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Prepare to laugh: Dan Challacombe is in the house

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dan4He’s one of those guys who makes you laugh simply by walking onto a stage. That’s because his face is usually wearing the look of some oddball character in a comedy...

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Scared: Girl’s journal reveals life lessons

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sunsetThis story is about a girl named Jane who had her life flash before her. Jane wasn’t very popular, but she had a few close friends. She was always one to lend a helping hand and to participate in school functions and in school work. She also loved outdoor activities and hanging out with her friends, like an average teenage girl would.

One day...

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Frizzi: An American music lesson

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FARMAIDTIXA few nights ago, Heddy (wife) and I got to see Crosby Stills and Nash in concert at Peoria's Civic Theater. They were in good voice and played almost four hours. Newer songs mixed well with the old classics. We were smiling, happy, heading out the door when I heard somebody say:

"I sure wish Neil Young was with them!"

We're told we're not supposed...

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It’s Almost summer blockbuster season!

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noah2A fter the seemingly never-ending winter of polar vortexes and temperatures that have caused polar bears to give thought about moving south, the initial signs of winter’s end are upon us.

Snow is melting. Birds are returning from wherever it is they take...

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Barn honored with world premiere of 'fun and funny' play

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Peoria Ballet offers 'Cinderella'

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cinderellabanner medServy Gallardo knows his audience; he’s aware a title like “Cinderella” would be considered family friendly. That’s why he chose it for the Peoria Ballet’s spring show this weekend at Five Points Washington.

Gallardo, the ballet’s artistic director, also knows the audience will include small children, perhaps even...

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Frizzi: A Tale of Three Cities

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lucyred1What two things do Peoria, IL, Jamestown, NY and Vincennes, IN have in common?

1) They're the birthplaces of three of America's greatest comedians.
2) Nobody knows where they're located.

That sounds pretty callous from somebody who is not originally from...

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FrizziToons: What a blockbuster!

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FRIZZITOONS-NOAH

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'The Miracle Worker' to open at Peoria Players Threatre

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There are art works, whether visual or written, that can be disturbing while also inspiring, tense but uplifting. And often, those based on true stories can touch people deeply.

“The Miracle Worker” is one of those works. The drama written by William Gibson is based on a small yet pivotal part of the life of Helen Keller, who became blind, deaf and consequently mute when stricken by illness as an infant.

It opens a seven-show...

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