Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hither and Yon: One State, Titanic, Spitfire and The African Queen

Some reminders and updates on things happening in the area...

First, One State Together in the Arts is coming to Bloomington-Normal May 23 and 24 and you can still register at their site or, if you don't get it done today, at the door when the conference opens on Monday at the Uptown Normal Marriott. One State is an annual conference put together by the Illinois Arts Council and Arts Alliance Illinois, offering arts administrators as well as artists, educators, students and community leaders the opportunity to connect, network, keep up with new developments, find creativity and inspiration, and renew their commitment to the arts in Illinois.

With a slate that includes Bruce Mau, "world-leading visionary, designer, and author" as the keynote speaker, award-winning playwright Tanya Saracho ("Our Lady of the Underpass") and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, the One State experience is brimming with opportunities and information for anybody connected to the arts. There are also walking tours to introduce out-of-town guests to Bloomington-Normal galleries, artists, performers and theaters.

That's next Monday and Tuesday, but this week, you have four opportunities left to catch "Titanic" at Community Players, four chances to see Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in "The African Queen" at the Normal Theater, and three chances to see "Spitfire Grill" at Illinois Wesleyan (click here for more information or reservations.) "Spitfire" is the last show of Wesleyan's season and your last chance to see the talented members of the Class of '11 in action.

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