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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Tuneful, clever and uproarious, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee follows the story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. To raise the comical bar, four audience members get the opportunity to participate in this quirky musical as onstage bee contestants. Through the ups and downs of the bee, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon
The Fleet Feet Sports SuperSprint Triathlon takes place at Montrose Avenue Beach. The course consists of a 375-meter swim, a 10K bike ride and a 2.5k run.
The Nutcracker Ballet
Delight in the magic of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, as Clara takes an enchanted journey filled with the beloved melodies and dance that have captivated audiences for more than a century. This year's performance will feature Rockford native and Rockford Dance Company Alumni April Day who now dances with the Joffery Ballet in Chicago. Combined with the RSO and the local talent of the Rockford Dance Company, this holiday tradition is enjoyable for the whole family.
West Side Story
Drury Lane closes its 30th anniversary season with one of the world's greatest love stories. A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story tells the tale of two star crossed lovers caught between rival gangs. A revolutionary work that changed the course of the American musical, West Side Story features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score including "Somewhere," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty," and "America."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Downtown in December
Mark your calendar and bring your friends and family to Edwardsville for the 2nd Annual Downtown in December. In addition to participating merchants having extended hours there will be many activities happening in downtown. Caroling will be heard along parts of Main and Vandalia Streets, Santa will be visiting with Children, decorated store fronts and even an Elves Workshop!
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
A musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. It is set in a frame in which a narrator is telling a story (sometimes to children, encouraging them to dream).
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a Festival of Lights tradition of 23 years, presented annually by Eastlight Theatre.
CITY: East Peoria
Historic National Landmark, Bishop Hill, glows with luminary lit sidewalks and candle lit windows in honor of St. Lucy, a celebration of lights. Musical entertainment abounds throughout the village. Hammer and Pick will perform at the Steeple Building and at Vagnhall Galleri, the Mountain Men, Kewanee Community Choir and the Peoria Children’s Choir fill the air with musical melodies. The village specialty shops and dining establishments stay open late for an enchanted evening to remember. Feel like dancing? Experience the Old Colony School barn dance serenaded by the Rusty String Pickup Band. Experience a utopia on the prairie holiday experience this season
CITY: Bishop Hill
Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. White has always been a classic storyteller. His routines relay tales from his real life; ranging from growing up in a small town in Texas to joining the ranks of some of the most successful comedians in America. Tickets are $45.75-$55.75 and go on sale September 20th. Mature audiences only.
Kewanee Lighted Parade and Windmont Park Lighting
View Kewanee’s magical wonderland of vivid colors and whimsical lights celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season. Open daily 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. through New Years Day.
Geneseo Christmas Walk
Geneseo’s spirit sparkles downtown with Christmas magic in the air. Each storefront window has family, friends and even animals depicting various scenes. Enjoy chestnuts roasting. Make memories for young and old. Join the Jingle Bell Run and other family activities during the afternoon and enjoy the lighted Christmas parade at 5PM. Watch for Santa. Hours: 8am to 9pm.
Alton Restaurant Week
Dine with us during the 3rd annual Alton Restaurant Week. Starting Friday, Jan. 17, many of the locally-owned restaurants in Alton will come together to offer visitors a taste of some of their best menu items. For diners, there are no passes to buy, coupons to carry or cards to punch. We ask that you simply pull up a chair and join us for a great meal for lunch or dinner, offered at a fixed price, at the participating restaurant of your choice between Jan. 17 - 26. Lunch is priced at $10 (plus tax and gratuity) and dinner is $25 (plus tax and gratuity). For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or go to www.AltonRestaurantWeek.com.
Happy Holiday Railway at the Illinois Railway Museum
Embark on a magical train ride! Visit with Santa Claus at the Toy Workshop and receive a gift to take home. Children on Santa's "Good" list will receive a gift and treat. Enjoy music and live entertainment.
