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Laura Kennedy

Correspondent

Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.

Astonishingly pale and a tad goth, Kennedy tends to sizzle if left in the sun too long.

In her spare time Kennedy nurtures her worrisome passion for cashmere, plays zither in her imaginary garage band, Dowager Hump, and sits slack-jawed in front of the television watching Turner Classic Movies.

Kennedy retired from GLT in 2018 and later returned as a correspondent.

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Ken Kashian’s new book is more than just a book. 

In his latest effort, “This Moment ... in Sarah’s Garden,” the photographer set out to highlight the ever-changing face of Sarah Davis’ garden at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. The result offers much more than photographs, though.

Mr. Rogers
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With a cardigan, a pair of tennis shoes and some hand puppets, Fred Rogers set out to make the kind of children’s programming he felt kids deserved. 

John Stark
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In Shakespeare’s day, the audience let their voices be heard, boisterously sharing their opinions and pelting villains with orange rinds. 

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So, a theater company walks into a bar...

That's not an opening line to a joke. It's actually a new site-specific theater company that's presenting its inaugural production at Nightshop and Fat Jack’s this weekend. The company plans to carve its own niche in the Twin Cities by staging works where the plays are set.

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An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted by the gods. 

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A shifting economic landscape leads to layoffs and desperation in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Sweat.” 

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A collaborative arts event in honor of Veterans Day highlights the creative efforts that emerged from the devastation of World War I. 

cast of Cabaret
Community Players

“This story resonates now more than ever. That’s why I wanted to direct it.” 

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Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theater

A strip of land and the love between misfit farmers are at the heart of the Tony award-winning play “Outside Mullingar,” opening Oct. 31 at Heartland Theatre in Normal.

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Tempest-tossed twins crash in a strange land, only to rush into adventure, romance and gender confusion in Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” 

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With a new film that’s no joke at the box office, the Joker is the man of the hour. 

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“You always want to see who you’re learning from. You always want to see what they can do.” 

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Through undulating lines, bold dashes of color, and unconventional focus, six local artists explore the limitless potential of abstract art in the current exhibition at the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College. 

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A local music ensemble is rolling out the red carpet to welcome mandolin players from around the country as they celebrate their instrument and endeavor to bring back its glory days. 

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A new show at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington looks back on a lifetime of work from local artist and educator Richard Finch. 

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A Bloomington-Normal native and Broadway veteran has brought his new musical home to help it find its feet through the efforts of the next generation of theater performers. 

Kee-Yoon and Jason
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When guests check into the Yellow Inn, they get something other than a bed for the night. They get class warfare and murderous mayhem. 

Kendra and Aram
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Artist Aram Han Sifuentes stitches together a communal art experience to give power to those seeking change. 

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Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theatre

Heartland Theatre dabbles in magical realism for its latest production, “The Electric Baby,” opening this weekend and running through Sept. 28.

Jennie Bateman
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Silk reveals its soft touch and capricious core in a new exhibition of works in downtown Bloomington. 

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Artist Jonah King explores the warmth of a simple human gesture as it exists within a digital realm.  

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Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl. Boy, does that ever change everything!

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The school year is barely underway, but for one young artist, it’s already homecoming. 

Elaine Rexdale
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A riot of color and lighthearted images brighten the Armstrong Gallery at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

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Martha Tyner drew a bow across her fiddle and grimaced at the resulting sound.

James Plath
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Jay Gatsby made the list. So did Hester Prynne, Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter. 

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MIOpera

MIOpera draws on a pair of monster classics for the 2019 season. 

Social media and the 24-hour news cycle are the battlefields of political warfare in "Caesar," a modern take on the classic tragedy by Shakespeare, now running at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

work on display
Inside Out: Accessible Art Cooperative

Art and nature meet up at the Inside Out Arts Fair, coming up Saturday, July 20. This day-long event offers opportunities to acquire art, as well as a chance to become a better artist yourself.

actors in Addams Family
Community Players

In the middle of a sunny summer, one local theater company is embracing its dark side with a musical that's a scream come true for the director.    

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