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Rockford Renaissance –

Scope out the scene as Rockford artists Marlene McCauley and Robert McCauley guide us through the city's galleries and discuss the civic pride that keeps arts alive in the "Forest City."

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All That Jazz – A Center for Jazz

Watch as hundreds of dancers swarm the city for five days of workshops to learn new moves and rehearse their performances – and learn a little about the Giordano family's tireless efforts to bring jazz dance to new audiences.

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Native Sons – A Haven for Heritage

Join David Spencer, a member of the Chata and Dine tribes, as he guides us through the early years of the American Indian Center of Chicago.

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All That Jazz – A Jazz Legacy

Gus Giordano's daughter reflects on the dance legacy he's leaving behind.

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Sound Off – A Quest

Join Festival for Cinema of the Deaf founders Joshua Flanders and Liz Tannenbaum in their quest to find a new, more inclusive film-making language.

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Sonic Art – Aural Fixation

Watch as Olivia Block, Achim Wollscheid and Doug Ischar push the bounds of audio art at the Outer Ear Festival of Sound.

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Latinos in the Spotlight – Cinematic Culture

Visit with Pepe Vargas, Executive Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, and learn about the mission of the fest.

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Beardstown Fiesta – Culture Comforts

Learn how Beardstown, Illinois has given hope to countless immigrant families, and enriched its own culture in the process.

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Music al fresco – Early days of Ravinia

Listen to Chicago jazz legend Ramsey Lewis wax poetic about the Ravinia Festival and its long history of presenting jazz.

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Native Sons – Finding a Balance

Then listen as Spencer reflects on the difficulties modern-day Indians face as they hold on to their heritage while eschewing stereotypes.

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Jazz Around Town – Jazz Links

Find out about The Jazz Institute of Chicago's strong commitment to nurturing young players through their "Jazz Links" program- and watch these young players blow!

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Feel the Beat – Keeping the Culture

Listen to Dance Africa members explore the true meaning of Umoja.

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Tall Prairie Tales – Listening In

Fire up your imagination as we drop by the 2001 Illinois Storytelling Festival.

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The Art of Film – Muddy Film

Explore the Big Muddy Film Festival with some of its founders and friends.

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Field Trip – Out In The Country

Watch as the Fields Project artists turn farms into canvasses and let city residents experience close encounters of the artistic kind.

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Island Life – Puerto Rican Rhythms

Watch as the Cuatro Festival delights music lovers and brings the pulse of the Caribbean to Chicago.

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Tip Top Tap – Pull Up A Chair

Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin and Ernest "Brownie" Brown lead their Libertyville and Chicago students through the classic "Chair Dance" on Arts Across Illinois: CenterStage in 2004.

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All the Yard's a Stage – Raising the Curtain

What's so special about the Illinois Shakespeare Festival?

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Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms – Steam-Powered Bluegrass Boys

Sit back and listen to these members of the Western Illinois Bluegrass Association pick on their mandolin, banjo, double bass and guitar. Who knows if the late Bill Monroe, founding father of bluegrass, could have kept up with these quick fingers?

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Hot Jazz, Cool Breeze – Swingin' on the South Shore

Discover what brings jazz fans back to the South Shore Cultural Center for Jazzfest Heritage Weekend.

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Musical Offering – Talking Bach

Let Bach Week Music Director Richard Webster be your guide in a voyage to the world of this moving composer who laid the groundwork for Mozart and Beethoven.

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Tip Top Tap – Tap Practice

Watch Reggio "the Hoofer" McLaughlin and Ernest "Brownie" Brown lead a tap class.

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Tip Top Tap – Tap Tradition

Find out how the Chicago Human Rhythm Project keeps tap and percussive dance moving forward by looking back.

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Story Time – Telling Tales

Let the music and the tales of Chris and Tom Kastle, Dan Keding, and Mama Edie Armstrong carry you to places where imagination is king and the worries of everyday life melt away at the Chinquapin Folk Music and Storytelling Festival.

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All the Yard's a Stage – The Bard's Darlings

Find out about some of the innovative approaches that have won the Illinois Shakespeare Festival popular and critical acclaim.

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