Follow the path through “Kringle’s Kingdom” and gaze at more than 75 displays, many animated with characters larger than life. Meander along the path and stop to peak inside the display boxes, visit the unique collection of holiday displays arranged along a path and separated by groupings of lighted evergreen trees, witness a train chugging toward a frozen kingdom, skating bunnies, kissing bears, Christmas puppies and sugar plums dancing. It’s truly a magical holiday experience. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
47th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival
The 47th installment of the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival is shaping up to be one of our best yet! Featured performers include The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart, Andy Martin, Bobby Shew, Gary Smulyan, and Ryan Truesdell and the Gil Evans Project. College ensembles will also perform throughout the festival.
Gingerbread Walk & Scavenger Hunt
Bring the family and friends to Downtown Antioch to hunt for Gingerbread! Find delightful Gingerbread Sculptures of Houses and other unique creations. Fill out a contest entry form and track down the different Gingerbread Clues throughout Downtown. Turn in the completed entry form for a chance to win exciting prizes and vote for the best one. Enjoy strolling musicians and carolers on Saturdays while finishing all the holiday shopping.
Christmas in Paris
Come to Paris, Illinois, on December 7th for an entire day of activities that will provide fun for the entire family. The Mistletoe Marketplace will be open from 10 am to 3 pm at 118 E. Court Street featuring 20 plus local vendors available to aid in all your holiday shopping needs. At 2 p.m., head to the Paris Theater, located at 119 N Central, for a free showing of "A Christmas Story." From 4 pm to 7 pm, the downtown area will be a host to many different free activities. Most storefronts will be open, serving as home to either a free activity or a special shopping experience. Activities that night include a magic show, story time with Mrs. Claus, a visit with Santa, cookie decorating, several children's crafts, a silly photo booth, marshmallow roasting, reindeer games on the courthouse lawn, live entertainment and much, much more.
Adapted from T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, Camelot is a valiant Broadway musical that will transport audiences to the magical and mythical days of medieval England. The legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including "If Ever I Would Leave You," "Camelot," "How to Handle a Woman," and "Follow Me."
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Holiday Light Extravaganza
Drive or walk through to see the Christmas lights and animated holiday scenes nightly. Friday and Saturday nights Hill's Fort Cabin is open with 1800s Christmas and American Heritage Railroad's Polar Express is running.
Breakfast with Santa & the Reindeer
Miller Park Zoo's annual holiday breakfast will feature not only Santa Claus, but also Santa's special reindeer friends! Your family can learn about reindeer, visit with Santa & pose for pictures, and enjoy breakfast.
The Game's Afoot
From the creator of Lend Me A Tenor comes this whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his portrayal of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette who assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer bfore the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper.
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
The Galesburg Half Marathon Express
The Galesburg Half Marathon Express on June 1, 2014 features a 13.1 mile fun, rolling course that starts and ends in downtown.
Carl Sandburg in Elmhurst
Prairie poet, Lincoln biographer, newspaperman, political activist, movie critic, family man, author - Carl Sandburg wore many hats during the 1920s when he resided with his family in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst. This new exhibit, created by the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff, features many rare photos, video footage, and artifacts related to Sandburg from his prolific Elmhurst years. The exhibit profiles one of America's most influential literary figures as he ascended to international fame as one of our country's most beloved poets, an Illinois Poet Laureate, and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. See our Adult Programs, Family Programs and Special Events pages for many interesting exhibit-related activities.
Holly Jolly Christmas
Singer Burl Ives (a.k.a. Sam the Snowman in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) recorded Holly Jolly Christmas, which has inspired his hometown to plan this event every year. Puppet shows, carriage and wagon rides, carolers in period dress and Santa Claus are just a few of the activities. On Fridays, leading up to Christmas.
Holiday Rock on the Fox
Celebrate the holiday season with your family and neighbors at Holiday Rock on the Fox at Riverfront Park on Saturday, December 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join Algonquin Recreation for the community tree lighting, candy cane hunt, visit with Santa and friends, listen to holiday music, and more! For complete details visit us online at: www.algonquin.org/recreation.
