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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.
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.
Based on a Victorian Penny dreadful, this Stephen Sondheim masterpiece has been nominated for Tony Awards in 3 different decades. The original 1979 production was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, bringing home 8 including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The 1990 revival saw 4 more Tony nominations, while in 2006, the New York production received 6 Tony nods. Some critics call Sweeney Todd Sondheim’s most perfect score, filled with ravishing beauty. Others have described it as a pitch-black comedy filled with thrills and terrors, while others have heralded it as one of the single greatest achievements of American musical theater in the last 50 years. Decide for yourself and experience Paramount Theatre’s Sweeney Todd.
Pitch Perfect fan? Sing a capella in college? Just really into music? If you checked “yes” to any of the above, get ready to have your mind blown by Home Free. This pop-meets-country quintet’s high-energy a capella shows and quick-witted, warm personalities on and off the stage won them NBC-TV’s The Sing-Off crown and a devoted fan following in 2013. Since then, they’ve covered Top 40 hits like Andy Grammar’s 2015 smash “Honey, I’m Good” and classic country standards like Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” with a sound so rich, you’ll forget there aren’t any instruments on stage. With Paramount’s amazing acoustics, this show’s going to be more than just a concert; it’s going to be an experience.
Do you remember when rock was young? We do, so we’re dedicating a full day of shows to celebrate two of the greatest pianists and performers of our time. Musicians Craig A. Newman and Donnie Kehr go “Face to Face” by channeling the flair, charisma and outright talent of Sir Elton John and Billy Joel, and there’s nothing like it. They’ll hammer those keys and play all those classic pop favorites like “Crocodile Rock,” “Uptown Girl,” “Candle In The Wind” and so many more. Plus, with how much these guys look, sound and dress like Elton and Billy, you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between the men on stage and the superstars they’re portraying. Two pianos, one unforgettable show. Don’t miss it.
Pastorello’s recital will feature music by Beethoven and Chopin as well as a diverse selection of compositions of the 20th century, including works by Claude Debussy and American composer Philip Glass. See their web site to register for this free event.
Welcome the choirs home after their annual concert tour. The concert will reflect nearly the entire year of music prepared by the choirs. Enjoy hearing music from the Renaissance through the modern day in a variety of tempos and texts. See their web site to register for this free event.
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.
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.
The holiday festivities in Bishop Hill begin with Julmarknad, or Christmas Market. This event is based on Scandinavian customs dating back to the Middle Ages when farmers and artisans would gather in the village squares to sell their wares. Bishop Hill businesses will be offering unique gifts, handmade wares, antiques, quilts, collectibles, baked goods, delicious foods, and Swedish imports. Businesses will be open from 10-5pm. Scandinavian foods such as herring, lutfisk, and rye bread are also in abundance. Select from a large array of delicious holiday cookies, homemade by community bakers on Friday and Saturday.
Music and fun for the entire family, participate in musical workshops, jamming sessions and a barn dance with instructions provided. Main stage concerts are held in Village Park. Main Stage events begin at 11 am, Maypole procession at 4 pm, and Barn Dance at 7 pm.
Interact with skilled potters and a variety of fiber artists during this two day event. Artists are featured in an indoor/outdoor classroom at Bishop Hill's Prairie Arts Center. Potters of all levels will demonstrate wheel throwing and hand building techniques, the Native American art of horse hair pottery, pit and raku firing processes and more. Learn weaving, spinning, rug hooking and broom making. Make and take activities will be conducted both days. Local musicians will entertain you with their diverse musical style in the village park Saturday afternoon, and an old-fashioned pie and ice cream social will be held there, too. Saturday evening, a soup supper takes place in the Bishop Hill Colony School. For $10, attendees can pick out a hand-thrown bowl, fill it with homemade soup, and take the bowl home afterward.
Celebrate Bishop Hill’s agrarian heritage, this event features traditional 19th century harvest activities and demonstrations, hands-on activities, music, farm produce, and Colony stew. Hours: 10am to 5pm.
