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Zoo Zoo by Imago Theatre
Imago's shows have been described as like Cirque Du Soleil - evoking acrobatics mixed with Mummenschanz- like mime, set in a unique, yet accessible, French-influenced, avant-garde playground. ZooZoo works at many levels, with penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, and anteaters as waiters. A madcap revue of illusion, Imago presents comedy and fun for all ages that has inspired audiences nationwide. ZooZoo is comprised of a series of short works lasting in length from four to seven minutes. A cast of five plays a multitude of characters ranging from fireflies to giant polar bears in a show that appeals to ages 4 to 104.
Man of La Manchal at the Marriott Theatre
Man of La Mancha is a 1964 musical that tells the story of the "mad" knight, Don Quixote, as a play within a play, performed by Cervantes and his fellow prisoners as he awaits a hearing with the Spanish Inquisition. This will be a poignant story of one man's ultimate quest.
Pause for Patriotism
The Mission of the "Pause for Patriotism" Committee is: to instill a Love of our country, demonstrate an attachment to the land and people, an admiration for our customs and traditions, and a devotion to the welfare of our country in our children and their families through the annual "Armed Forces Day" celebration and other activities throughout the year. There will also be great entertainment, food, and beverages for people all ages.
Cinco de Mayo - Sycamore
A festive Sycamore celebration with games, prizes, crafts, food, petting zoo, live music and family entertainment.
The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary Tour at the James Lumber Center
The Peking Acrobats continue to entertain audiences of all ages with their daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs, tick-cycling, precision tumbling and gymnastics. They are guaranteed to keep audiences laughing and smiling as they sit on the edge of their seats!
Coronado Performing Arts Center - Menopause The Musical
Come join our sisterhood! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for over 10 years! It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®
Sister Act at the Marriott Theater
Kicking off the 2016 Season, Sister Act will be a show not to be missed. This divine musical comedy is based on the hit 1992 film. Follow Deloris Van Cartier/Sister Mary Clarence through her journey while taking refuge in a convent.
Jim Witter's The Piano Man at the James Lumber Center
This “must see” multi-media musical journey through the ‘70s featuring the music of Elton John and Billy Joel should be at the top of any Baby Boomer’s bucket list! Jim’s versatility as an artist has allowed him the opportunity to reach out and share his music and his infectious personality with audiences of all ages across Canada and the United States. His rich powerful voice and ease of manner at the piano, make him a favorite with theatre goers everywhere.
Rootabaga Jazz Festival
Internationally recognized jazz artists will entertaining at various venues, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble. 36th Annual Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival featuring Matuto and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band. See website for a full schedule.
28th Annual Jazz Festival
An annual two-day festival including a concert featuring top jazz artists and two days of instrumental clinics for local junior high and high school musicians.
Dennis DeYoung & the Music of Styx at the Genesee Theatre
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and songwriter on seven of the bands Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all of the Styx greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s and 90s, including Lady, Come Sail Away, Babe, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times and Mr. Roboto.
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Festival
Wine, food, lobster and the sweet sounds of jazz…all at the Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest. Join us for great food, fun and remember, the music is always free! Visit our website for up-to-date announcements, music lineup and food list. From imported cheese and fruit plates to fresh grilled lobster with real butter, there is something for everyone. And don’t forget over 100+ great wines to sample from the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association. All tasting under one giant tent. Rain or shine…we will keep you dry! Lobster cost is $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. Limited supply at the door. Lobster will be served Friday 5-9 Saturday 1-9 and Sunday 1-5 Tickets sales for Lobster will end at 5pm Thursday, June 9!!
Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibit - Nazi Olympics: Berlin, 1936
Coinciding with the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 80th anniversary of the 1936 Games, Nazi Olympics tells an important historical story. Given that sports play a powerful developmental role in the lives of so many youth and adult athletes, this exhibition expands on many important themes—racism and discrimination, propaganda, fair play, and ethical decision making—allowing the public to personally connect to the history and lessons of the Holocaust and relate them to present day Olympics and human rights issues.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Through the foursome’s extraordinary abilities, audiences experience performances with beautifully distinct voicing, interwoven clarity of lines and laser-like purity. Minneapolis Guitar Quartet is one of the very few guitar ensembles performing the majority of its repertoire from memory. The MGQ presents original works and commissions as well as its own brilliant arrangements of music.