Adler After Dark
For one night only a month, the Adler’s Doane Observatory is exclusively open for Adler After Dark guests. This tour of Chicago’s largest public telescope is not to be missed and sells out every month.
Wonderland Express at Chicago Botanic Garden
Take a magical trip to a winter wonderland of twinkling lights and holiday beauty at the Chicago Botanic Garden when we kick off the holiday season! Outside, 750,000 lights sparkle and welcome you and your family to the Garden's wonderland. Inside the Regenstein Center, a 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, past waterfalls, and through more than 80 mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks. Paul Busse, designer of the Model Railroad Garden, created this amazing exhibition exclusively for the Garden's holiday celebration. Adults are $10 non-members and $8 for members, Children 3-12 and Seniors over 62 are $8 non-members and $6 for members.
5th Annual Ottawa's Ice Odyssey and Holiday Bazaar
Make this spectacular Ottawa festival a new holiday tradition for you and yours! Experience the amazing art of ice sculpting as you stroll the downtown streets with your family! Watch first hand, as artists carve ordinary blocks of ice into whimsical holiday visions! Enjoy 9-holes of Miniature golf, visit with the Christmas Characters and horse-drawn carriage rides. Also, be sure to stop by our Holiday Bazaar and browse the Holiday Farmers Market. Visit the website for more information free. 8:00am - 4:00pm
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
Oswego Christmas Walk
Come hear the sound of Christmas, the natural warmth and ambience that draws thousands to the downtown, Mason Square, and Douglas Square, the first weekend of December. Carolers, cookie walk, crafts, entertainment, and more.
The Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL is the world's largest running series. Held on challenging and rugged terrain, people come from all over to participate in feats of courage and strength; like sprinting over fire, trudging through mud and scaling at least 12 obstacles during this fierce 5K. From couch potatoes to novice runners to extreme athletes, Warrior Dash truly is an event for all athletic abilities.
Mississippi Mud Mania
Up to the challenge of getting dirty? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Tri-State’s Mississippi Mud Mania Run in Quincy, IL. Be the first to get down and dirty and participate in an event that’s fun for the whole family and is sure to become an epic tradition.
The annual Christkindl Market will be held December 7th & 8th in downtown Quincy's Washington Park. Visitors can shop in heated tents featuring booths from local merchants, authentic German food and drink, activities for youth, visits with Santa and much more!
Fighting Illini Basketball
Join Coach John Groce and his Fighting Illini as they take on their Big Ten opponents. Cheer on the Orange & Blue as they compete for a Big Ten title and chance at the NCAA Championships!
City of Olney Christmas Light Display
Drive through the Olney City Park to see thousands of Christmas lights and displays. Santa will be in the community each Friday and Saturday starting December 6.
Eagle Watch Weekend
Come see the most magnificent Eagle watch event out there, Hosted by the Illinois Auduborn Society. Starved Rock Lodge will have free lectures and exhibits on “Birds of Prey”. The real shows are the eagle’s, which can be viewed comfortably from the Veranda, so bring your binoculars! There will also be raptor awareness presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary. Seating is limited so come early and be ready to amazed. Eagle watching and programs will also be held at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Comedian Brian Regan
Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2014. It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
Rudolph Ramble 8K & Donner Dash
Whether you run, walk, or just stand and cheer, you're invited to make spirits bright for youngsters in need by making a donation or contributing a new toy to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The Donner Dash is designed for children ages 2 to 12 years, and takes place on a loop course on the running path with the start and finish in the heart of the festivities. The race will be staged in the following heats: 2-4 years - 50 yards, 5-6 years - 1/4 mile, 7-12 years - 1/2 mile.
A Christmas Messiah
Don't miss George Frideric Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Both performances take place at Centennial Hall in Rock Island, Illinois on the campus of Augustana College. The performance features the Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra This will be a new take on this Quad Cities holiday tradition! The 90-minute performance will focus on the Christmas story and there will be no intermission.