This celebration welcomes spring with businesses serving treats and refreshments. We invite you to experience Bishop Hill renewed. Spring has arrived in Bishop Hill with special exhibits, shops open with fresh ideas. Refreshments are served in many of the shops and museums. See you soon!
The annual quilt show is like a needle and thread as it joins together family members and friends to create something memorable. This event continues to grow and over 100 quilts and quilted pieces are entered in this judged show at the Colony School. Be sure to visit the Village Smithy and VagnHall Galleri to see additional quilts on display.
We invite you to spend the day in an enchanting village. The park is the center of this small town and will be filled with storytelling and music. What is a Chautauqua anyway? Join us for the historical re-enactment, a family oriented event sharing true tales of what makes us uniquely American.
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show brings springtime to winter with its 20 lush gardens, beautiful and fragrant flowers, trees and other plants allowing “newbie” gardeners and experts alike to experience the latest the industry has to offer. Top garden builders create fresh designs, while nationally-known presenters teach visitors how to get that professional garden look. It's all happening at the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. Be among the first to see new plant varieties for 2017 and experience the newly-redesigned Navy Pier. Enjoy art, free kids activities, wine tastings, cooking demos from noted chefs, and a shopper's paradise of garden gadgets, jewelry, and more. Special rates available for groups.
Explore the power of play at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new temporary exhibition, Brick by Brick, opening March 10. Brick by Brick features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Colosseum, the Burj Khalifa and more. These models are constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. Guests will also experience hands-on building challenges that reinforce key principles of engineering, construction and architecture—and encourage creativity. Throughout the exhibit, guests learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; and learn how building beautifully uplifts us all.
The Hennepin Canal is home for three days of fun, Colona style. rides, games, and food vendors line the parkway for all to enjoy. Children’s activities, a horseshoe contest, beer and food tent with nightly entertainment. Sunday showcases the annual parade held at 2 p.m.!
Join Maestro Swerling, the Danville Symphony Orchestra, and coloratura soprano Jami Leonard for a program of dazzling talent and sonic beauty as we take you from glittering arias by Rossini and Strauss, to sizzling orchestral masterpieces by Ravel and Bernstein inspired by life in Paris and New York. Don’t miss Beautiful Women, an eclectic and exciting program.
After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multi-national Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. Matching Sweaters follows in that hard-working tradition, dishing up all the ingredients fans have come to expect from Gaelic Storm — the drinking songs, sea shanties, furiously-strummed instrumentals and sing-along melodies — while spiking the mix with newer flavors. Eat it up, but make sure to save some room! There's plenty more where this came from.
102.3 The Coyote welcomes Thomas Rhett with special guest Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson & Ryan Hurd to the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb, Friday March 3rd 2017. Tickets on sale Friday October 7th at 10am at the box office and LiveNation.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. Thomas Rhett plays from his platinum certified sophomore release Tangled Up with chart-toppers including “Die A Happy Man,” “Crash And Burn” and “T-Shirt.”
The Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their Arthur D. Montzka Memorial Concert which features the winner of their Youth Artist Concert Competition.
The Stage Coach Players will be performing their production of "Hairspray" based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters. This musical sends the message of acceptance by showing the bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad who teaches us all to look past the color of one’s skin and fight for every human being’s equal rights.
Join us in Effingham, IL for the Largest Corvette Party in the World! Corvette Funfest is 4 days full of Corvette FUN, with thousands of Corvettes flocking to Mid America Motorworks’ corporate campus in Effingham, IL. Highlights include Celebrity Choice Awards, a Fall Swapfest swap meet, Expert Seminars, tons of Corvette Vendors, Special Display Corvettes, a Saturday night concert, and much more! For more information or to register, please check out our website: www.corvettefunfest.com
DrumLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DrumLine Live is a high octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. They have a brand new show for the entire family and they promise… you will be on your feet by Halftime!!
Dokken is a Grammy nominated American metal band that sold more than 10 million albums worldwide with countless Billboard charted singles! Lead by frontman/guitarist/lead singer/ song writer; the one and only Don Dokken. This band exemplifies live rock and roll as a headline concert attraction in their own right, ranking with groups like Scorpions, Van Halen, Metallica and Cinderella’s Tom Keifer! The evening includes special guest Jack Russell’s Great White.