Autumn Splendor Quilt Show
For the fine appreciation of quilt making attend this show and see hundreds of quilts on display; along with quilt making demonstrations. There will be quilt vendors and food concessions; plus raffle tickets that will be sold at the door for a quilt drawing.
Mariachi Divas at the James Lumber Center
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Winners of two Grammy® Awards, this all-female Mariachi group brings new meaning to the genre with their multi-cultural, eclectic and innovative sound.
Gaelic Storm – Live in Concert at Egyptian Theatre
The Egyptian Theatre is excited to welcome back Gaelic Storm featuring their new album on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM. 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.
Los Lobos with Ballet Folklorico Mexicano at the McAninch Arts Center
See a unique collaboration between Grammy-Award Winners Los Lobos and dancers from Ballet Folklorico Mexicano. This is a celebration of Mexican American culture through a spectacular display of song, dance, music and film.
Luma - Art in Darkness at the James Lumber Center
Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. This exhilarating light spectacle uses the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions. It is an experience that will leave you mesmerized and full of wonder.
Manual Cinema's Lula Del Ray at the James Lumber Center
Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors live feed cameras and a live band, Manual Cinema transforms the experience of attending the cinema and instills it with liveness, ingenuity and theatricality.
Dervish - Magical Music from Ireland
A Dervish performance ranges from powerful and energetic dance tunes to sublime interpretations of Irish songs and airs with vocals, fiddle, flute, accordion, bodhran, mandola and bouzouki. Interwoven with Cathy Jordan's beguiling voice and engaging stage presence, an evening with Dervish is filled with warmth; conviviality and inspiration.
NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial invitational exhibition
The 2015 – 2016 Faculty Biennial exhibition features new work and current research of faculty from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design. Every two years the biennial emphasizes the caliber of the faculty and the breadth and strength of the arts programs offered at NIU from various disciplines including fibers, time arts, visual communication and illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, printmaking, metals and jewelry, and art history, and art education.
Jim Brickman at the James Lumber Center
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist Jim Brickman as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year. With four of his albums certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, Brickman has become the most commercially successful instrumental pop pianist of the last three decades. Overall, he’s sold more than 7 million albums.
Meat Loaf at the Genesee
For the past 40 years, Meat Loaf has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out of Hell transformed this former stage actor into one of the great American rock ‘n’ roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 44 million albums worldwide and remains one of the best-selling albums in the world to date.
Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair
20th annual celebration of fiber and the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap, and baskets. Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet. 9 am to 5 pm. Adults: $2; Children under 12: Free.
I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues: A Salute to Ella, Judy & Patsy
You can’t say “Ella Fitzgerald,” “Judy Garland” or “Patsy Cline” without thinking the word “powerful.” Ella brought a sultry swing to jazz. Judy pumped each and every performance full with heart-wrenching emotion. Patsy’s tenderness brought an element of sweet soul to country. And all three changed the American musical landscape forever. Join the Paramount for a tribute concert honoring the legacies these amazing artists left behind. Featuring performances of beloved songs like “Cry Me a River,” “Crazy” “The Man That Got Away” and tons more, you’ll be taken on a passionate, soulful and inspiring trip through the spirit of American music. Performance at 3 pm.
Alton Memorial Day Parade
Celebrate Memorial Day by experiencing the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation. This parade began in 1868. Celebrate the history of Pie Town, Upper Alton and those who serve our country.
Concert by Musicians from the Ravinia's Steans Music Institute
This spring the ensemble’s program spans two centuries of music: 50 years before Schubert wrote his masterful string quintet (featuring a second cello instead of a second viola), Boccherini utilized the same instrumentation to let the lower-pitched instrument shine, as in his E-major quintet that features his famed minuet. The RSMI musicians will perform works from Mozart, Schoenberg and Brahms.
