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Connie de veer with her book
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Photo of woman in hall
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

"I just wanted to spend time with family and friends, trying to figure out what kind of relationship could happen if I put a camera between us."

Sandra Zielinski
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Kindred spirits gather in a neighborhood bar in Philly and get something stronger than a shot of whiskey. It's a place where everybody knows your name. But do they know your heart?

Don Shandrow / Coalescence Theater Project

The Coalescence Theater Project is a new institution in the Twin Cities with some stalwart names attached.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is recently renovated and has re-opened for tourists, who tend to go for the historical significance. There’s also a new reason for art enthusiasts to check it out.

GLT staff and students inside our tent
Cindy Le / WGLT

GLT was a proud co-presenter for last weekend’s Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Uptown Normal, where blues and delicious corn on the cob came together for a beautiful combination.

Herb Eaton with his sculpture 'Mommy's Broom'
Pamela Eaton

Bloomington's Herb Eaton says his "Mommy's Broom" bronze sculpture chosen for this year’s Peoria Sculpture Walk is actually a vision from 30 years ago.

Large theater with chandelier hanging from curved wooden roof in a proposed dinner theater building.
The Barn III

As many as 150 people recently participated in a ceremonial barn-raising event in Goodfield, but it wasn’t to help an ailing farmer.

Creativity Center Fundraiser Faces Big Challenge

Jul 16, 2018
Front of the Creativity Center Building
City of Bloomington

For five days earlier this summer, the air conditioning system went out at the Creativity Center on Chestnut and Locust streets, across from the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Inside the Constitution Trail tunnel under Washington Street in Bloomington, young artist Eden Warner painted a giant letter “B” with lots of green trees.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

There will be an excess of talent on stage at this summer’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival. World-class actors performing some of the most eloquent language ever put to paper, supported by a talented army of set, costume, and lighting designers.

Opera performers
Midwest Institute of Opera

The Midwest Institute of Opera is gearing up for the 2018 season with pirates on the prowl and the love lessons of a poet.

Steampunkers
taymetayme / Flickr via Creative Commons

Cogs and Corsets: A Central Illinois Steampunk Happening is back for a second year of elaborate costuming, outrageous gadgetry and history—both real and imagined.

Child reading Harry Potter.
Seth Wenig / AP

Twenty years ago, a bespeckled young boy captured the imaginations of readers young and old, becoming a cultural force that influenced the idealism of a generation.

University Galleries Director Barry Blinderman
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

After 31 years guiding the University Galleries, the director is heading into retirement.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

This season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival deftly combines the thrill of both a battle and a heart won, familiar faces revisiting cherished roles, and a chance to imagine "what if" about The Bard.

Zombies
Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

When George Romero brought "Night of the Living Dead" to the screen 50 years ago, he kicked off a trend for zombie narratives that viewers can't get enough of.

Capital Steps perform during "Orange Is The New Barack"
Capitol Steps

The Trump administration and the maturing of social media keeps The Capitol Steps on their toes as they travel from city to city.

Actors Ruth Gordon (L) and Mia Farrow
AP

"Rosemary's Baby" is not your everyday monster-on-the-loose kind of horror film. Actually, it may not even be a horror film at all.

Dogs in carrier in front of plane
Mitch Stacy / AP

According to AAA, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their dogs and cats with them when they travel. It can be fun, but it can also be dangerous—even deadly.

Gamers playing Halo.
Matt Sayles / AP

Rick Valentin would like you to join him at the intersection of film and video games.

Jar of buttons
Vintage Fairy Tale / Flickr via Creative Commons

For as long as humans have needed to keep clothing fastened, we've counted on buttons to do the heavy lifting. But more than being simply useful, buttons have become highly collectable.

Circus performer's rings.
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For the very first time, the Circus Fans Association of America is holding its annual convention this week in Bloomington-Normal, a community that was once called the Trapeze Capital of the World, owing to the number of flyers who originated in the Twin Cities.

Chef Roy Choi
Amy Harris / AP

Be honest and live your truth. That's the advice of award-winning and groundbreaking chef and restaurateur Roy Choi.

Fans in front of theater.
Jim Cooper / AP Photo

In 1980, the movie musical "Xanadu" bombed in a big way. But it didn't slink off into dark ignominy.

Henry Griffin / AP

The words and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. touched many in central Illinois. 

Director Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The tragic tale of a young man with a soul for searching takes center stage at Heartland Theatre starting Thursday, April 5.

Library book stacks.
David Mulder / Flickr via Creative Commons

Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
Keith Srakocic / AP

An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

Drag performer
Sharon ShareAlike

Naomi Smalls may not live up to her name, but she lives up to her fierce reputation.

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