Celebrating their Golden (50th) Anniversary together, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band continues to add to their legendary status. With multi-platinum and gold records, strings of top ten hits such as "Fishin' In The Dark" and "Mr. Bojangles", multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band's accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress as well as the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited; these all describe the band Switchback.
No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando.Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year, became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know – the original storybook heroines have come back to life to set the record straight. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades tossed off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical to you – and what you thought about princesses will never be the same! In addition to the sold-out New York engagement, this fairy tale has gone international.
Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved hits of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash along with stories of their colorful lives and amazing careers. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks stars two Wisconsin music veterans: Tom Waselchuk has performed for over three decades, always keeping one foot planted firmly in country music. Mr. Waselchuk is a singer and songwriter, and plays guitar, bass and pedal steel guitar. Lindsey (Geise) Juarez is a dynamic singer and a consummate performer. The back up band for Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is The Dang-Its. Together they will bring back memories of Country’s most iconic performers.
Charles Ross will stun and amaze you with his fun, energetic and extremely entertaining performance of One Man Star Wars Trilogy. The result of Charles Ross’ ‘misspent’ youth is the creation of his hilarious One Man Star Wars Trilogy show, where Ross single-handedly plays all the characters with spot-on voice impressions, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots of the three films into one hilarious production. Suitable for Star Wars fans from ages 6 to Yoda! ‘The Force’ will definitely be with you!
Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with the surprisingly deep material of her unabashedly catchy pop music. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock has compiled a moving tribute to the music and life of Carpenter, and brings it to the stage with her 6-piece band. Dedicated to re-creating the true sound of The Carpenters, Lisa Rock and her band will be singing all of their most memorable hits of the 70s including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” and of course “Close to You.”
International superstar Vince Neil exemplifies all things rock and roll: the sound, the success, the look and the outrageous lifestyle. Vince’s unmistakable voice leads some of the greatest rock songs of this generation including“Shout At The Devil,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol Situation,” and the recent “Saints of Los Angeles”. Vince and Tommy Lee created rock and roll history with the formation of Mötley Crüe. Vince Neil also began his career as a solo artist in 1993. You are sure to rock out at this show!
The 7th Annual Elgin Short Film Festival promises to be an entertaining evening of some of the very best in short films by some of the very best up-and-coming filmmakers.You are invited to the award ceremony and screening of finalists taking place in Elgin, IL on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Fountain Square Art Festival is the largest and oldest fine arts fair on Chicago's majestic North Shore. Featuring the eclectic works of more than 150 juried artists, a popular children's art tent with fun activities overseen by the acclaimed Evanston Art Center, food and a soothing jazz-centric music lineup. Location: Church & Sherman in Downtown Evanston.
Area artists display their artwork at the Geneseo Art League and the Cellar Restaurant and compete for top honors during this exhibit.
Geneseo’s fastest growing event gets even better. Visit downtown on Saturday as the streets fill up with over 300 vintage cars from all eras, train engines, model trains, airplanes, food and festivities.
Bloody Mary Sundays in Genoa! Kick your Sunday Blues at our Genoa Tasting Room! We will be serving up wine bloody marys complete with all the fixin's all day long. Kick back and enjoy the live music from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Pack a picnic from home or order in from a local restaurant. Reservations for music events always open the Monday before and will be held until 15 minutes before music starts. No outside alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 to enter. Held two Sunday's a month. Visit their Calendar of Events for each month's dates!
Head to the Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview for its newest exhibit: Children's China. Children’s China portrays the present-day activities that Chinese families practice, as well as their roots in Confucius’ teachings. Read Confucius’ quotes, explore hands-on activities, and immerse yourself in innovative technology and authentic artifacts to gain an understanding of Confucius' impact on modern Chinese life.
Beautiful art will be on display at the 9th Annual Grafton Art in the Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, art activities, demonstrations and artists presenting their handmade art, fine art, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and much more. Admission is free.
