Arts & Entertainment
Christine Swanberg’s work has been published in countless literary journals and poetry anthologies. Her latest book of poetry, “Wild Fruition: Sonnets, Spells, and Other Incantations,” exudes a respect for nature. Her own garden, pictured above, is a source of inspiration. (Samantha Behling photo)

Meet Award-Winning Poet Christine Swanberg


Even though she didn’t like poetry in her younger years, Rockford-native Christine Swanberg developed a passion for the craft later in life. Step into her journey from novice to award-winning poet.

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Henry Matthiessen III proofs his prints at Stoned Art Studio, in Elizabeth, Ill., one of many stops on The Northwest Illinois Scenic Art Loop. (Jean Matthiessen III photo)

Northwest Illinois Scenic Art Loop Highlights Regional Talent

Take in the talent of local artists by traveling this self-guided tour. You’ll stop at art studios, galleries, shops, wineries, craft breweries and restaurants along the way.

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Laugh along with the improv antics of the “Whose Line is it Anyway?” crew at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center on Oct. 5.

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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(L-R) Maddie Hobson, Addie Fagan and Jenny Beck rehearse for “Jane Eyre,” which runs June 13-16 and July 18-22 at Starlight Theatre. (Lynne Conner photo)

Behind the Curtain of Starlight Theatre’s 52nd Season

Starlight Theatre’s summer productions are a culmination of hard work, high energy and community camaraderie. Preview this season’s lineup while glimpsing what happens behind the scenes.

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Thousands of music lovers can look forward to another exciting lineup at Music by the Lake, a popular concert series on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University, in Williams Bay, Wis.

An Eclectic Lineup at Music by the Lake

This favorite summer series draws world-class entertainers to Williams Bay, Wis., every summer. This year’s lineup promises musical diversity, seasoned talent and well-regarded speakers.

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Arts & Entertainment NEWS & EVENTS
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Smart Living Weekly – August 15, 2018

  Trends that are Shaping Local Golf Right in Our Region: The game of golf is experiencing many changes as new generations arrive on the greens. Visit the links this…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 8, 2018

  97th Winnebago County Fair Fun Aug. 15-19 Right in Our Region: The Winnebago County Fair is closing in on a century of celebrating agricultural living and all that it…
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Smart Living Weekly – August 1, 2018

  Mendota Sweet Corn Festival Aug. 9-12 Right in Our Region: The 71st annual Mendota Sweet Corn Festival is about everything in abundance, especially fresh-picked corn on the cob, steaming…
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