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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.

Jackey W. / Flickr via Creative Commons

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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The Circus and Allied Arts Collection at ISU's Milner Library has hit the mother lode of sequined costumes, rare poster art, classic photos and a paper mache frog head in a donation of 250,000 items from the collection of a circus superfan.

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It's awards season in Hollywood, a time to celebrate the best the film industry has to offer. As for the other end of the cinematic spectrum—bad movies—well, they're always in season, and always fresh. No matter how much they stink.

James Plath

Poet James Plath says some contemporary poetry can seem overly academic, inaccessible and off-putting to readers. He wants none of that. 

Courtesy of the Television Academy

One of the nominees at this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards traces the roots of his acting career to the student stage at Illinois Wesleyan University.

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Shari Zeck, GLT's Culture Maven and Illinois State University's interim dean of Milner Library, came away from seeing the new "Star Wars" film with a strong impression. No worries, no spoilers.

Courtesy / Lane Howard

The original “Star Wars” in 1977 changed movies forever. It changed Lane Howard too.

Ewing Cultural Center

The halls of three historic homes are decked with holiday cheer for the annual Christmas at the Mansions Tour.

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Kevin Spacey. Harvey Weinstein. And now, Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor.


Attitudes toward criminals have changed a great deal in the United States, and Illinois State University historian Amy Wood is using a prestigious Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to further her research into those remarkable changes.

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A pair of English professors have teamed up to help readers find new ways to evaluate poetry.

Sara Gardner / The Baby Fold

You can find some original holiday decor this weekend, plus help kids and families in central Illinois at an annual event hosted by The Baby Fold.

In 1917, when America marched off to join the fight in World War I, it it did so to the rhythm of popular songs.

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For those of us who are too scared to skydive or not rich enough to buy a Corvette, there’s still one thing on life’s bucket list that’s well within reach—writing your own book.

He Hears Dead People

Oct 31, 2017
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You can keep your video games, your knitting, your gardening. Eric Vogel has a hobby that's not your everyday pastime. He records the voices of the dead.

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What's your fearful pleasure? Brain-eating zombies? Vampires? Giant mutant bugs? Or how about that old standby: body cavity invading spiders?