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artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Working one meticulous stitch at a time, artist Kathryn Leslie utilizes a time-honored tradition to create unexpected images. 

Man stands in front of a harpsichord.
Ken Lam

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra brings the audience music of a living composer Saturday in Bloomington. Charlie Schlenker talked with Music Director Ken Lam about the work "To The Point" by Jennifer Higdon.

flag sculpture
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

For hundreds of years, artists have made the sky their muse. 

a stack of books.
Dan Terkla

Maps lie.

But the way in which they mislead is extraordinarily revealing, according to Illinois Wesleyan University Emeritus Professor Dan Terkla.

Them Coulee Boys play The Castle Theatre Wednesday night
Scotify

Them Coulee Boys frontman Soren Staff wanted the Eau Claire, Wis.-based band’s third album to hang together thematically. Like many bands, their first album was everything they had written prior to forming; their second was mainly leftovers.

Actresses in Little Women
WILSON WEBB/CTMG / COLUMBIA PICTURES

Over the years several directors have attempted to bring the classic mid-19th century novel "Little Women" to life on the big screen.

Melissa Oresky
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Melissa Oresky spent hours in her childhood shadowing her mother on wildflower walks. Her mother was studying to be a botanist, while Oresky was just plain curious. 

David Whiteis, author of "Blue Legacy"
University of Illinois Press

Author David Whiteis believes blues music and blues artists don't get proper recognition as part of the great African-American migration of the 20th century.

Marcia Weiss, director
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A classic of American theater opens next week at Community Players in Bloomington.

Shawn Hoeft of Bloomington believes her son Zac would have celebrated his 29th birthday this year had the unknown gunman who killed him been exposed to conflict resolution.

Jan Turner
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A bowl of persimmons and a long walk through Funks Grove cemented a friendship that has inspired a new book from a local author. 

Bloomington native Matthew Curry says his "guitar gun-slinger" days may not be completely over, but his sound should evolve.

Joe Stamm presents his Country Rock Revival Friday at The Castle Theatre with guests Lick Creek & The Bogart Jones Band
Joe Stamm

Joe Stamm said his version of country music contains rural American imagery and deeply personal songwriting.

many monas
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition at the Peoria Riverfront Museum provides fresh insight into the mind of the unique genius, revealing the progressive artistic and scientific principals he established while giving visitors a chance to get hands-on with full size recreations of his inventions.

print
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Ken Kashian’s new book is more than just a book. 

In his latest effort, “This Moment ... in Sarah’s Garden,” the photographer set out to highlight the ever-changing face of Sarah Davis’ garden at the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington. The result offers much more than photographs, though.

Ken Behrens
Don Munson/"Morning Was My Middle Name" book

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Mr. Rogers
Gene J. Puskar / AP

With a cardigan, a pair of tennis shoes and some hand puppets, Fred Rogers set out to make the kind of children’s programming he felt kids deserved. 

Student swings at a Gamma Phi Circus
Izzy Carroll / WGLT

A few students from Illinois State University will spend Thanksgiving with 50 million people. Of course, not around the dining room table.

John Stark
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

In Shakespeare’s day, the audience let their voices be heard, boisterously sharing their opinions and pelting villains with orange rinds. 

Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar
Courtesy

A new documentary from a filmmaker with ties to Illinois Wesleyan University reveals what happens when a country doesn’t confront its own past atrocities.

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.

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