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Symphony closes season with 'Visions of Beauty'

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The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will close its 2012-13 season by celebrating spring and Mother's Day with a concert titled "Visions of Beauty."

The concert, which will feature soprano Kara Shay Thomson's return to a Peoria stage, will begin at 8 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church on Illinois Route 91 in Peoria.

A highlight of the concert will, said music director George Stelluto, will be "the dreamy, Freudian world of Mahler's Fourth...

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'Fiddler on the Roof' takes the Peoria Players stage

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Laura Garfinkel hadn't directed a play for more than 20 years and musicals weren't her forte. Yet, when Peoria Players approached her about submitting "Fiddler on the Roof," one of the most beloved musicals in theatre history, she jumped at the opportunity.

"I knew I wanted to get back into directing since I retired (from Bradley University) but I wanted to have a chance at a show that was universally loved and was something people would...

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Tennis and Teaching at ISU: An Animated Interview with David Foster Wallace

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While he may have left the temporal world almost five years ago, central Illinois native David Foster Wallace is still making news. Just this past week he was the subject of PBS's new series of animated shorts called "Blank on Blank" in which interviews with cultural figures are turned into simple black-and-white animations. Entitled "Wallace on Ambition," the four-plus-minute clip includes bits from a 1996 interview with Wallace just after the...

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Philharmonic spring concert scheduled

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The Philharmonic Chorale, now in its 89th year, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. One of the oldest choral groups in the area, the Philharmonic Chorale is an in-residence group at Illinois Central College.

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Bob Dylan to play Chiefs Stadium in July

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The legendary Bob Dylan and his band will appear in concert July 11 at Peoria Chiefs Stadium.

dylanWilco, My Morning Jacket and The Richard Thompson Electric Trio also will perform.

Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment and Jam Productions announced Monday that the show, called Americanarama Festival of Music, will begin at 5:30...

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Towery on Fiction

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Editor's note: This is the first in an occasional series of articles on fiction writing by Peorian Terry Towery, a budding novelist and veteran of more writing conferences and seminars than anyone should ever have to attend. Towery’s debut novel, the psychological thriller “The Final Victim” is currently being shopped to literary agents in New York City. Wish him luck. He’s going to need it.

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'Dreamgirls' at Eastlight Theatre

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When Anthony Jumaane Hendricks got the opportunity to direct one of his all-time favorite musicals at Eastlight Theatre, he jumped at the opportunity.

dreamgirls"Dreamgirls" was a show he'd appeared in several times in the past and he'd directed a concert version of the show once before. Now he was going to get to direct it on stage.

Well,...

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Corn Stock tent is up, 60th season nearly here

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It's like watching an old-fashioned barn raising, with men pulling on ropes or attaching them to a vehicle to slowly pull a wall up and into place.

In this case, it's the annual raising of the tent at Corn Stock Theatre in Upper Bradley Park. With the theatre company's 60th season just about a month from starting, the tent was erected on Thursday, with the company's scads of volunteers set to converge this weekend to put everything else...

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Movie review: '42' worth seeing for historic value

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(128 minutes, Rated PG-13 for adult situations and language.)

(6 of 10 stars)

I must admit to the reader that I generally do not like baseball movies and only see them after careful research and much discretion.

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