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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, Shannon Cox joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Fine Art Fair which will be taking place on September 25 and September 26 on the Peoria Riverfront. Find out why the Fine Art Fair has been ranked #20 in the “Top 200 Fairs” by Sunshine Artist Magazine. To pre-purchase your tickets or to learn more visit The Peoria Art Guild.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Alison Meuth joins Jenn Gordon to talk about Peoria Players' production of “Little Women – The Musical." The show is directed by Peggy Breaux Hupp and runs from Sept 10 – 12 and Sept 15 – 19 at Peoria Players Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, sculptors Jaci Willis and Fisher Stolz join Jenn Gordon to talk about two public art projects in the area: the restoration of Sonar Tide by Ronald Bladen, located in front of the Civic Center, and the newly launched Sculpture Garden located in Donovan Park. Learn more at Donovan Sculpture Garden.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Tom McConnaughay and John Martin join Jenn Gordon to talk about Peoria Irish Fest happening August 27-29 on the Peoria Riverfront. This year’s festival includes Highland Games, Irish Dance, the Cultural Village, and a fantastic line up of musicians on multiple stages.Learn more at Peoria Irish Fest.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Chris Ennis joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical,” now playing at Corn Stock Theatre under the Big Tent in Upper Bradley Park.This laugh-out-loud musical satire has been described as a comic valentine paying homage to Broadway legends Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim. The show runs Thursdays thru Sundays from Aug. 19 thru Sept. 5.For more information or to purchase tickets visit Corn Stock Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jerry Kolb and Sarah Marie Dillard join Jenn Gordon to talk about a new outdoor concert series coming to Blue Ridge Community Farm. The 245 acre working farm serves adults and children with special needs and is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Chillicothe, Illinois. The concert series is designed to build awareness about the farm and its mission, as well as provide an accessible live music experience for individuals with sensory sensitivities. Learn more and reserve your free ticket here.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Marisa Bernotti and John Heintzman join Jenn Gordon to talk about “Reflective Noise.” Marisa Bernotti is a multi-disciplinary artist from Uruguay. She has been recognized for her contribution to the development of the land in artistic activity, addressing women's rights and for promoting children's literature. She is exhibiting during the month of August at the Peoria Art Guild as well as conducting a residency which will include two workshops. For more information visit Peoria Art Guild.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Sam Hipp and Chris Peterlin join host Jenn Gordon to talk about The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. The fast-paced parody of all 37 works by The Bard promises a night of laughter and entertainment. The show runs Thursday, July 29th under the big tent in Upper Bradley Park and continues through Sunday, August 15th with performances weekly from Thursday thru Sunday. For more information visit Corn Stock Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Todd Kelly joins Jenn Gordon to talk about The Water Street Stompers. The New Orleans Style Jazz Band performs at Five Points Washington on Sunday, July 25 at 5pm as part of its outdoor jazz concert series. For more information visit Five Points Washington.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Artistic Director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra, David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon to talk about their upcoming concert "Here Comes the Sun!” featuring the world's best Beatles Tribute Band, Classical Mystery Tour. The concert takes place at Five Points Washington on July 24 at 7:30pm. For more information visit Heartland Festival Orchestra.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Gil Kramer and Belle Hardy join host Jenn Gordon to talk about The Community Children’s Theatre’s production of Big Fish – The Musical. The show runs from July 15th through July 18th at Peoria Players Theatre with in-person as well as live stream tickets available. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Community Children’s Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About. Producer Daniel Musisi sits in for host Jenn Gordon and is joined by Chair of the Sky Art Peoria Committee, artist and ArtsPartners Board Member, Alexander Martin to talk about the winning works and artists selected for the 2021 Sky Art Peoria program.