Out and About

A preview of the upcoming weekend's arts activities in Central Illinois with your host, Jenn Gordon of Arts Partners of Central Illinois.

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Peoria Historical Society

This week on Out & About, Beth Johnson of the Peoria Historical Society joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new History Walking Tours being offered throughout the summer. Each tour was designed by one of the several passionate history experts who serve with the Peoria Historical Society. The tours cover a wide variety of aspects of Peoria’s past, including famous people and their homes, the theatre district, and notable landmark buildings and memorials. Tours are limited to 8 people and require advance ticket purchase.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Lisa Nelson Raabe joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the influences and techniques which inspired “Still Point”, a collection of her work now on display through July 31 at the Peoria Art Guild. Large in scale, yet fine and fragile, the work follows her ideas into visible constructions that are translucent, elegant and contemplative. Learn more at the Peoria Art Guild.

Morton Chamber of Commerce

This week on Out and About, Leigh Ann Brown of the Morton Chamber of Commerce joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the importance of supporting local businesses and artists. Fourth Friday takes place the Fourth Friday of every month in the heart of downtown Morton and provides an outdoor walk-about environment featuring a variety of artisans, musicians, shopping, and outdoor and online activities.
For more information see the Arts Partners Events Calendar.


Five Points Washington

This week on Out and About Jenn Gordon talks with Mike Schulte from Five Points Washington about their outdoor summer concert series, Five Points Fridays. The series runs through October 16th and will include acoustic performances by Pocket Mouse, Neal Bowling, Kick-in & Pickin, Top 4D and Chase Sieting. Tonight's show features Black Velvet. Gates open at 5:30pm and the performance will start at 6pm. Local food and drink will be available for purchase on site.

Sky Art Peoria

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Erin Buczynski and Jaci Musec about Sky Art Peoria. Musec is one of 5 artists whose works were recently selected to be featured on Adams Outdoor Billboards for one year, circulating throughout the tri-county region. For more information on the artists and art work featured in Sky Art Peoria visit https://artspartners.net/skyartpeoria/

Peoria Art Guild

This week on Out and About, host Jenn Gordon talks with Shannon Cox, Director of the Peoria Art Guild about the 2020 Member Show, the incoming works of Morgan Elser, and their plans to welcome back the public into the gallery space. View the 2020 Member Show Virtual Gallery

Soulside Healing Arts

This week on Out and About, Hannah Ramlo, founder and director of Soulside Healing Arts Studio, joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about the nonprofit’s mission to mitigate the barriers that exist between people and holistic wellness. Soulside continues to offer classes and instruction through their online wellness offerings at https://www.soulsidehealingarts.com/.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Contemproary Art Center of Peoria Exectuive Director, William Butler joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the variety of central Illinois artwork on display at the CIAO member show, as well as the power themes of motherhood and creation explored through the works of Janis Mars Wunderlich. Both shows remain on display at the CAC now through June 26. https://peoriacac.org/current-exhibitions/

Capstone Photography Class 2020 - Bradley University

This week on Out and About, Associate Professor of Photograhy, Margaret LeJeune talks with Jenn Gordon about creating “Through Our Eyes” an online exhibition of the capstone photography class at Bradley University. The dedicated and talented students showcased in this exhibition have spent the semester considering individual concepts that include social justice issues, environmental concerns, and investigations of identity. To view the exhibition visit www.bradleyuniversityphoto.com

Peoria Ballet

This week on Out and About, Wendy Thomasson joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Ballet is embracing technology to keep their students on pointe! Learn more at peoriaballet.com

Art Inc

On this week’s episode,  Executive Director of Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Art, Inc.) Nikki Romain joins Jenn Gordon to talk about how the organization delivers arts based e-learning options to the community in the midst of the pandemic.

This week on Out and About, Mae Gilliland Wright joins host Jenn Gordon to talk about how the Peoria Symphony Orchestra is innovating in the midst of Covid-19 to bring meaningful programming to the community. Find out more about the #PSOAtHome online series at peoriasymphony.org!

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Garry Moore joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about Peoria Players’ production of “A Raisin in the Sun”. The play is the only drama being produced as part of the Theatres 101st Season. The show runs March 6 through March 15 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Matinees at 2 p.m.

On this Week’s Episode of Out and About, Guest Director Ginna Hoben and Performance Major Emma O’Mahoney join Jenn Gordon in the studio for a conversation about Bradley University Theatre Department’s production of “The Wolves”. The play follows the all-female high school soccer team providing the audience with an inside look during their weekly pre-game warm-ups. Written by Sarah DeLappe, the play debuted Off-Broadway in 2016 and since has been performed on college campuses throughout the country.

