The Scene

The Scene Says 'So Long!'

May 25, 2017
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Rachel here. Just want to say it has been an absolute BLAST working with Scott over the past couple years, putting together segments solely devoted to arts & culture in central Illinois. 

The Scene Has The Scoop On An Underground Show

May 11, 2017
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This week Scott and Rachel preview music that will be showcased in a Springfield basement/DIY venue on Tuesday the 16th. The band Listener is from Arkansas and has a unique blend of eccentric rock and roll and spoken word.

The Scene Talks 'Music At The Museum'

May 4, 2017

The Illinois State Museum in Springfield is back up and running after its hiatus due to the state's budget woes. And there' s a new concert series to boot. Illinois musician and all around folk music connoisseur, Chris Vallillo, is hosting and playing at the events. They are the second Thursday of each month. For more information on the Music at the Museum concert series, click here. For info on the first show next week, click here.

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This week we have another conversation from Champaign, this time with a self-proclaimed townie who keeps himself more than busy when it comes to creative culture in the Champaign-Urbana area. As Seth Fein tells us in this interview, after a stint running The Accord venue, previously The Highdive, he'll be focusing on other projects, like the online magazine he co-founded, hyper-local "Smile Politely."

The Scene Meets Capital City Improv

Apr 6, 2017
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This week on The Scene Scott and Rachel talk with Drew Stroud, a founder and member of a new comedy group. Capital City Improv's first show is at The Legacy Theatre in Springfield on Saturday night.

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This week Rachel and Scott talk to Louie Fatale of Minikiss. The tribute band is comprised of little people, Fatale plays the role of "Mini Gene."

The Scene With Poet Ian Winterbauer

Mar 16, 2017
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Ian Winterbauer says his poems deal largely with the Midwest - it's rural, poor towns and the eccentric characters therein. He says he's anti-academic, that "anyone could write poetry." Well, he certainly can.

The Scene With Writer Emma Wilson

Mar 9, 2017
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This week we hear from Emma Wilson. The Springfielder co-wrote/co-directed the new short film Sarah, along with Dave Heinzel - it stars actor Stella Cole. Wilson is also a poet (recently profiled by Scott for the Illinois Times, here) and event organizer, she also has a blog about "creative recovery" called Mental Thrillness. Tune in to hear what she's up to & a sample of her poetry!

Radon Lounge

This week we preview a show at the enigmatic Radon Lounge (flyer above) - for more info, here's the event page, if you need directions, shoot a message to the group here.

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This week we're joined by Allison Lacher & Jeff Robinson - two instrumental forces in bringing contemporary and provocative artwork to the central Illinois region. 

The Scene On "ArtLiterations" & Roots Tunes

Jan 19, 2017
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This week Rachel and Scott talk about the Bedrock 66 show at Bar None Friday night featuring Suitcase Junket. We also hear about the latest ArtLiteration event, Thursday night (those happen monthly.) Plus lots more! Tune in:

The Scene Visits 'Heathers: The Musical'

Jan 12, 2017
Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

This week Rachel and Scott visit The Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield during a rehearsal for Heathers: The Musical, which opens this weekend and is for three days only. It's based on the movie, a cult hit from the eighties, which stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. 

The Scene Gets Literary

Jan 5, 2017

This week we hear an appearance on This American Life by author Roxane Gay. Perhaps most well known for her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, Gay recently released a collection of short fiction stories called Difficult Women. We preview that, and Scott pays homage to one of his favorite poets, Steven Jesse Bernstein. Tune in!

Given the breadth of the output of work -- (21 episodes!) it seems impossible it's been just a year since The Studio Show premiered. The goal originally was to create a program for public access. Instead it's become a web-based showcase of Springfield talent including short films, musical performances, a mini-series and much more. The crew now has a new vision, as we hear on this episode.

The Scene Plays 'Santa Is Real'

Dec 15, 2016

This week Scott previews his feature story for the Illinois Times on the "state of the (visual) arts" in Springfield. Read it here.

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This week Rachel and Scott head to Springfield's oldest home, Edwards Place. It's on the Springfield Art Association's campus in the Enos Park Neighborhood. They hear from the organization's director, Betsy Dollar, for a year-in-review interview.

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This week Rachel and Scott take a trip to corner of 11th and South Grand in Springfield where a block or so known as Southtown contains an in-door skate park, skateboard shop, music venue, soon-to-be-rehabbed recording studio and Dumb Records.

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This week Rachel and Scott ventured out of studio, to Kingsway African & Caribbean Cuisine restaurant in Springfield. The menu offers many dishes unique for the area, including authentic jerk chicken created with a Nigerian recipe, goat curry and many vegan & vegetarian offerings. They sat down to lunch with local poet Johari Osayi Idusuyi who garnered national attention last year for her appearance at a Trump rally in Springfield.

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U of I student and 22 year old singer/songwriter Emily Blue believes music has the power to heal and to educate. Herself a survivor of sexual assault - she devoted her new album, Another Angry Woman, to feminist issues and causes. The work includes interviews she did with friends about street harassment and other forms of sexism they face as females on a regular basis. What she earns from the record will be donated to the organization RACES, which stands for Rape Advocacy Counseling & Education Services,  in Champaign.

The Scene On Tacos & Hobgoblinspookadelic

Oct 27, 2016
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This week we hear about Springfield's annual Halloween punk/rock n' roll show, hosted and performed in part by the areas's longest running punk band, NIL8 (pronounced "annihilate".) We hear their song named after the event as our Song of the Week.

Friday a 100th birthday bash is taking place for the Lincoln Square Theatre in Decatur. We hear about its storied past and plans for the future, in this spoooooky episode of The Scene. We also hear about a Halloween themed show at the Black Sheep venue in Springfield on Saturday, plus much more... Tune in!

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Tune in to The Scene! This week we tell you about shows happening at Bar None and Black Sheep in Springfield. Also - Rick Springfield is playing in Springfield Friday - and as such the PCCC is changing its name to the Rick Springfield Convention Center. Wow!

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This week The Scene is out on the scene, coming to you "LIVE" from The Pharmacy art gallery in Springfield. This weekend the 'Cute Creep' art show will be on display complete with treats, and maybe a few tricks. More info for hours and location here.

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Tune in to The Scene - this week we hear from area musician and artist Clare Frachey who set up a benefit show to help out Springfield's community radio station, WQNA:

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On The Scene this week, we touch base with Dave Adams - his band Food and Money was active in Springfield in the eighties. He returns to town to play new tunes this weekend, we'll hear about his past and present.

This week Rachel and Scott preview central Illinois' premiere music fest - the Pygmalion Festival which celebrates music, art, technology, literature - and new this year, food. A whole extra weekend has been added to this year's roster, and it runs from the 16th thru the 24th. 

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This week we talk with two artists who have concurring shows at the DEMO project this Friday. We also hear from a political satirist who uses music to spread his messages around the country, Roy Zimmerman comes through Springfield next Wednesday. We feature his song of peace, love & understanding, Everybody is Everybody, as our Song of the Week.

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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. 

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This week, we bring you an audio post card from a Godspell rehearsal, it opens this weekend at the Hoogland in Springfield. 

This week Scott and Rachel are joined by Our Lady, one of the most well known and active bands out of Springfield. They are part of the Black Sheep scene and it brought them together. On Friday their new full-length comes out, a release show will go down at Black Sheep.

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