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After the atrocities against people of color in 2020, Chicago-based experimental sound artist Allen Moore wanted to find a way to mark the moment.

Courtesy / Gamma Phi Circus

Don't lower your expectations for this year’s Gamma Phi Circus home show just because it’s virtual. 

Courtesy / Children's Discovery Museum

It’s been more than a year since the Children’s Discovery Museum closed its doors, just weeks before it was set to hold its 16th annual Doctors in Concert benefit. 

Trisha Fischer

Many know March Madness as a college basketball tournament, but among the Bloomington-Normal community, it’s also a philanthropic opportunity to care for those in need.

Chi Omega at Illinois State University will host its 45th annual March Madness competition on April 11 to benefit Make A Wish Illinois.

Make A Wish Chairwoman Trisha Fischer said the dance competition among different Greek organizations raises money to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

Illinois State University

A children's literature expert says a publisher's decision to stop issuing several Dr. Seuss books over concerns about racism is a normal part of societal change.

Basketball team photo
McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Basketball Tournament is one of the longest running basketball tournaments in the state of Illinois.

America is polarized. For evidence of that, look no further than … well, everywhere.

But sometimes, a good old-fashioned disagreement can be fun. Like, John McClane or George Bailey? Clark Griswald or Buddy the Elf?

Thanks to everyone who listened to WCBU and WGLT Present on Oct. 30, as we brought you Heartland Theatre Company's production of the radio play War of the Worlds.

If you missed the show, you can listen below for a limited time:

Sorry, this audio is no longer available, because of legal/rights issues!

You can also learn more about the production in a recent episode of WGLT's Datebook.

Venise Lashon Keys
Venise Lashon Keys

Art is a visual language used to captivate an audience and tell stories. For intersectional artist Venise Lashon Keys, her art illustrates stories that aim to empower, elevate, and educate all feminine identifying individuals and the Black community.

Story Slam: Joe Strupek's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Joe Strupek was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”

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

Story Slam: Bob Ryder's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Bob Ryder was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”

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

Story Slam: Sarah Buchmann's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Sarah Buchmann was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”

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

Story Slam: Cathy Sutliff's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Cathy Sutliff was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”

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

Story Slam: Heidi Bowman's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Heidi Bowman was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”
 

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

Story Slam: Susan Ryder's Animal Tale

Mar 3, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their Animal Tales during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Feb. 28 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Susan Ryder was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is March 21. The theme is “Luck.”

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

University Galleries Hosts Faculty Biennial

Mar 3, 2020
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Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The saying goes: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.  

Story Slam: Connie Blick's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center. 
 

Connie Blick was one of the storytellers:

 

Story Slam: Todd Wineburner's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center. 
 

Todd Wineburner was one of the storytellers:

Story Slam: Laurie Bergner's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center. 
 

Laurie Bergner was one of the storytellers:

Story Slam: John Poling's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center.

John Poling was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Feb. 28. The theme is Animal Tales. 

 

Story Slam: Dave Hirst's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center. 
 

Dave Hirst was one of the storytellers:

 

Story Slam: Dan Woodman's Aha Moment Story

Feb 7, 2020

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Aha Moment" or “Eureka!” stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Jan. 24 at the McLean County Arts Center. 


Dan Woodman was one of the storytellers:

 

Giant Oscars
Danny Moloshock / Invision/AP

The 92nd Academy Awards is Sunday, Feb. 9.

Creativity Center exterior
Friends of the BCPA

The first phase of renovations stemming from a $5 million capital campaign is expected to begin in January at Bloomington’s Creativity Center.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Heidi Bowman was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

Story Slam: Peg Kirk's Taking Care of Business Story

Dec 3, 2019

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Peg Kirk was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Dave Ihlenfeldt was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Lynda Straw was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Kathleen Kirk was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "Taking Care of Business" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Nov. 22 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Dave Krostal was one of the storytellers:

The next Story Slam is Jan. 17.

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

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