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25 years ago, 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, and pancake breakfasts. 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.
Off Square Music's Open Mic Nights take place on the second and fourth Fridays of every month (first and third Fridays in August) at the Stage Left Café on the historic Woodstock Square. The evening starts at 7 pm, offering seasoned professionals and up and coming artists an opportunity to showcase their talents. A featured performer anchors each open mic night.
The State Ballet Theater of Russia, from the city of Voronezh, brings the world's most beloved ballet to glorious life! This company of 65 distinguished dancers has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world. Ticket prices are $29.50, $42.50 & $52.50.
Billy Gardell is known as Officer Mike Biggs on the CBS hit show Mike & Molly. Come out and experience his powerhouse stand-up show. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with audiences. The tales about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are told with the skill of a master craftsman.
Air Supply’s single Lost in Love became the fastest selling single in the world. Since then, they’ve recorded hits such as All Out of Love, Making Love out of Nothing at All, The One that You Love, Sweet Dreams and Goodbye. Special guests The Romantics are known for their hits What I Like About You, Little White Lies, I Can’t Tell You Anything and Tell it to Carrie. This should be a night of great music. Tickets $39-$85.
America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors.
Created by Scott Bradlee, the rotating collective of Postmodern Jukebox has spent the past few years by amassing millions of fans by taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.
EagleMania performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as Don Henley, Glen Frey, and Joe Walsh’s solo albums. Their attention to detail and their ability to reproduce the Eagles exactly leaves their fans with an experience that they do not soon forget. People often remark that if they closed their eyes they would think they were listening to the actual Eagles live in concert.
One of the only artists to win Grammy Awards in the jazz, pop, and R&B categories, Al Jarreau has a golden musical touch. He has a charismatic quality and storytelling ability that mesmerizes the audience and embraces them with his intimate style. Don’t miss the chance to see this living legend perform some of the greatest pieces in music history.
At a time when the charts were ruled by pop-metal acts, Dokken’s captivating stage presence and high energy style brought us some of the greatest rock music of the 1980s. With Warrant performing hits like Cherry Pie, and Firehouse, performing hits like Love of a Lifetime, this show will rock you.
The Annual Event showcasing U.S. and World coins and currency, gold and silver Bullion-Exonumia.
The annual Discover Tinley Expo showcases the community's business and nonprofit organizations, as well as its government services. Visit Discover Tinley to learn more about what your Village has to offer. This free event features entertainment, food samples and giveaways at many of the booths. 10AM-3PM
Visit Prairie on State Wine Cellars, a Prairie State Winery tasting room, in downtown Sycamore. The tasting room invites you to sample many of the award-winning wines from PSW, shop for unique gifts or enjoy a glass of wine with a Nosh plate that you create yourself. Also features a weekend music schedule. Open Thursday - Sunday
Jack and the Beanstalk is exactly like nothing you've ever seen before, not even in a book! This fun family show follows the adventures of Jack, a young boy with his nose in a book of fairytales. Filled with hilarious characters, toe-tapping tunes and more twists than a climbing vine Beanstalk! The Musical is one show that is guaranteed to grow and grow and grow right into your heart.
Railroad Collectibles include items used by railroads such as: lanterns, china, silverware, keys, locks, timetables, train parts, maps, books, photographs, DVD's on railroad topics. Show is 80% railroad collectibles, 20% model trains..
The three-hour workshop – made possible with a grant from the Illinois Arts Council – is meant to help participants write poems that may be submitted for VOLTA, an innovative arts program sponsored by the Vachel Lindsay Association and the Springfield Youth Performance Group Foundation each spring. It is open to students ages 13-18. Space is limited. To register, email the Vachel Lindsay Association at email@example.com. Include your full name, grade, school and hometown.
Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen!
The two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of pull-no-punches comedy. See her perform at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on February 18.
The Drifters…one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, "There Goes My Baby". The Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R & B record of all time. The list of hits goes on and on. Join the historic reunion as they return to their roots with their latest American tour. Performing at the historic Sandwich Opera House 3-5 pm, Sun., Feb. 12, 2017.
This all-ages family fun show features the super surfing hits of the 60's, some of the classic rock & roll of the 50's, along with popular favorites from the 70's and the 80's, as well. But it's not just the music - it's so much more. Bob and the Beachcombers bring the beach balls, the Hawaiian leis, the hula hoops, and a summertime beach-party fun attitude. Great music, dancing, audience participation, sing-a-longs, contests and all of the excitement of a beach blanket bingo down in the sand! Performing at the historic Sandwich Opera House 7 pm, Sat., March 18, 2017.
Elisabeth von Trapp’s earliest memories are the sounds of music. Born and raised in Vermont, Elisabeth is the granddaughter of legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Singing professionally since childhood, Elisabeth has performed all over the world, enchanting audiences from European cathedrals to the Kennedy Center. Building on her famed family’s legacy, Elisabeth has created her own musical style, at once ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful.
Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, Chicago’s legendary comedy theater visits the Sandwich Opera House with “The Second City: Improv All-Stars” an irresistible hour of improvised comedy. The masters of the form will astound you with their talent, skill and wit – all without the aid of scripts or sets. Performance May 20, 8 pm.
The Quad Cities Grand Parade travels through downtown Rock Island, Illinois, and features bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans. The annual parade, organized by the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, starts at 11:30 a.m.
Piano sensation and popular radio host Jim Brickman will be bringing songs and feelings of the season to Dominican University's Performing Arts Center with Comfort & Joy, his 2016 holiday tour and the 20th anniversary of his original Christmas concert. Combining beloved holiday classics and festive original compositions, Brickman's enchanting sound and presence evokes the warm sentiments of family and togetherness.Tickets range from $23 to $53 and are available at www.events.dom.edu.