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Laura Kennedy

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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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Kendra paitz
Laura Kennedy

Almost everything that comes into University Galleries goes back out again. After being on view for a matter of weeks, the art goes back to the artists or to another gallery for another exhibition. 

actors in costumes
Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

This summer, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents an original staging of a great romantic classic.

artwork
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An artist. A teacher. An illustrator.

Those were the three paths to an art career that Kendra Paitz heard about when she was growing up. Now that she’s the director and chief curator of the University Galleries in Normal, Paitz decided to show area young people all sorts of possibilities for a career in the visual arts. With the help of a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, she established the University Galleries’ Teen Arts group, inviting a group of Bloomington High School students to the galleries for a yearlong program of unique opportunities.

Katie Bell and artwork
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Artist Katie Bell stood smiling among the collection of materials she’d gathered around town for her exhibition at University Galleries. It looks like a construction site, but the materials are on the verge of being formed into the visual landscape of a deconstructed painting.  

Cristen Monson and Sandra Zielinski
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Everything’s coming up roses at Prairie Fire Theatre with the staging of “Gypsy,” the classic musical which is based on the memoirs of famous strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

Bruce Boeck
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It was a dark and stormy night. The rain dripped into my glass of gin, dampening my spirits. Then suddenly, out of the shadows, he was there – Bruce Boeck. Well, of course he was there. After all, I had asked him to do an interview about his play, “Library Noir.”

Harry Potter fans
Steve Luciano / AP

 Fandom has truly come into its own.

That's according to a couple of guys who should know: GLT's Psych Geeks. Where it was once supremely geeky and social unacceptable to be a Trekki, now it's accepted and even considered cool. Fandom has moved centerstage.

John Stark
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The play’s the thing at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. And this season, the plays we know so well have a new look and a fresh perspective to thrill audiences. 

rusted car
Justin Hamm

Sagging barns and rusted out cars in the rural landscape offer inspiration to artist Justin Hamm, who needs more than just words—and more than just images—to express his feelings about what he encounters out and about in the Midwest.

Kate Smith statue
Matt Slocum / AP

There's no more Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" at Yankee games. Her statue outside of the Philadelphia Flyers stadium is gone, too.

Nancy Steele Brokaw
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What if the things we’re teased about are actually the very things we need to make us strong?

Actors in the musical
Beetlejuice The Musical / Facebook

Say "Beetlejuice" three times fast and you’ll summon the irreverent demon—and Savannah Wetzel will make sure he’s nattily attired.

musicians
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A new classical ensemble in Bloomington-Normal isn't waiting for their big break. They're breaking into the business on their own power, armed with energy, passion, and some talented friends. 

Maggie Morton and huge pencils
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The rising artists of Illinois have an abiding sense of humor and are not afraid to use it.

Jeff Ready
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A classic courtroom drama navigates the gray areas of power and honor in the latest production from Community Players.

Rhys Lovell and Gail Dobbins
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Heartland Theatre has scheduled a new season that includes opportunities to catch the works of rising playwrights, plus a chance to see a classic masterpiece. Oh, and there's cake, too.  

rearview mirror
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr/Creative Commons

Taking a moment to reflect on your past, recall a cherished friend or replay a memory is more than just a fun journey into remembrance. It’s a healthy jaunt through nostalgia, and according to GLT’s Psych Geeks, it can do you a world of good.

German Wheel
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Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University celebrates a milestone anniversary this weekend with a show that looks back over the decades, even as the circus moves confidently towards a bright future. 

Nahm and Quinlan
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You can forget about that Peeps-toting bunny. The rabbit to watch this season is one you can’t even see. Or can you? 

cast of Table Manners
Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theater

Don’t talk with your mouth full. Keep your elbows off the table. Avoid picking your teeth with the salad fork.

Judy Garland
AP

Back during the Golden Era of Hollywood, one year flashed with a brilliance that earned it the title, "The Greatest Year in Hollywood History."

Quinnie Clavert at vintage typewriter
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Years after we thought typewriters had become obsolete, an exhibition reveals they still have considerable charm. 

White Noise artwork
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All artists face criticism. And when artist Bethany Collins was confronted with ugly, racially charged critiques of her work, she took control of that criticism and shaped the words into a powerful artistic message. 

Brett Cottone, Samuel James WIllis and Emily Ohmart
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Community Players cordially invites you to attend a musical that unites Hollywood and Broadway, throwing in a heavy dose of nostalgia for good measure and good times.

Enrico Spada
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Between romance and hope there’s “The Light in the Piazza.” 

Native American with placcard.
Kenn Little

Kenn Little takes aim at misrepresentation of Native Americans in the new documentary, “More Than a Word.”

Rami Malek wins award
Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

What's an Oscar telecast without a little drama? Or even a lot of drama, courtesy of controversy and the ever obliging social media. 

Tom Rice and curtains of plastic
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A classic of literature, Dante's “Inferno,” informs the latest work by multimedia artist Tom Rice.

Don LaCasse
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Heartland Theatre explores the mysteries of human memory and identity while confronting the complexities of family relationships in their its production, “Marjorie Prime.” 

Ed Harris
Richard Shotwell and Invision/AP

Artificial intelligence scares the heck out of some people. Others are excited about the rise of the new technology.

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