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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.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Early With 'Blather, Blarney & Balderdash'

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St. Patrick's Day may still be a way's off - but it's not too early to start planning your celebrations of Irish culture. This weekend a production opens at the Hoogland Center for the Arts called Blather, Blarney, and Balderdash

I sat down with 11 year old actor Shouri Gomatham who plays a leprechaun, and co-director Gil Opferman to learn more about the production, which is rooted in the folk tradition of fairy-tales and legend:

The shows start Friday and run through next weekend. More info, here.

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