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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.

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  • 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.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About host Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners is joined by ballerina Jessie Williams to talk about the Central Illinois Ballet’s 10th Anniversary celebration, which includes a reception with a silent auction, a DJ, and dancing.
  • On this week’s episode, host Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners of Central Illinois is joined by director Chris Peterlin and actor Laynie Zika to talk about Corn Stock for Kids' production, Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Maestro George Stelluto to talk about the final concert of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s 124th season, “Unity with Ukraine."
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Shannon Cox and Heather Brammeier about the exhibits now on display at the Peoria Art Guild.TTAG (Third Thursday Art Group) is a diverse group of artists. They create in various media and eclectic imagery. The exhibiting members include Connie Andrews, S.J. Boyd, Sherri Burritt, Ken Clubb, Bob Doucette, Christopher Gauthier, Reid Hansen, Barbie Perry, David Seay, Steph Van Doren, and Peggy West. This group of professional fine artists are linked together through their individual creative curiosity and their desire to discuss ideology, process, and current art trends. TTAG offers support and critique of each other’s artwork, making each stronger in developing their body of work.I Found U Collective is a group of artists from all over the world, including Peoria's own Heather Brammeier. Brammeier was the intermediary for creating the artworks in I Found U by the River. She took a walk with her camera along the Illinois River and snapped photos continuously during that walk. At times, she turned around to capture the view behind her, at other times she zoomed in on details in the scene in front of her. Each artist selected the photos they were to manipulate, draw on, collage with, or otherwise transform into a new image of the Peoria Riverfront.The process of interpreting a scene from a distant location is what I Found U Collective calls roving reflection. An artist creates photographic imagery from their location to share with the other artists. These artists interact with the images artistically, through digital manipulation, collage, drawing, painting, or a combination of approaches. The results are then exhibited in the location of the original photo documentation, where residents enjoy seeing the interpretations and investigations based on their hometown.For more information on these exhibits visit Peoria Art Guild.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Wendy Thomasson and Ian Thatcher from the Peoria Ballet about their spring production of "Coppelia."This classic ballet is widely considered one of the greatest comic ballets ever staged. It follows the tale of a dancing doll created by the mysterious inventor Dr. Coppelius and is based on a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann. New sets and costumes compliment the cast of 50 students performing alongside Ian Thatcher, who will play the role of Dr. Coppelius.Performances will take place on April 9 and 10 at Five Points Washington. For tickets and information visit Peoria Ballet.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Chip Joyce to talk about the Peoria Players Theatre’s production of the musical “Sweet Charity.” With music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather, misadventures in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine - "the lady of the evening" who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man. “Hey Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This” are just some of the well-known songs from this classic. The musical opens at Peoria Players Theatre tonight and continues with weekend performances through April 3. For tickets and information visit Peoria Players Theatre.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Rebekah Dentino and LaCora Holesome to talk about Corn Stock Theatre’s production of When We Were Young and Unafraid, a play written by Sarah Treem. In the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, Agnes has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where victims of domestic violence can seek refuge. As the drums of a feminist revolution grow louder outside of Agnes’s tiny world, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the women she’s spent her life trying to help. Show dates are March 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 7:30pm and March 20 and 27 at 2:30pm at Corn Stock Theatre Center in Upper Bradley Park. For tickets and more information visit Corn Stock Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners is joined by jazz icon Chuck Israels and Heartland Festival Orchestra Artistic Director David Commanday to talk about the HFO’s upcoming concert “Iconic Jazz.”The concert is happening on Saturday, March 19 at Five Points in Washington. Chuck Israels found early fame as a bassist in the Bill Evans Trio in the 1960's, going on to collaborate with some of the greatest jazz artists of all time; including Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, and many others. Chuck and his jazz trio will perform his own charts and arrangements on stage with the HFO Jazz Ensemble. For tickets and more information visit Heartland Festival Orchestra.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by student director, Maggie Sullivan and Bradley Theatre Department Chair, Scott Kanoff to talk about Bradley University Theatre's Antigone.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by event organizer Jerry Kolb to talk about Time Out.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Derel Monteith about the new release of an old album.