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"Kaleidoscope" is the next Peoria Symphony offering

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dzapoIt is being billed as a concert with "Italian drama, French charm, German genius and Kyle — a fabulous Peoria Symphony Orchestra evening."

The next PSO concert, titled Kaleidoscope, will be presented Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. The featured performer will...

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Former Peorian journalist dodges an on-camera kiss like a pro

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When you're reporting live on the street, you've got to be ready for anything including PAAs.* Take former WHOI and WEEKer Brian Mullahy, reporting for Salt Lake City's CBS affiliate KUTV, for example. All he thought he was going to be doing was reporting on surplus state property. Little did he know he was about to be targeted...for affection. Co-anchor Mark Koelbel added admiringly, "You are a professional." We couldn't agree more.
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Our Favorite Things: Movies Based on Books

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“Our FavoriteThings” is a new feature here at the Peorian where we poll our murder* of writers weekly about their favorite things. To kick off this new feature, we went with an easy question: What is your favorite movie that’s based on a movie, novel or short story? Check out our writers’ responses and see if your favorite(s) made the list.

Oh, and very soon, dear readers, we will be throwing...

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The Oscars: Who will win?

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oscarsAny movie reviewer worth his salt will lay it out there, so to speak, and give his readers his predictions of the winners in the major categories of the Academy Awards. 

I have to admit it is risky doing so. I am trying to balance who I feel is the most deserving while attempting to predict how more than 6,000 Academy members...

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Movie review: "Django Unchained" a tale of two halves

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(165 Minutes, Rated R for graphic violence, nudity, language, and adult situations.)

(7 of 10 stars)

django2For years now, Quentin Tarantino has been lauded by friend and critic alike with many deserving and lavish terms. Brilliant.  Innovative. Pioneering. Unique.

Given...

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Quick Lit Bits: "The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America"

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Do you enjoy curling up with a book filled with stories of torture, slaughter and all kinds of nastiness? Well, my friend, "The Barbarous Years: The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675" by Bernard Bailyn is the book for you! And since it’s about American History you can feel like a patriot as you are reading.

Now, there are many history books out there that cover America in the 1700s,...

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"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" opens at Corn Stock

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hedwig1Folks heading to Corn Stock Theatre this weekend are in for something different — considerably so — than the usual community theatre fare.

They'll be going to see a rock concert in which a play breaks out. Or something along those lines.

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" opens a five-show run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the...

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'Chubby, gruff singers from the UK'

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diddleyMick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Pete Townshend might still be rockin', but two new releases from often-overlooked peers may make you prefer chubby, gruff singers from the U.K. to the aforementioned slender senior statesmen of British pop.

Plus, both Eric Burdon, 71, and Van Morrison, 67, concede the influences of great African-Americans with well-known...

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Jade Simmons will join Peoria Symphony in concert

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Pianist Jade Simmons will grace the stage of the Peoria Civic Center Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday when the Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents its Valentine's Day concert.

jade-simmons11The orchestra and Simmons will celebrate the musical legacy of George Gershwin, which "crossed the boundaries between classical, jazz and Broadway,"...

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