Arts and Culture

Wonder Woman Wows

Jun 22, 2017
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It's about time!  That's the feeling of many Wonder Woman fans as the DC legend finally gets her own blockbuster movie.

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A section of the University Galleries is aglow with the latest works of Dennis French.

Images from performers who'll appear at the BCPA during the 2017-2018 season.
Image courtsey of the city of Bloomington

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts’ new season was booked under a mandate from City Manager David Hales to generate more money as the center faces a half-million dollar deficit.

Peter Guither / Illinois Shakespeare Festival

At the first-ever Illinois Shakespeare Festival -- back when it wasn't even called that yet -- the plays were staged on the tennis courts at Ewing Manor in Bloomington.  Forty years later and the acclaimed festival has its own spiffy theater at Ewing and a great reputation as a local cultural gem.

Crosswinds Flying Club

50 years is a long time for any institution to be around, let alone one that has high expenses and requirements for sustained expertise. But, the Crosswinds Flying Club is celebrating that half century mark this weekend at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

ISU Scholar Given Prestigious Literature Award

Jun 13, 2017
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An Illinois State University Scholar has won one of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Distinguished Professor Roberta Seelinger Trites is a Brothers Grimm honoree for her analysis and criticism in the field.

The International Institute for Children’s Literature, Osaka, Japan gives the award every couple years. This is the 16th award.

It recognizes research and development into children’s literature. Trites said she's overwhelmed and astounded.

Relay for Life Mclean County

Survivors, caregivers and everyone else who wants to kick cancer to the curb are gathering at NCHS for a 24-hour celebration of life that takes a stand against a terrible disease.

Jason Judd / University Galleries

The walls of the University Galleries in Uptown Normal are filled with joyous, colorful works of art.  That's not at all unusual, except that this art was created right in the space where its being exhibited in a celebration of creativity, inclusion and collaboration.

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The games people play figures prominently in the latest show from The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club.

Got Ten? See A Play!

Jun 2, 2017
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In just ten minutes, Heartland Theater can give you a play from start to finish.

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The Penguin Project of McLean County is staging the musical James and the Giant Peach, Jr. this weekend in U-High's Stroud Auditorium.

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The 26th Annual  Champagne British Car Festival is highlighting the DeLorean -- the car that was transformed into a time machine in Back to the Future.

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Forty years ago this week, the lines began to form around the block for Star Wars—a film that went on to explode not just box office records, but make a profound impact on culture.

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Instead of letting old plastic shopping bags clog our landfill or flutter around on the whims of the wind, one local group is upcycling them to help folks in need.

Cogs and Corsets

Downtown Bloomington is set to go steampunk with Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening, June 2 - 4.

Friends of the Arts

At a time when student debt continues to escalate, the annual Gala at the Galleries event takes some of the sting out of paying for a fine arts education at Illinois State University.

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The Knapp Burn Foundation's Trial By Fire 5K Run/Walk is Saturday, May 20 in Bloomington's Tipton Park.

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Illinois State University will be trying to broaden international diversity on campus.

Many colleges have sought out international students to bolster revenues because those students typically pay tuition.

ISU President Larry Dietz said ISU probably should have done that years ago, but hasn't until now.

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One of the most enduring characters in comic book history is Wonder Woman, and a new book lets us take a look behind the cuffs and tiara to gain a deeper understanding of the popular superhero,

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The State Tourism Director said Illinois is trying to concentrate on local makers to supplement destination locations for Illinois visitors.

Cory Jobe said that includes things like Funks Grove Maple Sirup, Epiphany Farms farm to fork food, craft brewers like Destihl, and distillers.

ParkLands Foundation

Put on your hiking shoes for an event that celebrates one of the natural gems of central Illinois.

New Route Theater

The second year of a New Route Theatre festival keeps the goal of the first year: attract an audience that reflects the diversity of the community. 

The Voice of Pride: 2nd Annual Festival of New Plays features four staged readings through May 7. New Route Theatre Artistic Director Don Shandrow said during Sound Ideas there was a call for submissions, and readers for the theatre narrowed down the final list.

Community Players

A classic thriller jumps from the screen to the stage in the latest production from Community Players.  Based on the film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps takes a comedic twist in the footlights, but it still has Hitchcock's fingerprints all over it. 

McLean County Museum of History

Route 66 Tourism grew by 50 percent in Bloomington last year.

That's according to attendance figures for the Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center in the McLean County Museum of History.

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In a dusty old bookshop, three tech obsessed young people face a perilous task to save all the books in the world from a dark force known as The Blank.

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For a Better Tomorrow is looking to honor the young people of McLean County who are making their mark on our community.

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State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington has honored a fallen soldier from Bloomington on the House floor in Springfield.

Brady spoke of 22-year old Joshua Rogers, a 2013 graduate of Normal Community High School, who became an Army Ranger Sergeant.

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A mysterious fungal disease is impacting wild and captive snakes in at least 15 states.

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Runners, cyclists, swimmers and more can find support and comradeship  at the Central Illinois MultiSport Expo in Normal.

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One of America's greatest classical music composers is George Gershwin.

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra plays an entire Gershwin concert Friday at  the BCPA in Bloomington.

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