Arts & Entertainment
John Carlson and Sophie Ellis perform in Rockford Dance Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 1-2 at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. (Samantha Behling photo)
Rockford Dance Company’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Returns

Every year, Rockford Dance Company dazzles local audiences with its production of “The Nutcracker.” Learn why this year’s production is leaping to new heights.

Stan Kiejko is the mastermind behind Brews and Views, a monthly movie-watching experience held at Prairie Street Brewing Co., in Rockford. (Samantha Behling photos)
Brews & Views: Creating a Community Through Movies

The third Wednesday of the month is a highly anticipated night for film buffs. Discover how “Brews & Views” satisfies a niche community in Rockford.

The all-male a capella group Straight No Chaser bring their harmonies to Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center on Nov. 14.
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 at some of the many arts venues near you.

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.

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.