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Art Center exhibits go to the dogs - and cats
 

QUINCY -- The Quincy Art Center is preparing to host community exhibitions of visual art that are inspired by the domestic cat and dog with exhibits titled Flaunting Felines and Framed Fidos.

Artists, collectors, and cat and dog lovers are invited to submit original artwork in any medium. A community reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4. Artists are invited to say a few words about their artwork during the gallery talks starting at 7:30 p.m.

 
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Box office opens for Twain comedy 'Is He Dead?'
 

QUINCY -- Mark Twain is returning to the Tri-States this May--and he's returning to a chorus of gut-busting laughter. Quincy Community Theatre's Box Office opens April 9 for Twain's new(ish) comedy, "Is He Dead?"

This farce invents an irreverent story about the real-life painter Jean-Francois Millet. Millet can't sell a single painting to save his life. With a little help from friends, Millet fakes his death, returns as his widowed sister and makes his fortune.

 
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'Impressions of Yesterday' cast set to take show on road
 

QUINCY -- Quincy Community Theatre will bring the impressionist movement to life for hundreds of students this spring with the play "Impressions of Yesterday."

Produced as part of the theater's QCT on the Road program, "Impressions of Yesterday"explores the impressionist movement through the eyes of two young girls -- Lauren and Sarah. When their mother purchases an old trunk filled with junk at auction, artists and innovators from the impressionism movement appear from inside.

 
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CONCERT REVIEW: JUDAS PRIEST
 

By MIKE SORENSEN

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - In support of the blazing new album of the same name, legendary rockers Judas Priest brought their “Firepower” tour to the Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington April 8.

With more than four decades under their studded belts, Judas Priest is proving yet again that they deserve every accolade they've received over the years.

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QDance performers shine at regional competition
 

QUNICY -- QDance recently attended the Talent On Parade regional competition in St. Louis. There were 36 studios in attendance and over 200 dancers competed. QDance Elite took 35 awards and had 26 place in the top 10.

Soloist Payden Frese received first place with her number "You Are The Reason." She also received an invitation to join the TOP Starz, which is an opportunity to join others from across the country in a special performance at nationals. Other soloists that received TOP Starz invitations are Erica Alexander, Peyton Kelly, Taylor Routh, Kearstyn Scott and Aleigha Child.

 
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CONCERT REVIEW: AVENGED SEVENFOLD
 

By MIKE SORENSEN

PEORIA, Ill. - On the same day Avenged Sevenfold announced they'd skip the Grammy ceremonies in protest of their category being pushed out of prime time, the California hard rockers packed the house at the Peoria Civic Center.

Along with Bullet For My Valentine and Breaking Benjamin, A7X - as they're referred to in shorthand - brought heavy metal to the Land of Lincoln.

The UK's Bullet For My Valentine got the crowd roaring, delivering on their hits, from “Your Betrayal” and “4 Words” to the more recent “Worthless” and “Don't Need You.”

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CONCERT REVIEW: 2CELLOS
 

By MIKE SORENSEN

ST. LOUIS - After an unavoidable reschedule from last October, the hit duo 2CELLOS dropped in to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis on Jan. 29.

Playing to a packed house, Luka Šulić of Slovenia and Stjepan Hauser of Croatia, along with drummer Dušan Kranjc, opened the night with the accompaniment of a 10-piece orchestral ensemble and an additional keyboardist.

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Hannibal, Canton to host plein air art competition
 

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The cities of Hannibal and Canton will host a two-day plein air painting event May 5 and 6.

Plein air events invite artists to communities where they create paintings outdoors and on-site. Painters will converge upon Canton on May 5 and Hannibal on May 6. All artists of all ages are invited to attend.

Artwork must be done outdoors during the event. All paint and drawing mediums are accepted. There are no size limits on canvas and paper.

 
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'An immense influence'
 

By JILL LAWLESS
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46.

The singer-songwriter's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed that O'Riordan died in London, where she was recording,

"No further details are available at this time," Holmes said, adding that O'Riordan's family was "devastated" by the news.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Billy Joel
 

By Mike Sorensen

ST. LOUIS - Busch Stadium was filled with the roars of the crowd, flies, swats and massive hits all night long.

Unfortunately for local fans, the Cardinals were out of town.

Billy Joel, on the other hand, had his massive stage show set up in left-center field and played to a sold-out crowd.