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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.

Art Beat: Paper Dolls, A Doc About A Street Photog & More

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This week, we take a look at an art exhibit currently on display at thePrairie Art Alliance's H.D. Smith Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield. We talk to Carolyn Owen Sommer about her work that came from a challenge to create 30 pieces of art in 30 days. The result is an interesting take on a host of women's issues.

And the Molly Schlich film series continues. This Sunday and Tuesday the documentary being shown is called Finding Vivian Maier. It looks at the work of a Chicago nanny who was also a street photographer. Her work went unseen until after her death. It is now critically acclaimed as some of the best examples of photography that catches street scenes and city life.

On Friday night, The April Verch Bigger Band plays at the Sangamon Auditoriumon the UIS campus. They play an eccentric variety of bluegrass, complete with step-dancing.  Listen to my conversation with theIllinois Times' Scott Faingold, who also tells us about a hip hop DJ spinning at Bar None in Springfield on Saturday night:

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