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I first heard of David Dondero as a teen - nearly 15 years ago. At the time the record label Saddle Creek was getting an increasing amount of recognition, with bands like Cursive and perhaps most notably - Bright Eyes, reaching national audiences. Dondero plays Friday night in Springfield - info here.

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The Demo Project gallery in Springfield is an alternative art space that's been highlighting contemporary work from across the nation for four years now. It's slated to be demolished in 2018, but before that happens there's one more birthday to celebrate.

Rachel Otwell

Recently, a fellow public radio journo wrote a piece about the Black Sheep scene for Noisey, a branch of Vice Media. If you are unfamiliar with the venue, and even if you are a regular attendee - it's definitely worth a read (and a look/listen - the pictures & music speak volumes.)

Emily Raw

Thursday kicks off a new season of the Shelterbelt Creative Writing and Publishing series at the University of Illinois Springfield. NPR Illinois hosts and records the visiting poets in the Suggs Performance Studio, on the UIS campus. This Thursday (10/6) at 7pm Natalie Eilbert reads from her forth-coming, already awarded book - IndictusThe reading is free and open to the public, details here.

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This week we learn about the Lost Cross house in Carbondale. Much like the often-covered-by-us Black Sheep, it's a DIY punk venue, but with the unique caveat being it's also a residence. Over the past 30 years its been called home by dozens and hosted hundreds of bands from all over the world. 

Corey Woodruff

Stephen Houldsworth is a self-described "grumpy old gay man" (though his life's work aimed at bettering society suggests that characterization should be taken with a grain or two of salt.) His one-man performance involves a collection of stories about family, AIDS, race and mosh-pits.