IllinoisTimes - Culture http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-36-1-culture.html Fri, 19 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 First Night puts the art in party http://illinoistimes.com/article-13294-first-night-puts-the-art-in-party.html First Night puts the art in party
 Springfield Area Arts Council welcomes and encourages you to make the arts part of your plan for this year’s New Year’s Eve. The arts are more than pleasure for the soul. The arts are innova...]]>
Neanderthal night at Oak Ridge Cemetery - UIS creative writers celebrate each other creatively http://illinoistimes.com/article-12722-neanderthal-night-at-oak-ridge-cemetery.html Neanderthal night at Oak Ridge Cemetery - UIS creative writers celebrate each other creatively
A stranger visiting Oak Ridge Cemetery on a recent Sunday might have wondered what a tribe of 50 were doing at the Tanner Mausoleum – surely no burial, too much noise, drumming, laughter! Edging...]]>
Africans lived here first - Scholar explores connections to Cahokia Mounds “pyramids” http://illinoistimes.com/article-11145-africans-lived-here-first.html Africans lived here first - Scholar explores connections to Cahokia Mounds “pyramids”
Historians credit Christopher Columbus for finding the Americas, but Kaba Hiawatha Kamene declares that African descendants lived in what is now the United States many years prior to 1492. Kamene, a s...]]>
When the city becomes a stage - New Year's party brings safe, affordable all-ages fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-10851-when-the-city-becomes-a-stage.html When the city becomes a stage - New Year's party brings safe, affordable all-ages fun
For the past 25 years, Springfield’s downtown has become a giant party every New Year’s Eve with First Night Springfield, the first and longest-running event of its kind in Illinois. The p...]]>
Art for every need - The arts scene in Springfield finds vitality in niche markets http://illinoistimes.com/article-10824-art-for-every-need.html Art for every need - The arts scene in Springfield finds vitality in niche markets
“We’re grateful that we still have this nice space to be in. It’s really made a big difference to what we’ve been able to deliver to the community,” says Janet Seitz Carl...]]>
Country dancing for 25 years - Homecoming Dance Oct. 19 marks Prairie Land Dance Club anniversary http://illinoistimes.com/article-10609-country-dancing-for-25-years.html Country dancing for 25 years - Homecoming Dance Oct. 19 marks Prairie Land Dance Club anniversary
Yes, it’s a little boot scootin’ and a little two-steppin,’ but Prairie Land Dance Club (PLDC) in Illiopolis ain’t your mama’s square dance. Folks at PLDC are just as com...]]>
A green beauty - For his own office building, architect John Shafer optimizes sustainability and design http://illinoistimes.com/article-8108-a-green-beauty.html A green beauty - For his own office building, architect John Shafer optimizes sustainability and design
Architect John Shafer’s new office building at 1230 S. Sixth St. in Springfield recently won an award for sustainable design from the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Institute of Archit...]]>
Anatomy of an Advice Goddess - Illinois Times interviews columnist Amy Alkon on her career, methodology and the scourge of rude behavior http://illinoistimes.com/article-7563-anatomy-of-an-advice-goddess.html Anatomy of an Advice Goddess - Illinois Times interviews columnist Amy Alkon on her career, methodology and the scourge of rude behavior
Every week, Amy Alkon provides IT readers with her spin on romantic problems in her syndicated column The Advice Goddess. The column, which received the first place award for commentary last month fro...]]>
Taste of Downtown - In celebration of local food and good music http://illinoistimes.com/article-7475-taste-of-downtown.html Taste of Downtown - In celebration of local food and good music
Visitors and residents hungry for good music and good food in Springfield are sure to find some of both this weekend at the 11th annual Taste of Downtown. The popular event is presented this year in c...]]>
Steal these ideas - Springfield should copy what works in other towns http://illinoistimes.com/article-7286-steal-these-ideas.html Steal these ideas - Springfield should copy what works in other towns
“To this place, and the kindness of these people, I owe everything.”Abraham Lincoln uttered those words in his famous farewell speech to Springfield almost 150 years ago. Since then, Sprin...]]>
Dancing without the stars - The capital city learns to tango, swing and waltz http://illinoistimes.com/article-7256-dancing-without-the-stars.html Dancing without the stars - The capital city learns to tango, swing and waltz
It’s chilly in the packed parking lot of the Eagles Club on Springfield’s far east side. But inside the club’s cavernous concrete ballroom more than 100 novice dancers are shedding s...]]>
Hero of Hotel Rwanda campaigns for truth about genocide - Paul Rusesabagina speaks in Springfield May 12 http://illinoistimes.com/article-7258-hero-of-hotel-rwanda-campaigns-for-truth-about-genocide.html Hero of Hotel Rwanda campaigns for truth about genocide - Paul Rusesabagina speaks in Springfield May 12
Just when we thought Rwanda had reinvented itself into a genuine success story in Africa, and that Rwandan president Paul Kagame had become a star of international leadership, along comes the hero of ...]]>
Tourist town - Springfield and Illinois hope to increase tourism despite poor economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-7041-tourist-town.html Tourist town - Springfield and Illinois hope to increase tourism despite poor economy
Illinois Bureau of Tourism Deputy Director Jan Kostner refuses to dwell on the poor economy and its effect on tourism.In mid-February, as she delivered the annual State of the State of Tourism Address...]]>
Behind the scenes at Shen Yun, a controversial practice: Falun Gong http://illinoistimes.com/article-6895-behind-the-scenes-at-shen-yun-a-controversial-practice-falun-gong.html Behind the scenes at Shen Yun, a controversial practice: Falun Gong
Promotional flyers for Shen Yun — a multimillion-dollar stage production set for Feb. 9 at Sangamon Auditorium — are lavish, four-color photo montages of elaborately costumed dancers, whir...]]>
Urbana’s grand stage - University of Illinois' Krannert Center aims to provide a space for all to enjoy the arts http://illinoistimes.com/article-6385-urbanarss-grand-stage.html Urbana’s grand stage - University of Illinois' Krannert Center aims to provide a space for all to enjoy the arts
Mike Ross, director of Urbana’s Krannert Center%uFFFDfor the Performing Arts, is hard-pressed to name his favorite place to be inside the University of Illinois’ celebrated arts space.Ross...]]>
Adults invade Facebook - "I'm trying to get the hang of Facebook, but it's not going well." http://illinoistimes.com/article-5747-adults-invade-facebook.html Adults invade Facebook - "I'm trying to get the hang of Facebook, but it's not going well."
