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Shawnee Hills Pottery Trail is a once a year shared pottery experience. Everyone is invited to spend some time exploring the Southern Illinois landscape and the diverse group of potters that make this area home. Each potter will be available for answering questions and of course, showing their work. Some potters will have studio tours, while others may have special activities or demonstrations planned. A family friendly event that promises to be a fun and pleasant time for all.
Start your cruise and travel the Henry County back roads. Craft Shows, Scavenger Hunts, "Chair"ity Auction, Public Art and Barn Quilt Self Guided Tours and more! Enjoy the drive! Illinois Route 81 begins just one mile west of Lynn Center at the junction of US Route 150, and ends 26 miles east at Kewanee after passing through Andover and Cambridge. It's one of two county highways that start and stop in the same county.
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center is hosting a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: the play "Soldier Come Home"; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and storytelling; and Civil War era food and music, as well as a Bus tour of Civil War Historical Sites.
Olde England comes alive in Historic Downtown Antioch with lifelike figures representing scenes from the Dickens Era. The Dickens Holiday Village is back and the handcrafted Dickens characters made by our volunteer artists will bring a Public Art Program that is free for everyone to enjoy! Antioch will proudly displayed 45 Dickens characters for people to tour. Each character has a plaque describing the scene and also serves as an educational tool for students. Take a self-guided tour with one of our Dickens Walking Brochure Maps or reserve a tour guide for groups of 24 or more. Plus there is plenty of Dickens Fun for everyone in November and December. You may enjoy Dickens Teas, an Antioch "Oliver" dog afternoon, Dress like Dickens event, and much more.
Hear that? Yes, it's the sound of bells a-jingling already. Next thing you know dreidels are spinning and pumpkin-spiced everything is everywhere. Now your family is in town, you're numbed to frosty snowmen and Black Friday bargains...and it's not even December! Thankfully The Second City is here with the perfect upheaval of your holiday malaise: Holidazed bursts the monotony of the season with a riotous send-up of all things holiday. Put your turkey baster down and laugh until your cheeks flush with ho-ho-holidazed joy!
One of the largest free outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois, the Festival of Lights, returns with dazzling displays that will delight both adults and children. Enjoy the magic! This year features a 20’ tall “singing” Christmas tree. This signature winter event is a drive-through of more than one mile of spectacular lighted displays, many of which are animated, and are illuminated by tens of thousands of bulbs. Staged at Aurora's gem, Phillips Park, the festival will be open from 5 - 9 pm Sundays through Thursdays and 5 - 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays. Presented by the Aurora Rotary Club in partnership with the City of Aurora, Free: donations encouraged.
The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramount production that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. This is the kind of production that has the Paramount creative team chomping at the bit. Bringing the underwater surroundings to life, creating the costumes that transform humans into creatures, developing a system that will allow mermaids to swim and arranging a score for the Paramount orchestra that will give audiences chills are exactly the challenges they thrive on. No matter your age, no matter your experience with the story, no matter if you believe in mermaids or not, when that curtain goes up, you will want to be in your seats to experience this production.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been called “an original,” “a cult heroine” and “one of the best-if not the best-artist of her generation.” But it’s not only her hits songs like “Chuck E’s in Love,” “Last Chance Texaco” and “On Saturday Afternoons in 1963” that made Rickie a star. Her hip, poetic style, both on and off the stage, turned Rickie into a cultural icon. Atlantic Records A&R rep first heard Madeleine Peyroux is known for melding jazz, blues and pop into songs, like her haunting rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love,” that leave listeners in total awe.
Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics. The Golden Dragon Acrobats may have been touring for 30 years, but they represent a tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. Led by world-renowned producer Danny Chang and award-winning choreographer Angela Chang, this troupe blends ancient dance, spectacular costumes, contemporary music and incredible athleticism into a full-on extravaganza of movement. They glide across the stage with unimaginable gracefulness. They twist and contort their bodies in ways you didn’t think were possible. They perform stunts that will simultaneously make your heart thump and mesmerize you. On top of all that, it’s an awesome opportunity to introduce the kids in your life to a rich, 2,500 year-old culture. Performance at 3pm.
This internationally-acclaimed group of foot-tapping men and women is celebrating 2 decades of reels, jigs and just downright spectacular performances, so they’re dominating the Paramount stage for a full weekend of nothing but Irish dance and music. Whether you’ve seen Riverdance before or only heard about their high-energy live shows, you’ll want to see what they’ve put together for this 20th anniversary tour (let’s just say it gives the phrase “the luck of the Irish” a whole new meaning). Join the 25 million people worldwide who have witnessed history in the making. Experience Riverdance!