David Sanborn at the Genesee Theatre
Grammy Award Winner David Sanborn beautifully blends instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz with hits that push the limits of music. Don't miss this great night of music.
Jethro Tull - Written and Performed by Ian Anderson at the Genesee Theatre
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull, celebrates his 47th year as an international recording and performing musician. Since forming in 1968, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies.
Shakespeare's First Folio Exhibition
The Lake County Discovery Museum has been selected as the host site for the state of Illinois for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. Accompanying the rare book will be a multi-panel exhibition exploring the significance of Shakespeare, then and now, with additional digital content and interactive activities. During the exhibition, the Lake County Discovery Museum is planning numerous programs for the public and families around the First Folio exhibition.
26th Annual Festival of Films from Iran
The Gene Siskel Film Center welcomes you to the 26th Annual Festival of Films from Iran, February 6 through 28. Providing a view on contemporary Persian culture through the eyes of Iran’s filmmakers, the festival showcases the production of a nation where cinema is constantly changing and evolving on the cutting edge.
Time Travelled Collectible Toy Show
Have you ever wondered where you can find those old collectible toys that you can never find anymore? Join us for our Toy Show and choose from a huge selection of collectibles such as G.I. Joe, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, PEZ and more!
Sublette Annual Toy and Antique Tractor Show
Vendors from more than ten Midwestern states fill eight buildings with over 400 tables of farm toys and collectibles. Antique tractor show with over 200 tractors lining the streets. Semi-tractors line up to show off their unique paint jobs. Train show with large operating layout, quilt show, and craft show. Pancake breakfast on Sunday. Free shuttle will transport visitors to the various buildings on Sunday only.
Illinois Historical Music at the Jefferson County Historical Village
Nationally acclaimed award-willing singer/songwriter, Chris Vallillo will perform a concert of Illinois Historical Music. Chris has an avid following in the Southern Illinois area. He will entertain the audience with a lively performance and teach them about the history of Illinois music. Free admission but donations are welcome.
Herman's Hermits & The Buckinghams at the Genesee
British beat band Herman's Hermits featuring Peter Noone is known for some of the world's most beloved 1960's hits. The Buckinghams are one of the most respected Chicago bands to ever explode onto the national scene. This should be a great night of music not to be missed.
Carl Sandburg Days Festival
An annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children's events held at Carl Sandburg College.
Petals & Paintings at the Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum celebrates University of Illinois Moms Weekend by opening its doors to world-class floral designers who create one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by works of art on display at KAM. The 24th annual Petals & Paintings exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2014. Special docent-led tours will be available free of charge from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Rochelle Cinco de Mayo Celebration
The City of Rochelle is sponsoring a Cinco de Mayo event at the Downtown Rochelle Gazebo from 4-10 pm on Saturday May 2nd. The event is open to the public and will include authentic food; arts and crafts; music and dance demonstrations; and a Chihuahua parade and race throughout the evening.
CMT Presents Jennifer Nettles w/2016 Women of Country Tour at the Genesee Theatre
Featuring Brandy Clark, Lindsey Ell, & Tara Thompson along with Jennifer Nettles. Nettles is a CMT and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of international duo, Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has racked up over 22 million in worldwide record sales since exploding onto the music scene in 2004. With all four of these singers in one concert, this should not be missed.
Annual Festival with national bands and acts, diverse ethnic food vendors, huge carnival, arts and crafts. Also, special guest and Super Sunday Family Fun Day.
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show
The Pride of the Prairie Marble Show takes place twice a year in the winter and fall. Free and open to the public all three days, you can experience buying, selling, and trading among some of the nation's greatest marble collectors. Have marbles of your own? Feel free to bring some along for free identifications and appraisals!
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman
Don't miss Grammy Award winning Christian powerhouse Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, the most awarded Christian artist in music on Friday, February 19th at the NIU Convocation Center. Show starts at 7:30pm with doors opening at 6:30pm.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Rock Island
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.
