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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.

The Scene: Hip Hop Battles, Foreign Film & More


The art & culture events we discuss this week include:

  • Bruce Springsteen cover night at the Radon Lounge. More info is here.
  • A hip hop battle at Black Sheep Cafe is on Saturday night. Info here.
  • As part of UIS' Shelterbelt Reading Series, Sarah Einstein will be reading from her works. She's working on a memoir about her friendship with a homeless veteran. Read a blog she helps maintain here. Einstein will read at 7 pm at the LRH Great Room on the UIS campus.
  • UIS will have a free screening of the movie Black Orpheuson Friday night. Info here.
  • Springfield's 18th Pecha Kucha is on Thursday, Feb. 5th at 7:20 pm. Info is here.

Check out Scott Faingold's latest feature on a local artist, "A Soviet immigrant in Springfield: David Brodsky finds his photographic voice in central Illinois."

Brodsky's website it here.


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