Courtesy Corn Stock Theater

Our host, Jenn Gordon is joined in the studio by Alexandra Buchko and Zachary Hunter, the stars of the Corn Stock Theatre’s production of Romeo & Juliet. They discuss their acting careers, the joy of doing Shakespeare, and the importance of community theater.

New Peoria Chamber Choir Set For March 1 Debut

Feb 21, 2020

Our host, Jenn Gordon is joined in the WCBU studio by conductor and professor emeritus at Bradley, Dr. John Jost. He is founder and director of Lumiere - a new chamber choir in Peoria. He talks about creating Lumiere, and delves into some of the pieces the choir will perform on Sunday, March 1st at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. 

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Barry joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to reflect on 20 years of singing, “song-walking”, and performing. You’ll hear the story behind his well known song, “Spirit Dance”, an impromptu performance, and Barry’s drive to invest in the next generation of local singer-songwriters. 

These Boots Were Made for…Broadway

Jan 24, 2020

On this week’s episode, director Deric Kimler, and featured performer Bryan Blanks join Jenn Gordon to talk about the interactive set, adaptive choreography, and the incredible hand-crafted footwear featured in “Kinky Boots” The Musical – opening January 31 at Peoria Players Theatre.

Courtesy Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode, fiber artist Dana Baldwin joins Jenn Gordon to talk about her stunning collection of dresses created out of film strips. The exhibit: Dana Baldwin - Film Dresses, is on display through end of January at the Peoria Art Guild. 

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Celeste Matheson and Rebekah Dentino join Jenn Gordon to talk about “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”, the deliciously clever comedy running Jan 10-12 and 17-19 and the Corn Stock Winter Playhouse in Upper Bradley Park. 

The Heartland Festival Orchestra celebrates 2020 with Broadway favorites inspired and influenced by the world of rock music.

Artistic Director David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon for a conversation about how American Musical Theatre has evolved over the last four decades to maintain its cultural relevancy and popularity. Broadway stars Dan Domenech, Morgan James, and LaKisha Jones join the HFO for this rockin’ start to the New Year.

Tickets and information at heartlandfestivalorchestra.org

Tune in as Jenn Gordon talks with Bruce Colligan from Peoria Players Theatre about celebrating the New Year in style. The Musical Review “A Ring-A-Ding-Ding! New Year” features some of the best vocal talent in Peoria singing showstopping numbers inspired or introduced by “Ol’ Blue Eyes”. The performance takes place on December 31 at 7:30pm. For tickets and information visit peoriaplayers.org

Dr. Joseph Henry and guest artist Megan Koch join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Chorale’s unique sound and family culture, as well as how to innovate a time honored tradition through new artistic partnerships and repertoire. An American Family Christmas happens December 13 and 14 at 7:30pm at 5 Points Washington. 

This week, Bradley faculty soprano Courtney Huffman, joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about her upcoming mixed media event titled No Ordinary Women. It spotlights the personal stories of real-life women in music, poetry, and visual arts, the concert will take place this Sunday at 3 at the Dingeldine Music Center.

This week Collin Krause of the Way Down Wanderers joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about recording, touring, and the band’s unique Peoria roots. Listen in as Collin gives an impromptu performance of PRINCIPLES OF SALT, the first track on the Album. 

James Herr and Alyce Jackson join Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about “Music in the McKenzie”, the monthly performance series that happens at the Peoria Public Library’s North Branch. James will performing a part of the series on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm along with HMM Harlan, Meister, and Mitts.

The Peoria Symphony’s upcoming “Unforgettable” concert offers an evening of classical music and jazz that spans three centuries, featuring jazz vocalist Judy Page and the Todd Kelly Quintet. Pianist and composer Derel Monteith joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about the common threads that can connect and even fuse together classical music and jazz. Darell also talks about the thrill of creating a new arrangement of Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinari’s Here’s to Life for Judy Page to debut with the orchestra.

Sculptor and Peoria Native Jam Lovell returned to the area a few years ago with a passion for all things iron. The co-founder of Black Dog Metal Arts, joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to talk about the magic of pouring iron and the tight-knit community of iron casters from across the country joining her for Peoria’s First All-Female Run Iron Pour. Additionally, Jam is the co-curator of Fierce: Women in Iron Exhibition happening at the Prairie Center of the Arts, which will showcase iron artworks created by female identified artists from around the world.

Stephen King’s novel and subsequent films adaptations have thrilled audiences for decades. 

Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse provides valuable training for actors and directors alike. Chip Joyce joins Jenn Gordon in the studio to give a preview of the unique productions being staged this winter season, beginning with “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime”.