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Artists’ Ensemble Theater has been providing the Rockford area with a unique variety of live quality theater since 2003. Above is a scene from season nine’s production of Jeeves Takes a Bow. From left to right: David A. Gingerich, as Bertie Wooster, is accosted by the irate “Knuckles” McCann, played by John McFarland, while Casiena Raether as Ruby LeRoy tries to help Bertie. (John Cobb photo)
Artists’ Ensemble Theater Kicks Off 10th Season

What began as a theater experiment has become, a decade later, a Rockford treasure. Discover how this creative group of performers is engaging the entire community in its art.

Author Toni Rocha signs a book for Joseph Ott and his mom, Amy Ott, at Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall, in Cherry Valley, Ill. (Blake Nunes photo)
Crafting New Christmas Classics

Longtime local journalist Toni Rocha captures holiday magic with a collection of original stories set in Wisconsin at Christmastime.

No longer strictly a religious symbol, the beautiful, all-natural rose beads found on rosary strands also fit on keepsake necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. The black beads are handmade from fermented roses, using a process learned from nuns in Chicago, and practiced by a Rockford pastor for nearly 40 years.
A Rose of A Different Name

No longer just a religious symbol, these durable, all-natural rosaries and jewelry pieces celebrate the memory of loved ones.

See the eight members of international percussion group STOMP create their infectious rhythms, using everything except conventional percussion instruments, on Jan. 14, at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford. (Junichi Takahashi photo)
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.

Beloit Janesville Symphony offers several free performances throughout its season, such as the patriotic pops concert in Janesville’s Courthouse Park on July 3, pictured above. Led by Maestro Rob Tomaro, the orchestra played his original work, “The Mindset Suite: The Things We Hold Dear.” The piece was put together by Tomaro to accompany narration by Beloit College professors Ron Nief and Tom McBride (standing, lower left), based on the pair’s book, The Mindset Lists of American History, which examines times of conflict in the U.S. through the eyes of an 18-year-old of each era.
Beloit Janesville Symphony Marks Diamond Jubilee

What began as a group of talented amateurs is today a fully professional orchestra, engaged with its community and focused on the future. Learn how its conductor — just the third in its history — is planning a gala season.