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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 Checks In With Co-Hosts Of 'The Studio Show'

The Studio Show via YouTube.com
Keil Isham looks concerned over co-host Arlin Peeble's new "goth" look on Ep. 11

The Studio Show kicked off its YouTube series late last year, since then it's featured several Springfield-area artists and created its own brand of comedy. 

Co-hosts Arlin Peebles and Keil Isham are longtime friends who have developed a unique, humorous candor and prove their sketch comedy skills in a reoccurring show within a show: 'The Loft Boys.' Director and cinematographer Dave Heinzel artfully produces a fast-paced program including "nature breaks" and "screen tests." Tune in and hear from Arlin & Keil!

Events discussed this week include:

  • The Pharmacy artist collective hosts a show this weekend in Springfield where artists have created works together, it's aptly titled 'Collaboration.' For more information click here.
  • The SOHO musical festival happens in downtown Springfield this weekend. Info here.
  • A Transgender Pride Picnic is taking place on Sunday at The Transgender Memorial Garden of St. Louis. Info here.
  • In Champaign-Urbana the Spurlock Museum has an exhibit called: North of the Northern Lights: Exploring the Crocker Land Arctic Expedition 1913–1917. Info here.

For Song of the Week we featured Springfield band, Square of the Roots. Check out their performance on The Studio Show:

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