IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Tue, 22 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Monty Python to perform live on Wabash Avenue Today - Well, sort of http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14211-monty-python-to-perform-live-on-wabash-avenue-today.html Monty Python to perform live on Wabash Avenue Today - Well, sort of
 The surviving members of Monty Python, beloved and venerable British comedy troupe (OK, Terry Gilliam originally hails from Wisconsin) recently reunited for a series of stage shows in the UK. To...]]>
James Garner: An Appreciation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14212-james-garner-an-appreciation.html James Garner: An Appreciation
Movie stars aren’t like you and I. That’s not to say they’re better than us morally and some, believe it or not, are quite normal looking once their make up is taken away and normal lighting is...]]>
Getting connected http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14209-getting-connected.html Getting connected
It’s a start. The Springfield City Council on July 1 approved extending the existing cable television franchise agreement with Comcast, in spite of the many complaints aldermen receive about ...]]>
Black Flag are playing in town this weekend. Or are they? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14210-black-flag-are-playing-in-town-this-weekend-or-are-they.html Black Flag are playing in town this weekend. Or are they?
  What does Black Flag mean to you?Your answer may influence how excited you are about the Black Flag concert happening this Saturday at Donnie’s Homespun.To characterize this band’s me...]]>
“Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14208-%25E2%2580%259Canarchy%25E2%2580%259D-has-its-finger-on-the-pulse-of-an-angry-nation.html “Anarchy” has its Finger on the Pulse of an Angry Nation
There’s a sense of justified rage that propels The Purge: Anarchy, a film that simultaneously serves as a cathartic exercise for its audience as well as a screed against the current state of socie...]]>
Tonight: Romance of Sorcery at DEMO Project http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14182-tonight-romance-of-sorcery-at-demo-project.html Tonight: Romance of Sorcery at DEMO Project
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Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14181-visually-arresting-%25E2%2580%259Cdawn%25E2%2580%259D-overstays-its-welcome.html Visually Arresting “Dawn” Overstays its Welcome
 One of the more successful franchise reboots, 2012’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes proved that there was a bit of life left in 40-plus year-old series.  20th Century-Fox knows you can...]]>
Crazy Judah and the Chinese http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14157-crazy-judah-and-the-chinese.html Crazy Judah and the Chinese
 I noted my recent visit to Donner’s Pass in “Promised lands.” Trains go through that gap as well as trucks and cars, as Kevin Baker, a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, learne...]]>
From prop to proposal? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14156-from-prop-to-proposal.html From prop to proposal?
 Rahm Emanuel seems determined to see George Lucas’ museum of the visual arts – what one Hyde Parker more accurately describes as “The George Lucas Museum of Perpetual Adolescence” –...]]>
Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14140-up-and-coming-performers-add-human-touch-to-%25E2%2580%259Ctransformers-4%25E2%2580%259D.html Up-and-Coming Performers add Human Touch to “Transformers 4”
Upon meeting Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz you can tell that these two young performers are well aware that they’re lucky to be in the position they’re in.  While both these actors only hav...]]>
McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14141-mccarthy%25E2%2580%2599s-act-wears-thin-in-%25E2%2580%259Ctammy%25E2%2580%259D.html McCarthy’s Act Wears Thin in “Tammy”
Not sure if I am the only one but I’ve gotten tired of Melissa McCarthy’s shtick already.  Though having toiled in film and on television for over the better part of a decade, it seems as ...]]>
Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14154-familiarity-the-demon-%25E2%2580%259Cevil%25E2%2580%259D-can%25E2%2580%2599t-exorcise.html Familiarity the Demon “Evil” Can’t Exorcise
The press notes and movie poster for Deliver us from Evil claim the film is “inspired by the actual accounts of a NYPD sergeant.” This is a good piece of information to have because if I didn’t...]]>
Trashing the past http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14129-trashing-the-past.html Trashing the past
 In  “Squabbling over the inheritance,” I asked whether the State of Illinois, which governs a commonwealth rich in everything except good government, is capable of responsible stewar...]]>
Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys” http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14101-eastwood-takes-a-fresh-approach-with-%25E2%2580%259Cjersey-boys%25E2%2580%259D.html Eastwood Takes a Fresh Approach with “Jersey Boys”
One would think that with over 30 films under his belt as a director that Clint Eastwood would be out of tricks.  And yet, with his big screen adaptation of the Broadway smash Jersey Boys, he n...]]>
Video: New DEMO Project exhibit opens tonight http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14074-video-new-demo-project-exhibit-opens-tonight.html Video: New DEMO Project exhibit opens tonight
