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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.

Datebook: Having Fun With Tradition, Stitch By Stitch

Jan 24, 2020
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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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

Datebook: Artist Creates In Sync With Plants

Jan 11, 2020
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. 

Datebook: 'Our Town' Finds The Epic In The Ordinary

Jan 3, 2020
Marcia Weiss, director
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A classic of American theater opens next week at Community Players in Bloomington.

Datebook: Local Author Immortalizes Nature Lover

Dec 28, 2019
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. 

Datebook: Exploring The Genius Of Da Vinci

Dec 16, 2019
many monas
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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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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.

WGLT's Culture Maven On The Legacy Of Mr. Rogers

Nov 29, 2019
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. 

Datebook: Shakespeare Festival Expands Season

Nov 22, 2019
John Stark
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

In Shakespeare’s day, the audience let their voices be heard, boisterously sharing their opinions and pelting villains with orange rinds. 

Datebook: Nomad Uproots Traditional Theater

Nov 14, 2019
Connie amd Cristen
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.” 

Datebook: 'Cabaret' Gets Gritty

Nov 1, 2019
cast of Cabaret
Community Players

“This story resonates now more than ever. That’s why I wanted to direct it.” 

Datebook: Heartland Theatre Gets Its Irish Up

Oct 25, 2019
actors at table
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.” 

Datebook: The Psych Geeks Declare The Joker Wild

Oct 11, 2019
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. 

Datebook: Artist Richard Finch Finds Life In Stillness

Sep 27, 2019
richard finch
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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. 

actors in play
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.

Artist Finds The Healing Touch In Silk

Sep 12, 2019
Jennie Bateman
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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!

painting detail of face
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The school year is barely underway, but for one young artist, it’s already homecoming. 

Datebook: 'Eye Candy' Offers Pop Of Color And Joy

Aug 17, 2019
Elaine Rexdale
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A riot of color and lighthearted images brighten the Armstrong Gallery at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

Datebook: Contra Dancing Has Room For All

Aug 9, 2019
contra dancers hold hands
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Martha Tyner drew a bow across her fiddle and grimaced at the resulting sound.

Datebook: Heavy Hitters Headline Opera Season

Jul 29, 2019
opera singers on stage
MIOpera

MIOpera draws on a pair of monster classics for the 2019 season. 

Datebook: Beware #TheIdesOfMarch

Jul 19, 2019

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.

Datebook: Inside Out Celebrates Art And Nature

Jul 12, 2019
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.

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