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Lincoln Public Library
The Lincoln Public Library
District has received two new grants from the office of Secretary of
State and State Librarian Jesse White.
The Dream Again grant entitled "Great
Books, Great Films" will be used to purchase classic movies in the
DVD format and great works of literature in the CD format. The
library will also receive a new DVD player and public performance
movie licensing rights for one year. The license will allow the
library to host a series of public programs with the new DVD movie
Lincoln will share this $32,100 grant
with the public libraries in Chatham, Rochester, Clinton, Effingham,
Mount Zion and Taylorville. The grant is part of $2.46 million
awarded to Illinois libraries by Secretary White's office.
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The Opportunity Knocks grant entitled
"Terry Turtle's Teaching Totes" will be used to purchase tote bags
for the youth services department at the library. The tote bags will
cover a variety of topics and contain books, puppets, stuffed
animals, activity cards and teaching suggestions. These tote bags
will be ideal for young children or developmentally disabled patrons
and will be available for checkout.
This second grant is part of almost
$200,000 in grants awarded to Illinois libraries by Secretary
information please contact Richard Sumrall at 732-8878 or visit the
library, 725 Pekin St.
[Lincoln Public Library press
'Black Powder, White Smoke'
Powder, White Smoke," Loren D. Estleman, Tom Doherty Associates LLC,
318 pages. Genre: Western
In "Black Powder, White Smoke," Loren
Estleman introduces us to four characters living in 1885.
Honey Boutrille is an ex-slave living
in New Orleans. He is also the owner and operator of a bordello,
"The House of Rest." Honey's story begins with a disturbance within
his establishment in which a white man has mutilated one of his
"girls." Honey patiently waits while his girl is held hostage, and
when the perpetrator tries to make an escape, Honey shoots him in
the head and begins life as a wanted man.
Emerson Emerson, or Twice as he is more
commonly known, is a train robber and an admitted murderer. After a
job goes bad, he holes up in a familiar town, unwittingly offends an
old "Chinaman" and finds out too late that the "Chinaman's
connections have put a price on his head." Twice murders the
Chinaman to collect the reward and flees west, leaving a trail of
robberies and murders to mark his path.
Ernest Torbett and Casper Box are two
men who would exploit Honey and Twice. Ernest has been given to
opportunity to give up his lucrative position as an ad writer for
the meatpackers of Chicago. He follows the trail of the infamous
Honey Boutrille and writes a serial about the "Black Devil" to
instill fear in the hearts of white readers everywhere.
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Casper is a theatrical agent who, after
reading of Twice's misdeeds, decides that Twice is the perfect
attraction for a new Wild West Show whose popularity will exceed
that of The Buffalo Bill Show.
Estleman takes us to Denver, Colo.,
where all four characters converge for a climactic finish and an
epic battle of good versus evil.
Estleman, the author of more than 40 books, is admired for both his
stories of the West and his crime novels. A nominee for the National
Book Award, he has won four Spur Awards, and his recent novel, "The
Master Executioner," received stellar recognition. He lives in
Michigan. (Author information taken from book jacket.)
[Bobbi Reddix, Lincoln Public
DECATUR -- Theatre 7 -
Decatur's Community Theatre will present the comedy "Epic
Proportions" in February at the Decatur Civic Center Theatre.
Tickets for the production go on sale to the general public
beginning Monday, Jan. 13, at the Decatur Civic Center Box Office.
"Epic Proportions" is set in the 1930s,
when brothers Benny and Phil find themselves in the Arizona desert
as extras in a huge historical epic film. Before they know it, Phil
is directing the movie and Benny is starring in it. To complicate
matters, they both fall in love with Louise, the assistant director
The Theatre 7 production is directed by
Cast members are Jayson Albright, Shawn
Becker, Doug Bishop, Peter Churukian, Amy Hoak, Tim Haworth, Alison
Logan and Matt Tucker.
Performance dates and times are Feb. 7,
8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. For ticket
information, call the box office, (217) 422-6161.
DECATUR -- Theatre 7 -
Decatur's Community Theatre will have auditions soon for the second
production of its 39th season, the epic musical "Ragtime."
The auditions will be at the Decatur
Civic Center Theater on Sunday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 20.
Children 7-10 years old audition at 5 p.m. and adults at 6:30 p.m.
To try out, prepare a song two minutes
in length. An accompanist will be provided. A short piece of
dialogue will be provided, as well as a short dance step.
For more information about the
questions, call Mike Redlinger, director. The daytime phone number
is (217) 428-4315.
[Theatre 7 press release]
LCT 2003 season
Lincoln Community Theatre is
pleased to announce three productions selected for the summer of
Kicking off the 32nd season of live
theater for the Lincoln community will be the hilarious musical "Nuncrackers."
This fun-filled show is a continuation of the antics of the
dauntless, darling nuns of Mount St. Helen's Convent who delighted
Lincoln audiences in the "Nunsense" series several summers ago.
Audience participation, one-liners, a rum-soaked fruitcake, dueling
sugar plum fairies and dear Sister Amnesia will definitely start the
summer theatrical season with humor and fun.
The July production, "Steel Magnolias,"
is one of our best ensemble productions. The familiar, bittersweet
story touches all the emotional peaks and valleys of life in a small
Southern community. From wise-cracking Truvy to unsure Annelle, the
characters in this poignant play promise to touch everyone with both
laughter and tears.
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Ending the season on a patriotic note,
LCT's final production of the summer will be "1776," a stirring, yet
humorous musical featuring a large cast representing our founding
fathers. Humor abounds with fast-paced dialogue involving Ben
Franklin, Henry Lee and other early congressional characters, along
with catchy, patriotic music.
To kick off
the holiday season, Lincoln Community Theatre is offering holiday
gift certificates for season memberships for the summer 2003 season.
Certificates can be mailed directly to the receiver or to the gift
giver. Certificates for adult memberships are $20 each, and those
for children through eighth grade are $12 each. Requests for gift
certificates may be sent to LCT, Box 374, Lincoln, IL 62656. Further
information is available at (217) 732-7542 or by visiting the LCT
[Judy Rader, LCT publicity
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Community Theatre's box office, phone
735-2614, is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through
Saturday for the summer season. The office is located in the lobby
of the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of
"Dearly Departed" are scheduled for July 12-20, and "The King and I"
will be presented Aug. 2-10. Show times are 2 p.m. on Sundays and 8
p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln,
IL 62656; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LDC website at www.geocities.com/lincolncommunitytheatre/index.html.
Pictures from past productions are included.
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