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Performer and educator Paige Hernandez said she created the multi-cultural/multi-generational show Liner Notes to bridge generational gaps while preserving the culture of hip-hop.

Native American with placcard.
Kenn Little

Kenn Little takes aim at misrepresentation of Native Americans in the new documentary, “More Than a Word.”

Rami Malek wins award
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What's an Oscar telecast without a little drama? Or even a lot of drama, courtesy of controversy and the ever obliging social media. 

Ed Harris
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Artificial intelligence scares the heck out of some people. Others are excited about the rise of the new technology.

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Remake is a word with power in Hollywood. 

A glance at what’s playing at your local multiplex shows that everything old is new again as Hollywood’s close, personal relationship with remakes is stronger than ever. Audiences line up to see remakes and reboots of treasured favorites, like “Mary Poppins,” “Batman” and “Ocean’s Eleven.” Even recent failures like “Ben Hur” and “Tarzan” haven’t dampened the film industry’s lust for remakes.

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.

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Basim Magdy
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The films of Basim Magdy depict curious and unlikely narratives through images wrapped in original sound. His unique storytelling is captured in the latest exhibition at University Galleries in Uptown Normal. “To Hypnotize Them With Forgetfulness” is currently up through Dec. 16. 

classic car
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a special episode of GLT’s Sound Ideas focused entirely on autonomous driving. It aired Nov. 21. Read more stories in the series.

Child creating art
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A new grant to the Children's Discovery Museum has allowed it to throw open the doors to let the kids go out and about to find new artistic experiences and spark a little creativity.

Adong Judith smiles
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Adong Judith was just a girl during the 1986 Northern Uganda War that divided her home country. This year, Judith was a keynote speaker at Illinois State University's Culturally Responsive Campus Community Conference, telling the story of realizing her blackness.

John Koch conducts
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A venerable Bloomington-Normal choral group has spent 50 years in a town and gown endeavor that unites singers across the generations.

Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra begins its season Friday evening at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Kristin Schoenback
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Wellington the dog is dead. Cristopher Boone is on the case, and the search for the killer takes him on an adventure that leads to some surprising revelations.

Rex Parker

The letters in words you're reading right now were designed by someone, maybe a team of someones. In the digital age, designing fonts and typefaces has never been easier. Simply choosing a font for your document is as easy as clicking on a pull down menu, and among the choices will be typefaces designed by a Bloomington native.

Rhys Lovell directs Bob Kinsella and Connie Blick
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It was the door slam heard around the world.

When Nora, the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” walked out on her husband, her children, and the sham of a life she’d been leading, the closing of the door ended the play, but opened greater opportunities for women in theater to play a rich, dynamic character.

Keith Knight
Keith Knight

Award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight's focus on racial profiling, police brutality, and race relations have many pegging him as a social activist.

Artist Grace Sheese
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In Grace Sheese’s artwork, rabbits, squirrels and other animals frolic around ceramic cups. Yet under the whimsy, the artist has a powerful message about connection to share.

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From medieval weapons to farming tools to hand railings and wall hangings, blacksmithing is actually thought to have started around 1,500 B.C. in the Middle East.

Walter White from Breaking Bad
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Pop culture once idolized the hero—the white knight who took the high road to the rescue. But lately our tastes have changed, taking a darker turn toward what we seem to find irresistible.

Tim Hunt
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Concerts from long, long ago are more than just memories for scholar and poet Tim Hunt. 

Laverne Cox
AP

Is just being an actor enough to play the role of a gay or trans character?

Connie de veer with her book
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The life of an actor is no easy road, with ample demands that can tax the hardiest of artists. But help is at hand from a new book from a Bloomington-Normal pair who saw the need for practical advice that leads to lasting positive change for actors.

Photo of woman in hall
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"I just wanted to spend time with family and friends, trying to figure out what kind of relationship could happen if I put a camera between us."

Sandra Zielinski
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Kindred spirits gather in a neighborhood bar in Philly and get something stronger than a shot of whiskey. It's a place where everybody knows your name. But do they know your heart?

Don Shandrow / Coalescence Theater Project

The Coalescence Theater Project is a new institution in the Twin Cities with some stalwart names attached.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is recently renovated and has re-opened for tourists, who tend to go for the historical significance. There’s also a new reason for art enthusiasts to check it out.

GLT staff and students inside our tent
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GLT was a proud co-presenter for last weekend’s Sweet Corn Blues Festival in Uptown Normal, where blues and delicious corn on the cob came together for a beautiful combination.

Herb Eaton with his sculpture 'Mommy's Broom'
Pamela Eaton

Bloomington's Herb Eaton says his "Mommy's Broom" bronze sculpture chosen for this year’s Peoria Sculpture Walk is actually a vision from 30 years ago.

Large theater with chandelier hanging from curved wooden roof in a proposed dinner theater building.
The Barn III

As many as 150 people recently participated in a ceremonial barn-raising event in Goodfield, but it wasn’t to help an ailing farmer.

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