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Rock on the Block
Rock on the Block will take place on May 15th, 22nd, and 29th in Ottawa, Fridays only at 6:00pm. Rock on the Block provides all age's entertainment, free to public! Location: Jordon Block - lower lots stage, Ottawa. See more at: www.facebook.com/RockOnTheBlock
2015 Time Travelers Bus Tours
On Wednesday, May 20th, from 8am until 4:30pm we'll be visiting some historical and unique churches in the Lemont and Lockport area. Included in the tour will be; Old Congregational Church/Gladys Fox Museum (Lockport), St. Dennis Catholic Church (Lockport), St. James at Sag Bridge Church (Lemont), Old Stone Church (Lemont), Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (Lemont) Lunch is included at the historic Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport! Tour Admission: $75 Museum Members / $85 Non-Members Registration must be received by May 11th - Space is limited! Time Travelers Bus Tours are made possible by a joint venture of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Heritage Corridor & Convention Visitors Bureau.
Uptown Grill: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Playlist Theater, a cozy concert nook inside LaSalle's famed Uptown Grill, has been entertaining the Starved Rock area since 2006. This venue has hosted dozens of national acts, many of whom are quick to add the Playlist Theater as a favorite stop on their next tour. On Thursday, May 21st, enjoy the musical stylings of Matthew Ryan & The Northern Wires. Check out his website: http://www.matthewryanonline.com/. For ticket information, visit http://uptowngrill.com/concerts.htm.
The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Highlights include a hair work necklace worn by the wife of Lincoln’s bodyguard on funeral train from Washington D.C. to Springfield, a life-size sculpture of the president by Lorado Taft, and a mysterious painting of the president bearing a cross on his forehead.
A Decade Ago
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
Dinner and a Little History: Domestic Servants in the 19th Century
Having live-in domestic servants seems like the height of luxury today, but in the 19th century, "hired girls" were common in middle-class households in Illinois. In a society without electricity and running water, household chores were onerous, and in the nineteenth century, a wave of immigrants made labor cheap and plentiful. In domestic servant situations, working class men and women lived and worked side by side with their employers yet were considered second class citizens, often leading to tense relationships. Who were these individuals? What were their employers' experiences living and working intimately with a cross section of society that they might never have encountered otherwise? How did the nature of domestic service evolve as the century progressed? Speaker: Erika Holst of Springfield is brought to us as an Illinois Humanities Council road Scholar. She is the curator of collections oat the Springfield Art Association of Edwards Place. Brought to you by Canal Corridor Association.
Discovery Dinner: Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, PhD, brings to The Gaylord Building an illustrated presentation on the end of the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, IL. Br. Vietoris is a leading educator and teaches the Civil War course at Lewis University. This program is in partnership with the Joliet Area Historical Museum’s Civil War programming. Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War is a presentation of the Discovery Dinner series at The Gaylord Building (200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441). Doors open at 5:45pm with a cash bar reception. A dinner catered by the Public Landing Restaurant begins at 6:15pm. The buffet service dinner includes a choice of entrees with salad, sides, dessert and beverages (non-alcoholic). The presentation begins at 7:00pm and concludes with a question & answer session. Participation fee is $25 (twenty-five dollars) per person, and advance registration is required. For reservations and information, please call 1.815.838.9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Gaylord Building (www.GaylordBuilding.org) is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org).
A Fiendish Assassination
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum unveils a breathtaking collection of items related to Lincoln’s murder and funeral in an exhibit called “A Fiendish Assassination.” Opening April 2, the exhibit includes many items that have never been seen by the public before, including two medallions that adorned Lincoln’s hearse.
Chicago Critics Film Festival
Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival held at the Music Box Theatre offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers. The CCFF is the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The festival lineup features works from around the globe and offers viewers an eclectic blend of raunchy comedy, introspective drama and mind-blowing fantasy.
22th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival
The Chicago Underground Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world. This year’s festival at the Logan Theater will offer a mix of independent features, shorts, documentaries and experimental films augmented by nightly parties and concerts. Our programming is innovative and unique, ranging from the lowbrow entertainment of John Waters, Doris Wishman and Coffin Joe to fine art films/videos of the current avant-garde. With an exponential growth each year in both attendance and film submissions, the Chicago Underground Film Festival is an undeniable success.
