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Three people posed in an art gallery
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

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.

A bewildering maze of hollow plastic pipes charged with air that can keep balls aloft enchants children.
Children's Discovery Museum / Town of Normal

UPDATED 3 p.m. | Back when the state budget crisis was just kicking off, the Department of Natural Resources announced more than $1 million in grant money for Bloomington-Normal museums and the Miller Park Zoo. That money never came, as Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers refused to compromise on a budget and years of standoff turned into years of cuts.

Actresses around a cauldren.
Heartland Theater

Heartland Theater in Normal presents the 10-Minute Play Festival, debuting not only new, short works of theater, but a new listening system for the hearing-impaired.

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.

The Penguine Project of McLean County

This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Pengin Project of McLean County.

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.

GLT Datebook: Children's Opera With A Message

May 12, 2018
Nancy Steele Brokaw
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Prairie Fire Theater teams up with theater students from Illinois Wesleyan University to stage an original children's opera that aims to be fun as well as thought-provoking.

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.

GLT Datebook: Gala At The Gallery

May 4, 2018
 Sarah Smelser and Jerry Antonini
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

You can celebrate art, music, theater, and dance at the annual Gala at the Gallery fundraiser.

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.

GLT Datebook: Let's Go Fly A Kite

Apr 28, 2018
Kite flying at Hancock Stadium
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Kite Fest 2018 on Sunday, May 6, combines family fun with raising awareness of nonprofits in the community.

With Passion, The Mandolin Orchestra Endures

Apr 27, 2018
Mandolin players rehearsing.
WGLT

Just over 100 years ago, mandolin mania swept across the United States, inspiring people of all ages to pick up the instrument and even form their own amateur groups.

Longtime Executive Director Of LIFE CIL Retires

Apr 26, 2018
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

After 21 years at the helm of LIFE Center for Independent Living, Gail Kear is retiring.

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.

GLT Datebook: 'August: Osage County'

Apr 21, 2018
John Poling
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

Community Players in Bloomington is staging a biting comedy/drama of family relations.

Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz told lawmakers Thursday that money is being wasted on the old College of Fine Arts building.

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.

GLT Datebook: Helping Kids Is Golden For These Kiwanis

Apr 14, 2018
Mike McNeil and Madonna Courtright
Laura Kennedy / WGLT

The Golden K Kiwanis organization is planning a fundraiser to help kids on our community.

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.

ISU students doing yardwork.
Harriet Steinbach / ISU Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

The 10th annual Illinois State University Bring It Back To Normal event allows students and members of the community to forge new ties.

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.

GLT Datebook: Heroes And Villains On Ice

Mar 31, 2018
Gerry Broome / Associated Press

The Central Illinois Figure Skating Club welcomes national champions for the upcoming spring show.

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.

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