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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: Tom Irwin Guest Hosts!

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Tune in to this week's version of The Scene - Scott Faingold & Rachel are joined by special guest host, local singer/songwriter Tom Irwin.

Events discussed this week include:

  • A house show with acoustic singer/songwriters at the Spaulding Orchard House on Saturday - info here.
  • Elvis Himselvis celebrates 30 years of impersonation. Info here.
  • On Saturday local bands will be performing covers of some interesting bands (including Scott's band Epsom who will be performing tunes by The Modern Lovers). Info here.
  • Next to Normal opens at the Hoogland in Springfield this weekend, it's a modern musical about mental illness.

Scott's pick:

Rachel's pick:

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