CITY: Rock Island
Build It! Make It! - Discovery Center Museum
Creativity will flow in the Build It! Make It! exhibit. Visitors will design, create and construct whatever they can imagine as we fill the 5,000 square feet of the Woodward Exhibit Hall with all kinds of building items. The hall will transform into a creative space to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools! Legos, K'Nex, and our Imagination Playground giant foam blocks are just the beginning of the imaginative construction zone. Additional Tinkering and Make It areas provide opportunities for children to explore and invent using real materials and real tools.
37th Annual Festival of the Gnomes
Come see live theater action with actors of all ages. Festival of the Gnomes celebrates the legends and lore of the "wee folk," who do good works for man and nature. See them outsmart the Snotgurgle too! Visit the gift shop filled with gnomemade crafts or try your luck in the raffle for two original soft sculpture hand-crafted gnome dolls. First year? Gnome caps are here! Every year have a tassle sewn on by our grandma gnomes. Great family fun!
Joy of Christmas Service
This beautiful Christmas service is one you won’t want to miss. It begins in Andover’s Augustana Lutheran Church and concludes by walking to candlelit Jenny Lind Chapel for communion. The service features special choral and instrumental music by Augustana College students and faculty. Refreshments follow the service at Augustana Church. Service begins at 7:30pm.
The Irish Comedy Tour
The Irish Comedy Tour- For one night, the EPC becomes an Irish pub, its party atmosphere defined by a boisterous, belly-laugh band of hooligans who will have you “Dublin” over in laughter. They’re Irish, they’re American and they’re not holding back! Be sure to catch them from 7:30-10 p.m.
Isaak has acted on this lifelong obsession, magically recapturing the transformative hepcat brilliance of the classic sides cut by greats including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, while also getting down to the heart and soul of his own deeply rooted musical identity. Isaak will be performing songs from his newest album, popular hits from his catalog, as well as some holiday favorites. Tickets are $35.50-$95.50.
Civil War Weekend
Friday evening is the 8th annual Lincoln Legacy Dinner at the Anna Art Center. Saturday & Sunday includes speakers on local history during the Civil War, historic storytelling, period music, art, food and reenactment as well as period displays.
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, bags tourney, and a pancake breakfast. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
2014 Illinois Paddlesports Festival
The 6th Annual Illinois Paddlesports Festival takes place on the 2nd weekend in June, in Aurora’s beautiful Phillips Park on Mastodon Lake. Admission is free. So come on out and enjoy two full days of paddling fun and action.
Orpheum Snow Globe
Spend an enchanted time in a winter wonderland where the tradition of merry-making continues featuring indoor sledding, snowman making, snow ball throwing, ice fishing with prizes, and more!
St. Charles Place Restaurant
Ultra-fine American steakhouse with exceptional Alaskan King crab and lobster.
CITY: St. Charles
Andover Christmas Julotta
For 163 years this early morning (6:30 a.m.) service has been held at Augustana Lutheran Church. The service is held in a setting similar to that used by the Swedish congregation in 1870. The choir sings a Swedish anthem and the service is in English. Candles in the pews, altar and windows illuminate the sanctuary. Service begins at 6:30am.
On January 25, 2003, the Marriott Theatre presented a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS directed and choreographed by Marc Robin. It quickly became the best-selling show in our long history. Cats, based on the poems of T.S. Eliot, with its legendary score, provides the setting for spectacular and breathtaking dance. Our intimate surroundings bring you closer than ever to “The Jellicle Ball” with trouble-makers Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer, the magical Mr. Mistoffelees and the suave Rum Tum Tugger. Let the “Memory” live again!
