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A nationally-recognized ensemble comes to Rockford for a performance this weekend.  It’s also one of the most unique.

It’s Friday night at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and the St. Luke’s Bottle Band is rehearsing for its upcoming show at Rockford’s First Lutheran Church. 

It’s just one of many the band will give this year, adding to the hundreds the band has given over the past 35 years across the country, on TV and radio. 

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A professional choir based at Northern Illinois University gives a concert Sunday, Oct. 18.  The ensemble gives both its director and its members a chance to go beyond the typical college or church choir experience.

Tigran Hamasyan won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006, but the music that resonates even deeper for him is centuries removed — and a sound world away — from jazz.

Daniel Ng "Room at Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai / (CC by 2.0)

You're invited to a party at a wealthy person's home. Somehow, you find the master bathroom and stare at a mirror that appears to double as a medicine cabinet.

Do you open it?

Think about the things you can learn about your host just by taking a peek. Of course, there might be nothing more powerful or revealing than Tylenol in there. But you'll never know without opening it.

This is the premise for "Shattered," the final story of our "Three-Minute Fiction" contest.

Maria Boynton

After selecting the winners for our "Three-Minute Fiction" contest, our judge picked a handful of Honorable Mentions.

Pushcart Prize-winning author GK Wuori issued our prompt last month and chose his five favorite stories out of more than 100 submissions. We broadcast the winners during Morning Edition. Wouri then selected five other writers who also got to record their stories in our studios.

Here are our videos of the five Honorable Mention authors:

It was 30 years ago today that a single American hostage was killed by terrorists during the hijacking of a cruise ship by pro-Palestinian terrorists in the Mediterranean Sea. Leon Klinghoffer's death was the inspiration for a controversial opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, composed by John Adams, with a libretto by Alice Goodman and directed by Peter Sellars.

Jamie Lieberman w/Brenda Puska

The protagonist in our next "Three-Minute Fiction" contest is a familiar one: a retired guy who maintains an immaculate yard and relaxes with a beer after putting the tools in the shed.

While he's past middle-age, he's far from dead. Or maybe you prefer the old "there may be snow on the mountaintop" metaphor. However you put it, he likes looking at women -- especially those younger and more attractive than his wife.

His neighbor mows her lawn on Tuesdays and, lately, does so in a bikini. Our hero sips his beer and watches her, which coincides nicely with our story prompt:

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An NIU Art Museum exhibit examines America’s fraught relationship with guns. 

Susanne Slavick is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie-Mellon University and the curator of the exhibit “Unloaded.”  We’re looking at the piece that confronts you as you enter the exhibition.  Mel Chin’s 2012 work, “Cross for the Unforgiven: the 10th Anniversary Multiple,” is made up of 8 AK47 rifles, barrels cut and welded together.  Slavick says it’s a powerful piece.

Betsy Youngquist / BYArt

It’s a good time to catch up on paperwork for employees of state-run museums in Illinois. They’re closed to the public as the budget impasse continues, but employees are expected to show up for work. The mayor of Lockport is working behind the scenes to try to keep the Illinois State Museum art gallery in his town open. 

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