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actors in Addams Family
Community Players

In the middle of a sunny summer, one local theater company is embracing its dark side with a musical that's a scream come true for the director.    

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Karla Bailey-Smith and Karl Smith were one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jajwanica Brockington was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mari-Rose Minyo was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Clatie Fischer was one of the storytellers:

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Jesse Wyer was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their stories of fatherhood during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on June 21 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Cristen Monson was one of the storytellers:

 

Attend the next Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center, featuring the theme "Road Trip."

You can hear more segments from Next to Normal Story Slams by subscribing to our podcast.

 

artwork
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An artist. A teacher. An illustrator.

Those were the three paths to an art career that Kendra Paitz heard about when she was growing up. Now that she’s the director and chief curator of the University Galleries in Normal, Paitz decided to show area young people all sorts of possibilities for a career in the visual arts. With the help of a grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, she established the University Galleries’ Teen Arts group, inviting a group of Bloomington High School students to the galleries for a yearlong program of unique opportunities.

Cristen Monson and Sandra Zielinski
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Everything’s coming up roses at Prairie Fire Theatre with the staging of “Gypsy,” the classic musical which is based on the memoirs of famous strip tease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

2019 Youth Mural Project Participants
Illinois Art Station / Facebook

A new mural will be unveiled Sunday on Bloomington's west side that will tell stories of the young artists who created it.

Harry Potter fans
Steve Luciano / AP

 Fandom has truly come into its own.

That's according to a couple of guys who should know: GLT's Psych Geeks. Where it was once supremely geeky and social unacceptable to be a Trekki, now it's accepted and even considered cool. Fandom has moved centerstage.

People dressed in bustles and goggles, carrying jetpacks made with what appear to be ceiling fan blades. Yes, it's Steampunk.

From the Industrial Revolution to the Wild West, Steampunk is a creative way to picture what history could’ve been. It’s a re-imagining of history with art, science, and modern technology.

Kate Smith statue
Matt Slocum / AP

There's no more Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" at Yankee games. Her statue outside of the Philadelphia Flyers stadium is gone, too.

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Bloomington’s Coalescence Theatre Project has a curtain call on the national stage in June.

Actors in the musical
Beetlejuice The Musical / Facebook

Say "Beetlejuice" three times fast and you’ll summon the irreverent demon—and Savannah Wetzel will make sure he’s nattily attired.

Students sit in classroom and talk.
Ryan Denham / WGLT

When a community is struggling with a social issue, theatre can be a place to explore it. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” tackled the obsession with success the American Dream instills in Willy Loman. Joseph Stein’s “Fiddler on the Roof” shows the power of community tradition as a glue that can keep people together in tough times.

Ryan smiles and stands in front of a wall.
Sean Newgent

The popularity of Minecraft, mobile games, and Fortnite has proven that gamers are everywhere. The CEO of Netflix told investors at the beginning of the year that the platform faces more competition from Fortnite than HBO. The industry as a whole made around $135 billion last year alone. Gamers are everywhere.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

Most historical artifacts get tucked away in museums behind locked doors and thick glass. For some, the best piece of history fits in your palm and sits in a drawer at home.

Putting the Cross in Cross-Pollination Painting
Angel Ambrose

The 10th annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show spotlights local artists’ impressions about Good Friday and their Christian faith. This year more than 60 artists will exhibit works centering on the idea that Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection accomplished something beautiful.

German Wheel
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Gamma Phi Circus at Illinois State University celebrates a milestone anniversary this weekend with a show that looks back over the decades, even as the circus moves confidently towards a bright future. 

Nahm and Quinlan
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You can forget about that Peeps-toting bunny. The rabbit to watch this season is one you can’t even see. Or can you? 

Judy Garland
AP

Back during the Golden Era of Hollywood, one year flashed with a brilliance that earned it the title, "The Greatest Year in Hollywood History."

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
Richard Shotwell / Invision/AP

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
Richard Shotwell and Invision/AP

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

Jay Maidment / Disney

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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. 

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