Two of the biggest voices in music history never had the opportunity to perform together, live in concert. Now, this is your chance to experience what it would have been like to see Ol’ Blue Eyes and Babs share the stage, right here in Aurora. The two performers paying tribute to these legends sound like Frank and Barbra, they look like Frank and Barbra, and man, will they blow your mind. They’ll cover everything from “Don’t Rain on My Parade” to “The Way You Look Tonight” and so many more of those classic tunes you know and love. This is one glamorous, heart-warming and spectacular show you won’t want to miss.
Mucca Pazza has been taking Chicago by storm, so what better way to celebrate Fermilab's epic 50th Anniversary! Join us for the pre-party, and come on down to the auditorium for a concert that shows the full musical range of Mucca Pazza, starting in chairs then moving to their trademark funky marching band for the second part of the evening.
The Spektral Quartet returns to Fermilab for a stylistically inquisitive program centering around composers’ cunning use of the pizzicato technique. Exhilarating, lynchpin works from the repertoire, Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 74 "Harp: and Ravel's String Quartet in F major are put in dynamic conversation with Ben Hjertmann's rowdy, groove-based String Quartet No. 2, "Étude." All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, is best-known as the lead singer for Newfoundland's beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, released his second solo album, "So Let's Go..."
DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting fundamental elements of sound and soul, Ukrainian "ethno chaos" band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art "DAKH" by the avant-garde theatre director - Vladyslav Troitskyi - and given the name that means "give/take" in the old Ukrainian language. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances - their shows are always staged with a strong visual element.
Little Matchstick Factory's The Other Mozart is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (and based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
A half-century ago, the Enrico Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory began to grow on the Illinois prairie. Through the intelligence, ingenuity, and industry of many gifted people, it grew into one of the world’s great research institutions—a truly national resource for American physicists and a treasured destination for legions of international colleagues. Chris Quigg will trace the lab’s evolution from start-up to world-leading center, highlighting landmark research results while recalling iconic moments and extraordinary characters. Tickets for lectures are $7. Program starts at 8 pm.
Back by popular request, it's The Three Celli, performing a mix of music for one, two or three celli by some of the area's finest musicians. Stephen Balderston, former Assistant Principal Cello of the Chicago Symphony, is the Professor of Cello at DePaul University. Prior to joining the CSO in 1993, he performed for ten years with the Saint Louis Symphony. Linc Smelser, a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Northern Illinois University as well as the Music Director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Brant Taylor, a former member of the Saint Louis Symphony, has been a member of the Chicago Symphony since the 1997-1998 season. He also teaches at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of the Performing Arts and performs with the band Pink Martini. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Picosa is a new Chicago-based mixed chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano). Noted for its signature symphonic sound and virtuosity, Picosa presents an eclectic variety of works from baroque to contemporary, and soloist to full chamber ensemble. The ensemble’s unique approach to programming presents celebrated masterworks from across the centuries and around the globe. Picosa concerts are community gatherings, with lively conversations after every event. Picosa is also committed to nurturing rising young musicians through our Interludes Chamber Ensembles program, where student and amateur musicians play in pre-concert performances, and through our workshops, concerts, and residencies at local colleges. Additionally, Picosa seeks to be an arts collective, featuring cross-genre collaborations each season. All Chamber Series concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery of Wilson Hall.
Fermilab continues its 50-year anniversary celebration with work from the artist who helped give Fermilab its visual identity, Artist Angela Gonzales. Fermilab founding director Robert Wilson hand-picked artist Angela Gonzales to help create a visual identity for Fermilab. “A Lasting Mark: Artist Angela Gonzales at Fermilab, 1967-1998” showcases her bold, inspiring work over 31 years at the lab. Opening reception at 5pm Thurs. June 1. The exhibit will run from June 1 to Sept. 30, 2017. Free and open to the public.
One of the largest quilt guilds in area will host their annual Quilt Show at Whiteside Middle School in Belleville. This show will display over 250 quilts as well as special exhibits and vendors.
Come down to the Depot District and enjoy Cruise Nites with other families, residents and car enthusiasts. Learn more about Berwyn's proud classic car culture and historical automotive heritage. Cruise Nites are free! Just show up and have a great time!
Pick any decade and come ready to dance! Event fundraiser features: *King & Queen voting *Groove to the DJ mix *Raffles & Prizes *Finger foods & desserts from local restaurants *A Local Celebrity Lip Sync Battle General Ticket $75: includes open bar, appetizers & desserts and coat check.
Come enjoy the many sounds of Christmas as the Bethalto Community Choir Christmas Concert at First Baptist Church. The program is free and features a 60-voice choir and accompanying orchestra delivering a variety of Christmas music. The event also features appearances by select soloists, ensembles, a children's choir and the Civic Memorial High School Chorus. Plan to arrive early as this event commonly packs the 750-seat auditorium.