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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.

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.” 

cast of Cabaret
Community Players

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

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.” 

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. 

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. 

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. 

actors in play
Geoff Hughes / Heartland Theatre

Heartland Theatre dabbles in magical realism for its latest production, “The Electric Baby,” opening this weekend and running through Sept. 28.

screen art
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Jonah King explores the warmth of a simple human gesture as it exists within a digital realm.  

Elaine Rexdale
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

A riot of color and lighthearted images brighten the Armstrong Gallery at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

Kendra paitz
Laura Kennedy

Almost everything that comes into University Galleries goes back out again. After being on view for a matter of weeks, the art goes back to the artists or to another gallery for another exhibition. 

actors in costumes
Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

This summer, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival presents an original staging of a great romantic classic.

Katie Bell and artwork
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Artist Katie Bell stood smiling among the collection of materials she’d gathered around town for her exhibition at University Galleries. It looks like a construction site, but the materials are on the verge of being formed into the visual landscape of a deconstructed painting.  

rearview mirror
Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr/Creative Commons

Taking a moment to reflect on your past, recall a cherished friend or replay a memory is more than just a fun journey into remembrance. It’s a healthy jaunt through nostalgia, and according to GLT’s Psych Geeks, it can do you a world of good.

Santa For Seniors

Mary Shadowens said she has a passion to serve the elderly.

Christmas trees
The Baby Fold

Silver bells have a double meaning at The Baby Fold's Festival of Trees this year. The organization is celebrating 25 years of the popular holiday fundraiser. 

Community Players / Facebook

Community Players in Bloomington begins its 97th season this weekend with "Peter and the Starcatchers."

Don Shandrow / Coalescence Theater Project

The Coalescence Theater Project is a new institution in the Twin Cities with some stalwart names attached.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

The West Bloomington Revitalization Project is celebrating a decade of making life better for people.