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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.

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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
Gene J. Puskar / AP

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. 

Connie amd Cristen
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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.

steel mill
Jo Guldi / Flickr/Creative Commons

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

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.

nic mcminn
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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.” 

joker
JD Hancock / Flickr/Creative Commons

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

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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. 

richard finch
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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. 

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. 

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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. 

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

actors
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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. 

contra dancers hold hands
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Martha Tyner drew a bow across her fiddle and grimaced at the resulting sound.

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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.

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.

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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. 

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