Category Archives: Arts

Downtown Springfield Murals Get TIF Support

Springfield aldermen have agreed to subsidize a project to adorn downtown buildings with large painted murals. Following a 10-0 vote Tuesday, the city will set aside $50,000 from the central area tax increment finance district. Mayor Houston didn’t want TIF … Continue reading

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Lecture Series In Barry Begins This Week

A series of public lectures in west central Illinois begins tomorrow night at the Kinderhook Lodge in Barry.  The series will discuss the Underground Railroad, Civil War military service, emancipation and safe havens, like the nearby historic town of New … Continue reading

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For Whom The Bells Toll: 52nd International Carillon Festival

Carillonneur Robin Austin calls Thomas Rees one of his “great heroes”. Last fall the Springfield Park District chose Austin to succeed Karel Keldermans, who played the 67-bell instrument dedicated to Thomas Rees for 35 years. This week Robin Austin follows … Continue reading

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Art Of Illinois Wine Festival This Weekend

A glass of wine with your art show?  Try the Art of Illinois Wine Festival in downtown Springfield.  It runs from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the southwest corner of Fifth … Continue reading

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At The Hoogland: Switchback’s American Roots, Celtic Soul

Martin McCormack and Brian FitzGerald have been playing under the name Switchback since the early 90s and dip into a deep well of musical traditions with their blend of Celtic and American roots. The duo is on tour promoting their latest album, … Continue reading

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Springfield Ballet Performs “Sleeping Beauty”

The Springfield Ballet Company performs Sleeping Beauty this weekend during a pair of matinees.  You can catch the timeless work Saturday and Sunday at Sangamon Auditorium.  The Ballet Company’s Artistic Director Julie Ratz spoke with WUIS’ Sean Crawford: Play mp3 … Continue reading

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Larry Kirwan Brings Stephen Foster’s Music To Springfield

Larry Kirwan made his name with the Irish rock group Black 47.  These days he’s turning his attention to the past, all the way back to the 1860’s.  Kirwan wrote the musical Hard Times, based on the music of Stephen … Continue reading

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