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Performing Art
Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

For many first-timers, life on the Muni stage is an unforgettable experience

It’s more than you,It’s more than me,No matter what we are,We are a family.This dream is for all of us, This one can be real,And you can’t stop us now,Because of how you feel. &nbs
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:00 am

One man’s journey from Kuwait, to Jordan, to owner of Mariah’s Steakhouse

Although he came into the world in 1964, Bassam “Sam” Al-Khayyat (pronounced Alkite) refers to July 3, 1989, as the day he was born. “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he s
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am

Bringing the international hit to the Springfield stage

Joshua Ratz could have done anything on Father’s Day. He could have spent time with his 19-year-old stepson. He could have helped his pregnant wife care for their infant. He could have worked on
Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:00 am
At 280,000 acres, the expansive beauty of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois can feel both breathtaking and intimidating. In fact, in April of this year, Saline County Central Dispatch a
Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 am
More than 100 years ago, Illinois was the fourth largest wine-producing state in the nation. Now the Treasury Department holds Illinois responsible for just a fraction of the 40 million gallons bottle
Performing Art
Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00 am

Presidential Museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with Flight

Playwright Charlayne Woodard has something in common with her characters. Like Oh Beah, Mercy, Ezra, Alma, and Nate – the five slaves in Flight’s ensemble – Woodard is compelled to t
Performing Art
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 12:00 am

Veteran performers host annual show to benefit Senior Services

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that members of The Mature Mob – Springfield’s over 50 singing and dancing troupe – are a little more “hip” than average senior citi
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 12:00 am

TV documentary examines local case that successfully challenged the First Amendment

More than 60 years ago, a landmark ruling established a precedent that would permanently alter the relationship between religion and public education in America. And it happened right here in central
Performing Art
Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 12:00 am

A Long Way Home depicts the struggle of coming back from war

When Springfield resident Tom Jones reads about or meets a young veteran returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, something deep within him stirs. Jones remembers well the difficulties of adjusting to life
Fall Guide
Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 12:00 am

The season’s guide to theater in central Illinois

As many Springfield residents look forward to the weather finally cooling down, fans of locally produced entertainment can’t wait for the theater season to heat up. It might seem counter-intuiti


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