Everyman comic, Bill Engvall, is back with his singular brand of down-home humor and blue collar comedy. His album, “Here’s Your Sign,” is a comedy classic. Don’t miss this evening of silliness and fun. He will be performing two different sets. The first will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and the second one will be 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Trace Adkins, The Christmas Show
The Christmas Show will be a reverent performance of stories and carols and will be a memorable experience for the whole family. Throughout The Christmas Show, Trace will alternate between fireside story-telling and performances of classic carols like “We Three Kings,” “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and more with his band, The Sarepta Gentlemen, a 12 piece ensemble, female vocalists, and a range of traditional instruments. The band will also take a spin through Adkins' catalog of hits with all-new arrangements interpreted for this tour's unique presentation. Tickets are $27.50-$97.50.
Knox College International Fair
This event is always the last weekend in January. It features food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers. Knox College is a top Liberal Arts College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Havencrest Castle Holiday Tour
Celebrate Christmas in the Castle. The tour of Havencrest Castle at Christmastime will kick-off the holiday season with loads of cheer! See the Castle rooms sparkling with holiday magic.
Five Little Monkeys
Going shopping…baking cakes…sitting in trees…jumping on beds! Through wonderful costumes and acting, each of the frisky siblings displays their own unique style of mischief while driving Mama monkey crazy. Five Little Monkeys is a zany 60 minute performance, perfect for youngsters and youngsters-at-heart. From Adventure Theatre MTC and based on the books by Eileen Christelow. Be sure to catch them from 11 a.m. until noon.
The Oak Ridge Boys
40 years of four-part harmonies – one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. They are back at the EPC to delight and excite, don’t miss out! Be there from 8-10 p.m.
Holiday LEGO Train Show
Cantigny Park’s popular LEGO® Train Show is a holiday tradition for many families. The show transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO® fans. Le Jardin, the Visitor Center’s restaurant and banquet room, is home to the primary LEGO® diorama where creative new elements are added each year. Secondary displays and a free craft activity occupy the building’s main gallery area and meeting room.
Gaither Vocal Band
With a legacy of award-winning excellence that has raised the bar for male harmony, The Gaither Vocal Band has produced some of the best-loved voices and music with a messages of grace and hope. Performance will be from 8-10:30 p.m.
Tour de Frost
Team Fur Bandit presents the 4th Annual Tour de Frost, a 25-mile bicycle ride for charity, Join the race to raise money and gather warm clothes for the Rockford Rescue Mission.
Wild Lights at Miller Park Zoo
Celebrate the holiday season as you stroll through the Zoo lit by hundreds of luminarias at this special two night, after hours event!
Annual Taylorville Holiday Home Tour
"Remember Pearl Harbor"- Hidden for 70 years, glamorous posters for 1940s high school dances and games will be revealed at the home of a Pearl Harbor hero and his 87-year-old artist widow. Other sites showcase Victorian mansions, home flippers' talents, a house stager's decor secrets, and the makeover of phone company into a bachelor's haven. Gift vendors, lavish free treats. Start your tour at welcome/ticket center at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe, east side, historic Taylorville Square.
The Ash Brothers: A Tribute to Alabama
Rock in the New Year with the music of country supergroup Alabama. The Ash Brothers produce unbelievable harmonies, reminding us of the family harmonies of the band from Ft. Payne. Rock out with this family from 8-10 p.m.
Andover Christmas Walk
Andover and Andover Lake Park will glow with decorations. Stroll on walkways marked by luminaries or ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Join a soup supper, visit Santa and take part in a Christmas tree silent auction. Refreshments & kids crafts at the American Legion Building from 5pm to 7pm. Visit candle-lit Jenny Lind Chapel and hear live Christmas music from 6pm to 8pm.
Jack Hanna's Into the Wild LIVE
America’s favorite zookeeper, "Jungle" Jack returns to Effingham with "Into the Wild LIVE," an unscripted and action-packed safari sure to leave you with renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small. Be sure to bring the kids out for a great time from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hustle up The Hancock/Race to the Top
Each year more than 4,000 people climb to the top of John Hancock Center to raise funds for lung disease research, advocacy and education.
