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House Concert with Mary Flower at the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center
An intimate evening of jazz and blues with acoustic guitar picker, singer and songwriter Mary Flower. Seating is limited. Call for reservations.
Military Tribute & Concert featuring USAF Band of Mid-America “Shades of Blue”
The military tribute will honor local first responders, military members and veterans. There will be a presentation a to honor local first responders and a Flag Honor Program with Honor Guard and Taps. There will also be a display of local fire and police equipment and K-9 unit. The evening concludes with a performance by the USAF Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble playing a free concert.
Mosaic World Film Festival
Mark your calendar! The 8th annual Mosaic World Film Festival will be held at the J.R. Sullivan Theatre, which is located in the Nordlof Center (118 North Main St. Rockford, IL 61101) on Friday, August 28th, Saturday August 29th, and Sunday August 30th, 2015. Founded in 2008, the Mosaic World Film Festival aims to unite and promote filmmakers from all over the world through the creative and powerful medium of film. The event was started by students from the Rockford, IL area who desired to create an event that would empower young people to creatively express themselves, while providing them with the means to affect their community in a positive way.
Art, Music & Ice Cream at the Ellwood House
Enjoy a day of fun with art, music, history, and good food on the grounds of the historic Ellwood Mansion at the Ellwood House Museum’s annual summer event, the Art Fair & Ice Cream Social. Thirty artists from the Midwest will exhibit and sell their work on the front lawn of the mansion in such media as paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and fiber arts. Folk rock duo Patchouli will entertain during the first part of the day and at 2:30 P.M., the DeKalb Municipal Band will take over for its annual concert on the terrace. First-floor tours of the Ellwood Mansion and the Ellwood-Nehring House will be offered from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The DeKalb Area Garden Club will present garden vignettes in the Visitor Center throughout the day.
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
Oktoberfest - Quincy
Celebrating Quincy's German heritage and history. Oktoberfest brings live music, food and specialty beers along with contests and home brewers samplings. All located in the German District between 9th -10th & York Streets. Hosted by the Quincy Rotary Club- held from 4-10pm on the 2nd Sat. in October. For questions call (217)214-3700
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Freedom Train at the Effingham Performance Center
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman in a series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period in a way the whole family is sure to enjoy. The show starts at 10 a.m.
Black Harvest Film Festival
From August 8 through September 3, the Gene Siskel Film Center invites Chicago to celebrate the 21st edition of the “Black Harvest Film Festival,” exploring the stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world through film and video. Talent is the key word in describing “Black Harvest:” an abundant manifestation of creativity representing emerging filmmakers and established masters alike. “Black Harvest” most especially promotes dialogue, and we feature many personal appearances for audience discussion.
Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
From the southern midlands of Ireland to the Chicago suburbs Ballydoyle carries the tradition with classic Irish brews, excellent food and live entertainment. Irish fare, boxtys, entrees and burgers. Brews on tap, by the pint, bottle and cans. Live music, parties and events. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day all year!
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Swan Lake
This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life!
Memory, an exhibit of portraits
Memory is an exhibition of portraits that reflect less the "sitter's" likeness than their psychological state. Works include paintings, colored pencil drawings, prints and pastels by Judith Roth, Ellen Holtzblatt, John Smolko and Joseph Taylor.
Nature Photography Contest
The 9th annual Nature Photography Contest on August 16-23, 2015 offers budding photographers a chance to display the best photographs from their many trips to State Parks in Illinois this past year. See the website for details. All activities are in the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Visitor's Center, 12:00pm- 3:00pm
Gigs Graphics! Gig posters by Chicago graphic designers
Reowned Chicago area graphic designers will present a wide range of posters designed for various music events in Chicago and elsewhere. These creative and unusual posters present the best in Chicago area graphic design. Designers include Jason Teegarden-Downs from Delicious Design League;Dan Grezca;Jay Ryan, the Bird Machine;Joseph Taylor; Dan Macadam, Crosshair, Fugscreen studios; Dan Black from Landland Press, Justin Santora, and Ryan Duggan, Drug Factory Press.
Fetching Market at Ford Hangar
Quality vintage and handcrafted wares, all within an historic atmosphere at the Lansing Municipal Airport Ford Hangar! Barn finds, old doors, old windows, silver, ironstone, vintage glassware, collections, skilled craftsmanship, talent, project finds, pieces of stuff, tables, old, new, painted, chairs, old, new, recovered, re-purposed, lighting, chippy rusty stuff, garden items, beautiful jewelry, great food, great craft beers, great cocktails, great live music, great cause! Friday: 5-9 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm.
Taste of Highland Park
Scrumptious delights from the City’s finest eateries highlight the 2015 Taste of Highland Park held at Port Clinton Square. Visitors can satisfy savory and sweet cravings with everything from sushi to tacos to ice cream. Visit booths beginning Friday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment all weekend at the Taste Stage and the Port Clinton Art Festival Saturday and Sunday
Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl
It’s become a tradition in the Fox Valley to honor the area’s rich Mexican culture with Ballet Folklorico – that tradition continues. The Ballet Folklorico celebrates the traditional Mexican folklorico with colorful costumes, wonderful music and electrifying, elegant and beautiful choreography. You’ll feel your spirits rise and eyes light up as this celebrated group of artists share an important piece of their wonderful culture.
Lake County Count-I-Con
Lake County’s biggest comic, toy, game and art convention. Children and adult costume contests, skits, and entertainment hosted on our stage both days, Aussie Pet Care’s pet costume contest, Magic the Gathering tournaments all day, and Brass City Games will be hosting drafts, Commander, and standard MtG tournaments all weekend. There will also be massive video game tournaments with different console and PC gaming tournaments. Discussions with panelist, James Renner, Author and cold case investigator, and panelist, Tim Maile, radio show host, author, and paranormal investigator. More to come please watch the website for more information.
Arias and Duets at Ravinia
Frederica von Stade, Mezzo-soprano and Laurie Rubin, Mezzo-soprano will be performing Arias and Duets under the stars at Ravinia. Music from Wolf, Faure, Jake Heggie, Porter, Stephen, Thomas, Puccini and many more. Tickets: $60/40 Lawn: $10
Maxim Vengerov & Itamar Golan at Ravinia
Bring the friends and a picnic for a great night of classical music under the stars. Enjoy the music of Brahms, Elgar, Dvorák, Paganini and much more performed by Maxim Vengerov on the violin and Itamar Golan on the piano. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10
Ramsey Lewis With Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia
Ramsey Lewis & friends the James Memorial Church Choir makes their debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with his world-premiere Ravinia-commissioned piano concerto. Tickets: $75/25 & Lawn: $10
Chicago Symphony Orchestra With Special Guests
Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on a Scottish Symphony with conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and Peter Serkin on the piano. Music includes pieces from Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Tickets: $50/25 & Lawn: $10
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Performs with Pinchas Zuckerman at Ravinia
Pinchas Zukerman on violin will perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Payare. Program will include pieces from Berlioz, Bruch, and Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets: $50/25 & Lawn: $10.
Karita Mattila at Ravinia
Karita Mattila is a Finnish operatic soprano singer. Come out and enjoy the beautiful music including works by Brahms, R. Strauss, Sibelius and Merikanto. Tickets: $60/40 & Lawn: $10