Arts & Entertainment
Actor Christopher Brady, a graduate of Hononegah High School in Rockton, is the newest director of Rock Valley College’s Starlight Theatre.

New Season, New Director at Starlight


Meet the newest leader at this Rockford summer classic, and learn about the road he took to get to where he is today.

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Music by the Lake Promises Top Musical Talent

Music by the Lake 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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Director Ian Nie leads the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra, which is made up of doctors, teachers, business owners and anyone else who has a love for music.

Turtle Creek: Performing Just for the Love of Music

t’s quite possible to look up and see your doctor performing with the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra. Learn how this orchestra got its start and find out what they are doing for local kids.






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Anderson Japanese Gardens, in Rockford, reprises its popular Tuesday Evening in the Gardens concert series this summer. Performances happen every Tuesday evening from late May through August.

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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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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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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