Arts and culture

Visitors to Rochelle this weekend will have a chance to see some unusual artwork in a field next to the city’s high school.  It’s an appropriate venue, because the material used is often found in a field.  It’s the first U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition.

Carl Nelson

The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra performs "Triple S" in WNIJ's Studio A.

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Need a moment to get away from it all? Here's your escape — a serene and bewitching video that calms the wearied mind.

Carl Nelson

Of the 110 submissions for the WNIJ Flash Fiction contest, "Losers Weepers" impressed our judge the most. Author Marie Smysor Watson sent her story in response to a prompt issued by Molly McNett, who selected the winners. The prompt required the opening sentence to describe an outrageous, inexplicable situation.

Watson is from Kewanee. She's seeking a publisher for a short-story collection and is writing her first novel.

Brian Eno. David Bowie. Kraftwerk. Radiohead. Aphex Twin. The National. These are just some of the contemporary artists and bands who have looked up to American composer Steve Reich.