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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.

Normal Theater
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For almost four months, the silver screen at the Normal Theater has remained dark. The seats  have been  empty. And that enticing scent of popcorn has been conspicuously absent. 

blue dog print
McLean County Arts Center

Works of art that once were part of private collections can now be enjoyed by the entire community at a new exhibition at the McLean County Arts Center in downtown Bloomington. 

front proch
Roger-Bruce / Creative Commons

Live theater has returned to the Twin Cities in a new project that guarantees audiences needn’t venture any further out than their own front porch.  

The fierce debate over the future of the Uptown Normal mural has inspired a documentary about the controversy and the role public art plays in our lives. 

transit photo
Courtesy of the artist and Regards, Chicago.

A group of students from Bloomington High School didn’t let anything stand in their way to curate the latest exhibition from University Galleries in Normal. 

Edward David Anderson
Edward David Anderson

The 2020 Sugar Creek Arts Festival requires no sunscreen, fan or sunglasses.  

kelsey fisher waits
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The stage may be bare this season at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival, but the show must go on–online, that is. 

"The show must go on" is one of the most repeated phrases in theatre, whether you're directing on Broadway or a children's production.

Producer John Larson recording vocalist Sara Williams
Peggy Larson

Any blues musician will tell you that everyone gets the blues. But for the past few months, that line has changed to “nearly everyone now has the blues.”

Cristen Monson
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There’s an old tradition in the theater world that there must always be an electric light left burning on stage whenever a theater is left dark or unoccupied. It’s called a ghost light. 

Nancy Drew books
Celeste Lindell / Flickr/Creative Commons

It’s no mystery why Nancy Drew, that Titian-haired, flashlight-wielding teen detective, is still so popular after all these years. 

circus work
Jan Brandt Gallery

It was going to be amazing, colorful and fun. 

virus
Christoph Scholtz / Flickr/Creative Commons

The coronavirus pandemic has millions sheltering indoors and bonding with their streaming services.  

window art display
Jane Osborn / Eaton Gallery

As art galleries across the country have locked their doors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, one local gallery is trying to shed some light on the dark situation. 

painting
Doug Johnson

On a day like today, Doug Johnson would normally be busy at his job as director of the McLean County Arts Center.

Pamela Cather
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Pamela Cather was teaching psychology at Heartland Community College when she decided to take a free class in digital photography. That was all it took to set her on off on a new career behind the lens. 

book in lap
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As Americans self-isolate to help halt the spread of the coronavirus, an emeritus English professor from Illinois State University has a few book suggestions to accompany the quarantine. 

actors reading
Community Players

Editor's note: Due to the updated COVID-19 guidance issued by Gov. JB Pritzker and the State of Illinois, the Community Players Theater will be doing the following regarding "Big Fish" performances:

The theater will be holding the Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, performances for those who have already purchased tickets. No additional sales or exchange for "Big Fish" tickets either online, call in, or walk in will be sold in order to help prevent community transmission of the disease.

aaron yuont
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For painter and sculptor Aaron Yount, answering the call of the wild in his artwork could well be down to his DNA. 

JImmy Chrismon
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If you didn't get enough romance on Valnetine's Day, try the new production of "Guys and Dolls," opening this weekend at the Illinois State University Center for the Performing Arts Theater. 

installation
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"There’s a moment every day where we, as artists, have to stand up and do what we can, " said artist David Dow. "And encourage dialog and encourage thinking about everything that’s going on.”

Director David Prete
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The words “I was there” resound through Ike Holter’s play “Hit the Wall.”  

Tracy Cook...with horns
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If music be the food of love, play on... 

For 67 years, Vladimir and Estragon have been waiting. And waiting. And waiting ... for Godot. 

artwork
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Working one meticulous stitch at a time, artist Kathryn Leslie utilizes a time-honored tradition to create unexpected images. 

flag sculpture
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For hundreds of years, artists have made the sky their muse. 

Melissa Oresky
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Artist Melissa Oresky spent hours in her childhood shadowing her mother on wildflower walks. Her mother was studying to be a botanist, while Oresky was just plain curious. 

Marcia Weiss, director
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A classic of American theater opens next week at Community Players in Bloomington.

Jan Turner
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A bowl of persimmons and a long walk through Funks Grove cemented a friendship that has inspired a new book from a local author. 

many monas
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In honor of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum provides fresh insight into the mind of the unique genius, revealing the progressive artistic and scientific principals he established while giving visitors a chance to get hands-on with full size recreations of his inventions.

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