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Review: The witches return in lively ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer The nostalgia for “Hocus Pocus” has always been a bit of a mystery to me. There is nothing new about kids loving mediocre films and carrying that soft spot into adulthood, but I was in the right demographic when “Hocus Pocus” came out in the summer of 1993 (age 9,…

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Arizona museum exhibit marks end to de Kooning painting saga

TERRY TANG Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — After a Willem de Kooning painting worth millions was brazenly stolen in 1985 from an Arizona museum, the staff clung to the hope that it would turn up one day. But nobody could have predicted “Woman-Ochre” would find its way back through the kindness of strangers in a…

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Do the ‘Time Warp’ again — ‘Rocky Horror’ show will travel

MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Grab your toilet paper. Bring a flashlight. Don’t forget a newspaper — or your fishnets. A touring, interactive version of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is hitting the road to celebrate the cult film’s birthday with screenings, live shadow casts, the invitation to be inappropriate and…

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Chillifest information for weekend fun

TAYLORVILLE — Officials with the Christian County YMCA have announced that this Thursday at 5pm is the deadline for teams to register and participate in their 3 on 3 Tournament taking place this Saturday at the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest. There are 5 divisions that teams can sign up for: First and 2nd…

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Coming up for air in Strout’s pandemic voyage

AMANCAI BIRABEN Associated Press “Lucy by the Sea,” by Elizabeth Strout (Random House) Returning to characters of previous novels, Elizabeth Strout folds them into COVID-19’s twist of fate in “Lucy by the Sea.” Lucy’s world is on the verge of collapse, a pandemic wreaking havoc on a country on the brink of a civil war.…

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A war story, ‘Mosquito Bowl’ defines courage, duty

DOUGLASS K. DANIEL Associated Press “The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II,” by Buzz Bissinger (Harper) U.S. Marines training for the invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa didn’t know they would face the bloodiest fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. The nearly three-month battle in…

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Fresh corn makes a creamy pasta sauce with no cream

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Even when they are tasty, creamy pasta sauces can be unappealingly heavy. A few bites and you’re done. Luckily, a lighter solution lies in peak season for sweet corn, whose high starch content can create a creamy sauce without having to resort to using cream. Just pull out the…

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Lean into fall with these braised lamb meatballs

Lynda Balslev It’s officially autumn, so wave farewell to summer, wrap yourself in something cozy, and make some meatballs. Meatballs are like a warm hug. They are unpretentious, homey and unfailingly comforting — just like that sweater you’re about to put on. Meatballs are also universally pleasing. Most cuisines seem to have a version of…

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A night of live music and motors at the Small Town Taylorville Cruise

Taylorville— The final Small Town Taylorville Cruise of the season will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, on the historic Taylorville Square. To celebrate the success of the event in 2022, the committee has invited musical performers Lil’ Joey and Easy Pickins to entertain Cruise goers with their authentic sounds. Lil’ Joey, Joseph Tarczan,…

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Met Opera to open season with dark, murderous ‘Medea’

MIKE SILVERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Sondra Radvanovsky opened the Metropolitan Opera season, she played a mother who contemplates murdering her two young sons as revenge against her faithless lover. Five year later she’s back in a role that’s strikingly similar — with one crucial difference. “You know, the last…

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