David Lee, writing for fromthepit.net says, “REO Speedwagon is still REO Speedwagon and thank goodness for that.” By popular demand, REO rolls back into Effingham for a hit-filled night. Be sure to roll with from 8-10:30 p.m.
Festival of Trees
We've got Santa's arrival, the lighting of the trees, and the holiday spirit all wrapped up! When Santa arrives via fire truck at 6:00PM, you’ll help him ring in the season by lighting the Festival of Trees. Then join him for a snack, a photo opportunity, and a chance to remind him what’s on your Christmas list.
CITY: Lake in the Hills
Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival
Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It's an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. A chocolate lover's dream. Being held on the third floor of The Galesburg Antiques Mall. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.
Gun & Sport Show
Showcasing local and regional vendors, the Gun and Sport Show at the Kankakee County Fair Grounds has something for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned collector or just want to view the vintage militia items, this is a must see. This is held several times a year, so be sure to check www.visitkankakeecounty.com for future dates.
Winneshiek Players Present: "Rabbit Hole"
Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Contains adult themes and language. $15. March 1, 6-7, 2014.
Winneshiek Playhouse Presents: "Lend Me A Tenor"
It's 1934, and the world's greatest tenor, Tito Merelli, has come to Cleveland, Ohio, to save its Grand Opera Company by singing Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the Opera Director's meek assistant, is given the daunting task of finding a last-minute replacement. Chaos ensues - including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingenue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department. May 9,10 and 15-17. 7:30 pm. $15.
The 1960s really began on February 9, 1964 with an Ed Sullivan Show performance by a group of mop-headed kids from Liverpool, England known as The Beatles. Twist and Shout with us on the 50th Anniversary of this momentous music milestone with a flawless recreation of the Ed Sullivan Show performances by BritBeat: America’s Premier Tribute to The Beatles. Get your Ticket to Ride this British Invasion with Ed Sullivan Show songs, ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ and experience the mania, moods and emotions while you dance away to classic hits, like ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’
Uncorked Summer Nights
Experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a fresh perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights! Admission includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers. Also, included is showcase tours of the Fern, Tropical and Desert rooms. Enjoy music by the Grosso Family Band and art by Phil Malhiot. Appetizers provided by New Rose Catering and wine and craft beer by Marion Street Cheese Market.
CITY: Oak Park
Salt Creek Ballet's The Nutcracker
Salt Creek Ballet’s The Nutcracker by Artistic Directors, Sergey Kozadayev & Zhanna Dubrovskaya. The Nutcracker proudly marches back on to the North Shore Center stage to give your whole family an affordable full-length holiday production performed in the grand Russian style by a professional company with incredible guest soloists! Salt Creek Ballet’s whimsical tale of young Clara and her magical journey with waltzing flowers, giant mice and Sugar Plum Fairies are all exquisitely set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score is a holiday experience worth sharing.
Nearly forty years ago, Spyro Gyra formed out of a regular Tuesday night jam session at a club in Buffalo. The jazz-fusion juggernaut would go on to become one of the most prolific and commercially successful groups in their jazz genre. They released twenty-nine albums with sales of over 10 million copies, received 12 Grammy Award nominations and played over five thousand shows in a completely remarkable career.
The Nutcracker presented by the Champaign Urbana Ballet
Tchaikovsky’s dreamy score swirls amid a land of enchanted toys, a princely hero, a confectionery fairy, and fanciful figures. This is the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who are led through an enchanted dream by Clara’s godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer. From the exciting battle of mice and soldiers to the magnificent scenes of snow and sweets, the talented dancers of Champaign Urbana Ballet perform this timeless piece directed by Deanna Doty, accompanied by Sinfonia da Camera and a 40-piece orchestra under the direction of Ian Hobson.
