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A performance in Marion this weekend aims to both entertain the audience, and enhance the venue.

Two of the Indie Lens Pop-Up films that WSIU screened last season in partnership with Carbondale Public Library won Emmy awards recently.

Join maestro Edward Benyas for a preview of the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season.  Feturing the works of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler, and Grieg along with Handel's Messiah, Stars of Altgeld, and Southern at 150.

A unique theatrical performance is coming to John A. Logan College this week.

Theatre director Jason Hedrick says Herrin Made is constructed from interviews of former employees of the Herrin Maytag factory. The plant closed in December 2006.


WSIU's Kevin Boucher talks with SIUC MFA Student Lauren Stoelzle, a contributing filmmaker in "HOOPS."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Author Jeremy Finley about his book, The Dark Above.

Girls Rock Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews Girls Rock Carbondale 2019 with Organizer Carson Cates.

Chris Vallillo

Kevin Boucher talks with artist Chris Vallillo about his upcoming performance of "Oh Freedom!" at John A Logan College in Carterville.

Ed Benyas
SI Music Festival

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Maestro Ed Benyas of the Southern Illinois Symphony about the upcoming performance of Verdi's "Requiem."

For Kids' Sake

The 19th Annual For Kids' Sake art auction is this month.

Ryan Edwards, the assistant director, says this fundraiser uses children's artwork to raise funds for six orphanages and schools in Bangladesh.


On Sunday, April 14, The Varsity in Carbondale will host the Midwest premiere of Her Mind in Pieces, an anthology produced by Los Angeles filmmaker Dawn Fields.


The Southern Illinois Symphony and SIU-Carbondale University Choir will join the Southeast Missouri Symphony, University Choir and Choral Union to perform Verdi's "Requiem" at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.

Join Maestro Edward Benyas as he previews the 2018-2019 Southern Illinois Symphony season.

Reading Baseball: Philip Roth and Donald Hall

Sep 28, 2018

Baseball's familiarity makes it a great subject for American literature.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us about two decorated, baseball-loving writers who passed away earlier this year.

Making Art Out Of Steel and Iron

Sep 26, 2018
Courtesy of the Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society

The annual Southern Illinois Metalsmiths Society is holding their annual Conference and Art Auction.

Among the events, a public demonstration by reknown metalsmith Rachel David.  Rachel's presentation will be held Friday September 28th, 2018  and Saturday September  29th 2018 in the Pulliam Ironshop.

Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion is recently renovated and has re-opened for tourists, who tend to go for the historical significance. There’s also a new reason for art enthusiasts to check it out.


WSIU Radio contributor Pete Peterson continues his series on the Illinois Bicentennial.

In this edition, Pete takes exception with some of the public's choices in a list of the state's top ten authors.


WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Director of Development Hillary Esser about a new campaign called Kimball's Habitat to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.

SIU-C Grad Set for Book Release Party at Longbranch

Jun 14, 2018

A book release party will be held Friday evening to celebrate a Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate's first published book.

Her name is Leslie Conner, and her mystery-thriller is titled 'Devil's Charm'.

A local arts center recently launched a new campaign to raise awareness and funding for its unique outdoor sculpture park.


A new PBS series highlights the power of reading through the prism of America's best-loved novels -- as chosen in a national survey.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson reviews the list and discusses why voters missed the boat by not including any books about America's national pastime.

The For Kids' Sake Art Auction wrapped up another year and this year-they've raised over 21 thousand dollars for kids in need in Bangledesh.

Local artists will take their wares to the streets this weekend, as a part of the annual Oak Street Art Fair in Murphysboro. WSIU’s Jennifer Fuller reports.

Film Festival Coming to Liberty Theater on April 14

Apr 9, 2018

The Second Annual Shawnee Shorts Midwestern Film Festival is later this month.

Mike Ricci, the co-organizer, says the fest is held to showcase talent in the Midwest. The festival will again be held at the Historical Liberty Theater in Murphysboro, which Ricci says is an ideal location.

Reading Baseball: The Stratton Story

Mar 30, 2018

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us why he thinks a baseball film from nearly 70 years ago should've been included on Illinois' bicentennial list of all-time great movies.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with the creators of "In The Shadow," a documentary about the August 2017 solar eclipse that crossed over Carbondale.

Doors open at Shryock Auditorium at 5:30pm.

A Carbondale High School student is showing off her talents at a competition in Champaign this weekend.

WSIU's Kevin Boucher talks with Chastity Mays of Gift of Love Charity.

Art Teacher Tries to Bring Programs Back

Feb 20, 2018

When schools are forced to make cuts, the arts are often the first to go, but some are trying to bring those programs back.
Josh Shearer started his teaching career at Century Unit District 100 in Pulaksi County as an art teacher - that program was cut 8 years ago.