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Large theater with chandelier hanging from curved wooden roof in a proposed dinner theater building.
The Barn III

As many as 150 people recently participated in a ceremonial barn-raising event in Goodfield, but it wasn’t to help an ailing farmer.

Creativity Center Fundraiser Faces Big Challenge

Jul 16, 2018
Front of the Creativity Center Building
City of Bloomington

For five days earlier this summer, the air conditioning system went out at the Creativity Center on Chestnut and Locust streets, across from the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

Inside the Constitution Trail tunnel under Washington Street in Bloomington, young artist Eden Warner painted a giant letter “B” with lots of green trees.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

There will be an excess of talent on stage at this summer’s Illinois Shakespeare Festival. World-class actors performing some of the most eloquent language ever put to paper, supported by a talented army of set, costume, and lighting designers.

Opera Season Full Of Fun ... And Pirates

Jun 6, 2018
Opera performers
Midwest Institute of Opera

The Midwest Institute of Opera is gearing up for the 2018 season with pirates on the prowl and the love lessons of a poet.

Steampunk Event Returns To Downtown Bloomington

May 30, 2018
Steampunkers
taymetayme / Flickr via Creative Commons

Cogs and Corsets: A Central Illinois Steampunk Happening is back for a second year of elaborate costuming, outrageous gadgetry and history—both real and imagined.

After 20 Years Harry Potter Still Conjures Magic

May 29, 2018
Child reading Harry Potter.
Seth Wenig / AP

Twenty years ago, a bespeckled young boy captured the imaginations of readers young and old, becoming a cultural force that influenced the idealism of a generation.

University Galleries Director Barry Blinderman
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

After 31 years guiding the University Galleries, the director is heading into retirement.

Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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
Chris Pizzello / Invision/AP

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
AP

"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.

Animal House: Skies Not-So-Friendly For Pets

Apr 25, 2018
Dogs in carrier in front of plane
Mitch Stacy / AP

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.

From Joysticks To The Silver Screen

Apr 24, 2018
Gamers playing Halo.
Matt Sayles / AP

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

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?

Apr 20, 2018
Jar of buttons
Vintage Fairy Tale / Flickr via Creative Commons

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.

Local History Brings Circus Fans To Town

Apr 16, 2018
Circus performer's rings.
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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
Amy Harris / AP

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

'Xanadu' Is Camp On Wheels

Apr 10, 2018
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.

Henry Griffin / AP

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

Director Sandra Zielinski
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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

Retired Librarian Finds New Purpose In South Africa

Mar 28, 2018
Library book stacks.
David Mulder / Flickr via Creative Commons

Once a librarian, always a librarian.  

Shelves filled with comic books and graphic novels.
Keith Srakocic / AP

An expert scholar in children's literature is a firm believer in the power of graphic novels as an educational tool.

'Drag Race' Royalty Struts The Stage At Charity Show

Mar 20, 2018
Drag performer
Sharon ShareAlike

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

Photos Reveal Quiet Fortitude Against Adversity

Mar 14, 2018
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.

Artist Shares Serious Message Beneath The Bling

Mar 13, 2018
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.

Local Author Celebrates Favorite Childhood Writer

Mar 8, 2018
Author Paul Allen
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

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.

GLT Culture Maven: Oscar Is Slow To Change

Mar 2, 2018
Statue of Oscar
Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP

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.

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