We’re talkin’ Captain Jack Blackheart! Gee. I hope no one kills him off. Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, where you can be the star of the show! Tickets for the show are $45 per person and include dinner, taxes and gratuity. Call (618) 786-2331 for details and to make your reservations.
You won't want to miss this fabulous flea market on the river. There will be over 50+ dealers with all types of goods, antiques glassware, tools, candles, furniture and good old-fashioned junk! Join the fun the fourth weekend of every month from April through October in Grafton. For more information, call (800) 258-6645 or e-mail email@example.com.
Step back in time to the days when frontier fur trappers met with fur traders and buyers during this reenactment festival at Pere Marquette State Park. The Second Annual Pere Marquette State Park Rendezvous will be a traditional Pre-1840 event with buckskinned re-enactors portraying primitive traders and campers. There will be period demonstrations, black powder and longbow shoots, camp music and food common to days on the Illinois frontier. The public is invited to attend and admission is free.
Explore the history and culture of the area and Pere Marquette State Park at this special art exhibition. Peruse and purchase original works from local artists, enjoy live music, wine tasting and restaurant favorites. There will be no booth fee for participating artists with a $100 cash prize being awarded the Best in Show. Artists who are interested in being a part of this event should email firstname.lastname@example.org with images of their work. The fair starts at 11:00 a.m. and will end at 4:00 p.m.
It's back! The Mushroom Festival is returning to Pere Marquette Lodge and will be bigger than ever before. Come listen to live music, browse vendors, grab lunch in the restaurant, taste local wines and learn all there is to know about mushrooms. The Great Morel Hunt will be held at 1:00 p.m. (weather and morel permitting). Join fellow hunters from all over the areas as they scan the grounds for these delicious delicacies. Then bring your finds back to The Lodge and you can win a great prize! Find the smallest morel, the largest morel or the most morels and you just might go home with a free nights stay. Festival is from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
This nostalgic concert performance pays homage to the music, lyrics and melodies that comprise the timeless songbook of Carole King and James Taylor. Two long-time friends and collaborators, hit songwriter, Kirsti Mann, and national recording artist, Jonathan Birchfield, share their incredible onstage chemistry and unique artistry, capturing the essence of friendship through music.
Bill Blagg is one of the nation's top touring illusionists, thrilling thousands and leaving people in complete disbelief as he creates the impossible. Prepare to be amazed as he passes through the blades of an industrial fan, shrinks his body to just 6" tall and instantly teleports across the theatre.
“Ciao” on delicious Italian food and delight in a grand parade. This week long festival will include midway rides and games, live music from award winning artists, a bocce tournament, a grape stomp, a pasta cook-off, a kids pet and bike parade, a road race and an art contest.
Begin your evening of fun and adventure with dinner at the Jacob Henry Mansion but-don't plan on leaving until you have solved the mysterious Murder Mystery! The theme revolves around the 1920 era and dress from that period is encouraged. Costumes add to add to the festivities, but are not necessary. We will meet you at the Town Meeting at the Jacob Henry Mansion for a fun filled, lighthearted, personalized package where guests unknowingly become entangled in an intriguing web of drama and suspense as they become victims - the suspects - or the "KILLER."
Enjoy a different band each week. Food is available beginning at 5:15 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and in case of inclement weather concerts will be at the Boss Community Building, 221 W. 1st Street. Held Thursdays: June 15,22,2, July 6,13, 20, 27; August 3, 10 and 17.
Celebrate creativity and public art downtown Kewanee, Illinois, July 15 – 17 during the Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival. Professional and amateur artists will compete and create colorful art on a concrete canvas sure to catch your eye. Shaun Hayes, Chicago Chalk Art Champ will be the featured performance artist. Shaun will dazzle you with his 3D illusionary chalk artistry. There is truly something for everyone of any age to enjoy, kid’s area with hand-on art children activities, art vendors and the Kewanee car show with vintage cars lining the streets of downtown Kewanee. Live music will be featured throughout downtown Kewanee while you stroll the car show, shop and dine in Kewanee’s specialty shops and restaurants. Color Run Prairie Run is a 5K run/walk with a twist of color. Start out sparkling clean, be prepared for color cloud bursts of blue, green, pink, purples, and yellow as you run along the course. As you finish you’ll look like a tie-dyed Hippie! A non-competitive run it is open to all ages! Be inspired by color! Pick up some chalk, and be an artist this July downtown Kewanee!
