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Five things to do this weekend in Bloomington-Normal

Trying to make plans for this weekend? Look no further, here are five things to do in Bloomington-Normal this weekend:. Watch a performance of "Waiting For Lefty" Join the Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance for its first in-person production in over 18 months. "Waiting for Lefty" by...
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Open for Business: Bloomington couple takes photo experience to next level with ‘Selfie Express’

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) – LaVance and Ashley Walker are bringing the selfie experience to the next level in the Twin Cities. “We’ve just been thinking creatively. If anything, we try to just think outside the box. Nothing normal,” said LaVance. “We wanted to be the most random place ever where it can be for anybody to be involved.”
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Datebook: MIOpera Showcases 'La Traviata' On Film

MIOpera had great success earlier this year with a live production of "The Barber of Seville," a classic comic opera by Gioachino Rossini. Now, the company that brings a sometimes hard-to-find artform to Bloomington-Normal is putting on Guiseppe Verdi's "La Traviata," a very different work. “Traditionally, opera has been seen...
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Watch now: Space is theme for Day of Play in Normal

NORMAL — Families are encouraged to turn off the screen and get outside this weekend in uptown Normal. In celebration of Worldwide Day of Play, the Children's Discovery Museum is offering a variety of in-person and virtual family-friendly activities, including a special guest speaker with NASA. Day of Play will...
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The Second City traveling comedy group to perform in the Twin Cities

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — The legendary improv & comedy group, The Second City, is making its way to the Twin Cities this Friday. The improvisational theater troupe has a host of superstar alumni, including Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Bob Odenkirk, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, and hundreds more. Here’s the full list.
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Arts in Brief: Local art galleries start 'Art Ambassadors' initiative

BLOOMINGTON — In the last year plus, on site art sales have been sorely diminished. Art shows have been cancelled, galleries closed or operating with shortened hours, visitors dwindling due to health concerns. Artists everywhere have been hungry for fellowship and sales, having to turn to online formats for both. A newly developed Art Ambassador effort seeks to learn from these online experiences and use this same technology, enlisting help of community members, to bring about the recovery of local art.
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This Bloomington man competed in a national quiz show Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — A Twin Cities man competed in the long-running quiz show “Jeopardy!” Wednesday. Christopher Stuckey of Bloomington appeared on Wednesday’s episode and earned 2nd place. Stuckey said he spent at least two to four hours a day for almost four weeks studying for the show. He said...
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Decatur Area Arts Council seeking entries for 4th annual Christmas Card Lane

September 23, 2021 – The Decatur Area Arts Council has announced the 4th annual community art project Christmas Card Lane this holiday season. It is an outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life ‘greeting cards’ created by local artists and community groups. The DAAC will provide a 4’ x 6’ sheet of...
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WGLT's Sound Ideas - Thursday 9/23/21

Relief efforts for Haitian earthquake victims are still going strong, but for a Bloomington man and the charity he founded it's just continuing more than a decade of that work. Central Illinois jazz musician Yoseff Henry says it all started when he and his brothers started singing as kids while doing the dishes and their dad grabbed a cassette recorder. It used to be you could get from Peoria to Bloomington and back without driving yourself. A look back at the light rail system known as the interurban. People at a job fair in Bloomington are countering one conservative narrative that they soaked the government for pandemic jobless benefits. They say they've been trying to get a job all along. Others say they still fear COVID.
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Photo gallery: Redbirds back on campus (part 2)

Redbird students are back on campus, bringing excitement with them wherever they go. Students are playing instruments on the Quad, working out at the Student Fitness Center, studying in Milner Library, hanging out in the Bone Student Center, and tending to their studies at academic buildings across the University. This...
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Calendar briefs

She Said So live free concert; 5-7 p.m. Sept. 24, Green Top Grocery, 921 E. Washington St., Bloomington; 309-825-8818; https://go.evvnt.com/889843-0. Keys of Hope; 5:30-11 p.m. Sept. 24, The Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; 309-827-0377; $25; dueling piano night for suicide prevention; https://go.evvnt.com/888666-0. Alpaca Open Farm Days; 9 a.m.-5...
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Bloomington man to appear on Jeopardy Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — A Twin Cities man accomplished his lifelong dream of appearing on a gameshow. Christopher Stuckey of Bloomington will appear on this Wednesday’s episode of the long-running quiz show, Jeopardy!. Stuckey said he’s been watching game shows since the 1970s and has seen Jeopardy since its inception...
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Washington District Library announces new reading program, other upcoming events

Washington District Library's fall story time session will begin on September 22 and run through November 19 at the main library. Fall Storytime is nine weeks of stories, songs, rhymes, crafts and weekly themed fun for your littles that promotes listening skills and a love of books. Story times for different age groups are available on a variety of days and times. For more details, please visit the library's website at washingtondl.org or call the library at 309-444-2241.
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What's playing at Bloomington-Normal venues

Some cultural institutions are closed; some are reopening under current COVID restrictions. Check with each facility for indoor, online or outdoor programing. Open facilities may have face covering, distancing and other guidelines in effect, see websites or call for details. Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington; 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sept....
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Gallery: 28 photos from the Boys & Girls Club ’92 Appreciation Reception

The Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal was established in 1992, hence the name Club ‘92. This prestigious club is for donors who want to contribute monthly recurring gifts. Currently there are 114 Club members whose generous contributions generate $6,000 of monthly income. Also the 2020 and 2021 Helping Hands...
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