Annual High Tea: Taking Tea in Taylorville
"Remember Pearl Harbor"- Local hostesses set tea tables with their own heirloom china, crystal and silver. Rising in opulent splendor, sparkling centerpieces will salute the 1940s. Each guest will be served six fanciful sandwiches, four sumptuous desserts, a scone and raspberry tea. WWII military uniforms and apparel will be featured at a style show along with current holiday attire. Live patriotic music. Take-away program includes recipes. Held at Talorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. Advance reservations recommended
Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire
Famed Irish tenor, Michael Londra took a tiny spark and created a blazing hot show with his new production, Celtic Fire. With 100% live music, dance and song paying due respect to Irish culture and history, the show generates an electric atmosphere that sweeps audiences away to Ireland, its culture, its pubs, its music and its heart. The music in Celtic Fire is traditional at its core and performed by a talented band of Irish musicians on traditional instruments: Added to guitar and keys, the Irish fiddle drives the frenetic reels, the bodhran beats out the driving rhythms, and the plaintive uileann pipes call back to days of yore with beautiful and haunting slow airs.
Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular
Come toast the King’s 79th birthday with the annual concert celebrating the era by era musical career of Elvis Presley. From the early rockabilly and military years, to his time in the movies, then the sexy ’68 comeback in black leather and finally his most famous Las Vegas concert era—nothing is left out! This is absolutely the best Elvis tribute show and features “The closest thing to the King” Shawn Klush, and young and sexy Cody Slaughter. Special guests include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member DJ Fontana and Elvis’ award winning back-up singers The Sweet Inspirations. Presented by OMAR Presents.
Fresh on the heels of last season’s critically-acclaimed production of Hamlet—one of the most nuanced men in dramatic literature—comes one of the most complex and fascinating female characters: Hedda Gabler. Equal parts idealistic heroine and callous antagonist; victim of circumstance and master manipulator, Hedda finds herself trapped by society in a world that does not fit her. To survive, she sets in motion an array of schemes, sowing seeds of calculated destruction in an attempt to make an impact on her husband, friends and lovers. The result is a journey of impulse and emotion that is both achingly desperate and wildly passionate. Actor Kate Fry and Director Kimberly Senior, collaborators on last season’s hit drama, The Letters, bring their shared passion to this master work, offering you the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most extraordinary and seductive characters in the dramatic canon.
Uncorked Summer Nights
On Friday, July 26th experience the Oak Park Conservatory from a new perspective with Uncorked Summer Nights. The evening features music by TIMITY and a display of ceramic jewelry, available for purchase by local artists, Linda Hillman and Joan Friedberger of Bebeka Design. Enjoy wine and craft beer from Marion Street Cheese Market and appetizers by Taste of Brazil. The event is from 6-8pm, with a cost of admission of $10 per person.
CITY: Oak Park
Home for the Holidays--American Big Band
All time Christmas favorites from Bing to Buble’. Featuring eight glorious, colorful singers and dancers, lush stage settings and a 12-piece big band, this fully-staged, beautifully choreographed holiday spectacular brings Christmas to life. Get in the holiday mood a little early and watch the performance from 7:30-10p.m.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Americana"
You won't believe your ears when you join the Danville Symphony Orchestra and harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio for an evening of great orchestral music from American film and Broadway. Gershwin's "Symphonic Suite" from Porgy & Bess and Kurt Weill's "Symphonic Nocture from Lady in the Dark" round out the program with music of Stephen Foster and famed Beatles producer George Martin's "Three American Sketches for Harmonica and Strings."
Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show
A Lake County holiday tradition. Visit Northern Illinois' largest drive-through Holiday Light Festival, held at the Cuneo Mansion, and view thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday decorations. While visiting the light show, the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens invites you to walk through the museum for a magical view of Christmas' past. Please visit the website for more information.
CITY: Vernon Hills
Thodos Dance Chicago
Thodos Dance Chicago returns to the North Shore Center for one night only! This acclaimed contemporary company with a distinct American choreographic voice and vibrant, award-winning style presents an exhilarating evening of dance featuring the critically-celebrated A Light in the Dark, an inspirational dance theater piece about the life of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, choreographed by Artistic Director, Melissa Thodos and Tony award-winning Ann Reinking with an original score by Bruce Wolosoff. The Chicago Sun Times raved, “Thodos Dance’s ‘Helen Keller’ is a feast for the senses…this is a work of tremendous empathy that literally animates a true story.”