I had seven e-mails from an older gentleman who is the president of a highly respected nonprofit asking me to become his friend on Facebook. It was so unnerving I joined Facebook just to make the e-...]]>
To Japan and back - Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence explored in documentary http://illinoistimes.com/article-4213-to-japan-and-back.html To Japan and back - Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence explored in documentary
Untitled Document One need only look at the roof of the Dana-Thomas House, with its upturned corners, to see Japan’s influence on architect Frank Lloyd Wright. &#822...]]>
Hot dogs - Illinois Humane raises funds with motorcycle enthusiasts http://illinoistimes.com/article-4169-hot-dogs.html Hot dogs - Illinois Humane raises funds with motorcycle enthusiasts
Untitled Document Illinois Humane hosts the Hogs for Dogs dice run for the second year in a row on Saturday, June 16. Money raised at the run “goes directly to animal care ...]]>
Grin and bear it - A dental mission trip to Jamaica turns into an adventure http://illinoistimes.com/article-3867-grin-and-bear-it.html Grin and bear it - A dental mission trip to Jamaica turns into an adventure
Untitled Document Larry Harnly, a retired State Journal-Register sports editor, was part of a group of 32, about half from Springfield, who spent one week in Jamaica on...]]>
Fashionable holiday fizz - Versatility makes sparkling wines a great choice to have on hand http://illinoistimes.com/article-3731-fashionable-holiday-fizz.html Fashionable holiday fizz - Versatility makes sparkling wines a great choice to have on hand
’Tis the season to be toasting, and, according to experts, it’s the perfect time to raise a glass with some sparkle. “The wine is alive,” says Charles Stanfield, sparkling-wine...]]>
Party time, excellent - Wake up to 2007 without a hangover - but wth many happy memories http://illinoistimes.com/article-3732-party-time-excellent.html Party time, excellent - Wake up to 2007 without a hangover - but wth many happy memories
Untitled Document Don’t get caught stuck to a barstool in lieu of ringing in the new year. The last day of 2006 is a time for changes. Make this year the year you actually remember singing...]]>
From the land of the Gullah http://illinoistimes.com/article-959-from-the-land-of-the-gullah.html From the land of the Gullah
You may only be "haa'dly'kin" (barely able) to understand Anita Singleton-Prather and the Gullah Kinfolk, but you won't want to "tek'e foot een 'e han" (to run, or to leave quickly) once you hear the...]]>
Strange Weather Lately - The author recalls two "country boys from Middle America"--Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln--in a lecture presented at the Mark Twain House. http://illinoistimes.com/article-254-strange-weather-lately.html Strange Weather Lately - The author recalls two "country boys from Middle America"--Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln--in a lecture presented at the Mark Twain House.
The following was adapted from a Clemens Lecture presented in April for the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. It originally appeared in the Chicago-based political magazine In These Times. ...]]>
We aren’t the world - American culture is not dominating the globe http://illinoistimes.com/article-84-we-aren%25C2%2592t-the-world.html We aren’t the world - American culture is not dominating the globe
In the mid-1990s, French filmmaker Claude Berri warned that without protection from the products of the American media, "European culture is finished." He had plenty of pessimistic company. French Cul...]]>
Paranoid pop - Music and modernization in the Arab world http://illinoistimes.com/article-53-paranoid-pop.html Paranoid pop - Music and modernization in the Arab world
"Chechnya! Afghanistan! Palestine! Southern Lebanon! The Golan Heights! And now Iraq, too? And now Iraq, too? It's too much for people. Shame on you! Enough, enough, enough!" Are those angry words ...]]>