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'Music Man' to open Corn Stock summer season

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It seems like many people have a personal reason for loving the musical "The Music Man" and for wanting to be part of it whenever a local community theatre stages it.

That's the case with the timeless musical that will open Corn Stock Theatre's 60th season under the tent at Upper Bradley Park on Friday.

For director Peggy Hupp, it was during an earlier production of "The Music Man" that she began dating her husband Ken Hupp.

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Movie review: 'Star Trek Into Darkness' has issues

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(6 stars out of 10)

(132 minutes. Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, adult situations, and profanity.)

The second big blockbuster of the summer came warping into the theaters this past week in the form of wünderkind J.J. Abrams' second installment of the rebooted franchise "Star Trek Into Darkness."

If you are big into an edge-of-your-seat popcorn movie starring your favorite sci-fi characters,...

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It's Street Party time!

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Psst. It's Old Quarters Street Party time at Kelleher's. They just aren't advertising it yet.

But about 5:30 p.m. on Friday night, Water Street in front of Kelleher's will be closed to auto traffic and filled with tables and chairs and ready for another summer of outdoor fun at the Irish pub.

"We are looking to do a little softer opening this weekend to make sure everything and everybody is ready to do," said Bill Blasek, general...

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World Championship Old-Time Piano contest this weekend in Peoria

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By Ted Lemen

President of the Old-Time Music Preservation Association

The 39th Annual World Championship Old-time Piano Playing Contest and Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend in Peoria, with 26 piano players from 17 states and two foreign countries competing for more than $4,000 in cash prizes and trophies.

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September Falls Is No River's

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drop but my son's name for acorns
falling from white oak and bur,
the apples plopping Delicious,
our Cortland's plump thump. You can -
with risk - walk beneath September Falls
as you might beneath the watery ones.
Acorns ping through branches, Plinko
on The Price Is Right, but what you win
just smarts your head. I've never been
Newton-ed by an apple, but yellowjackets -
those cider-drunk eunuchs...

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Our Favorite Things: TV Shows We Would Bring Back

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This week the TV series Arrested Development will begin its fourth season on NetFlix. Normally, that’s not something particularly notable – lots of shows make it to four seasons. What makes this case special is that Arrested Development’s third season ended in 2006. And now, seven years later it’s back. The reason undoubtedly is because of its diehard, rabid fan base (including many of us at The Peorian), which got us thinking: What...

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Impact Wrestling to broadcast live from Peoria

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Area wrestling fans can be part of the live action when TNA Impact Wrestling broadcasts live from the Peoria Civic Center on Thursday, June 20.

The Civic Center announced the show with Impact Wresling heavyweight superstar Joseph Park during a news conference Tuesday.

The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Spike TV. Tickets will go on sale Friday at the Civic Center box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Knight: Logic and lying with Richard Pryor

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More and more, so many media so deftly defy logic, the smooth-talking liars on radio and cable seem like the man in the old joke by the late, great comic Richard Pryor. His wife catches him betraying her and he coos, "Who you gonna believe: me or your lyin' eyes?"

Pryor is the subject of a new documentary produced by his seventh (and fourth) wife Jennifer, Richard Pryor: Defy the Logic, scheduled to premiere at 8 p.m. (Central Time) on...

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Movie review: "Iron Man 3" delivers

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(7 out of 10 stars)

(Rated PG-13 for violence, language and adult situations; 130 Minutes)

The 2013 summer movie season is here, and it opened with a bang — literally lots of them —with "Iron Man 3."

If big-budget, high-action, witty one-liner movies with beautiful actors, a passable plot line and lots of CGI are your thing, then "Iron Man 3" is sure to please.

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