The Dance of Death
August Strindberg’s masterpiece tells the deliciously venomous story of a crumbling marriage—laced with black comedy and biting humor. As their 25th anniversary approaches, military captain Edgar and his wife, Alice, face off in a fierce battle of wills. Their sparring proves both harrowing and hilarious, amplified by the voice of celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer, Shining City, Dublin Carol). His adaptation brings lyricism and ferocity to the story of the tyrannical captain and his manipulative wife, and the “innocent” Kurt who stumbles into their midst and quickly finds himself ensnared in the couple’s wicked game. In the intimate confines of the Writers’ bookstore space, this Dance will leave you gasping at every barbed word and sly seduction.
Styx in Concert
With a career that is legendary, spanning well over three decades, including albums that consistently have achieved gold or platinum status, millions of fans, and two Super-Bowl appearances, Styx continues to conquer the planet. With the stellar line-up of Tommy Shaw, James "JY" Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), Styx is the show to see! Tickets are $58 and $83.
Geneseo Art League Christmas Forest
View decorated miniature trees, gingerbread, and member holiday artwork. Silent auction bids accepted on display items. Open house weekend features refreshments, and Christmas Walk night is when the silent auction winners are announced. The store has a large variety of fine art and photography that make lovely and fun items for gift giving.
North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
This is the "granddaddy" of all shows and It's open to the public. For a discount coupon go to the website. One of the largest shows of its kind in the entire country. All types of hunting and fishing memorabelia. Buy, sell and trade. On Wednesday there will be two decoy seminars for collectors and the public. There will be a major exhibition featuring Louisiana Decoys. This exhibit will coincide with the show and is located in the Mega Center.
CITY: St. Charles
Christmas Feast at the Lodge
The weather outside is frightful, but the Christmas Feast at Pere Marquette Lodge is so delightful! Enjoy our fabulous, mouth-watering spread! Serving from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Reservations for parties of six or more will be accepted. Brunch Prices: Children 0-3: FREE, Children 4-11: $9.95, Adults 12 & Up: $24.95. Call (618) 786-2331 ext: 502 to make your reservations.
A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement - The Church Basement Ladies
Your prayers are answered; the ladies are back in the basement. With “bright and frothy” songs and side-splitting humor, audiences love this new and “mighty” musical. It’s a recipe for fun. They will be performing two different sets. The first set will be from 2-4 p.m. and the second set 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Danville Symphony Orchestra Presents "Two Times the Fun"
Indiana University pianists Charles Webb and Steven Mann join narrator Joseph Mervis for a wonderful evening of spirited elegance in a performance of Mozart's "Piano Concerto in Eb" for two pianos as well as Saint Saens' classic zoological journey, "Carnival of the Animals." Smetena's beautiful portrait of the River Moldau compliment this evening of classics performed by the musicians of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
Even the youngest sugarplum will eagerly follow the heroine, Clara, as her lively imagination leads her on a wonderful journey filled with colorful characters: the fearsome Mouse King, dazzling dancers from many lands, the beautiful Sugarplum Fairy and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince! This fresh, lively and thoroughly entertaining production is sure to become a favorite for the entire family. Don't miss the Ruth Page Civic Ballet perform this holiday tradition.
Red Skeleton--The Legend Continues
From Freddy the Freeloader to Clem Kadiddlehopper, Tom Mullica pays tribute to his friend. His is a living, breathing, giggling portrayal of “America’s Favorite Clown.” Get ready to have gut busting time from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival
Hatch: A Creative-Reuse Art Festival opens February 28, 2014 and runs through March 15, 2014. The I.D.E.A. Store is proud to produce a juried artists’ festival focusing on high quality, repurposed craft and fine art from artists all over the Midwest right here in Champaign County, IL.