IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Thu, 21 Aug 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Kindness matters - My tribute to Robin Williams http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14304-kindness-matters.html Kindness matters - My tribute to Robin Williams
Robin Williams – yup, here, too -- my mind is full of him today. A friend and I had lunch recently. He was troubled deeply, cried as he told me his mother-in-law had killed herself while dru...]]>
A look at 311 http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14302-a-look-at-311.html A look at 311
Springfield’s Thao Le ventured out to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe this weekend to the 311 concert. Formed in the ’90s, the five-member alternative rock band is wrapping up their summe...]]>
You had to be there: A column of sour grapes http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14300-you-had-to-be-there-a-column-of-sour-grapes.html You had to be there: A column of sour grapes
  NIL8 at Downhome Festival Saturday night“Perhaps contrary to accepted wisdom, a lot actually happens in Springfield during any given week. In “You had to be there,” a new recurring...]]>
When non-profit means non-professional http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14301-when-non-profit-means-non-professional.html When non-profit means non-professional
 Imagine this scene: Having recognized that they share a common need, a group of well-intended parents gather and decide to found a Montessori school. They lease classroom space, they buy the n...]]>
“Into the Storm” Lives Up to its Title http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14298-%25E2%2580%259Cinto-the-storm%25E2%2580%259D-lives-up-to-its-title.html “Into the Storm” Lives Up to its Title
Without question, Steven Quale’s Into the Storm makes its intentions known from the first as the opening scene features four teenagers being killed by a rogue tornado while trapped in a car. More...]]>
Torch Tuesday Open Mic Tonight! http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14274-torch-tuesday-open-mic-tonight_.html Torch Tuesday Open Mic Tonight!
  Torch Tuesday master of ceremonies Uncanny. Photo: Picture Perfect PhotographyDo you have the skills to pay the bills? Do you drop science as part of your daily routine? Is spitting bars...]]>
Flunking the test http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14247-flunking-the-test.html Flunking the test
 I have railed in print  about our national health care “system” that spends more and gets less for it than more advanced nations do because it buys not good health but “health care ...]]>
"You had to be there": A column of sour grapes http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14264-you-had-to-be-there-a-column-of-sour-grapes.html "You had to be there": A column of sour grapes
  Jessica Knight and Brandon Carnes of LoomngPerhaps contrary to accepted wisdom, a lot actually happens in Springfield during any given week. In “You had to be there,” a new recurring...]]>
“Goes” Beneath its Stars http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14273-%25E2%2580%259Cgoes%25E2%2580%259D-beneath-its-stars.html “Goes” Beneath its Stars
Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes is the sort of movie that, when someone asks you how it was, you’re likely to say, “It was OK.”  Not god-awful and certainly not good, it’s the sor...]]>
“Hercules” a Compelling New Look at Weathered Demigod http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14246-%25E2%2580%259Chercules%25E2%2580%259D-a-compelling-new-look-at-weathered-demigod.html “Hercules” a Compelling New Look at Weathered Demigod
Color me “surprised” in regards to Brett Ratner’s Hercules, an unexpectedly thrilling, smart and at times moving new take on everyone’s favorite demigod.  It goes without saying that th...]]>
What, for? http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14243-what-for.html What, for?
 Language wonks might recall my January column about the rise in American English of the all-purpose preposition, “All for one – and “for” for all.”  I spotted another instanc...]]>
Eternal contemporary question http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14244-eternal-contemporary-question.html Eternal contemporary question
This is Kevin Stein. Who is Kevin Stein? He is the Illinois Poet Laureate, and has been since 2003. Stein teaches English at Bradley University.So why I am telling you about Kevin Stein? Bec...]]>
Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14242-until-next-time.html Until next time - Springfield Art Association Paint the Street
 The black tent was the closest shelter. I was worried about my phone and purse contents. Folks were crowded under the Myers Building overhang. It was really starting to pour. The sky was dark. T...]]>
Hope on the Horizon for Dismal Summer Movie Season http://illinoistimes.com/blog-14239-hope-on-the-horizon-for-dismal-summer-movie-season.html Hope on the Horizon for Dismal Summer Movie Season
 There’s a great deal of handwringing going on in Hollywood at the moment and it’s your fault.  Yep, the bean-counters in Tinsel Town are worried and wondering why you’re not spending...]]>