Back On The Bus - A Back To School Expo
From children's entertainment venues and performers to doctors and dentists, this expo will be a one-stop shop for a new school year. Vendor booths, back to school fashion show, face paintings, balloon artists, photo booth, cooking demos, petting zoo, and free gift bags to first 500 people and more!
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest. Held at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom, The Spring Bloom Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
Charlotte's Web at the Paramount Theatre
Wilbur the pig has a problem: Farmer Zuckerman wants to turn him into pork chops! Good thing his friend, a little gray spider named Charlotte, has a plan to create a sticky solution. Charlotte weaves the words “Some Pig” in her web, catching Farmer Zuckerman’s attention and making Wilbur a prize pig! But will Charlotte’s trick ensure Wilbur’s spot on the farm forever? Based on E.B. White’s treasured story, TheatreWorks USA’s production of Charlotte’s Web will teach the importance of bravery, compassion and the true meaning of friendship. Performance times 9:30 am and noon.
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at Ravinia
A Prairie Home Companion is heard by 4 million listeners each week on more than 600 public radio stations, and abroad on America One, the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Come out and enjoy this last live Ravinia broadcast of this famous radio show.
NW IL Art Fest
Juried art fest showcasing more than 30 area artists in the following categories: ceramics, clay/porcelain, jewelry, photography, drawing, glass, metal, painting, wood, printmaking, fiber/textiles, leather, mixed media, lawn art, paper, graphics & wood.Local food, craft beer, wineries and distilleries. BBQ competition and new this year, live jazz!
87th Annual Gamma Phi Circus
2016 marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford "Pop" Horton. Come experience the oldest collegiate circus in the United States! Step right up and see fire-eaters, trapeze artists, tumblers, and more! Before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there will be a pre-show children’s carnival that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. This special event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. Admission to the carnival is the matinee ticket. The pre-matinee carnival is sponsored by the ISU Student Alumni Council.
You will see many hand crafted items by the creative minds of the artists that made all of these beautiful items. Original art work includes water color and oil paintings, blown and fused glass creations, woodworking, jewelry, hand knits, porcelain paintings and other media.
Fine Art Fair
The 5th Annual Fine Art Fair offers more than 50 artists with art for purchase, musical entertainment, vendor booths, community art project, raffle, food, drinks and fun! 11AM-5PM.
Kool and the Gang at RiverEdge Park
In over 4 decades, Kool & the Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, won 2 Grammys and 7 AMAs, racked up 31 gold and platinum albums and scored a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This June, they’re bringing their funky jams to RiverEdge Park. You won’t be able to stay in your seat when these guys roll out hits including “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Get Down On It.” And to add to the good times, Motown icon and founder of the Commodores Thomas McClary is bringing his legendary Motown sound along. $30 before June 1, $45 starting June 1. All events at RiverEdge Park are General Admission. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs.
Off Square Music - Open Mic Nights
Off Square Music is an organization of volunteers who wish to share the folk music art with others in many different ways. We invite the public to be a part of the experience during Open Mic Nights on the second and fourth Fridays of every month* beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Stage Left Café in the Historic Woodstock Square. *Open Mic Nights will be held on the first and third Friday in August.
Stars of Dance Chicago
This Fermilab tradition returns to Ramsey Auditorium! Curator John Schmitz of the Dance Chicago Festival always pulls together an extraordinary variety to bring The Best of Dance Chicago to Fermilab. With a slate of more than 10 dance companies, there is always something for everyone.
Oak Forest Fleadh
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Oak Forest Fleadh! This festive event includes a 5K, open bike ride, parade and pub & restaurant open house. 5K at 8:30AM; Open Bike ride, 10AM; Parade, 11AM; Pub & Restaurant open house, 5PM-3AM.
