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Making Up Their Own Show

by Dan Cross   The late, great, avant-garde rock band, The Talking Heads, have a song called, “Found a Job” about a couple, Bob and Judy.  The two sit around unhappily watching television, fighting over little things, and complaining about […]

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Gripped by Popular Culture

by Stephen Harrick Journalist Sam Maronie has been writing about television, film, and comics for more than forty years.  The Wood River native can now add another credit to his résumé: Memoirist.  His new book chronicles the pleasures and pitfalls […]

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Sips & Tastes @ 618

by Paul Seibert   Two summers ago, the Taste of Southern Illinois was great. Last summer, the second annual Taste of Southern Illinois was better. This summer, with a new name and a new location, Sips & Tastes @ 618 […]

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Midwest Kids Shine in Youth Silent Film Festival

by Dan Cross   On April 11, a new annual event made its debut at the Lincoln Theater in Belleville: The International Youth Silent Film Festival (Midwest Regionals).  17 short films directed by young people (all under age 20) from […]

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Eat Local Food, Protect Local Land

by Dan Cross   On Saturday, July 18, there will be a tremendous opportunity to eat—for a cause!  The 6th Annual Field to Fork event will bring together five local chefs and lots of fresh, locally-sourced food from Metro East […]

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A Thread of the Everyday World

by Kathy Sax   The word textile comes from the Latin word “texere” which means to weave, braid, or construct. Textiles themselves have been around since the beginning of our time and while methods and materials used to make them […]

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Our Hearts – Our Hands

Article and Pictures by Kathy Sax   A Treasure      by Mildred Hatfield It’s more than a coverlet, More than a spread, This beautiful quilt That graces my bed. It’s laughter and sorrow, It’s pleasure and pain, It’s small bits and […]

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Smokers!

by John Dorroh and Mark Johnson Everyone in and around Belleville knows that Big Daddy’s 618 is a party capital, right? Good food, adult beverages, and when the weather is nice, the patio. But maybe you didn’t know about the […]

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Karried Away

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman Not only did Karrie Brown have a dream, she […]

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Love & Beer: Alice’s Place

by Alison Lysakowski The drinks are perfect, the prices are good, and the environment is cozy. Alice’s Place survives despite the decline of many local neighborhood taverns over time. While revenue is a concrete means of keeping Alice’s Place alive, […]

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“Field Trip to the Bronx Zoo, Belleville-Style”

by John Dorroh   Yesterday afternoon, I drove over to the Bronx for fun and diversion. It was perfect weather for a field trip to get me away from yard work for a few hours and to help me get […]

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Giving Back to Bellevue

by Dan Cross On a typical Saturday morning, there is nothing better than to just stay in bed and recuperate from the long workweek (and whatever you got into on Friday night).  Right?  So it’s all the more impressive that […]

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The Power of Music and Image: The International Youth Silent Film Festival

by Dan Cross   Every film fan and history buff in the Metro East should already appreciate how fortunate we are to have not only an actual, operating drive-in movie theater (the Skyview, one of fewer than 400 drive-ins left […]

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An Affluent Season: The Rise of Popular Culture Conventions

by Stephen Harrick   Popular culture conventions have pervaded American society. Considering the success of these large gatherings revolving around television, film, comics, gaming and animation, it is unsurprising that more keep popping up across the country. Some conventions are […]

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