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Ongoing: Old Capitol Farmers Market
The longtime farmers market continues every Wednesday and Saturday through Oct. 30. The market is located on Adams Street between Third and Fifth streets and features a wide variety of fresh produce, cheese, bakery items, plants, spices, meats and other specialty items. Hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ongoing: Illinois Stories
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is hosting “How Vast and How Varied a Field ...” The Agricultural Vision of Abraham Lincoln, an exhibit of agriculture in Lincoln’s time. Displays include the first John Deere tractor — the only complete, working “Dain” model in the world; tools from before and after the revolution in agricultural technology and more. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31, and museum admission is required.

Through March 31: "The Flames Caught Us"
The exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library marks the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster. The exhibit will be free to the public at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Call 558-8934 or visit www.alplm.org for tickets or more information.

Jan. 10: Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters return to Springfield at 3 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Tickets are $83, $43, $29 and $21 depending on seats. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.springfieldpccc.com for tickets or more information.

Dec. 4: Illinois Chamber Orchestra's "A Candlelight Concert"
The ICO will present works by Ferrandini, Haydn and Handel, including a singalong to "Messiah," at 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church. Tickets are $23 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information call 206-6160 or visit www.ilsymphony.org.

 

Ongoing: "The Flames Caught Us"
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library is marking the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine disaster with an exhibit called "The Flames Caught Us." On Nov. 13, 1909, a fire broke out at the St. Paul Coal mine in Cherry that killed 259 men and boys. The exhibit is free and is open through March 31, 2010

 

Ongoing: Old Capitol Farmer's Market
Presented by St. John's Hospital, the Old Capitol Farmers Market - on Adams Street between Third and Fifth - features farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, bakery items and original artwork from area producers. Through Oct. 31.

 

Oct. 1-28: "White Guard"
French painter Sergei Chepik's first American exhibition will be in the University of Illinois Springfield's Visual Arts Gallery. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 206-6506 or e-mail gallery@uis.edu.

 

Presented by St. John's Hospital, the Old Capitol Farmers Market - on Adams Street between Third and Fifth - features farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, bakery items and original artwork from area producers. Through Oct. 31.

Celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday with a variety of Lincoln-era and contemporary entertainment with children's activities, fireworks and more. And sample the foods from downtown eateries at Taste of Downtown. For more information, call Downtown Springfield Inc. at 544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org.

Sparks in the Park is Rochester's three-day Fourth of July celebration featuring a carnival, parade, music and more. Rochester Community Park.

"One Destiny" is set in April 1865 on the stage of Ford's Theatre a few days after the assassination of President Lincoln. Harry Hawk, one of the most famous comedic actors of his day, and Harry Ford, a manager of Ford's Theatre, meet and revisit the events of the night Lincoln was killed. The show is 35 minutes long in the Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and there will be a Q&A following the performance. Call 558-8844 for show times.

The Illinois State Museum presents Growing Up Wild: Sprouts Ahoy from 10-10:30 a.m. For groups of 10 or more, pre-register by calling 782-5993.

Lincoln Library is starting a new historical fiction book group that will meet at noon on the second Wednesday of each month in the library's Carnegie Room South. Call 753-4900, ext. 2006, for more information.

The Illinois State Museum presents Black Sparrow Hawk: Humble Endings from 7 to 8 p.m. Presented by Dr. Michael Wiant, Director, Dickson Mounds Museum. Admission is free.

Jump into a good book and learn about some of the animals that reside at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Stories followed by an animal program and craft. 6:30 p.m. Regular admission.

Riverton High School science teacher Sandy Kennedy will teach a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum about the strange animals that once inhabited prehistoric Illinois. Fee is $12, and advanced registration is required by calling 782-5993.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest offers free 30-minute educational films for children, and this week's film is all about bats. The film starts at 10 a.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. Groups of 10 or more are asked to preregister at 788-5993.

