Out and About http://peoriapublicradio.org en Wilhelm brings Wyatt Earp to the Apollo stage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/wilhelm-brings-wyatt-earp-apollo-stage <p>This week, we're talking with Jim Wilhelm. The host of "Illinois Adventures" on WTVP will portray Wyatt Earp in a new one-man show, “Wyatt Earp: The Other Side.” Earp was raised in Monmouth, and spent an eventful year in Peoria in his twenties, long before the fateful shootout at the OK Corral. Wilhelm talks about what inspired the production, and what to expect from the show. Performances are Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria.</p><p></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:55:32 +0000 Nathan Irwin 26998 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Wilhelm brings Wyatt Earp to the Apollo stage Artist brings shoe art to IGNITE! Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/artist-brings-shoe-art-ignite-peoria <p>This week, we're talking with Justin Fenwick (also known as "Donk’e Punch.") Tennis shoes are his medium of choice. Since 2004, he's been making modified sneakers; his customers have included several notable athletes and musicians. He's one of the artists featured in IGNITE! Peoria, taking place August 9th at the Peoria Civic Center.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:00:48 +0000 Nathan Irwin 26643 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Artist brings shoe art to IGNITE! Peoria An operatic turn on "Guys and Dolls" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/operatic-turn-guys-and-dolls <p>Alex Mansoori plays Nicely-Nicely Johnson in <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre's</a> production of "Guys and Dolls." Trained as an opera singer, he talks about the opportunity the production offered to perform with his wife. He also talks about the sometimes itinerant lifestyle of an opera performer, and about some of his favorite moments in the show. "Guys and Dolls" opens tonight, and continues through Saturday, July 19th.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:01:15 +0000 Nathan Irwin 26271 at http://peoriapublicradio.org An operatic turn on "Guys and Dolls" Peoria Riverfront Museum features the odd and unusual http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/peoria-riverfront-museum-features-odd-and-unusual <p>Nathan Irwin and Suzette Boulais talk with Ann Schmitt from the Peoria Riverfront Musuem, about their exhibit, "The Science of <em>Ripley's Believe It or Not</em>." It presents an array of of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats -- along with the science behind them. The exhibit runs through September 7th.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 25921 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Peoria Riverfront Museum features the odd and unusual Darius Donaldson bring car art to IGNITE Peoria http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/darius-donaldson-bring-car-art-ignite-peoria <p>This week, we're talking with vehicular artist Darius Donaldson, one of the artists involved with IGNITE Peoria, on Saturday August 9th. He talks about his own work, and about the car show he's organizing in conjunction with IGNITE. He's hoping to bring rarely-seen customized vehicles to Peoria from around the country.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 25565 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Darius Donaldson bring car art to IGNITE Peoria Corn Stock Theatre presents Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/corn-stock-theatre-presents-neil-simons-lost-yonkers <p>We're talking with <a href="http://cornstocktheatre.com">Corn Stock Theatre</a> Manager Cindy Hoey, about their production of "Lost in Yonkers." Hoey says it's her favorite among Simon's works; it has multiple strong roles for actors, and tells a story that pulls on the heartstrings. She also talks about the two young actors anchoring the production, and what she hopes the audience will take away from the show. "Lost in Yonkers" runs June 20th through 28th.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 25192 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Corn Stock Theatre presents Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/shakespeare-park-great-work-begins <p>This week, we're talking with Andrew Rhodenbaugh. He's playing Hamlet in a production by The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe. The group has been presenting Shakespeare at Camp Wokanda in Chillicothe since the summer of 2012, and has staged other productions at venues in and around Peoria. He talks about the genesis of the company, about the challenges of taking on an iconic role Shakespeare, and about taking theatre to unconventional locations. The Great Work begins performs "Hamlet," Saturday at 11:30 a.m., and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at Camp Wokanda.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:08:17 +0000 Nathan Irwin 24816 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Shakespeare in the park, with The Great Work Begins Barry Cloyd brings "Roots of Folk" to GAR Hall http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/barry-cloyd-brings-roots-folk-gar-hall <p>This week, we're talking with Barry Cloyd. He and his band Celtricity are headlining the "Roots of Folk" concert, Saturday night at 7:30 at the GAR Hall in downtown Peoria. He talks about the two other bands on the program -- The Way Down Wanderers, and Walten Pond. He contrasts the generational approaches to folk music the three bands offer. And he updates us on some of his other musical projects.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 24472 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Barry Cloyd brings "Roots of Folk" to GAR Hall HFO closes season with a double dose of Beethoven http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/hfo-closes-season-double-dose-beethoven <p>David Commanday, Artistic Director of the <a href="http://heartlandfestivalorchestra.org">Heartland Festival Orchestra</a>, talks about this weekend's upcoming concert. "Victorious Beethoven" pairs the composer's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies. Commanday contrasts the two symphonies, and talks about another piece on the program, which features the orchestra's principal instrumentalists. "Victorious Beethoven" will be performed Saturday night at 7:30 at <a href="http://fivepointswashington.org">Five Points Washington</a>.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 24118 at http://peoriapublicradio.org HFO closes season with a double dose of Beethoven "Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/smokey-joes-cafe-offers-tour-popular-music-history <p>This week we're talking with Peggy Beaux Hupp. She;s directing "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at <a href="http://www.peoriaplayers.org/">Peoria Players Theatre</a>. The show is a "jukebox" musical, built around the music of Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber. We talk about some of the numbers featured in the show, about finding the right voices to make up the cast, and about the challenge of directing a musical with no story line and no recurring characaters. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" runs June 5th through 9th at Peoria Players.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Nathan Irwin 23767 at http://peoriapublicradio.org "Smokey Joe's Cafe" offers tour of popular music history