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Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

Some instrumental film scores can instantly invoke a feeling in the listener, regardless whether they are watching the movie or doing something else. The Imperial March from "Star Wars" creates a sense of foreboding, the theme of 1978’s "Superman" is uplifting and powerful, and who doesn’t get a shiver when hearing John Carpenter’s theme for "Halloween"?

Connie amd Cristen
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

So, a theater company walks into a bar...

That's not an opening line to a joke. It's actually a new site-specific theater company that's presenting its inaugural production at Nightshop and Fat Jack’s this weekend. The company plans to carve its own niche in the Twin Cities by staging works where the plays are set.

Michael Mwenso & the Shakes perform "Harlem 100" Thursday night at The Krannert Center in Urbana
Elizabeth Leitzell

Michael Mwenso's music destiny appeared after his mother was deported from their home in London to her native Africa.

paper cranes
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who creates 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted by the gods. 

steel mill
Jo Guldi / Flickr/Creative Commons

A shifting economic landscape leads to layoffs and desperation in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Sweat.” 

poppies
belkin59 / Flickr/Creative Commons

A collaborative arts event in honor of Veterans Day highlights the creative efforts that emerged from the devastation of World War I. 

Kyle Gann
Kyle Gann

To accommodate the piano keyboard, the Western world created 12 intervals as a mathematical compromise.

cast of Cabaret
Community Players

“This story resonates now more than ever. That’s why I wanted to direct it.” 

Hot Sauce Universe during the live recording of 'According to Lore'
Erin B

Intentionally recording a studio album in front of a live audience can be perilous. What if the audience doesn't respond? What if the performers aren't in synch musically that night?

League of Legends
Eric Stock / WGLT

Illinois State University is adding a video gaming program.

actors at table
Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theater

A strip of land and the love between misfit farmers are at the heart of the Tony award-winning play “Outside Mullingar,” opening Oct. 31 at Heartland Theatre in Normal.

nic mcminn
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Tempest-tossed twins crash in a strange land, only to rush into adventure, romance and gender confusion in Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night.” 

Chris Corkery's CD release party is Saturday night at Keg Grove Brewing Company
Chris Corkery

Alcohol and anger fuel many of the original songs on the just released "The Gill Street Sessions" live album from Saybrook singer-songwriter Chris Corkery.

Terri Ryburn at Ryburn Place
Eric Stock / WGLT

Route 66 advocates from across the Midwest will gather in Normal this weekend looking for ways to help the historic highway bring more tourism to their communities.

joker
JD Hancock / Flickr/Creative Commons

With a new film that’s no joke at the box office, the Joker is the man of the hour. 

sculpture in the dark
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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

Good Morning Bedlam plays Nightshop in Bloomington Thursday night.
Good Morning Bedlam

Good Morning Bedlam is another young string band more inspired by — than tethered to — traditional bluegrass.

Adam Lovell
McLean County Museum of History

The McLean County Museum of History has announced Adam Lovell has resigned as its executive director after only a year and a half on the job.

closeup
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Through undulating lines, bold dashes of color, and unconventional focus, six local artists explore the limitless potential of abstract art in the current exhibition at the Joe McCauley Gallery at Heartland Community College. 

Old Salt Union plays the Castle Theatre Friday night
Jfeldman Photography

In the bluegrass world where technical prowess is highly valued, stand-up bassist and vocalist Jesse Farrar of Old Salt Union believes songwriting actually trumps instrumental virtuosity.

Danielle Nicole plays the MSA Blues Concert and Fundraiser at Monarch Music Hall tomorrow night
MF Photography

It's not easy to recapture the magic of a family music group after touring exhaustion kills the joy and the chemistry. Kansas City native Danielle Nicole has done that by changing her scene.

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. 

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

There is a dark side to using sports to help create a national and cultural identity. Scholar Antonio Sotomayor said Puerto Rico is a case in point.

richard finch
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A new show at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington looks back on a lifetime of work from local artist and educator Richard Finch. 

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.

Guitarist Naeim Rahmani guests at the upcoming Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention in uptown Normal
Naeim Rahmani

Naeim Rahmani is unusual in the world of classical guitar. He began formal lessons at age 22, an age most serious players had already been practicing for up to 4-5 hours per day since their mid-teens.

Dave Kindred with his collection
Darnysha Mitchell / WGLT

After 60 years of telling captivating stories around the sports world, reporter Dave Kindred's donation of artifacts and memorabilia to Illinois Wesleyan is taking fans for a ride all over again.

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.

Kee-Yoon and Jason
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

When guests check into the Yellow Inn, they get something other than a bed for the night. They get class warfare and murderous mayhem. 

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