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Datebook

Saturday 8:34AM and Sunday 7:34AM

WGLT's Laura Kennedy highlights a wide variety of events and personalities certain to be of interest to listeners in central Illinois. The program features interviews and behind-the-scenes reports about new art exhibits, music releases and live performances, theater productions, and other community and charity events taking place throughout the listening area.

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.

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.

actors in forest
Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival sets the stage this summer for a one-of-a-kind escape into the forest of Arden with the romantic comedy, “As You Like It.” Young lovers flee a corrupt court, plunging headlong into the forest, where they find love, friendship, and new songs to sing. 

Katie Bell and artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.  

Bruce Boeck
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.”

John Stark
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.

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?

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.

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.

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.”

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.” 

Tyler Lotz and sculpture
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is currently showing the works of sculptor Tyler Lotz in the exhibition entitled, “Traverse.” The show is currently up through Feb. 15.

Jerry Antonini and Jodi DeCremer
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

You’ve been astonishing your friends with your knowledge of movie trivia for years. Now put that cinematic knowledge to good use to help the next generations of actors, singers, painters and more. 

Meg Miner and Karen Schmidt look at touch screen.
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A new exhibit at IWU’s Ames Library allows a comprehensive look into the lives of Native Americans, exploring the connections between wellness and cultural life.

Josh Roach video
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The future of art is currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Marcia Weiss, director
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Casually drop a mention of Louis May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” into a conversation and watch dreamy smiles begin to glow with nostalgia.

Santa For Seniors

Mary Shadowens said she has a passion to serve the elderly.

Ron Frazier
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Fine art photographer Ron Frazier had hit rock bottom with his inspiration. After photographing the Illinois landscape for many years, he felt his enthusiasm waning until, finally, he put down his camera.

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