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Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 07:46 pm

Springfield embraces artists of the spoken word

In a city largely absent of activities and events related to African American culture, Springfield’s black residents have long suffered from the “there’s-nothing-to-do syndrome.&rdqu...
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 12:52 am

Shen Yun, mixing art and politics, comes to Sangamon Auditorium

Five thousand years of Chinese performing arts and culture will take the stage Feb. 9 at Sangamon Auditorium in a multimillion-dollar touring production called Shen Yun (“divine character”...
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 06:33 am
Ringing in the new year doesn’t need to be an adults-only party. Instead, welcome 2010 with a celebration of family-friendly arts, music and theater at the 23rd annual First Night. This year&rsq...
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 01:39 am

Locally produced short film debuts at UIS

Statistics are often hard to remember. We might forget that 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS or that the global total is more than 30 million. We might not know that 25 percent of them d...
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009 03:42 pm

Success leads to space and money woes

Nestled in the basement between thick square support pillars, the young musicians eagerly consume sheet after sheet of music, building a crescendo with violins, timpani and horns. Three floors up, a g...
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 09:25 pm
Local youths may be familiar with the confrontation and spectacle of mainstream hip hop, where the words flow effortlessly with messages of violence, money and sex. Less familiar is a close cousin, slam poetry, which also has smooth lyrical moves, but uses them to deliver appeals to social justice, racial understanding and cultural identity....
Thursday, July 23, 2009 06:03 pm
For fans of live theater in Springfield, attending The Muni’s new production of Fiddler on the Roof is a bit like seeing the James Bond movie Casino Royale — we’ve heard t...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 06:04 pm

Talented cast and crew get Muni season underway

Cast members from the organization’s three upcoming shows cheered wildly as Muni President Flynn Hanners mentioned them in his opening night remarks last Friday. As Hanners spoke, th...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 08:37 pm

One Destiny takes place at Ford’s Theatre, a week after Lincoln died

Two actors. No set. Multiple characters, none of whom can be the killer or victim. Wrap it up in no more than 45 minutes. Audience? Everybody age 7 to 70 and beyond. Those were...


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