The cicadas are singing their late summer serenade and that means things are just starting to heat up again on the theater scene.  This autumn’s stage offerings are delivered through new...
 If there’s one thing central Illinois does well, it is to have on the horizon a lineup of music events to satisfy the fan of any genre.  This season’s lineup proves no different. ...

From scary to just a little spooky

 Ranked as one of the top 10 haunted houses in Illinois, the Boo Crew Haunted House in Mechanicsburg is open every Friday and Saturday in October, plus the first Friday and Saturday in November....

Springfield Bicycle Club offers group rides for beginners to experts

 I eyed the sleek cycling shoes worn by the person standing next to me, then glanced down at my own clunky sneakers and wondered what I’d gotten myself into. It was a pleasantly balmy afternoon...
 Reception for “elemental” Aug 22, 5:30-7:30pm Thu. Mixed media artist Laura Anderson. Free. llcc.edu. LLCC James S. Murray Gallery, 5250 Shepherd Road, 786-4967. Women in the Civil War  ...

Remembering is fun

 Not long after learning to walk, I learned to wander.Once, I made it to one of the busiest streets in town, right off the freeway. Another time, while exploring a demolished laundromat, I stuck...
 The Illinois AFL-CIO hosted its annual State Fair reception last week. The highlight was probably a speech by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who thanked his audience of union leaders for their support in t...
 I think we can safely state the Illinois State Fair was more than fairly good this year. It’s fair enough to say, it’s time to move on to other happenings around town, and they are bountiful...
 This independent singer-songwriter in the rock and Americana field hails from some crazy, faraway place called Springfield, Illinois. Tyler has amassed a regular area following, commonly known a...
 “It’s too darn hot! It’s too darn hot!” These lyrics from Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me Kate have been going through my head these past few weeks. The temperature around the stove at N...
It’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas, when chestnuts roast and sleigh bells jingle and The Nutcracker becomes a mainstay throughout the land. But there can be no Nutcracker without d...
 NOT THEIR COUNTRYIn his recent opinion column (“Guns, guns, guns, guns,” Aug. 15) Bruce Rushton correctly wrote, “The Second Amendment needs to go.” It shouldn’t have come to that, how...
We knew this, but it is worth reminding ourselves, that national Republicans weren’t always so anti-immigrant as they are today. It was presidential candidate Ronald Reagan who hailed “millions of...

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