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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: Improv Comedy, Punk Rock, Béla Fleck &...


Tune into this week's Art Beat:

Events discussed this time around include:

  • Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, & The Del McCoury Band play at the Sangamon Auditorium on Friday night, info here.
  • Josh Catalano & The Dirty Thoughts, Arlin Peebles & The Deep Hollow play at Bar None Friday night, info here.
  • Improv troupe the Portuguese Rodeo Clown Co. perform at The Hoogland Friday & Saturday night, info here.
  • Ho Etsu Taiko, a Japanese drumming troupe, will play on Saturday at Illinois College in Jacksonville at 7:30pm in the Rammelkamp Chapel.
  • The SAA indie and foreign film series continues on Sunday & Tuesday. Info here.
  • The movie Dear White People plays at UIS on Wednesday night, info here.
  • The 2015 Poets in the Parlor series kicks off at the Vachel Lindsay home in Springfield with a reading at 2pm on Sunday by Janice Harrington. Info here.
Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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