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sculpture in the dark
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“You always want to see who you’re learning from. You always want to see what they can do.” 

mandolin ensemble
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A local music ensemble is rolling out the red carpet to welcome mandolin players from around the country as they celebrate their instrument and endeavor to bring back its glory days. 

performers singing
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A Bloomington-Normal native and Broadway veteran has brought his new musical home to help it find its feet through the efforts of the next generation of theater performers. 

That's What She Said stages Friday night at The Castle Theatre
She Said Project

“That’s What She Said” is similar to a TED Talk. Except all 10 women simultaneously inhabit a stage crafted to look and feel like a living room. Nine watch as one-by-one, each nervous speaker takes her turn sharing intimate, personal stories to a majority female audience.

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center. Pete Guither was one of the storytellers: 

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

 

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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center. Len Childers was one of the storytellers:

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

Terri Ryburn
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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center.  Terri Ryburn was one of the storytellers: 

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

Chris Terven
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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center. Chris Terven was one of the storytellers: 

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

Bruce Boeck
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Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center. Bruce Boeck was one of the storytellers:

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

Kathi Davis
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their "oops" stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on Sept. 20 at the McLean County Arts Center. Kathi Davis was one of the storytellers: 

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

Andy Birkey
Mary Cullen / WGLT

He’s not a craftsman or guilder, nor artist or tradesman. Andy Birkey makes his living carving, casting, and decorating traditional gothic furnishings for Catholic churches, but he said he struggles to consider himself part of Bloomington-Normal's community of artists.

Kendra and Aram
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Aram Han Sifuentes stitches together a communal art experience to give power to those seeking change. 

Jennie Bateman
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Silk reveals its soft touch and capricious core in a new exhibition of works in downtown Bloomington. 

The new film “Brittany Runs A Marathon” tells a story audiences are far too familiar with.

Bob Dylan sings
Chris Pizzello, File / AP

Music legend Bob Dylan will perform next month at Illinois State University's Braden Auditorium.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Centerstage, you'll hear music from Jailhouse Rock, Sleepless in Seattle, & Hair.

On this week's episode of WGLT's Centerstage, you will hear selections from South Pacific, Hello, Dolly!, and Beauty & the Beast.

James Plath
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Jay Gatsby made the list. So did Hester Prynne, Huckleberry Finn and Harry Potter. 

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Set sail this Thursday, Aug. 1, as Prairie Fire Theatre opens Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” at Community Players Theatre.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Kim Tingely was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Joel Johnson was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Nancy Nickerson was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

 

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Mark Nielsen was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Barb Jacobsen was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

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

Bloomington-Normal community members shared their road trip stories during the latest Next to Normal Story Slam on July 19 at the McLean County Arts Center.

Bob Ryder was one of the storytellers:

 

Follow the Next To Normal Story Slam Facebook page for announcements about the next event.

McLean County Museum of History

Last year, “Green Book” hit the big screen and shocked the world with an accurate depiction of what life was like for African Americans in the U.S. before the Civil Rights Act.

Dorothy tree carving at cemetery
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery / Courtesy

"The Wizard of Oz" was first published in 1900. It's an American classic, with many knowing the story by heart.

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.

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