In October, John Cleese and Eric Idle toured in a sit-down talk show, "John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time," with half of their 22 shows in Florida so that, they claimed, they could score a free vacation, as England is so dreary in October.
Frank Capra's forgotten masterpiece, this is the only film made by the director's production company and is a personal statement of the highest order. On the eve of the United States' entry into World War II, this tale of a possible fascist state taking hold in America, led by an innocent figurehead, struck a nerve and became a box-office success.
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Edited by Lee Gurga/For The News-Gazette
Frost brushes ginkgo,
and underneath the tree lie
a thousand gold coins
— Lynne Proctor Sancken, Tolono
Lisa Gaye Dixon didn't realize how big the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" was until the first preview performance last year.
As she walked onto the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Present, she saw that every seat was taken in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. She could feel the energy.
By Ted Kooser/U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06
Debra Marquart, who teaches at Iowa State, is a poet, a memoirist, a writer of stories and a singer with her own R&B group, The Bone People. She knows the musician's life, and here's a road poem from her most recent book from New Rivers Press, "Small Buried Things."
Traveling with Guitar
Between helpings of leftover turkey, the long weekend is a good time to catch up on music that stirs your soul. With that in mind, our PAUL WOOD asked local celebrities to come up with free-time playlists — like President Barack Obama's well-known list from his Spotify account.