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  • Spend some Idol time Saturday in Rock Falls

    ROCK FALLS – Alex Fisch­bach, a current “American Idol” contestant from Morrison, will perform Saturday night at Rock Falls High School.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 6:19 pm
  • Amanda Seyfried replaces Tatiana Maslany off-Broadway

    NEW YORK (AP) — Orphan Black is out. But a Cosette is taking her place.Second Stage Theatre said Thu ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 1:49 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend (Jan. 30-Feb. 1)

    Hypnotizing act in Mount MorrisMOUNT MORRIS – Captain Andy, a nationally known hypnotist, will perfo ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 8:14 pm
  • Rolling Stone's archive coming to Google Play for free

    NEW YORK (AP) – Selections of Rolling Stone magazine’s near 50-year archive will be available for fr ...
    Jan. 28, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Theater legend Joel Grey reveals he’s gay

    NEW YORK (AP) – Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.The Oscar- and Tony-winnin ...
    Jan. 28, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • SAG Awards win sends 'Birdman' Oscar hopes soaring

    Oscar hopes for "Birdman" got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soa ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • 'Boyhood' and 'Whiplash,' Sundance-to-Oscar path improves

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — An Academy Award nomination is an incomparable stamp of approval for any film — and for an indie feature coming out of the Sund ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 2:01 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend, Jan. 23-25

    Funky Munky wrestling in DixonDIXON – See some wrestling for a good cause at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 10:38 am
  • Festival 56 set to hold auditions

    PRINCETON – Festival 56 will hold auditions for the summer season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St.
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:21 pm
  • Chip Messiner to perform at Fifth Friday

    FRANKLIN GROVE – Chip Messiner, a disc jockey for Rockford radio station Q 98.5 FM, will trade his soundboard for an acoustic guitar and perform at 7 ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Local singer Fischbach heading to Hollywood

    MORRISON – Many of you might be sad, wondering why you didn't see local musician Alex Fischbach's audition on Wednesday night's "American Idol."
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Comedy Central to roast Justin Bieber

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedy Central says Justin Bieber will be the victim of its next roast.The channe ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 2:36 pm
  • 'American Sniper' astounds with $105.3M over MLK weekend

    NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Eastwood's R-rated Iraq War drama "American Sniper" opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 2:05 pm
  • Idina Menzel, John Legend to sing before Super Bowl

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Frozen" star Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month.
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend, Jan. 16-18

    A little help from his friends ROCK FALLS – A musical benefit Saturday at The Cooler, 311 W. Second ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 10:07 am
  • Nominations add intrigue if not diversity to Oscar race

    The Oscar nominations added intrigue if not diversity to an Academy Awards race by favoring one late ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 9:16 pm
  • Bluesman Studebaker John to perform Saturday in Princeton

    PRINCETON – The Chicago blues band Studebaker John and the Hawks will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main S ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Ewan McGregor turns bad, and then some, for ‘Son of a Gun’

    You’ve never seen Ewan McGregor quite like this – all sadistic and ruthless and whatnot.In “Son of a ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 10:15 pm
  • 'Paw-paparazzi' take note: World Dog Awards honor star pets

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Awards season is underway in Hollywood, but one show will roll out green turf instead of red carpet and celebrate achievements like ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 3:48 pm
  • Amazon signs Woody Allen to create his first TV series

    NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon Studios is delivering Woody Allen as creator of his first-ever TV series.The ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 2:06 pm
  • Top 5 things to do this weekend, Jan. 9-11

    Warm up with some pops in SterlingSTERLING – The Sterling Municipal Band will present its 21st annua ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 5:42 pm
  • Angelina Jolie screens 'Unbroken' in Vatican, meets pope

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Angelina Jolie has met with rock stars, refugees and royalty.The actress, direct ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Review: 'Inherent Vice' (Grade: B-minus)

    When it comes to talking about Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s “Inherent Vice,” the question is whether to hail the director for ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 3:39 pm
  • ‘King Lear’ meets ‘Dynasty’ in the hip-hop-fueled ‘Empire’

    “What is this? We ‘King Lear’ now?” asks Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett), the middle son of music tycoo ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 9:09 pm
  • New gallery to open at Dixon Main Street office

    DIXON – This weekend’s Second Saturdays happenings are highlighted by the opening of a gallery space at the office of Dixon Main Street, 115 S. Hennep ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 10:10 am
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