Arts and Culture

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The man behind the Mona Lisa replica at the center of the Peoria Riverfront Museum's da Vinci exhibit is visiting Peoria from Paris. 

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The Oscars ceremony has faced heavy criticism in recent years for its lack of diverse nominees.

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WCBU's news operation is growing, finances are stabilizing and the future is bright. That's the message general manager RC McBride is delivering since daily operations transferred to WGLT-- Bloomington-Normal's public radio station last June. Kristin McHugh sits down with McBride for an update on the partnership with Bradley University. 

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Look for sculptures to begin popping up Donovan Park this year.

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There's no how-to guide for re-adjusting to civilian life after returning home from war. 

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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. 

Country-bluegrass star Alison Krauss will play in Peoria next spring.

Krauss announced an April 26 tour stop at the Civic Center on Monday. Her latest solo album, Windy City, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Charts and Top Bluegrass Charts.

Krauss is a Champaign native. She got her first record deal at age 14 and was performing at the Grand Ole Opry by age 21. 

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at the Peoria Civic Center and TicketMaster. 

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The Peoria Riverfront Museum is displaying a collection of the works of the ultimate Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci.

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Legend says it was President Teddy Roosevelt who first gave historic Grandview Drive its name.

Structures like sand traps and bunkers may soon be replaced by sculptures at the former Donovan Golf Course. 

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It was 153 years ago when 30,000 people gathered outside the courthouse downtown to dedicate the Peoria County Civil War Monument.

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Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit is on permanent display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. But Peoria Riverfront Museum officials say the next best thing is right here in Central Illinois. 

Driving into Elmwood on Illinois Route 78, signs of the artist Lorado Taft are everywhere.

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A pair of new exhibits make their big debut tomorrow at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art sent photography from famous 20th century artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe and Sally Mann to Peoria. 

The works usually don’t leave New York City. Museum curator Bill Conger said the 80 works on display are precursors to contemporary artistic photography. 

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You may have seen Monte de Gallo’s art while driving around Peoria recently. 

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It’s been a long journey back to the stage for the Barn III Dinner Theatre Conklin Players in Goodfield. 

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A well-attended ribbon cutting marked the opening celebration of the Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights.

The 38th Annual Taste of Peoria is happening today at Northwoods Mall. 

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If you’ve driven by the Four Corners in downtown East Peoria lately, you’ve probably noticed a new bright spot. 

A group of teenagers is seeking to make a statement against gun violence in Peoria with art. 


Some greater Peoria libraries can extend their after-school programs for at-risk youth thanks to new grants.