Arts & Entertainment
Therese Rowinski, owner of 317 Studio in Rockford, has found a loyal following for her Loaded Brush workshops, which are held at the downtown studio and scenic locations in town.

Explore these Forms of Hands-On Artistry


Art isn’t so intimidating when you’re guided by experienced creative teachers. In these studios, you can get creative with paint, pottery, glass or even wood burning.

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An Arts & Cultural Events Guide

A handy resource for some of the top-notch venues, performance groups and visual arts centers in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.






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Starlight Theatre, in Rockford, launches its summer season with the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast, which runs June 7-11 and July 5-9. The show also plays now through April 16 at Fireside Dinner Theatre, in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

Events @ a Glance: Arts & Entertainment Calendar

There’s so much to do in our region! Here’s a look at what’s coming up this season in our many arts venues.






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A pottery exhibit in the MAC art gallery.

Monroe Arts Center: Sometimes, Old and New Make a Perfect Team

The Monroe Arts Center has begun a new chapter of service, as it embraces a new, enhanced identity. Discover all there is to see at this valued institution.






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Alan Ball and Melanie Keller in AE’s “Talley’s Folly”.

Banish Cabin Fever with Live Entertainment

There are plenty of opportunities to see live entertainment right here in our region. Here are a few of the best our area has to offer.






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Arts & Entertainment NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – January 11, 2017

  Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Right in Our Region: The 31st Annual Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition will take place next week, even though there’s no significant snow in the weather…
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Smart Living Weekly – January 4, 2017

  Discovering Burpee All Over Again Right in Our Region: The Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St. in Rockford, is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the theme…
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Smart Living Weekly – December 14, 2016

  These Shows Light Up the Holidays Right in Our Region: Holiday light shows around our region are transforming the landscape into a winter wonderland. For just a few more…
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