IllinoisTimes - Blogs http://illinoistimes.com/blog Sat, 19 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Inheritances http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13782-inheritances.html Inheritances
Thanks to Jared Bernstein for alerting me – us – to a speech delivered by Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University, Chief Economist at the World Bank, Clinton-era Secretary of the...]]>
Chamber Orchestra welcomes pipa virtuoso Wu Mon http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13747-chamber-orchestra-welcomes-pipa-virtuoso-wu-mon.html Chamber Orchestra welcomes pipa virtuoso Wu Mon
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Video: The Pharmacy presents Epsom and Estuary Tomorrow http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13745-video-the-pharmacy-presents-epsom-and-estuary-tomorrow.html Video: The Pharmacy presents Epsom and Estuary Tomorrow
  This Friday night, April 11 at 9 p.m., Springfield's most sarcastic aging post-punk iconoclasts, Epsom (featuring this blog's titular scribe on vocals/lyrics, so yeah, full disclosure, w...]]>
A.D. Carson rides again http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13717-ad-carson-rides-again.html A.D. Carson rides again
 Last summer, teacher, poet and recording artist A.D. Carson left Springfield to pursue his Ph.D. at South Carolina's Clemson University, leaving a notable gap in local culture (the fact that he...]]>
Get your poetry on http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13729-get-your-poetry-on.html Get your poetry on
  Two great events for National Poetry Month are unfortunately both on Thursday, April 10. A Night of Poetry will be held at the Anne Lloyd Gallery of the Madden Arts Center,...]]>
Cougar, cougar, shining bright http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13716-cougar-cougar-shining-bright.html Cougar, cougar, shining bright
 In the fall of 2012, I remarked (“They’re b-a-a-a-c-k”) on video evidence that confirmed the presence in a Morgan County woods of an adult cougar. The animal was then only the fourth know...]]>
Wrong-headedness about schools http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13715-wrong-headedness-about-schools.html Wrong-headedness about schools
This morning Rich Miller over at Capital Fax.com responded to a recent report comparing Chicago charter schools outcomes to those at the city's neighborhood schools. [The] over-emphasis on takin...]]>
Wait control http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13711-wait-control.html Wait control
Thinking about epistolary romancing for last week's column (Please mister postman), I wondered, Do romantic emails excite the same kind of response as the old-fashioned love letter? I used to t...]]>
Images of Illinois - IT goes to photography contest reception http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13712-images-of-illinois.html Images of Illinois - IT goes to photography contest reception
Guess where IT was last night?  At the Hoogland Center for the Arts where our star helps hold down the floor in the lobby. Last night was the reception for winners of the Prairie Art Allianc...]]>
Tonight and tomorrow: Art openings at SAA and The Pharmacy http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13713-tonight-and-tomorrow-art-openings-at-saa-and-the-pharmacy.html Tonight and tomorrow: Art openings at SAA and The Pharmacy
This Friday and Saturday will provide Springfield art appreciators multiple opportunities to do just that at three separate receptions of exciting contemporary art .Tonight, the Springfield Art Associ...]]>
Happy poetry month - Illustration contest open to kids http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13686-happy-poetry-month.html Happy poetry month - Illustration contest open to kids
Happy Poetry Month! As part of the April celebration, the Vachel Lindsay Association and Vachel Lindsay State Historic Site are hosting an illustration contest for students kindergarten through s...]]>
Tonight! Corn Bread is back from LA with Cornfucius II http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13683-tonight_-corn-bread-is-back-from-la-with-cornfucius-ii.html Tonight! Corn Bread is back from LA with Cornfucius II
 

 


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More on the Little Giant http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13682-more-on-the-little-giant.html More on the Little Giant
 Whatever one thinks of him – and I made clear in Price of Demagogues that I think that his ambition consistently outran his judgment – Stephen A. Douglas was a singular character. John Mas...]]>
Option play http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13681-option-play.html Option play
Good news. The Chicago district of the National Labor Relations Board recently decided  that Northwestern football players qualify as employees of the university and thus can unionize if they c...]]>
Torch Tuesday Tonight: Femcee Classic with Def Jam artist K'La http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13651-torch-tuesday-tonight-femcee-classic-with-def-jam-artist-kla.html Torch Tuesday Tonight: Femcee Classic with Def Jam artist K'La
 Torch Tuesday at Bar None (in association with Wize Guys Productions) continues to prove its mettle as the preeminent regional showcase for hip-hop with Femcee Classic -  a program of femal...]]>
Illinois Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night w/ guest soloist Julie Albers http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13649-illinois-symphony-orchestra-tomorrow-night-w_-guest-soloist-julie-albers.html Illinois Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night w/ guest soloist Julie Albers
