Evan Webb and the Rural Route Ramblers practice, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in McClure, Illinois.
Nielsen survey says Liam Neeson is big ad man
NEW YORK -- Ad executives looking for a celebrity to endorse their product can't do much better than actor Liam Neeson. That's the conclusion of the Nielsen company, which looked at celebrities who made commercials during the first three months of the year and ranked them with a calculation that takes into account likability, public awareness, influence and other factors. ...
Nationally known ceramicist to be juror of 'Wild Things' exhibit
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host a national juried exhibit -- "Wild Things" -- with an animal theme in June. The exhibit's juror will be Ruth Ann Reese, a nationally known ceramist who owns a gallery in St. Louis. The following interview with Reese was conducted by Joni Hand, arts council board member and assistant professor of art at Southeast Missouri State University...
Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Music will hold its third annual Vocal Arts Boot Camp from June 15 through 20 at the River Campus. The camp, to be held in the new Dobbins River Campus Center, will help students develop and strengthen their singing abilities by working on vocal techniques and performance skills. ...
Tyrannosaurus Chicken blends styles to create new sounds
There are good band names, and then there are perfect band names. Tyrannosaurus Chicken's may fall in the latter category. True, a band's music is what's important, but in describing the Arkansas duo's far-out sound, there's really no metaphor more apt...
Ink Blotter 5/22/15
Casey Carlisle submitted this photo of her tattoo on her wrist by artist Erin Thurman. "I lost my best friend in a drunk-driving accident," Carlisle said. "We always talked about getting wrist tattoos. He will always be in my heart, so I have a heart on my wrist in memory of him. I will always carry his love with me." (Photo submitted by Casey Carlisle)...
Best bet: Armed forces tribute
Pat Schwent and the Saxy Jazz Quintet will perform a tribute to past and present members of the armed forces at River Ridge Winery in Commerce. Performances will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Nielsen: 13.76 million viewers for Letterman
NEW YORK -- Comic celebrities turned out for David Letterman's late-night farewell -- and so did his biggest audience in more than 21 years. The Nielsen company said Thursday 13.76 million viewers saw Letterman end his 33-year career as a late-night TV host with a final show Wednesday night. The last time Letterman had so many viewers was in February 1994, when his show aired after CBS' telecast of the Winter Olympics...
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