Out and About

Fridays at 8:50 a.m., 4:50 p.m., 6:50 p.m. | Saturdays at 8:20 a.m. | Sundays at 7:20 a.m.

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.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

On this week’s episode of Out and About, host Jenn Gordon is joined by William Butler of the Contemporary Art Center to talk about A Small Wonder Gift Shop - a unique pop-up shopping experience at the Contemporary Art Center where you can safely peruse and buy art from over 40 local artists in time for the holidays.
A Small Wonder Gift Shop

Peoria Ballet

On this week’s episode, host Jenn Gordon is joined by Wendy Thomasson and Jorge Laico of the Peoria Ballet to talk about how students have taken to wearing masks while they dance, how the organization converted their rehearsal space into a production studio, and how you can enjoy viewing this year’s digital performance of "The Nutcracker."

Corn Stock Theatre

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Theatre Manager, Nyk Sutter-Downs from Corn Stock Theatre about their newly launched Digital Play Series. The series includes live stream performances of a diverse line up of theatrical works including:  Dark Passages, School Girls, Lonely Planet, and It’s  a Wonderful Life. For more information or to purchase tickets visit Corn Stock Theatre.

Eureka College Theatre

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon is joined by Holly Rocke to talk about Eureka College Theatre’s online production of “The Visit.” The tragic and poignant tale by Friedrich Dürrenmatt asks the question, “Is Justice for Sale?"  The performance will be available to stream November 12-15. For more information or to request a FREE viewing code email boxoffice@eureka.edu

Heartland Festival Orchestra

This week on Out and About, David Commanday joins Jenn Gordon to talk about Vivaldi’s brilliant Four Seasons reimagined by cinema composer Max Richter, plus a tango twist with Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The performance features rising star Francisco Fullana on violin, and Lidia Kaminska on bandoneon. The concert will take place on October 31 at Five Points Washington, with limited seating available.

Central Illinois Ballet

This week on Out and About, artist director Rebekah von Rathonyi and principal dancer Hannah Ray join Jenn Gordon to talk about telling the haunting tale of Dracula through dance.

Peoria Symphony Orchestra

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon is joined by Maestro George Stelluto and Principal Trumpeter Sarah Carrillo to talk about the PSO’s upcoming concert "Merry Pranks," set to air on Oct. 24 on WTVP’s Create Channel 47.4.

Peoria Art Guild

This week on Out and About, Jenn Gordon talks with Alexander Martin, local artist and one of the founders of the newly formed Peoria Guild of Black Artists. Alexander shares how the guild got started and quickly gained momentum, leading to a curated show at the Peoria Art Guild entitled “A New Renaissance”. The show will remain open through October 30. For more information visit the Peoria Art Guild.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

This week on Out and About, Bill Conger joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new exhibit at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" takes visitors of all ages on a fascinating and engaging exploration of the art, science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world's most popular instrument! The exhibit features a unique collection of more than 70 instruments - ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative - along with performance video, models and more.

Big Picture

This week on Out and About, Doug and Eileen Leunig (founders of Big Picture) and Trent Miles, join host Jenn Gordon to talk about “Giving Voice” an online magazine featuring articles, videos, and podcasts submitted by youth in our community.  The students will work with a professional writer and mentor to hone their writing skills, and they will be paid for published articles. To find out more about this initiative visit Giving Voice.

Peoria Art Guild

On this week’s episode of Out and About, Shannon Cox and Kim Sanders of the Peoria Art Guild join host Jenn Gordon to talk about the 58th Annual Peoria Fine Art Fair. Learn about the cutting edge technology and attention to detail involved with bringing this year’s fair to life. The virtual fair goes live on September 25 at peoriaartguild.org.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

This week on Out and About, Preston Jackson and William Butler join Jenn Gordon to talk about their joint exhibit, Walking the Line, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first art exhibition in the gallery. Preston Jackson is the founder of the Contemporary Art Center, and William Butler serves as the Executive Director.

Dr. Elsburgh Clarke

This week on Out and About, Dr. Elsburgh Clarke joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his photography exhibit on display at the Peoria Art Guild. Dr. Clarke is an Emergency Medical Professional, as well as a skilled photographer. His photography captures the dangerous and intense work that local firefighters experience when responding to a fire.

Brian "Fox" Ellis

On this week’s episode of Out and About, internationally acclaimed storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis joins Jenn Gordon to talk about his stories are reaching new audiences through a weekly podcast series, YouTube Channel, and a collaboration with WTVP’s Remote Channel. Brain’s stories include folklore, ecology, and history.  He also has books and lesson plans to accompany audio and video platforms to help teachers and parents with online/remote learning curriculum. For more details visit Fox Tales International.

On this week’s episode of Out and About, George Stelluto and Mae Gilliland Wright join Jenn Gordon to talk about the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s shrewdly innovative approach to moving forward with their 123rd Season which includes access to concerts through an expanding partnership with WTVP. Learn more at Peoria Symphony Orchestra.