Rock Falls Percussion Palooza
Percussion Palooza, an educational and entertainment event featuring a solo and ensemble competition for snare drum, melodic percussion, multi-percussion and drum set for middle and high school students and post-secondary level percussionists, will be held Feb 28th from noon to 7pm at Rock Falls High School. Also performing at the Premier Showcase are percussion ensembles and drum lines from throughout Northern Illinois and Eastern Iowa. The annual Louie Bellson Inspiration Award will also be given to honor the heritage of Rock Falls own Louie Bellson, the world renown & legendary percussionist who was born in Rock Falls.
Coronado PAC - Shen Yun
The people of Ancient China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from heaven. Art was primarily a means to explore the connection between humankind and higher universe. Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun waves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of authentic Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty, purity, and tremendous energy leave audiences greatly uplifted and deeply inspired.
Shakespeare 400 Chicago
Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events.
Historical H.A. Rathje Windmill Fall Festival
Explore three floors of the largest Illinois Windmill built in 1872, the demonstrations of old time crafts as well as expanded children activities - and it’s free.
Spring Art Festival
The Second Annual Spring Festival of Fine Craft at Oakbrook Center will showcase the work of about 70 juried artists from across the country, featuring painting, photography and fine crafts including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and wood. Find one-of-a-kind works of art, watch demonstrations, and engage with artists!
Broadway at the Coronado - Flashdance the Musical
The pop culture phenomenon of Flashdance is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, Flashdance the Musical tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Flashdance features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song "Flashdance - What a Feeling," "Maniac," "Gloria," "Manhunt," and "I Love Rock & Roll." In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth.
Theresa Caputo live at the NIU Convocation Center
Theresa Caputo, from TLC’s hit show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb on Sunday April 17th at 7:00PM. Tickets go on-sale Friday January 29th at 10:00AM and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com , via phone at 800-745-3000, or at the Convocation Center box office located at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy. Tickets start at $39.75 (plus applicable service charges) and are subject to change. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.
Chanticleer Presents "Over the Moon"
Known as an orchestra of voices, this popular 12-member male chorus Chanticleer celebrates the over-the-moon exuberance of popular composers. “Over the Moon” includes magnificent early statements by Claudio Monteverdi and Antoine Busnois giving way to the more romantic yearnings of Gustav Mahler. The program features works by Elgar and Finzi, and a new setting of Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire poems by Nico Muhly. Registration required. Contact the university for further information.
Genius of Shubert by Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus & AU Chorale
Enjoy classics by Schubert performed live by the Fox Valley Orchestra Chorus and the Aurora University Chorale: Stephen Alltop - Conductor, Lisa Fredenburgh - Chorus Master, Michelle Areyzaga - Soprano, Martha Kasten - Mezzo, Stephen Cannon - Tenor, Aaron Wardell - Bass. Schubert - Symphony No. 3 in D major; Schubert - Mass No. 5 in A-flat major.
Chautauqua Days Celebration
Days of old come together for this festival brought back after many years. This festival showcases the historical Chautauqua auditorium, the centerpiece of Forest Park. There will be live entertainment from the Ozarks, local musicians, craft vendors, food, and more.
Disney Love Songs - Alexis Cole
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming American jazz singer, Alexis Cole as she sings Disney's favorite love songs with an up tempo and sultry flavor. She will perform numbers and scat solos from jazz standards and blues.
Kuba and Rebecca at the Sandwich Opera House
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Rebecca, singer of country, Broadway, pops, jazz and gospel with Kuba playing vibraphone, drums, guitar, violin, theramin and the kalimba.
Prairie Brass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming this 25-piece brass band from Arlington Heights performing traditional British brass band instrumentation.
Special Consensus Bluegrass Band
Join the Sandwich Opera House in welcoming Special Consensus Bluegrass Band to the stage. This four person acoustic Bluegrass band has attitude!
Cristina Pato Quartet
Cristina Pato has opened historical new paths for the Gaita (Galician bagpipe). In 1998 she became the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and since then has collaborated with many high profile world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists including the Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, The Chieftains, Arturo O'Farril, World Symphony Orchestra and Paquito D'Rivera. Her powerful style of passionate playing has been acclaimed by The New York Times as "a virtuosic burst of energy" while the BBC crowned her "the Galician bagpipe diva." Show starts at 8 pm.
