IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Thu, 18 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
“Stay” a Dismal Example of Modern Storytelling http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14364-%25E2%2580%259Cstay%25E2%2580%259D-a-dismal-example-of-modern-storytelling.html “Stay” a Dismal Example of Modern Storytelling
R.J. Cutler’s If I Stay is pitched squarely to teenage girls, of which I am not, who are susceptible to melodramatic plots and doomed love stories.  Though I fall firmly out of this demograp...]]>
"The Giver" Still a Cut Above Rivals http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14339-the-giver-still-a-cut-above-rivals.html "The Giver" Still a Cut Above Rivals
As the old saying goes, timing is everything and Philip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver is suffering from being a bit too late to the party w...]]>
That's a wrap - Five reasons to love and hate the Illinios State Fair http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14340-thats-a-wrap.html That's a wrap - Five reasons to love and hate the Illinios State Fair
Five reasons to love and hate the Illinois State Fair....]]>
Torch Tuesday: Three-part School Supply Drive starting tonight http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14341-torch-tuesday-three-part-school-supply-drive-starting-tonight.html Torch Tuesday: Three-part School Supply Drive starting tonight
 Tonight is the beginning of a three-part school supply drive from the local hip-hop community .Due to budget issues the district closed three elementary schools in the city and are sending all o...]]>
Chuck's Classic Movie Picks 8/18-8/24 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14336-chucks-classic-movie-picks-8_18-8_24.html Chuck's Classic Movie Picks 8/18-8/24
  Tuesday – August 19th – One of Clint Eastwood’s most overlooked and underrated films in recent years, Hereafter (2010), airs on FXM at 11:00 pm. Tackling a fractured n...]]>
More unhappy news http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14335-more-unhappy-news.html More unhappy news
 More on happiness in, and with cities, a topic I touched on in “Land of mope and worry.” Wages and housing alone don’t predict where people want to live very well. Cities like San Fran...]]>
Great rock show at Bar None tonight: - Middle Class Fashion / The Luzhin Defense / FUCK///MOUNTAIN http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14332-great-rock-show-at-bar-none-tonight.html Great rock show at Bar None tonight: - Middle Class Fashion / The Luzhin Defense / FUCK///MOUNTAIN
  Middle Class Fashion Acclaimed St. Louis band Middle Class Fashion describe themselves as “sugar sweet pop with a secret dark side.” The Luzhin Defense FUCK///\\\MOUNTA...]]>
Hoffman’s Power on Full Display in http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14333-hoffman%25E2%2580%2599s-power-on-full-display-in.html Hoffman’s Power on Full Display in
It’s been a rough year where deaths in the world of film are concerned. While we acknowledge their passing and recognize the inherent misfortune that accompanies these events, we only begin to rec...]]>
Peter Hall http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14330-peter-hall.html Peter Hall
A while back, I edited and wrote chapter introductions to a collection of essays on the influence of Daniel Burnham, the architect-turned-city planner whose 1909 Plan of Chicago gave Chicago its fa...]]>
Yeah, I went there - Jolie Holland at the Duck Room, St.Louis 8/9/14 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14331-yeah-i-went-there.html Yeah, I went there - Jolie Holland at the Duck Room, St.Louis 8/9/14
  While the idea behind my You had to be there column is to shine a bitter, vindictive light on a sampling of musical, artistic and other cultural events you probably missed out on in Spri...]]>
"Cops" Familiar but Fun http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14327-cops-familiar-but-fun.html "Cops" Familiar but Fun
 I often tell people where popular movies are concerned – “Keep your expectations low and you might end be pleasantly surprised.”  Such is the case with Let’s be Cops, a goofy b...]]>
"Expendables 3" Too Familiar to Thrill http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14328-expendables-3-too-familiar-to-thrill.html "Expendables 3" Too Familiar to Thrill
 Having now sat through three Expendables movies, I can safely say that this is the most predictable franchise in film history. Nothing, and I mean nothing comes as a surprise in Sylves...]]>
Fey 'What If" an Exercise in Irritation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14329-fey-what-if-an-exercise-in-irritation.html Fey 'What If" an Exercise in Irritation
 It’s hard for me to put into words just how much Michael Dowse’s What If irritated me.  Not so much like fingernails on a chalkboard, which is thankfully only a brief annoyanc...]]>
Robin Williams (1951-2014) http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14303-robin-williams-%25281951-2014%2529.html Robin Williams (1951-2014)
  Speaking about sharing the stage with Robin Williams at the legendary Improv comedy club in Los Angeles, Richard Pryor said, “There was nothing I could do.  I was up there...]]>