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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, Jenn Gordon talks with Wendy Thomasson, Executive Director of the Peoria Ballet, about the return of The Nutcracker to the Peoria Civic Center. This family holiday tradition features 100 dancers joined by professional guest artists dancing the roles of Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, plus live music by Heartland Festival Orchestra. Three performances will be offered December 11 -12 with tickets starting at $10. For tickets and information visit The Peoria Ballet.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Chip Joyce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” happening at The Scottish Rite Theatre on Dec. 2–5.A central Illinois tradition returns to the historic Scottish Rite Theatre with this presentation of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol. "This musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic will delight audiences of all ages and will get everyone in the Christmas spirit!For tickets and more information visit the Scottish Rite Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Kerri Rae Ryan and Michelle Tipsword join Jenn Gordon to talk about "The Comedy of Errors." Kerri Rae directs the No Fear Shakespeare rendition of the hilarious classic about mistaken identity. For tickets and information visit Corn Stock Theatre.
  • On this week's episode of Out and About, Maestro George Stelutto and Composer in Residence Stephanie Ann Boyd join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra's upcoming concert "HerStory: A Musical Tribute to Betty Friedan."The historical concert honoring the famous Peorian will feature the world premiere of "Everywoman: A Friedan Centennial Memoire."For more information visit Peoria Symphony Orchestra.Sound Clip: Daffodil from Flower Catalog by Stephanie Ann Boyd, played by Holly Roadfeldt
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jessie Williams joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the world premiere of Sweeney Todd, being presented by the Central Illinois Ballet Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30 at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Jessie is a professional ballet dancer with Central Illinois Ballet, and also serves as the choreographer and director for this haunting production. To reserve your tickets visit: Scottish Rite Theatre.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Peoria Artist Jaci Musec joins Jenn Gordon to talk about her exhibit on display at the Peoria Public Library now through the end of October. “Begin Where You Are” is a vibrant, playful, thoughtful, radical and true introspective into the life of a modern Peoria artist. Learn more about Jaci and her show here: Jaci Musec
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon to talk about “The Power of the Concerto.” The Concert presented by the Heartland Festival Orchestra features the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Soloists Ji-Myung Kim and Victor Cayres bring superb musicality, flawless technique, and international creds to three masterpieces. In the concerto form, soloists and the orchestra “contend, compete, or do musical battle.” It’s a musical dialogue with a happy outcome - everyone wins!
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the first anniversary of ‘Giving Voice’ the online magazine that is giving voice to young people in our community by both mentoring young writers and creatives and paying them to tell their stories. Learn more at Giving Voice.
  • On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon sits down with artist André Petty to talk about his work currently on display at the Contemporary Art Center now through October 15. The exhibit is entitled “Faces and Forms” and features Petty’s pop art portraits, as well as Sculptures by Scott Mossman. For more information visit Contemporary Art Center of Peoria.
  • 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.