WUIS Bedrock 66 Series presents Robbie Fulks at 8 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts theatre 3. Tickets are $15 presale and $17 at the door. A cash bar will be available in the theatre. To purchase tickets, call 523-2787 or visit tickets.scfta.org

James A. Percoco has been a high school history teacher for nearly 30 years, and his latest book is titled "Summers with Lincoln: Looking for the Man in the Monuments." He'll be signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gift store at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

Not just a cow-chip throw: Experience food and drink, a children's area, the Tour De Corn bike race, 3-on-3 basketball, music and more. Festival begins at 5 p.m. July 17 at Chatham Community Park. For more information, call 483-6872 or visit www.chathamjaycees.net.

Kids can learn what it takes to be an artist by starting with faces and cityscapes and by learning about several famous artists. The workshop is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum and is taught by Katie Rasmussen. The fee is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Call 782-6044 for more information.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest offers free 30-minute educational films for children, and this week's film offers a ride to the stars with Mrs. Frizzle on "The Magic School Bus." The film starts at 10 a.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. Groups of 10 or more are asked to preregister at 788-5993.

This dramatic musical is based on letters, diaries, firsthand accounts and the words of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman and others involved with America's war between the states. It features 21 actors and a live orchestra performing 26 songs. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Union Square Park, across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Tickets are $5-$12 and are available by calling 558-8934 or by visiting http://foundation.alplm.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=19.

At 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., the Springfield Youth Performance Group summer showcase will perform "Princess Journey" in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. The performance will bring to life the stories of both classic and modern fairy tale princesses, including Cinderella, Thumbelina, Sleeping Beauty, Anastasia and Pocohontas. Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for children. To purchase tickets, call 523-2787 or visit tickets.scfta.org  SYPG will also be hosting a Princess Makeover Party at 1 pm. For reservations to the Princess Makeover Party, please call 494-8059 or e-mail sypg@comcast.net.

Kids can learn about and create their own still life and landscape works at 1 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum. The workshop is taught by Katie Rasmussen and costs $7 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 782-6044 for more information.

The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest offers free 30-minute educational films for children, and this week's film is about how animals that live in harsh environments nurture their young in such places. The film starts at 10 a.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. Groups of 10 or more are asked to preregister at 788-5993.

Books will be available for purchase at St. John's Hospital conference rooms R and S, and proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 30 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31.

Jump into a good book and learn about some of the animals that reside at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Stories followed by an animal program and craft. 6:30 p.m. Regular admission.

Grandstand acts this year include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kelly Clarkson, the Bangles and more. Visit www.agr.state.il.us/isf/ for more information.

Partake of some great barbecue as well as local and national blues acts from noon to midnight at Fifth and Washington streets. Call 544-1723 or visit www.downtownspringfield.org for more information.

Springfield High School will put on Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical at SHS's Schnirring Auditorium, 100 S. Lewis St. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7 p.m.; Sunday show at 5 p.m. For more information, call 546-6108 or e-mail parker.5@comcast.net.

 

 

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks Series concludes with "The Planets Suite" by Gustav Holst, featuring David Collier playing on eight timpani. The concert will feature 3-D animations of the solar system as the orchestra plays. Show begins at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $20-42 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/index.htm.

 

 

Central Illinois is hosting its first CANstruction competition, co-sponsored by the Central Illinois Food Bank, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, ABE-FM and AIA Illinois. The final designs, which will follow an Abraham Lincoln theme, are on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the exhibition, all the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food bank. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, free, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through May 3.

 

 

Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency will give a free walking tour discussing the architectural styles, materials and treatments in downtown Springfield. There will be a reception after the tour.

 

 

This tour will show the residential possibilities of downtown Springfield above street level. Tickets are $5 for Downtown Springfield Inc. members, $7 for non-members. For more information, call 544-1723.

 

 

The Hoogland's annual variety show will feature plenty of local talent. Show begins at 8 p.m. in the LRS Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children and are available online or by calling 523-2787.

