012 column I recalled the bad deal made by the State of Illinois in 1989 when it caved it to threats from Sears, Roebuck to move its Merchandise Group out of Illinois. The package a...]]>
Big words http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14366-big-words.html Big words
 In next week's column, “What do you mean by that?” I ask the perennial question: Big words – what are they good for? One man who has some very good answers to that question is writer...]]>