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This season of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival deftly combines the thrill of both a battle and a heart won, familiar faces revisiting cherished roles, and a chance to imagine "what if" about The Bard.

Zombies
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When George Romero brought "Night of the Living Dead" to the screen 50 years ago, he kicked off a trend for zombie narratives that viewers can't get enough of.

Capital Steps perform during "Orange Is The New Barack"
Capitol Steps

The Trump administration and the maturing of social media keeps The Capitol Steps on their toes as they travel from city to city.

Actors Ruth Gordon (L) and Mia Farrow
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"Rosemary's Baby" is not your everyday monster-on-the-loose kind of horror film. Actually, it may not even be a horror film at all.

Dogs in carrier in front of plane
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According to AAA, more than half of U.S. pet owners take their dogs and cats with them when they travel. It can be fun, but it can also be dangerous—even deadly.

Gamers playing Halo.
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Rick Valentin would like you to join him at the intersection of film and video games.

Jar of buttons
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For as long as humans have needed to keep clothing fastened, we've counted on buttons to do the heavy lifting. But more than being simply useful, buttons have become highly collectable.

Circus performer's rings.
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For the very first time, the Circus Fans Association of America is holding its annual convention this week in Bloomington-Normal, a community that was once called the Trapeze Capital of the World, owing to the number of flyers who originated in the Twin Cities.

Chef Roy Choi
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Be honest and live your truth. That's the advice of award-winning and groundbreaking chef and restaurateur Roy Choi.

Fans in front of theater.
Jim Cooper / AP Photo

In 1980, the movie musical "Xanadu" bombed in a big way. But it didn't slink off into dark ignominy.

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The words and deeds of Martin Luther King Jr. touched many in central Illinois. 

Director Sandra Zielinski
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The tragic tale of a young man with a soul for searching takes center stage at Heartland Theatre starting Thursday, April 5.

Library book stacks.
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Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
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An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

Drag performer
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Naomi Smalls may not live up to her name, but she lives up to her fierce reputation.

photos of sleeping men
University Galleries

Photographer Terttu Uibopuu draws parallels between her homeland of Estonia and her new home in America in a collection of photos currently on view at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.

Collection of coffin sculptures.
University Galleries

A new exhibition of art at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal is actually more than just art. It's a blinged-out protest against violence and injustice.

Francois Battiste

Illinois State University honored one of its own by inducting Francois Battiste into the College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Author Paul Allen
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At the age of 8, Paul Allen was perusing the stacks at the Bloomington Public Library when he discovered a book that ignited his imagination and, years later, resulted in a biography of the acclaimed author, Eleanor Cameron.

Courtesy of Community Players

What happens to Cinderella after she marries her prince? Who is Rapunzel’s real mother? Is every witch bad? Is every hero good?

Illinois residents have picked "The Blues Brothers" as the top movie in state history, making it the first item on a list of Illinois' top 200 people, places and things.

Statue of Oscar
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Criticism regarding the lack of racial and gender diversity in the nominees for the Oscar has dogged the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for years.

Black Panther poster
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The latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe clawed its way to the top of the box office for a second week in a row. That's unsurprising, according to GLT's Psych Geeks, because "Black Panther" is a film that's fulfilling a deep need for audiences.

Fu Dog statue at Allerton Park.
Courtesy of Allerton Park

Allerton Park has seen the future, and it does not include funding from the State of Illinois. 

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Eighteen colorful pairs of hands reach out from the walls of Illinois State University's Milner Library in a new exhibition that draws visitors in for a closer look.

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When things get bad ... really bad ... at least we have each other and our stories.  

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An exhibition of posters in Bloomington showcases the work of artists who are taking a stand for human rights by challenging gender inequality.

Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater takes a provocative and unconventional look at loyalty within a no-win situation in the new production of "For the Loyal."

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"An educator today who had me in their classroom, I think, would be pretty worried."

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McLean County Museum of History Librarian Bill Kemp's new book is his second collection of stories written for The Pantagraph. The 77 stories in this edition reveal issues from the county's past that still reverberate today, albeit in different form.

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