A Joint Service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
WGLT_On Deck podcast logo
Out and About
Fridays at 8:50 a.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday mornings

A weekly spotlight on arts activities in Central Illinois. Each week, host Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners of Central Illinois talks with area actors, musicians, artists and community leaders about an upcoming arts event.

Out and About is supported, in part, by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Ways To Subscribe
Recent Episodes
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Sarah Marie Dillard and Brandon Mooberry join Jenn Gordon to talk about Ignite Peoria, central Illinois’ premiere arts and makers fest designed to spark creativity in the community. The Aug. 13 event includes two performance stages, a live fashion photo shoot, over 90 arts and makers booths, and Sensory Ignite, a unique area designed for guests with sensory sensitivities. Learn more about the event.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jerry Kolb joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the concert celebrating the release of The Accidentals and the Kaboom Collective’s album, Reimagined.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Kelleen Nitsch, founder and director of Nitsch Theatre Arts, joins Jenn Gordon to talk about upcoming productions as well as NTA’s unique teaching model and their new artist residency at Illinois Central College. Their summer Shakespeare production, ‘Canned Hamlet’ happens July 31 - August 1. The Stage Kids Summer production of ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ runs August 2 – August 9. And ‘The Adams Family – The Musical’ runs September 9 – September 11. All performances take place at the ICC Performing Arts Center. To buy tickets or to sign up for fall classes visit: nitschtheatrearts.org
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jennifer Davis joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about arts and cultural events coming up at the Peoria Public Library. Classical Indian Music Festival happens on Saturday, July 23 at the North Branch. Deepashri Phatak will perform Raag or raga, a unique and central feature of the classical Indian music tradition, which has no direct translation to concepts in classical European music. On Sunday, July 24, the library’s popular Music in the McKenzie series continues with a concert by Harvest Sons, a Peoria based band known for their blend of Americana, folk, and rock.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Willis Barber and Jada Davis from Community Children’s Theatre join host Jenn Gordon to talk about their current production Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. based on the 1992 Academy Award®-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show about the “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers and their audience! Featuring a cast of over 60, the show runs July 6 through July 10 at Peoria Players Theatre. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit cctil.booktix.com
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Connie Tomczyk joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the Summer History Tours offered through the Peoria Historical Society. Walking and bus tours are available and cover a wide variety of themes including: “Roll Out the Barrel,” “Naughty to Nice,” “Notable Women,” “Historic Springdale,” “World’s Most Beautiful Drive,” and more. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Peoria Historical Society's website.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About, Wes Hunt and Selah Schertz join Jenn Gordon to talk about Corn Stock Theatre’s current production, "All Shook Up – The Musical."Featuring the music of Elvis Presley and a storyline inspired by Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night," you won’t want to miss this crowd pleaser directed by Mary Ellen Ulrich. Wes and Selah star in the production that runs June 24 through July 2 at the Big Tent in upper Bradley Park.For tickets and information visit Corn Stock's website.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Nikki Romain and Vivian Standifird join host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Smart People."The play, written by Lydia R. Diamond, follows four Harvard University graduates each interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. This marks ART Inc.’s first theatrical production, and executive director Nikki Romain promises it won’t be their last.Performances take place June 24-26 in the CEFCU Theatre at the Romain Arts and Cultural Center. For more information or to purchase tickets visit artincpeoria.org.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Sharon Samuels Reed joins Jenn Gordon to talk about "Juneteenth: An American Celebration."The annual concert is being presented by the Heritage Ensemble and will be featuring works by Glenn Edward Burleigh. The performance takes place on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center. For tickets and information visit the Heritage Ensemble's website.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Dr. John Jost joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the in person return of the Peoria Bach Festival.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Julie Peters and Sam Taylor to talk about about the Pulitzer Prize-winning play SWEAT, presented by the Illinois Central College Theatre Program.Performances happen Tuesday, May 31, through Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the ICC Performing Arts Center.For more information visit ICC Theatre Program.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Michelle Nielsen Ott joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the Sculpture Walk Peoria opening day event on May 21, 2022.Beginning with a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m. at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the event includes a tour with the artists behind the eight new sculptures soon to be installed on Washington Street. You’ll hear about the types of sculptures featured on this year’s walk, as well as other activities surrounding the opening day event.Learn more on the Peoria Art Guild's website.