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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 Seth Fein Of C-U's Accord Venue, Pygmalion Fest & Smile Politely

Rachel Otwell
Seth Fein sits in The Accord

This week we have another conversation from Champaign, this time with a self-proclaimed townie who keeps himself more than busy when it comes to creative culture in the Champaign-Urbana area. As Seth Fein tells us in this interview, after a stint running The Accord venue, previously The Highdive, he'll be focusing on other projects, like the online magazine he co-founded, hyper-local "Smile Politely."

Fein also co-founded The Pygmalion Festival, an annual event that showcases local and national touring acts, as well as food, tech and more. Tune in to hear an update on the hand-over The Accord at the end of the month, and what's on the horizon:

Also this week we chat Record Store Day, Dumb Records in Springfield has an all-day roster in the works. Plus an Earth Awareness Fair, wildflower saleat Lincoln Memorial Garden, and much more. Our Song of the Week comes from Greenville, Illinois bandYoung Eyes.

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