 

 

Celebrate both the bugs and the band during Super Saturday at Illinois State Museum's A Place For Discovery, Spring and Edwards streets. Beetlemania runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and registration is not necessary. For more information, call 782-6044.

 

 

The annual family event is set at Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 East Lake Shore Drive. Enjoy the animals, crafts and more. For more information, call 753-6217.

 

 

Nathan Carls and the Upstandard Citizens will perform. Bar service will be available. Event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Club Room. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 523-2787.

 

 

Lincoln Library is starting a new book club for fans of historical fiction. It will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in Carnegie Room South. This month's book is "The Physician" by Noah Gordon. For more information, call 753-4900, ext. 206.

 

 

The Springfield Ballet Company will showcase its dancers' choreography in its first such performance, which begins at 7 p.m. in the LRS Theater at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are available online or by calling 523-2787.

 

 

This off-Broadway musical based on the novel of the same name comes to the Springfield Theatre Centre for the first time. Show begins at 8 p.m. in Theatre 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and children, and are available by calling 523-2787.

 

 

Presented by St. John's Hospital, the Old Capitol Farmers Market features farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, plants, flowers, bakery items and original artwork from area producers. Opening day festivities are May 20.

 

 

Ancient Scottish athletics as well as Highland dance, bagpipes and drums will highlight the festival. Authentic Scottish and Irish food and beverages will be available. Festival is from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the infield of the Illinois State Fair Grandstand track. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children younger than 6 get in free. For more information call, call 793-8355 or visit www.central-illinois-celts.org.

 

 

More than 150 artists working in jewelry, photography, pottery, oils, watercolors, and other media will have their art on display for sale. Half a dozen bands will provide entertainment, and food and drink will be available for purchase. Fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call, 391-0140.

 

 

Downtown Springfield will host 20 Illinois wineries and their products. The $10 admission will get you a wine glass and five samples. Wines also available for purchase. Noon at Fifth and Jefferson streets.

 

 

The renowned comedy troupe takes on Illinois' deposed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $20-$25 and are available at the ticket office or by calling 523-2787. For more information, visit www.secondcity.com.

 

 

Artist Don Pollack will have paintings on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum through May 17. Museum admission required. For information, call 558-8934.

 

 

Visit Lincoln's social scene from the 1800s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Union Square Park. Enjoy period crafts, toys and games, and brush up on your 19th century social skills and manners. Event is free but some activities cost a few dollars. Strawberries, desserts and beverages also will be available for purchase.

 

 

The Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen & Preteen program promotes scholastic achievement, creativity, health and community involvement. Event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $22 ($35 for both days) and are available online or by calling 523-2787.

 

 

Carillonneurs from three different countries will put on nightly concerts from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park. Free fireworks are set for 9 p.m. June 5. For more information, call 753-6219, e-mail kkrees@carillon-rees.org or visit www.carillon-rees.org.

 

 

Famous for such hits as "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Sherry," Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be the last show of Sangamon Auditorium's season. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/index.htm.

 

 

Free self-guided tour highlights local art galleries and downtown restaurants and shops. Live entertainment and art demonstrations are featured. 5-8:30 p.m.

 

 

The Friends of Lincoln Library will hold their annual Summer Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 12 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 in Carnegie North and South. For more information, call 753-4900.

 

 

A series of exhibits will explore the complex history of Illinois at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Exhibits and artifacts include the first John Deere tractor - the world's only complete and working "Dane; model; the evolution of farm tools; and audio exhibits. Museum admission required. Through Jan. 3, 2010.

 

 

Pianist Lorie Line will and five members of her Pop Chamber Orchestra will set the mood during an intimate evening. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $32.50 and are available online or by calling 523-2787.

 

 

"Lincoln in Illinois" is an exhibition of images from the book of the same name, which feature many different representations of Lincoln from all across Illinois. The Exhibition is at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, and admission is free. Through Sept. 30.

 

 

The Springfield Art Association hosts a collection at its gallery through March 14. Admission is free. For more information, call 523-2631 or visit www.springfieldart.org.

