Arts and culture

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

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A popular art trend has gained a firm foothold at the Edward Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, with 15 departments taking part in an “adapt a pallet” program.

The results are now strategically placed around the facility’s 147-acre campus.

“A clinical nurse manager actually started the program,” said Phil Chiaramonte, co-chair of the Hines Organizational Health Committee. “She teamed up with patients to paint the first pallet. Then she brought it to the Patient-Centered Care Committee to take it campuswide.”

Mike Doyle wasn't in Belvidere on April 21, 1967. The Rockford native was a freshman at UW-Whitewater when an F4 tornado ripped through Boone County.

But Doyle's been living with that twister for years.

His book, The Belvidere Tornado, was first published in 2008. It tells the stories of people who survived the storm, and the 24 who didn't.

When Doyle finished the manuscript, he got up from his desk and walked into the living room.

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