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For students enrolled in the MFA program in the Illinois State University College of Fine Arts, the MFA Biennial is a chance to show off their artistic chops.

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A classic Star Wars villain made a return appearance in the most recent offering of the film series, Rogue One. While some fans were delighted, others were troubled.

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Artist Amy Wolfe keeps her eyes open when she's out for walks.  That's because there's always the chance she'll find something interesting to collect and add to her original art.

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Symphony Orchestras around the nation are struggling to build new audiences as their core subscribers age.

One of the finalists for the job of Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director has some thoughts on that problem.

Skylight Opera Theater

Theaters all over the nation are making a statement by using the image of the Ghostlight to fight against intolerance as the nation prepares for a new President.

Gregory Hicks is the Assistant Artistic Director for New Route Theater in Bloomington-Normal, which has held one such vigil. Seedling Theater and Illinois Voices Theater Project Joined the effort.

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Bloomington-Normal has made a list of the top college towns in the nation.

The ranking from the American Institute for Economic Research looked at towns under a quarter million in population.

Barry Morse

The Illinois State University Planetarium hosts the Wu-Morse Duo, Jan. 20 and 21 for performances of soundscape improvisations set against celestial projections.

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People in the Twin Cities may notice more signs popping up, but they aren't promoting political candidates.

The welcome signs are printed in three languages with the same message: No matter where you are from, we're glad you're our neighbor. 

McLean County Museum Of History


Today's Connect Transit bus system can trace its roots in Bloomington-Normal back more than 130 years. 

A new form of transportation connected Bloomington residents in the late 1800's, a horse railway.

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Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire features an uneasy - and eventually explosive -- chemistry of class, gender politics and sex. Community Players is staging the iconic show beginning this weekend.

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The arena that's not being called U.S. Cellular Coliseum may have a new name soon. 

"U.S. Cellular's contract ended, and they're no longer in this market so they are not going to renew their contract. We're working hard to get a new title sponsor and hopefully we'll have an announcement soon," said Lynn Cannon, on the job as the coliseum's executive director since Dec. 1.

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All year long, Seedling Theater in the Twin Cities gives kids and adults with special needs a chance to thrive in a theatrical setting.

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The Children's Discovery Museum in Normal has a new head who wants to lead the organization onward, and, perhaps, upward.  

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The Mormon church is often viewed as a patriarchal institution.

But, the editor of a new book about the role of women in Mormon marriage says that is not the entire story.

First Friday / Downtown Bloomington Association

The artists' studios and galleries of downtown Bloomington are working together to help you be more creative in the new year.

Heartland Community College

Heartland Community College hosts CommunityScope, an event that highlights a variety of offerings in continuing education and fitness, Saturday, Jan. 7 from 9 AM to noon.

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The House of the Mouse has done it again. After the success of The Force Awakens last year, Disney has released a new stand-alone Star Wars movie that's hitting home as it takes audiences to a galaxy far, far away.

McLean County Museum of History

We always like to hear stories of lovable rogues, the scalawags who cannot help but be loved despite their moral gray areas.

Here is one such story.

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Before 2016 even ends, The Normal Public Library is filling in their 2017 calendars with a variety of events for young and old...and reasonably limber.

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Time to untangle those Christmas lights and turn your yard into something special.  Host Patrick Murphy has a few ideas to try, ranging from the traditional to a healthy dollop of pop culture.

Ken Lam

One of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra Music Director finalists is internationally educated with a background in multi-national law and finance.

But, music has always been a part of Hong Kong native Ken Lam's life, starting with violin and moving to conducting.

It's A Wonderful Film

Dec 15, 2016
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It's a good thing that the Frank Capra classic, It's A Wonderful Life, was a failure when it was first released in 1946.

Western Avenue Community Center

The Western Avenue Community Center is cutting back its hours and trying to boost the number of volunteers it has.

In a news release, the center says come traditional funding sources have diminished and they want to be efficient with staff time.

A Quiet Workplace Heroism

Dec 12, 2016
Maria Henneberry

Fifteen minutes felt like 15 hours for a group of GROWMARK employees who found themselves in a situation no one would wish for, but they were thankful to be part of - once it was over.

It was an alarming incident that had an inspiring outcome.

As the kids polish their lists to Santa this year, the dogs, cats and other furry and feathered creatures at the Humane Society of Central Illinois have a list of their own.

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The 2017 season for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival marks the 40th anniversary for the summer theater event, and in order to celebrate the ISF is filling the season with magic.

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Dick Folse ventures into imaginary worlds when he sets out to paint a landscape.  His latest works are currently on display in the show Abstracted Landscapes at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington. 

Illinois State University

It's a mistake to think of central Illinois before significant European settlement as solely native American.

That's according to a historian and Illinois State University Professor who is out with a new book on the transformation of the region between 1762 and 1825.

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An acclaimed home Christmas-light show in suburban Chicago features purple lights this year in a tribute to the rock star who sang "Purple Rain."

The Grant-Grusecki home in Park Ridge decided to add the Prince tribute shortly after the Minnesota-based artist died of an opioids overdose in April. Among Prince's many hits was the song "Purple Rain."

Tina Grusecki says the family spends much of the year designing the elaborate show. It includes flashing lights synchronized to music that passing cars can hear on a radio channel.