An exhibition of work by seniors at the Robert Morris Gallery runs through March 20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Information, 793-4245.

People of all ages are welcome on guided tours to learn about the rain forest its inhabitants, products and more. Free. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 Fayette Ave. Runs through March 15. Information, 753-6228.

Visitors to the show can see the latest products and services to improve their homes and yards at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Hours are Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under 12 are free.

A new musical by Ken Bradbury and Roger Wainwright tells of how lives were touched by Springfield's favorite son. Many central Illinoisans are in the cast. Show is at 8 p.m. in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and children and can be purchased by calling 523-2787 or online at www.scfta.org.

One of the defining artists of the folk music genre, Werner brings her folk, jazz and pop stylings to the UIS Studio Theatre. Show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

Featured artists for this Prairie Art Alliance exhibit are Debbie Megginson of Auburn and Inga Schweska of Springfield. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the H.D. Smith Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. The artists' reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 7.

Noted pianist Simon Tedeschi joins with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra to pay tribute to one of the Jazz Age's masters -- George Gershwin. Show is at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $20-$42 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

Archaeology at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site at the Illinois State Museum, Thorne Deuel Auditorium, Spring and Edwards streets. Dr. Vergil Noble will discuss restoration of Lincoln's residence as well as other 19th century homes in the area surrounding the Lincoln Home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Don Pollack offers insights into the museum's temporary exhibit "The Lincoln Project." Free admission, but reservations are required, 558-8934.

This twist on the Neil Simon classic tells the story of Florence Unger and Olive Madison as the try to cope with their unorthodox living arrangement. Directed by Kelly Bassett. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Theatre 3 at the Springfield Theatre Centre. Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for seniors and children.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company packs the history of America, from Columbus' time to today, into a 90-minute show at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $32-$37 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

The WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! Series continues with the roots rock of Justin Townes Earle, son of the legendary Steve Earle. Illinois native Jason Ringenberg, formerly of Jason and the Scorchers, is the opening act. Show is at 8 p.m. in the Club Room at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are $15 presale and $20 at the door and can be purchased at 523-2787 or online at www.scfta.org. For more information, visit www.wuis.org/music/Bedrock2.html.

How are skyscrapers built? What does an architect do? What are the different building styles and architecture in Illinois? Visit A Place for Discovery at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., to make buildings out of recycled material and make blueprints. Free. Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Activities are ongoing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take about 45 minutes. Registration is not required. For information, call 782-6044.

An exciting hands-on conference for girls in sixth through eighth grades. $10. Public Affairs Center, UIS campus. Information, 529-4165 or online at www.aauw-il.org/springfield.

The annual pancake and sausage breakfast features syrup tapped and made by local volunteers, sausage patties, pancakes, juice and coffee. Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center, 2301 East Lake Shore Drive. Information, 529-1111.

All Tracy Turnblad wants to do is dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." Witness her transformation from social outcast to sudden star in this hit Broadway musical comedy. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $46-$56 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

The Illinois Chamber Orchestra performs pieces by three distinctly different 20th century composers: Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland and Arthur Honegger. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church. Tickets are $23 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

The international hit comes to the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show is presented as a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and children and can be purchased by calling 523-2787 or online at www.scfta.org.

This group that promotes Celtic culture will perform traditional Scottish music on bagpipes and drums alongside Irish dancers. Show is at 7 p.m. in the Carnegie Room North at Lincoln Library. For more information, call 753-4900.

Springfield Evening Kiwanis Club is hosting a free chess tournament for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade who know how to play chess from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Receive a free T-shirt and supper at Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur Blvd. For more information, call 544-4411 or visit www.SpringfieldEveningKiwanis.org .

Traditional Scottish and Irish dance and music. Springfield High School Auditorium, 101 S. Lewis St., 3 p.m.. Adults, $8; children and seniors $5. For more information, call 741-2989 or visit www.central-illinois-celts.org.