Dakota Swings Bobby Darin
The Sandwich Opera House presents Bobby Darin’s life in song. Las Vegas performer Dakota Horvath is often compared to Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra.
Baby Boomer Comedy Show
The Sandwich Opera House presents the Baby Boomer Comedy Show with Kent Rader and Jan McInnes. Be ready to laugh out loud about family, kids, do-it-yourself projects, dieting and aging.
Grape Nuts Wine Education: Italian Food Wines
An expert staff of sommeliers at Ginger + Soul will teach you to build your wine knowledge. In this class you will explore various expressions of popular grapes. Ginger + Soul will provide delicious bites for a great evening out. In this class you will walk away with knowledge of Italy’s regions and methods – paired with delicious appetizers.
Mod Rod Stewart & The Piano Man
The Sandwich Opera House presents classic rock n roll with Cliff Tartaglia in a tribute to Rod Stewart and Nick Psyhogios as the Piano Man.
Parachute Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Will Anderson, Kit French, and Johnny Stubblefield, also known as Parachute, will be rocking the Egyptian Theatre stage. This American pop rock band is from Charlottesville, Virginia. Hit songs include: She is Love, Something to Believe In, Kiss Me Slowly, and Can’t Help. They are about to release their fourth album, “Wide Awake,” March 11, 2016. Come be the first to see them before they kick off their Nationwide tour next month. Look for special guests to join Parachute on stage, making this a jammed packed night of amazing music.
Rock Star 2016 at Starved Rock
Who will be Starved Rock's Rock Star in 2016? Join us on February 18, February 25, March 3 and March 10 and see who wins this annual karaoke contest! Enter if you want a change at the title of 2016 Rock Star. This contest starts on Thursday, February 18 at 7pm in the Main Dining Room at Starved Rock Lodge. Come early and join us for dinner. Rock Star is sponsored by Starved Rock Lodge, WLPO, WAJK and WOLF radio stations. Contact Starved Rock Lodge at 815-220-7375 for more information.
Ericson Holt - Blues & Soul
The Sandwich Opera House presents Ericson Hold, a varied blues and soul influenced singer and songwriter. Included in the show will be a special appearance by Jennifer Lowe of the CoverGirls.
Roger Hoover Folk & Blues
Roger Hoover’s plaintive, original brand of arcane folk and blues seem to come from some unknown time and place. These are timeless laments and rambles of an Ohio guitarist and banjo player who performs with equal parts impassioned vocals and honest lyricism. Summoning the spirits of a forgotten time, “his settings are a combination of words and music that evokes thought and action with the cinematic imagination of Tom Waits and Gillian Welch, crafting songs with a lyrical complexity seldom attained by artists in the Americana genre.” Hosted by Three Angels Brewing, Summer Solstice and Rogue Barrister Records.
Get the Led Out (Led Zeppelin) at the Rialto Square Theatre
Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out brings what the audience wants...a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. 8:00pm
Trip - Jeeves at Sea! Mayslake Estate in Oakbrook
Join the Lockport Township Park District on a trip to the First Folio Theater in Mayslake Estate, Oakbrook on Thurs., Feb. 25 from 11:30am-6pm. The bus will depart from Prairie Bluff Public Golf Course, 19433 Renwick Rd., Crest Hill. Enjoy lunch on your own in Oakbrook and a funny play about Bertie Wooster who finds himself in the soup on board a yacht anchored in Monte Carlo. Fees: $64/resident; $74/non-resident. For more information, call the Lockport Township Park District at 815-838-1183, ext. 207 or visit www.lockportpark.org.
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820s pioneer village.
The Chieftains and Special Guest
Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains, have been highly recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and International scale. After fifty years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.
Everett Dean Remembering the King: A Tribute to Elvis
Everett Dean Remembering The King: A Tribute to Elvis will provide the good old rock n roll. Also Appearing are the ultimate show band, Cat Sass, Special guest performance by Slick Willie & Tribute to Buddy Holly, $20 per person, 10% discount on groups of 10 or more, Cash Bar. 5PM Doors open; 6PM show time.
