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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.

The MCAC Art Vault Is Open

Jan 2, 2016
Claire Hedden / McLean County Arts Center

The McLean County Arts Center is spotlighting selections from its permanent collection in a new show opening soon.  Laura Kennedy has more in this edition of the GLT Datebook.

Historic Portraits Reveal Unique Vision

Dec 26, 2015
Mike Disfarmer

The work of an eccentric artistic visionary is currently on view at Illinois State University's Milner Library, featuring an unblinking look at the faces of rural America. In this GLT Datebook, Laura Kennedy talks with Illinois State University Art History Associate Professor Melissa Johnson.

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A Twin Cities author is celebrating the publication of her first novel, Badfish.  And it's a feat made that much sweeter by the independent path she followed.

GLT Datebook: Santa's Station Forges New Alliance

Dec 14, 2015
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

When kids visit Santa's Station in Uptown Normal this holiday season, they'll find more diversity.

GLT Datebook: "The Little Foxes"

Dec 5, 2015
Laura Kennedy

The Normal Theater has a double dose of greed and ambition among southern aristocrats by pairing live theater with a classic movie.

GLT Datebook: Whiffenpoofs Carry On Grand Tradition

Nov 28, 2015
Laura Kennedy

  For 106 years, The Yale Whiffenpoofs have entertained audiences all across the country with harmonies so tight you could bounce a quarter off of them.  The Whiffenpoofs are coming to the Twin Cities for a concert, allowing a hometown man to step into the spotlight in front of family and friends.

GLT Datebook: Exhibit Reveals Animal Passion

Nov 21, 2015
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The animal kingdom inspired the latest exhibition at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

GLT Datebook: Sinatra Tribute Concert

Nov 14, 2015
davidd / Flickr via Creative Commons

Ol' Blue Eyes would have been 100 this year.  To celebrate, a local jazz group is hosting a concert in celebration of Sinatra.  Laura Kennedy has more.

GLT Datebook: "Intimate Apparel"

Nov 6, 2015
din_bastet / Flickr via Creative Commons

Heartland Theater is staging a play by award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.  "Intimate Apparel" is a work that truly lives up to its name.  Laura Kennedy has more on this edition of the GLT Datebook.

GLT Datebook: 15th Annual Art Walk

Oct 30, 2015
Angel Ambrose

Get to know some of the artists in our community with the Annual Art Walk.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

Sylvia Shults

Paranormal author Sylvia Shults discovered a fascinating history of demons in her latest book.

GLT's Datebook: Walking With My Ancestors

Oct 20, 2015
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A theatrical work combining dance, singing, drumming and a shocking element of history is coming to the stage of Kemp Recital Hall on the Illinois State University campus.  Laura Kennedy talks with the creator of Walking With My Ancestors.  

Sharing The Air We "Breathe"

Oct 12, 2015
Chelsea Castillo Macek

A new photo exhibit strives to demonstrate the great diversity in Galesburg’s immigrant population.

“We have people from all over the world of all ages. We have individuals who have come alone (and) those who have come with their entire family,” said Project Director Chelsea Castillo Macek.

“I think something that is unknown to many is that we have an extremely educated professional immigrant community. We have members who are surgeons, engineers, marketing professionals, teachers, pastors, artists – the diversity on that level, professionally, is also really profound.”

Datebook: Illinois State University Homecoming

Oct 10, 2015
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

  Homecoming is more than just bonfires and football games these days.  Laura Kennedy talks with Doris Groves from the ISU Alumni Center about what  Illinois State University's Homecoming has to offer the campus and the community.

GLT's Datebook: Pagan Pride Day

Oct 3, 2015
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

  People of all spiritual beliefs are welcome at the 8th annual Pagan Pride Day at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

GLT's Datebook: Bloomington/Normal Zombie Walk

Sep 24, 2015
Mark Nybakke

Organizer Mark Nybakke talks about the upcoming Bloomington/Normal Zombie Walk, including what pudding and a crossbow have to do with the fundraiser.

GLT's Datebook: David Davis Birthday

Sep 18, 2015
David Davis Mansion Foundation

  David Davis is 200! Hear about the party to celebrate Judge Davis, plus how the David Davis Mansion is holding the fort in tough economic times.

Datebook Previews "Noises Off"

Sep 18, 2015

  Get a preview of "Noises Off," the new show at Community Players in Bloomington.

GLT's Datebook: Artist Cards

Sep 18, 2015


Artist Brian Simpson talks about the new thing in art collecting:  3x5 artist cards.