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Datebook

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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.

Ron Frazier
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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.

Creating encaustic art
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The McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington is trying something new in conjunction with its annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale.

Christmas trees
The Baby Fold

Silver bells have a double meaning at The Baby Fold's Festival of Trees this year. The organization is celebrating 25 years of the popular holiday fundraiser. 

John Stark
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A fresh look at classic stories will drive the 2019 Illinois Shakespeare Festival season.

Nick Benson and Cristen Monson
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A Roman slave hatches a complicated plot to help his young master win the girl-next-door, as well as win freedom for himself. The plan quickly spirals into farce in the classic musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum.”

GLT Datebook: Brats and Bags Fundraiser Returns To Bloomington

Jul 23, 2018
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Nothing feels more Midwestern than playing bags while enjoying a brat and a cold beer on a summer night.

Actresses around a cauldren.
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater in Normal presents the 10-Minute Play Festival, debuting not only new, short works of theater, but a new listening system for the hearing-impaired.

The Penguine Project of McLean County

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Pengin Project of McLean County.

Trees and prairie grasses.
ParkLand Foundation

The ParkLands Foundation is hosting an open house event to highlight the delights of Letcher Basin.

Nancy Steele Brokaw
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Prairie Fire Theater teams up with theater students from Illinois Wesleyan University to stage an original children's opera that aims to be fun as well as thought-provoking.

 Sarah Smelser and Jerry Antonini
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You can celebrate art, music, theater, and dance at the annual Gala at the Gallery fundraiser.

Kite flying at Hancock Stadium
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Kite Fest 2018 on Sunday, May 6, combines family fun with raising awareness of nonprofits in the community.

John Poling
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Community Players in Bloomington is staging a biting comedy/drama of family relations.

Mike McNeil and Madonna Courtright
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The Golden K Kiwanis organization is planning a fundraiser to help kids on our community.

ISU students doing yardwork.
Harriet Steinbach / ISU Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

The 10th annual Illinois State University Bring It Back To Normal event allows students and members of the community to forge new ties.

Gerry Broome / Associated Press

The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club welcomes national champions for the upcoming spring show.

Photographer Rana Young
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Photographer Rana Young is currently showing her work at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal. "The Rug's Topography" navigates intimacy and separation in the face of transitions.

Duriel E. Harris / Illinois State University

Artists and audience members will engage in an afternoon of conversation, poetry, music and more in @Salon.

Jim Pennucci / Flickr via Creative Commons

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLean County is hosting a fun fundraiser that helps kids in our community.

Cantus Novus singing.
Cantus Novus

The local choral group Cantus Novus mixes seldom-heard classical music with contemporary pieces in their upcoming spring concert.

View from Milner Library.
Lyndsie Schlink / ISU

The senior photographer at Illinois State University focuses on campus life in a new show up at the Joe McCauley Gallery.

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Eighteen colorful pairs of hands reach out from the walls of Illinois State University's Milner Library in a new exhibition that draws visitors in for a closer look.

Special Olympics Illinois

Normally, dashing pell-mell into a lake in the middle of February would be considered simply bonkers. Not so when it's for a good cause.

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The works by faculty members of the Illinois State University School of Art are on currently on view at the University Galleries.

Bobby Norfolk

Storytelling and loving to hear a story is just in our blood. That's according to a storyteller that's coming to the Bloomington Public Library.

Lorie Shaull / Flickr via Creative Commons

Two Normal Community High School juniors are organizing a benefit concert for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico and learning the benefits of civic engagement.

Marite & Toomas Hinnasaar / Flickr via Creative Commons

The humble cookie can build confidence, teach leadership and help girls around the world.

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Alissa Palmer and Whitney Johnson share a visual vocabulary ... and now share gallery space in their exhibition, "Sensing Synonyms."

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Community Players in Bloomington takes 37 Shakespeare plays, adds three actors, a little audience participation and comes up with a hilarious romp for a cold, winter's night.

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The GLT Psych Geeks have contributed to a new book that delves into the psychological underpinnings of a popular TV show.

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