Future Five: Entertainment for the week ahead


"The Railway Man" comes out on DVD. Academy Award winner Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star in this true story of a British army officer who was tormented as a prisoner of war in a World War II labor camp and what happens decades later when he finds out the Japanese man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive.


Entertainment listings, Aug. 7-13, 2014

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Our guide to the Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair has evolved over the decades from a celebration of agricultural skill to a total entertainment package. Here are a few things we'll always love about traditions.

Husbands and hogs

Out and about: Beefing up on the golden oldies

Like a big hunk of meat with your classic oldies and theater?

The Beef House Dinner Theatre Presents "Return to the Forbidden Planet" beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at Beef House Restaurant, 16501 N. State Road 63, Covington, Ind.

My Amish Home: July left us without a hint of heat

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38,39

Meg Makes: Quick — explain a fun, easy recipe!

I recently spent a whirlwind week taking my first class in the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

One of the highlights: a fun icebreaker in which my discussion group had 90 seconds to think of a recipe we could explain in 20 seconds or less.

Free classes to teach real home cooking

CHAMPAIGN — When Julie Munoz-Najar hears some younger people talking about a home-cooked meal, they're often talking about a meal their grandma made.

Cooking a healthy meal at home on a budget has gradually become a lost skill, says Munoz-Najar, an educator with the University of Illinois Extension's Expanded Food and Nutrition Program.

Entertainment listings, July 31-Aug. 7, 2014

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Meg Makes: Reaping vegetable gardens' bounties

Summer vegetables are in full, flavorful glory these days, and I feel like celebrating every time I cook a garden-veggie dish for dinner. My parents, who live in Paxton, are my main suppliers — somehow, my garden turned out to be all carrots and tomato plants this year.

To Your Health: Delving into sugar substitutes

By Leia Kedem/University of Illinois Extension

These days, "natural" sugar substitutes are all the rage. Some are good old-fashioned favorites: honey, molasses, maple syrup. Others are newer to the scene, like agave nectar, stevia and monkfruit extract.