Fourteen speakers and entertainers from across the country will make 20-minute presentations on current issues or hot topics. Free gifts and prizes. Register early, $45. Crowne Plaza, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 544-8552 or go online www.capcityspeakers.com.

Free, self-guided walking tour highlights local art galleries as well as dining and retail outlets. 5-8:30 p.m.

America's early 20th century cultural explosion is examined in three pieces, featuring virtuoso violinist Tim Fain. Show is at 8:30 at Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets are $20-$42 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

Leapin' lizards! The classic musical about never giving up hope comes to Sangamon Auditorium, featuring one of Broadway's most memorable scores. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 206-6160.

This critically acclaimed contemporary dance troupe is under the artistic direction of Jim Vincent and brings its athletic and innovative repertoire to Sangamon Auditorium. The show steps off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37-$42 and are available by calling 206-6160 or at www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/tickets/.

The timeless fairy tale will thrill a new generation of children in this all-ages production. Part of the White Rabbit Series of the Springfield Theatre Centre. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the LRS Theatre in the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $11 for adults and seniors, and $8 for children.

Nature's creations are the inspiration for this Broadway dance spectacular. A cast of 25 aerialists, contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians bring to life such wonders as the aerial ballet of butterflies to the balancing giraffes, gigantic flowers and trees. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Call 206-6160 for ticket information.

Central Illinois will host its first Canstruction competition, co-sponsored by the Central Illinois Food Bank, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, ABE-FM, and AIA Illinois. The final designs, which will follow an Abraham Lincoln theme, will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these professionals, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the exhibition, all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food bank. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, free, 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Seventh Circuit Bar Association will hold a daylong program on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield which will cover Abraham Lincoln, his legal career and his vision for America.  Stephen R. Kaufmann of HeplerBroom's Springfield law office is a member of the Planning Committee for that program.

 

Based on the Biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, this musical features a wide variety of musical styles.

Economist and author Dr. Robert J. Genetski will give the keynote address at the 2009 Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Breakfast

Jan. 22: Russian National Ballet Company

The Russian National Ballet Company comes to Sangamon Auditorium to perform "Giselle." Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $32. For more information, call (800) 207-6960.

 

 

Learn about the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's accomplishments for 2008 as well as its goals for 2009. Enjoy a memorable evening of music, dining and networking beginning at 6 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza. For more information, call 525-1173.

 

 

Jan. 23: Illinois Symphony Orchestra

Concert master Julieta Mihai joins the ISO as they take on several classics, including Beethoven's monumental violin concerto. The show begins at 7:30 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, and tickets are $23.

 

 

Slow Food Springfield joins with the University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Museum  to show a series of films on the ultimate life-sustaining resource: food. The films will focus on our current food systems and their effects on people around the world. The film festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum, and there is no charge.

 

 

Jan. 28: Downtown Springfield Inc. annual dinner and awards presentation

Mayor Tim Davlin's "State of Downtown" address will highlight the evening that will include a gourmet dinner and awards presentation. The event is set for 6 p.m. at the Hilton Springfield, and tickets are $60 per person.

 

 

These beloved children's books come to life on the Sangamon Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.

 

 

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason team with the 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Band and the Springfield International Folk Dancers to give Springfield's favorite son an early 200th birthday present. Show is at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium.

 

 

RAIN covers the Fab Four from their clean-cut, mop-top days all the way through their long-haired hippie psychedelia. The show also incorporates historical footage from the 1960s on video screens. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show at Sangamon Auditorium are $41-$51.

 

 

Pam Brown will direct the Springfield Theatre Centre production of this 19th century comedy about a British family whose lives are turned awry by the arrival of a boorish American relative. The play perhaps is best known as the one President Lincoln was watching that fateful evening at Ford's Theater. Shows begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m in Theatre 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for seniors and children.

 

 

The Illinois Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to America's 16th president. The show begins at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, and tickets are $20-$42.

 

 

Dan Weinberg, owner of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, will moderate a panel discussion among the nation's leading collectors of Abraham Lincoln materials at 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Reservations for the free program are required by calling 558-8934.