 Tonight is the opening reception for "Hillbilly/Invisibility: On Love and Servitude," new work by Chicago-based artist Maggie Crowley. This i the latest exhibit at DEMO Project (732 N. Fourth...]]>
Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14073-full-moon-corn-moon.html Full Moon: Corn Moon - A poem by Hugh Moore
 FULL MOON: CORN MOON It hears a root make movement in the soil, words that leaves make when the wind comes strong and sudden. Reads that map the shadows trace to show where...]]>
Tonight: SOHO Rain Check http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14075-tonight-soho-rain-check.html Tonight: SOHO Rain Check
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Tomorrow: Alejandro Escovedo at Donnie's http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14076-tomorrow-alejandro-escovedo-at-donnies.html Tomorrow: Alejandro Escovedo at Donnie's
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“Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14059-%25E2%2580%259Cfault%25E2%2580%259D-avoids-most-of-its-genre%25E2%2580%2599s-pitfalls.html “Fault” Avoids Most of its Genre’s Pitfalls
Director Josh Boone had his work cut out for him with having to bring The Fault on Our Stars to the big screen.  Not only did he have a rabid fan base to answer to, but had to navigate the many...]]>
Video: The Pharmacy Gallery takes "Flight" on Saturday http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14050-video-the-pharmacy-gallery-takes-flight-on-saturday.html Video: The Pharmacy Gallery takes "Flight" on Saturday
 The Pharmacy - Springfield's innovative, independent artist collective - is ready to unfurl its latest group show this Saturday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. In the video below, Pharmacy artist Adam...]]>
Video: Yogi Beara brings stripped down rock to SOHO Annex http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14047-video-yogi-beara-brings-stripped-down-rock-to-soho-annex.html Video: Yogi Beara brings stripped down rock to SOHO Annex
 Yogi Beara is the name of Springfield power duo Keagan Cross (guitar) and John Peters (drums) who will be performing at 7 pm Saturday at the Alamo on SOHO Festival's annex stage. Check out thei...]]>
"Maleficent" An Unnecessary Take on an Old Tale http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14046-maleficent-an-unnecessary-take-on-an-old-tale.html "Maleficent" An Unnecessary Take on an Old Tale
Some things are better left alone.  Sometimes, those who wear white hats shouldn’t have them tarnished while those who don the black version shouldn’t have them lightened.  Obviously, ...]]>
Amen http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14020-amen.html Amen
 A while back I complained about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that permitted the use of explicitly Christian prayers to open public meetings even though such rituals make it plain to non-Christi...]]>
Hipster patriotism http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14018-hipster-patriotism.html Hipster patriotism
The June 2 issue of New York magazine included a good piece by Will Leitch titled, "Is 2014 the Year Soccer in America (Truly) Goes Mainstream?"Leitch charts soccer's surprising rise in popularity ...]]>
"You can't not catch 'em" http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14019-you-cant-not-catch-em.html "You can't not catch 'em"
 A faithful reader alerted me to a fun piece in The Scientist, which describes itself as the magazine for life science professionals. As everyone knows by now, various species of Asian ...]]>
MacFarlane Shoots a Million Blanks in "Die" http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14016-macfarlane-shoots-a-million-blanks-in-die.html MacFarlane Shoots a Million Blanks in "Die"
In my mind, I’ve always thought of Seth MacFarlane as the Emperor with New Clothes of comedians.  While millions have embraced his Family Guy television show and hailed him as a comic genius,...]]>
“Chef” Undone by Favreau’s Ego http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14017-%25E2%2580%259Cchef%25E2%2580%259D-undone-by-favreau%25E2%2580%2599s-ego.html “Chef” Undone by Favreau’s Ego
 There’s nothing wrong with Jon Favreau’s Chef that an objective set of eyes and a judicious editor couldn’t fix.  Far too long as well as self-indulgent, this movie is obviously a p...]]>
Big Data meets Big Ag http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13991-big-data-meets-big-ag.html Big Data meets Big Ag
From time to time I have noted the baleful effects on the Illinois countryside of factory-style grain production systems that require fewer and fewer farmers. The day is approaching when raising corn ...]]>
Hidden costs of health care http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13988-hidden-costs-of-health-care.html Hidden costs of health care
 In Give and take, I noted that the cost of non-wage benefits can be a brake on business hiring and depress wages, and that in recent years the cost of total compensation for U.S. workers has r...]]>
Wookiees 6, Bears 0 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13985-wookiees-6-bears-0.html Wookiees 6, Bears 0
(Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune / May 19, 2014)As I noted in Cultural Arts Major, Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to buy some U.S. city a new museum to house his collection of...]]>