GLT's Datebook

GLT's Laura Kennedy highlights a wide variety of events and personalities certain to be of interest to GLT listeners throughout central Illinois.

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The Normal Public Library offers a wide variety of adventures this summer, from those on the page to those on the stage.

Friends of the Arts

The Friends of the Arts organization is staging an event at the Illinois State University Galleries to raise money to aid students in the ISU College of Fine Arts.

Central Illinois Figure Skating Club

It's heating up outside.  But at the Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington, everything's cool.

Brian SImpson

Area visual artists strut their stuff as part of Downtown Bloomington's First Friday.

*Artists Brian Simpson and Amy Wolfe have teamed up with the DBA and Connect Transit to organize the Downtown Bloomington Arts Showcase, which  is Friday, May 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

*There are many artist studios and galleries in Downtown Bloomington.  Several businesses will host  the artists, including Specs Around Town, Cravin Donuts (Mmmmm...donuts!) and Crossroads.

Darby Wilde / ISU School of Theatre and Dance

The Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance is holding the Spring Dance Concert on April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m, and April 23 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.  The show takes place in Westoff Theater on the ISU campus.

*Darby Wilde is the artistic director of the show, and noted that Westoff Theater is a great location for the dance concert because it's a thrust stage, as opposed to a proscenium arch.  The thrust stage means the dancers are visible from three sides, which means the dancers have to dig deep to find their performance presence.

Craig Luchtefeld

It's garage sale season again!

But instead of checking out just any old garage sale, you can visit one with a purpose.  The Seventh Annual Autism Society Garage Sale is Saturday, April 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crossroads Center in Normal.

*Organizer Craig Luchtefeld said the event raises funds for Camp Takoda, a summer camp program of Autism McLean.

*Luchtefeld's son, Cooper, said the camp typically will offer a variety of activities, including archery, zip lining, and friendly animal encounters.  He added that camp is a great place to make new friends.

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A local photographer is offering her talents to transgender folks in our community to help build their self-esteem and show themselves as they truly are.  

*Erin Bernard says she's all about inclusion and  has dubbed her project #MyNameIs.

*She wants to use her photography to make a difference in the lives of trans individuals.

Midwest Institute of Opera

Two Twin Cities arts organizations are uniting for a performance of an opera that has it all -- love, hate and everything in between.  And they manage to get it all in in just one act.  Laura Kennedy has more in this edition of the GLT Datebook.

*"Cavalleria Rusticana" is a one-act wonder that's full of passion and excitement and was composed by Pietro Mascagni in 1890.

Cyndee Brown / ISU Theater

 The hot topic of child immigration takes center stage in a play that takes reality and spins a web of fantasy around it. Illinois State University theater professor Cyndee Brown is the director of Bocon!, and talks about how fantasy can be a great way to explore troubling current events.

*The young hero of the play is forced to become on of the many unaccompanied minors who are fleeing their native land and heading to a new life in the United States.

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A high school art teacher searching for a way to break down barriers between herself and her students has found a way to better understand the teenagers she teaches, and also give the students a unique way to express themselves. The resulting works are currently on display in downtown Bloomington.

*Bloomington High School teacher Monica Estabrook wanted to get to know her students better, so she took a black and white portrait of each student and then asked them to embellish the photos any way they liked, using any media they wanted.

Ralph Weisheit

High School holds more potential than studying, proms and zits.  Joining the high school jazz band can help students learn lessons not found in the classroom.  Twin Cities teens have practiced, practiced, practiced, and now they're taking the stage at Normal Community West High School for Jazz Night.  Jazz Director Ryan Budzinski  previews the upcoming concert.

*Jazz Night is Friday, March 11th at NCWHS.  The music starts at 5:30 PM.

*In addition to Normal West, the Parkside and Kingsley Junior High and NCHS bands will be performing.

Miller Park Zoological Society

A venerable fun run in aid of the Miller Park Zoological Society has a unique twist to add to the excitement of the event.  

  

  *This is the 19th annual Stampede to raise funds for the Miller Park Zoological Society.

*New trophies this year are glass jars that contain paintings done by animals at the zoo.

*It's a 5K run, 3K walk and a Fun Run for the kids.

*Money raised will aid the zoo and its animals and programs.

*For the very first times, part of the fun run course goes right through Miller Park Zoo.  

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The age old battle between students and teachers will be played out on the basketball court of Bloomington Junior High next week.  It's all in fun, and in a good cause.

*Lynn Shook, BJHS Vice Principal, says the fundraiser is for Easter Seals.

*The boys and girls basketball team will compete against the staff and teachers, but they'll also get a lesson in giving back to the community.

*In order to be eligible to play, team members are asked to volunteer time at Easter Seal's  Timer Pointe camp.

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The American Red Cross is calling upon a man of action to help them with their Evening of Stars fundraiser:  Captain "Sully" Sullenberger. Laura Kennedy has more in this GLT Datebook.

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Illinois State University celebrates the work of its own with an exhibition at the University Galleries in Uptown Normal.  Check out the slide show of works featured on this episode of the GLT Datebook.

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Polish up that bowling ball to aid a local nonprofit organization that helps folks of all ages who have developmental disabilities!

Ann Rosenquist Fee

A new stage show depicts the disintegration of a musical marriage.  Terri Ryburn is co-producing the live show, as well as filming it for the silver screen.

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Amy Wolfe, an art teacher from District 87, hopes to inspire her students by inviting a special guest to the school.   

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Fact and fiction mingle in the latest show from Community Players. The theater troupe is staging a searing drama that's based on a dark time in American history that's still relevant today.

Claire Hedden / McLean County Arts Center

The McLean County Arts Center is spotlighting selections from its permanent collection in a new show opening soon.  Laura Kennedy has more in this edition of the GLT Datebook.

Mike Disfarmer

The work of an eccentric artistic visionary is currently on view at Illinois State University's Milner Library, featuring an unblinking look at the faces of rural America. In this GLT Datebook, Laura Kennedy talks with Illinois State University Art History Associate Professor Melissa Johnson.

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A Twin Cities author is celebrating the publication of her first novel, Badfish.  And it's a feat made that much sweeter by the independent path she followed.

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When kids visit Santa's Station in Uptown Normal this holiday season, they'll find more diversity.

Laura Kennedy

The Normal Theater has a double dose of greed and ambition among southern aristocrats by pairing live theater with a classic movie.

Laura Kennedy

  For 106 years, The Yale Whiffenpoofs have entertained audiences all across the country with harmonies so tight you could bounce a quarter off of them.  The Whiffenpoofs are coming to the Twin Cities for a concert, allowing a hometown man to step into the spotlight in front of family and friends.

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The animal kingdom inspired the latest exhibition at the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington.

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Ol' Blue Eyes would have been 100 this year.  To celebrate, a local jazz group is hosting a concert in celebration of Sinatra.  Laura Kennedy has more.

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Heartland Theater is staging a play by award-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.  "Intimate Apparel" is a work that truly lives up to its name.  Laura Kennedy has more on this edition of the GLT Datebook.

Angel Ambrose

Get to know some of the artists in our community with the Annual Art Walk.  Laura Kennedy has more on the GLT Datebook.

Sylvia Shults

Paranormal author Sylvia Shults discovered a fascinating history of demons in her latest book.

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