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father on a Greek island paradise. After reading her mom’s diary from one carefree summer 20 years ago, Sophie secretly invites the three men her mom wrote about to her wedding. Set to the classic songs of ABBA, Mamma Mia! is the enchanting and unforgettable tale of love, laughter, family and friendship.
The weekend of the Gazebo Art Festival, Western Illinois University will host its annual Al Sears Jazz Festival, sharing Chandler Park and providing a vibrant atmosphere for music and art lovers alike! The Macomb Public Library also hosts one of its annual book sales and food vendors are available. The event will be held on September 24 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, for more info please visit wciarts.org.
Annual Gem and Mineral Show showing off Indian artifacts, fossils, lapidary displays, shell crafts and much more.
The Southern Illinois Music Festival, now in its 13th season, is presenting it's largest event at the Marion Cultural and Civic Center in June 2017. The Southern Illinois Music Festival presents three-dozen professional performances of classical music and jazz in two dozen venues throughout Southern Illinois each June. The Festival has been nationally recognized in Symphony magazine, the premiere publication for American orchestras; by the Chicago Tribune Travel section as one of 24 top summer activities (musical and otherwise) in an eight-state region; and by AAA Midwest magazine as a Midwest Travel Treasure.
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is a duly-accredited state preliminary scholarship association in the Miss America Organization - the world’s largest provider of scholarship and cash assistance to young women. For four nights, the Marion Cultural and Civic Center will host preliminaries, Outstanding Teen and Pre-Teen pageants, and overall finals.
Metropolis, Home of Superman, holds a celebration the second weekend in June each year celebrating the 'Man of Steel'. A Superman Drama kicks off the weekend of contests, music, food and fun, as well as a comic book & artist show, fan films, street vendors, a carnival, costume contest and a Super Car Show.
Heralded as one of the largest arts and crafts fairs in the Midwest, the MIP Arts & Crafts Fair features over 200 vendors - both indoors and outdoors in Milan, Illinois just a few minutes from Rock Island and Moline in the Quad Cities. You are sure to find a treasure to take home with you!
Each June, visitors enjoy the splendor of the Butterworth Center's impressive gardens while participating in several exciting activities; including old-fashioned music, games of the 1800s, jugglers, a scavenger hunt, an antique auto show, tours and refreshments. Come and see these Deere family home gardens at the Butterworth Center & Deere Wiman House.
The Southern Illinois Steel Guitar Show is an annual event put on by Southern Illinois Productions, a Not-for-Profit Organization. The show promotes steel guitars in concert playing classic country music and features some of the best steel guitar players in the world as well as amateur players. Come to the next show and mingle with your favorite steel guitar players.
Start the day with the 5K run/walk race at 9 a.m. Watch the parade at 11am, enjoy corned beef & cabbage at the 17th Street Bar and Grill Warehouse. The Irish Kids’ Fest will feature arts and crafts, games and story telling at the Murphysboro Youth Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab a shillelagh and pour a green beer, or sample local craft beers while listening to the Irish music, and try your hand in the Leprechaun Classic Bocce Tournament to be held at Riverside Park.
This beautiful and unique amphitheatre is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail. Some of the current programs include: High School Summer Theatre productions, Dress-Up Movie Nights and the outstanding concert series known as the Sounds of the Amphitheatre, which highlights local talent from the Bloomington/Normal area. Programming begins in May and runs through October, weather permitting.
Take a self-guided tour of public art from June 2 to September 2 as part of the 2nd annual Sculpture Walk in downtown Oak Park. The walk features 12 world-class sculptures prominently placed among Oak Park's many shops and restaurants.
Amadeus, the renowned tale of Mozart as seen through the eyes of his most envious competitor, composer Antonio Salieri. The play is an interesting representative style of the style and values of the time. Jeff Recommended!