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Join in the fun at the Star Wars Scavenger Hunt at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Children and families are invited to find all 20 of the original Star Wars figures plus a special bonus figure hidden throughout the Museum's galleries! All participants get a Star Wars game card. Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Held at Columbia College, CineYouth is our yearly student film festival that celebrates and showcases short films made by filmmakers 21 years old and younger from around the world. Celebrating its 11th year May 7-9, 2015, CineYouth strives to encourage the talent of young artists and to provide them with opportunities to tell their stories, network with their peers and be recognized for their creativity.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Train Company
Train Company plays killer, teeth-kicking blues-rock. Since forming in 2008, John Zozzaro (guitar/vocals), Mark Alletag (saxophone), Mike DeWitte (bass/vocals), Rob Lejman (drums) and Sam Wyatt (keys) have explored a sound that has included everything from jazzy pop to bourbon-soaked rock 'n roll. Train Company’s success continues through constant gigging, including two recent sold out shows at Chicago's House of Blues alongside Counting Crows and Blues Traveler. Crowds can expect sweaty, high energy shows with no two alike! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
One Room Schools
Grundy County Historical Society is hosting Michele Micetich, who will present, “One Room Schools.” The program will be on Tuesday, April 28, 2014 at 7pm and will be held at the GCHS Museum in the Canal Port Community Center on West Illinois Avenue. All visitors and members are welcome to attend. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee. Country schoolhouses were tiny gems located according to federal land grant law in each township's "section 16 ". Grundy County had 98 of these country schools. Which landowners provided section 16 land? How did a township finance its school? Who were the teachers? What did getting an education mean in this era? Photographs and stories of our county's country schools, teachers and students, plus some details on standards and the history of particular schools as examples, will be presented. Maps and artifacts will be on display. The presenter welcomes attendees to share their own experiences with our country schools.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - Strung Out Band
Strung Out is Chicago’s most unique classic rock band. Their dynamic blend of guitars, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and percussion, topped off with outstanding vocalists, create an unforgettable sound. You’ll hear the greatest Classic Rock, Pop, Southern Rock, AM/FM Radio Cuts, and everything in between. Songs people know and love, performed by a band that loves to entertain. So get ready to sing, dance, and have fun with the amazing musical experience only Strung Out can provide. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Princess and the Pea
A very sad Prince Valerian can't seem to find happiness! His friend the Page, his mother the Queen and her faithful Wizard try to help find the perfect Princess for Valerian to marry. He meets all the Princesses in the kingdom and finally finds one he thinks he could love. But will she pass the Queen's test? Oh no! This royal musical is fun and magical as everyone tries to decide if the PERFECT princess actually exists. For a complete list of performance dates and times visit www.thelittletheatre.org. Order tickets by phone at 217-728-7375 or online at our website.
Classic Albums Live- Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Classic Albums Live re-creates the musical brilliance of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Note for note. Cut for cut. This is not a tribute band. There are no gimmicks or fake English accents. This is simply a live re-creation of one of the greatest pop/rock albums ever made. 8:00 pm show time.
Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - 1976 Band
The band 1976 revisits all the great rockin’ music from that 70’s era and takes you along for the ride. These outstanding musicians authentically recreate your favorites by bands like Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Tom Petty, Heart, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Bad Company, Rod Stewart, Journey, The Eagles, Santana, Elton John, Badfinger, Deep Purple, and many more. Featuring male & female vocals, two outstanding guitarists and a blistering rhythm section, let 1976 take you back to the decade that changed rock music forever! This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Raggedy Ann 100th Birthday Party
Raggedy Ann turns 100 years old this year and the Arcola Chamber of Commerce is celebrating this wonderful occasion by having a Raggedy Ann Birthday Dinner Party held at the Best Western Plus. Saturday is the Raggedy Sales Room featuring fun events and contests. Saturday night is the 100th Birthday Party Dinner (tickets required).
Summer Flute Showcase
Join in at the Great Hall of Starved Rock Lodge as they feature the students from Music Suite 408 in Peru, IL for their Summer Flute Showcase. Lead by instructor Sue Gillio, summer flute camp students will perform, demonstrating their musicianship and skills. This is sure to be a lovely evening of beautiful music. Free and open to the public.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
2015 Summer Rooftop Music Series - The Steepwater Band
The Steepwater Band’s latest album “Live & Humble” was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music. This summer, a different live performance is featured each month on the Joliet Area Historical Museum's Outdoor Rooftop Terrace! Doors open at 6:45 pm, and performers take the stage at 7:30 pm. Only $8.00 for Students with valid I.D. and JAHM Members or $10.00 for General Public!
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.