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Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 12:00 am
In "Throwing in the towel," I discussed recent proposals to reform big-money collegiate sports. Good sense reforms are unlikely to ever be adopted to the extent that are good sense reforms. So interwined are sports and the American college experience, most alums university leaders believe, that curtailing t...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 12:00 am
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 you? There's gold between them thar cracks! Today's BTC spotlight shines on regular-guy punk band Nephrons whose unassuming surface belies a ferocious live show. Take it away bo...
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 12:00 am
If you’re like me, you’re so busy that joining a book club is a thought you keep kicking out of your thoughts each time it’s thrown back at ya. Whack! (Though joining a book club is something you desperately want to do. But heck, there’s this little thing called writing you want to do more and can’t even find time for that.) Podcasts and online book clubs to...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:00 am
Tonight at Torch Tuesday, all eyes will be on resident DJ Yatti Dny, who will be spinning all night, providing a master class in the art of DJ-ing. Yatti says he first started to DJ due to the simple process of elimination. "There was me and three other guys walking down the street. Two dudes wanted to be rappers, one dude wanted to be the manager. There was no other position left but ...
Sunday, July 21, 2013 12:00 am
Condition 90 ca. 1986, l-r Irwin, Walter, Berkman It is nothing out of the ordinary for Tom Irwin to be performing at Brewhaus (617 E Washington) on a Sunday night. Tonight, however, promises to be unusual indeed.  In just over two hours, at 8 PM, Springfield music fans of a certain age will be treated to their first chance in a couple of decades to see the normally folky Irwin t...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the first in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. Joshua Cox grew up in central Illinois, in small towns near Peoria. He eventually headed east, y earning his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston before deciding to return to his midwestern roots, spending a few years each liv...
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am
This is the second in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members  and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy. "I have a general idea of where I want to start, and kind of where I'm headed," says Peoria-based artist Sarah Nesbit of her experience painting, "but as the process unfolds, I end up ultimately arriving...
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:00 am

Meet Jackie Jackson. If you don't know her, you should. She has mentored many a writer. Maybe you. She’s written an array of children’s books over the years and tons of interesting and funny stories about growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Since retiring, she has finally sat down and concentrated on getting those big books published. So far, two books from


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