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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 With Guest Host, Artist Felicia Olin

Felicia Olin
"Coming Back to Life" - this piece will be in The Pharmacy's show Friday & Saturday

This week we couldn't even get to all the events we're interested in this weekend (and beyond) - but we did our best. We also got to know more about the artist Felicia Olin, she joined us to chat about the Rebirth art show at The Pharmacy over the weekend. Chances are you've seen her work at a local establishment or seen her profiled in local media (like here.) Time to tune in!

Events discussed this week include:

  • The Pharmacy has a group show called Rebirth on Friday and Saturday nights. Info here.
  • Andrew Woolbright, founder of The Pharmacy artist co-op who now lives on the east coast, has an exhibit in Springfield and will also have a lecture on Thursday. Info here.
  • On Monday there will be a screening and discussion about the doc Black Power Mixtape. Info here.
  • Dan Baird plays the Bedrock 66 Live! show on Friday, info here.

For more events or to find something you heard talked about on the show, but not listed above- check out the Illinois Times calendar.


Local singer/songwriter Ben Bedford is trying to raise funds for his new album - more info here (and in the video below.) We also played a new tune he shared with us as our song of the week , tune in to hear it and watch a video of the song being performed, also below:

Felicia suggests checking out the work of Darren Brown, a Brit who likes to mess with perceptions of reality, as you can see in this video:

Scott suggests the Breaking Bad spin-off show called Better Call Saul. Warning, not for you if you don't like curse words: 

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