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GLT Datebook: Friends Of The Arts Movie Trivia Night Helps Next Gen Artists

Jerry Antonini and Jodi DeCremer
Laura Kennedy
FOA board members Jerry Antonini and Jodi DeCremer are ready to be dazzled by your command of movie trivia.

You’ve been astonishing your friends with your knowledge of movie trivia for years. Now put that cinematic knowledge to good use to help the next generations of actors, singers, painters and more. 

The Friends of the Arts Trivia Night is coming up Saturday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 of the Center for the Visual Arts Building on the ISU campus. This is the second year for the Trivia Night, which focuses this year on movie trivia. So, if you know where “Breaking Away” was filmed, what high school basketball movie starred Gene Hackman, or whether or not Hal Holbrook is dead or alive, you could be the star of the night. (Holbrook is alive, BTW.)

The Friends of the Arts is a community-based organization that partners with Illinois State University’s College of Fine Arts to support students and help raise funds for scholarships and project grants. Jerry Antonini, board member of FOA, said the organization hopes to raise $1,000 or more on Trivia Night. 

Board member Jodi DeCremer revealed there will be eight rounds of questions at Trivia Night.

“We have seven categories: Movie locations, Hollywood celebrities, dead or alive, which should be an interesting one,” she laughed. “There’s also Horror and Sci/Fi films, Marvel films, sports films, Hollywood scandals and romances, and romance and Disney films.” 

You don’t have to have a pre-assembled team to participate in the FOA Trivia Night.

“If you want to come as an individual, we’ll assign you to a team,” said Antonini. “Otherwise, if you have a team in mind you can come together as a team. We try to have at least six to eight per team.” 

The questions will be a mix of easy and difficult, with opportunities to spend a little more in order to get a hint or an answer. You can also purchase food and drinks at the event to help raise funds for scholarships and project grants.  

The cost to attend is $15 per person or $100 per table. There’s also a special student price of $10.

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Reporter, content producer and former All Things Considered host, Laura Kennedy is a native of the Midwest who occasionally affects an English accent just for the heck of it. Related to two U.S. presidents, Kennedy appalled her family by going into show business.