The Scene

Thursdays at 12:40 PM, rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:40 PM

The Scene is our Illinois arts & culture podcast hosted by Rachel Otwell and the Illinois Times Scott Faingold.

Rachel Otwell curates this blog which provides full-length stories and follow-ups, links to other reports, and conversations with you.

This blog will contain a range of stories from the world of arts & culture, from visual art to Springfield's DIY music scene, to profiles of interesting local characters. This blog is about what makes artists tick, and the diverse culture that exists within our community. 

We encourage you to engage in commenting and discussing the coverage of arts and culture, and to email Rachel with tips on stories.

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It's time to learn about what's the haps. This week, we get to know a local fixture in the Springfield scene. Scott Richardson heads the Legacy Theatre - a building that has had many incarnations and could have dilapidated into the ether if not for Scott. Now it's one of Springfield's most eclectic venues. He talks the 2016 season with Rachel and (other) Scott.

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Netflix

Happy (almost) new year! Scott and Rachel are here to tell you about a few things coming up this weekend, as well as tell you about some new developments in the scene.

The Scene Talks About The Scene

Dec 18, 2015
FX

This week Scott mentions his cover story for the Illinois Times this week in which he hosted a round-table discussion about what local venues are doing to attract talent and get people out to see shows. Check it out here.  

Meanwhile, if you have an idea as to who would be good to add to our guest host roster for next year when it comes to gabbin' about the scene, email Rachel.

We take a look at what this weekend will bring, take a listen:

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Rachel Otwell // WUIS

Kevin Bradford is one of the founders of Black Sheep, the all-ages, punk music venue on the corner of South Grand Ave. and 11th Street in Springfield.  It’s at the center of a plethora of indie and DIY activities in Springfield’s once-blighted Southtown neighborhood. 

http://dumbrecords.tumblr.com

This week, The Scene decided to get out on the scene. We hit up Dumb Records (1107 S. Grand Ave.) Scott Faingold and I have been working on an audio-doc about Black Sheep as it gears up for its 10-year anniversary later this month. Dumb is an example of one of the efforts that has spawned from a culture of youth who love music, and have created an environment to make it thrive.

If you are done taking the picture of your happy hosts super seriously ... then it is time to listen to this week's version of THE SCENE. The lovely Allison Lacher, an art professor, artist, curator, etc. etc. joins Scott Faingold and Rachel for this edition:

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