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2005 Articles
"Through the Looking Glass" - Alice in Wonderland @ NAT

I wrote the adaptation with some great help from the NAT staff.  I decided to do this adaptation because none of the adaptations I read of the story really pleased me.  Somehow, they just didn't grab me or excite me, and if I can't get excited by the script, it's nearly impossible for me to stage it in a way that excites an audience.  So, I decided to adopt the do-it-yourself approach which is something I've done a couple times before, but never with a story, or in this case two stories, of such huge scope.  So, it was a bit of a challenge.  I'd like to write a bit about how we went about meeting that challenge. 

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The 2005 Trail of Screams "Nightmares... Your Fears will be Unleashed"
A light mist covers the ground. The shadows dance in the dark as you walk through the trees. You know he's out there waiting; waiting for you. It gets suddenly quiet. A chill runs down your spine. A twig snaps. You turn in the direction of the noise. It's, it's - the last thing you will ever see. > More
The Trail Leads Straight To Espressions Café

Nearby Poplar Grove is home to both Long Prairie Trail and Espressions Café. Although you might never have heard of either of these, you should probably check out both of them. In fact, the trail leads directly to the café. Combine the two and you have a great excursion for an autumn (or for that matter any) day.

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New American Theater's 34th Season
New American Theater's 34th season is packed with performances you won't want to miss.  This line up has a Shakespeare classic, a world of fantasy and a rockin' beat.  And there is a special treat... > More
Sounds at Sunset - A Tropical Treasure for the Family

AWARE, an auxiliary of the Alzheimer's Association, announces the third annual Sounds at Sunset - A Tropical Treasure for the Family, featuring an outdoor concert performed by The Men of Our Times and a Children's Treasure Hunt. 

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2005 BLOCK 5 - To Benefit The Northern Illinois Aids Care Network
Block 5 is proud to welcome PARTICLE with special guests THE MAKE BELIEVE (Chicago), BLACK SHEEP ARISTOCRATS (Rockford), and STENDEK (St. Louis) on Friday July 22nd and on Saturday July 23rd NASHVILLE PUSSY with special guests THE HEAVILS (Rockford), the LAST VEGAS (Chicago) and  THE SAPS (Chicago). > More
Riverfest - Beloit Prepares to Kick It In Style

Get ready for music and fun along the banks of the Rock River. No, we aren't talking about On The Waterfront this time. In fact, this one comes along a lot sooner and is located a bit North of Rockford in Beloit, Wisconsin. Of course it can be none other than Beloit Riverfest. It's that time of year again, and 2005's edition of the annual festival occurs July 14th through the 17th, and as always will be packed with plenty of family fun, good food, music and much more.

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ByronFest - Rural Illinois Gears Up For A Weekend of Fun

The 11th annual Byron Fest will be happening July 8-10, and if you haven't made it down to one, perhaps this is the year to start. If you have gone before, then you know all about the fun in-store. If you are used to events like On The Waterfront, this might be a little different, but definitely in a nice way. They manage to incorporate much of the fun of the larger festivals while still maintaining a small town feel.

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Rockford Welcomes "The Great Race"

Rockford will be one of approximately 44 cities in the US who will host The Great Race, presented by the National Guard.  Last seen in Rockford in 1994, the Great Race is a "uniquely American event", according to Wayne Stansfield, Chief Operating Officer for Rally Partners, Inc., the owners of the event.  "It brings the spirit of adventure and independence to life every summer."

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Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce Announces Plans for Annual Taste of Rockford Festival
the Rockford Regional Chamber of Commerce announced plans for this year's annual Taste of Rockford, scheduled for June 17-18. Previously held in the Forest Plaza parking lot, the festival has moved to the Rockford College campus, parking lot A. > More
Weird World of Wormwood Film Festival - An Uncommon Amount of Fun For Free

Wouldn't it be nice to go out to see a movie and not have to part with any of your hard-earned money? Well, starting April 7th for a limited time you can have this pleasure every Thursday night. That's when the Weird World of Wormwood Film Festival begins. It will run for 10 weeks at 7:30 PM at Acme Records, located at 3962 Broadway in Rockford next to the now defunct Cafe Patou.

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Five Women Wearing the Same Dress - A Fly on the Wall Perspective
Having been one of those people that has always wanted to be a "fly on the wall" viewing some juicy human interaction, Alan Ball's "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" fulfills that fantasy and more.  You're placed into the bedroom of Meredith after the marriage ceremony of her "perfect" sister Tracy. > More
CD Source - An Alternative to High Priced CD's and DVD's

Is the high price of new CD's and DVD's keeping you from getting the latest tunes and flicks? If the answer is "yes", then you should check out CD Source. They stock a wide variety of used (but guaranteed to play) CD's and DVD's for far less than new prices. They also have used vinyl to give you a reason to keep that old turntable around and used cassettes.

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NickelWorld - It's a Nice Change of Pace

Whether you're looking for an inexpensive place to take your kids for an afternoon of fun, or a location for the next youngster's birthday party or other event, NickelWorld might just be the place for you. Even if you have no kids, but want a chance to spend the day playing arcade games without spending a fortune, you should check it out.

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