Seeking a way to announce the emerging Arts District, galleries and building owners in partnership with the Oak Park Arts Council inaugurated Art on Harrison in 1995. Conceived of as an informal Friday evening gallery walk, the event has continued each September since its inception, expanding to include entertainment and performances at participating galleries. Come out and see what the area has to offer in a convivial atmosphere, a celebration of what the creative spirits of this community have accomplished.
Join us on Tuesday, August 6th from 12-9pm for Downtown Oak Park's authentic urban French Street Festival! Featuring: art exhibits by local artists, special showing of a French film, Can-Can dancers, French music by "Paris La Nuit," Poodle Parade, French lessons, Fresh made crepes, Wine tastings, Sidewalk chalk contest, Bike Rentals, and much more!
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
An experience like no other! Don’t miss this wildly entertaining music and comedy dueling piano show. Our interactive musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting, dancing and laughing so hard you’ll be doubled over. Shows: February 20, February 21, April 23, April 24 and April 25 Shows take place on February 20 and 21 at 11:30am.
The synergy of Richard Gersten, Oscar Menoyo and Luis Galvez will amaze you as this trio of professionally-trained tenors presents diverse music encompassing Opera, Broadway and the standard Italian favorites infused with a touch of comedy. Shows take place on March 20, 21 & 22 at 11:30am
Mike Williamson and Patte Armato Lund perform songs written after 1950. There will be a One Hit Wonder medley that includes “The Purple People Eater,” “Itsy Bitsy Bikini,” “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and more. The group’s “Duets Medley” will salute Sonny and Cher, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash and June Carter and Elton John and Kiki Dee. In honor of Tony Bennett’s birthday, they will be including a medley of his many hits.
Veteran Branson Entertainer’s Gordy and Debbie pay tribute to living legend George Strait. Hear his greatest hits along with fun facts, trivia about George and a dash of comedy sprinkled in. This husband and wife duo is a must see for all George Strait fans.
Everybody loves somebody sometime… and you’ll love this Tribute to the Stars performance at Starved Rock Lodge. Capturing the spirit of Dean Martin, Peter Oprisko brings the King of Cool back to life, with his renditions of Dino’s signature songs, style and sense of humor. Sway to Blue Moon, Baby It’s Cold Outside and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.
Country music at its finest! Dave and Daphne, a Nashville duo, perform a high-energy show with classic country music roots! Dave is well known for his 10 years on the road as Barbara Mandrell’s lead guitarist. Daphne was Southern Gospel Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year, having spent many years with the Bill Gaither Southern Gospel Music Conventions. When she sings country music, she’s best described as a cross between Shania Twain and Patsy Cline. Together, they bring country legend favorites like Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and so many more, to create an afternoon of Nashville fun.
Coming to Starved Rock Lodge from her recent role as Patsy Cline in the highly successful Engle Lane Theater production of “Always Patsy Cline”, the talented Mary Pfeifer will perform Cline’s beautiful ballads and hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight. Don’t miss this tribute to country music’s most beloved singer! Show dates: June 12, August 14, August 15, September 25 and October 16
Wine, food, lobster and the sweet sounds of jazz…all at the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. Attend the festival and listen to the great music for free! You can also save money by pre-purchasing your wine tasting tickets and lobster by visiting Ottawa2RiversWineFest.com. We'll be featuring wine from over 15 Illinois vintners.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 52nd Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Art in the Park is a juried art show and sale with over 30 artists displaying pottery, paintings, drawings, metalworking, glass, woodworking, and jewelry. The art show is in Washington Square Park in downtown historic Ottawa, IL during Ottawa's Riverfest Celebration
The centerpiece of Clayville is the Broadwell Inn, the oldest brick building in Sangamon County, built in 1824 by the Broadwell family as a stage coach stop between Springfield and Beardstown. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is surrounded by numerous other historic buildings from Central Illinois moved to Clayville in the 1960s to recreate an early frontier pioneer village. Come see a unique piece of Illinois history.
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.
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.
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.