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The Scene was our Illinois arts & culture podcast through 2017. Rachel Otwell curated the podcast which provided full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.This podcast contained a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. The podcast was about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community.

Plans For First Night Springfield Revealed

It's the 28th year for the family-friendly New Year's Eve event. The Springfield Area Arts Councilis hosting a 5K run the Sunday before December 31st.  An optional buffet dinner is also back for a second year. And First Night's Laura Vaught highlighted a new participant: 

"Some new acts this year include Jesse W. Johnson - a guitarist who was a member of The Time and has worked closesly with artists including Prince, Paula Abdul, Sly Stone and many others."
Returning local performers include Debbie Ross, Tom Irwin, and Ben Bedford. Activities for children start at 1 and performances begin at 6pm. Events end at 11:15. Fireworks are planned. 
CLICK HERE for a list and info about performers.

CLICK HEREfor a schedule.

CLICK HEREfor a list of where to get tickets. You can also purchase online, here.

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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