Magic Made Me Do It - Daniel Martin
Join Waubonsee Community College at the Sugar Grove Campus Auditorium: Chicago's own Daniel Martin will entertain you and your family with his high energy blend of incredible magic, exhilarating escapes, and sarcastic improv. His magic and comedy have been featured on CBS, NBC, WGN, VH!, ESPN, and at thousands of live events. Show starts at 7 pm.
Comedian Ralphie May Live at the Egyptian Theatre
For 25 years now, comedian Ralphie May has appeared at the biggest venues, slayed every late-night audience multiple times, recorded a special for every comedy-loving network on television, traveled the world for the USO and reached the level of popularity few standup comedians have attained. Semi-finalist in season one of "Last Comic Standing" on NBC. For Mature Audiences. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th!
"The Last 5 Years" at Engle Lane
An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.
Taste of Home Cooking School Live at the Egyptian Theatre
Drop your whisks, grab your friends, and join us for a night of fun at the Taste of Home Cooking School's brand new show! During this interactive two-hour event, you’ll watch a top culinary expert demonstrate ten new recipes you can easily recreate in your home. Armed with new culinary tips and techniques, you’ll be sure to impress your family and friends with these sophisticated yet surprisingly easy-to-make dishes. Not only will you leave the event with new recipe ideas, you’ll also go home with a valuable gift bag. Our ever-popular gift bags include an assortment of products and coupons, including two Taste of Home magazines. And while you’re there, remember to enter for a chance to win one of many exciting door prizes. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 5th! (on sale now to Threatre Members)
Chief Walk with the Wind - A Tribute
Join us as we honor Chief Walks with the Wind and the Native American history from Starved Rock Lodge's days gone by. Enjoy stories, songs and ceremonies shared by Jerry Savage (the grandson of Sam Sine, who was known by many as "Chief Walks with the Wind"). This is a free 1:30 pm event, open to the public.
Joined in a lively and colorful trio, the outstanding artists of Ensemble Schumann present works by Schumann, Brahms, Saint-Saëns, Loeffler, Poulenc, Shostakovich and many others.
This wildly entertaining interactive musical comedy experience will have you singing, shouting , dancing and laughing so hard you'll be doubled over. Matinee show includes: lunch and show, $40 per person. Evening show is $45 per person and includes wine tasting, dinner buffet and show. Advanced reservations required. Please call 815-220-7386.
Polly Launay Performance
If you have never heard Polly play, this is the time. She is an accomplished violinist who will amaze you with her talent. In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Polly will be performing Celtic music selections. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Spring Pops: Gershwin Celebration
Catfish Row springs to life when the IPO's esteemed Conductor Laureate Maestro Carmon DeLeone brings to the stage an all-Gershwin pops program. From the opening notes of the rumba-inspired Cuban Overture to the treasured and touching ballads of Porgy and Bess, listeners will be enchanted by Gershwin's musical genius and his ability to blend sophisticated structures with audience-appealing styles. The evening features acclaimed soloists: Alfreda Burke (soprano), Michael Preacely (baritone) and Michael Chertock (piano). "...just the ticket to lure classical music buffs away from their customary downtown-Chicago migration patterns." ~Chicago Tribune on the IPO
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King
Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving you with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including "You've Got a Friend", "Natural Woman", "It's Too Late", "So Far Away", "I Feel the Earth Move" and "Beautiful." Starts at 8:00 pm.
Old Capitol Art Fair
Held in historic downtown Springfield, IL, surrounding the Old State Capitol. This Fair has 150 juried artists in a range of mediums, including oil/acrylic, ceramics, photography, jewelry, mixed media, metal, wood, drawing, fibers, glass, sculpture, watercolor, and printmaking. A children's tent for ages 2-15 will be open selling authentic artwork at small prices - a great way for your child to begin a love of art! There will also be a variety of food vendors and musical acts for entertainment.