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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 Rock N' Rollers Minikiss

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This week Rachel and Scott talk to Louie Fatale of Minikiss. The tribute band is comprised of little people, Fatale plays the role of "Mini Gene."

As the founder of the group, he tells us about their success and how the treatment of little people has changed for the better since his career began about 20 years ago. Minikiss plays 'A Benefit for Veterans' at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield Saturday night.

We chat about other events this weekend, like an art show that includes a community art project at Black Sheep, and one at The Pharmacy with the provocative name of Bio-Region.

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