 "Powerful Promise" is the fitting title of the program of beautiful music on offer tomorrow at Sangamon Auditorium....]]>
Between The Cracks: Honey///Suck tonight at Black Sheep Cafe http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13650-between-the-cracks-honey___suck-tonight-at-black-sheep-cafe.html Between The Cracks: Honey///Suck tonight at Black Sheep Cafe
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents Between the Cracks - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us,...]]>
IT exclusive video preview! Musical event at The Pharmacy this weekend http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13648-it-exclusive-video-preview_-musical-event-at-the-pharmacy-this-weekend.html IT exclusive video preview! Musical event at The Pharmacy this weekend
 Sound artist Ben S. Jacob of local arts collective The Pharmacy will be presenting his primal, highly percussive sonic vision this Saturday and Sunday  eveningCheck out the video below for...]]>
Barrett Deems http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13623-barrett-deems.html Barrett Deems
 My column about drummer jokes in December made significant mention of Springfield native son and drummer, Barrett Deems.   I am informed by UIS Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn that...]]>
Miscontrusion http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13621-miscontrusion.html Miscontrusion
About a year ago, in a column titled, "What was that again?" I noted that people who learn words solely from books are prey to pronouncing them the way they look -- which, unfortunately, is not al...]]>
State poetry competition today http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13619-state-poetry-competition-today.html State poetry competition today
 The Tide Rises, the Tide Fallsby Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   The tide rises, the tide falls, The twilight darkens, the curlew calls; Along the sea-sands damp and brown Th...]]>
Between The Cracks: The Complaint Line tonight at Donnie's http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13580-between-the-cracks-the-complaint-line-tonight-at-donnies.html Between The Cracks: The Complaint Line tonight at Donnie's
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents Between the Cracks - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won't yo...]]>
Exclusive video: Behind the scenes at tonight's art openings at SAA and DEMO Project http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13581-exclusive-video-behind-the-scenes-at-tonights-art-openings-at-saa-and-demo-project.html Exclusive video: Behind the scenes at tonight's art openings at SAA and DEMO Project
 This evening two very different but equally dreamlike events are happening simultaneously at the Springfield Art Association. In the spacious, newly remodeled main gallery Kathleen Scott of...]]>
Votes by the barrel http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13579-votes-by-the-barrel.html Votes by the barrel
In the 19th century, votes were bought not by money but by whiskey. A keg would be set up outside each polling place on election day, and the more generous a candidates was with the ladle the bette...]]>
Between The Cracks: RDNT tonight at Black Sheep Cafe http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13551-between-the-cracks-rdnt-tonight-at-black-sheep-cafe.html Between The Cracks: RDNT tonight at Black Sheep Cafe
Once again, Faingold at Large proudly presents Between the Cracks - the recurring feature designed to shine a light onto Springfield-area bands, and all in their own words, to boot. Join us, won...]]>
A tax plan with interest http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13550-a-tax-plan-with-interest.html A tax plan with interest
The tax-reform proposal recently unveiled by Dave Camp, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been praised by even Democratic-leaning commentators such as Jonathan Chait as “maybe th...]]>
Saving for an un-rainy day http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13549-saving-for-an-un-rainy-day.html Saving for an un-rainy day
More on the politics of water rate increases. (See also "Demanding answers.") I addressed the issue in this paper back in 1988, when Springfield also was suffering through a protracted dry spell....]]>
Exclusive video: Illinois Symphony Orchestra rehearses for tomorrow's concert http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13525-exclusive-video-illinois-symphony-orchestra-rehearses-for-tomorrows-concert.html Exclusive video: Illinois Symphony Orchestra rehearses for tomorrow's concert
 Tomorrow's Illinois Symphony Orchestra concert at Sangamon Auditorium promises to be a thoroughly singular event. True to the evening's title, "Shimmering Shakespeare," the second half of th...]]>
Poetry Out Loud - Student recitation contest http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13499-poetry-out-loud.html Poetry Out Loud - Student recitation contest
 Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for teens that challenges them to eloquently recite poems aloud by memory. The Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts cosponsor the annual...]]>
Right Now! Wertico Cain & Gray in concert at Dana Thomas House. Exclusive video! http://illinoistimes.com/blog-13497-right-now_-wertico-cain-gray-in-concert-at-dana-thomas-house-exclusive-video_.html Right Now! Wertico Cain & Gray in concert at Dana Thomas House. Exclusive video!
 Right now at the Dana-Thomas House (301 E Lawrence) a unique, fully improvised concert is getting underway featuring local composer and muliti-instrumentalist David Cain, legendary percussionist...]]>