 

 

This troupe of 35 performers puts on a stunning display of Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics set to traditional music. Tickets for the 3 p.m. show at Sangamon Auditorium are $32 and $37.

 

 

Eric Foner, a historian at Columbia University and editor of "Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World," will speak at noon at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling 558-8934.

 

 

"Winter Dance Party" is a re-creation of the 1959 Midwest tour of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper and is the only such tour officially endorsed by the estates of the three musicians, who were immortalized in the Don McLean song, "American Pie." Tickets for the 7 p.m. show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts are $21-$28.50 and are available at the box office, online or by calling 523-2787.

 

 

Richard Carwardine, Oxford scholar and author of "Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power," will discuss how Lincoln viewed the world and the place of the United States in it. Program begins at 7 p.m. in Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling 558-8934.

 

 

Recent Illinois Wesleyan University graduate Chris Killham will create unusual portraits of Abraham Lincoln, made entirely of Post-It Notes. Killham will work with local volunteers to build larger-than-life portraits in the windows of the skyway that spans Jefferson Street.

 

 

Daniel Mark Epstein, author of "The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage," will give his insights on the relationship of Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln during a free program in the Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Reservations are required by calling 558-8934.

 

 

Artist Don Pollack will exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum a series of paintings exploring the nature of history and representation highlighting the life of Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

"Lincoln in Illinois" is an exhibition of images from the book of the same name, which features many different representations of Lincoln from all across Illinois.

 

 

There was another famous historical figure born Feb. 12, 1809: Charles Darwin. Come to the Illinois State Museum to learn about science of Darwin's and Lincoln's era and chat with Darwin himself, portrayed by Brian "Fox" Ellis, as he explains his theory of evolution and his journey on the HMS Beagle. Program runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The Tony-award winning musical comes to Sangamon Auditorium. Show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $36 to $46.

 

 

This show combines spectacular photographs from National Geographic expeditions with evocative music from Ensemble Galilei and compelling narration by NPR's Neal Conan. Show begins at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, and tickets are $32 and $37.

 

 

Internationally acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis, comes to Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $47 and $52.

 

 

Browse collections amassed by children and teens and learn how to start and maintain a collection of your own. There could be fossils, shoes, sports cards and much more. For more information, contact Nina Walthall at 782-0061 or walthall@museum.state.il.us.

 

Dec. 21: An American Ice Princess and Her Doll Holiday Skating Party

Dec. 20: Holiday Pops

The Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony will perform with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, the University of Illinois at Springfield.

 

Dec. 5-Dec.14: A Tuna Christmas

A sequel to Greater Tuna, starring Rich McCoy and Darin Harms, will be presented at the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15. Call 523-2787 for more information.

 

 

Dec. 5-7, 12-14, 18-23 and 26-28: Holiday Lights at the Zoo

Tour the Henson Robinson Zoo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. while it's decorated for the holiday season. Cost is $2 per adult and $1 per child.

 

 

Dec. 5-6: Alternative Holiday Fair

First Church of the Brethren, 2115 Yale Blvd., will offer international gifts and holiday items as well as a bake sale from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6. Dinner will be served Dec.5; lunch on Dec. 6. Free admission. For information call 523-5212.

 

Dec. 5-7 and 12-14: "Willy Wonka Jr."

Staged for children, the beloved musical comes to the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $11 for adults and $8 for children.

 

 

Dec. 5-24, 26-31, Jan. 2-7: Christmas with the Lincolns

Learn about Christmas traditions of Lincoln's era and what the Lincolns might have given each other as gifts. Period Christmas decorations will be on display, and the neighborhood around Lincoln's Home also will be decorated. Free tickets are available at the Lincoln Home Visitors Center, 426 S. Seventh St.

 

 

Dec. 6-28: Holiday Floral Show

A Christmas floral display will be arranged at Washington Park Botanical Garden Conservatory and Exhibit Hall, Fayette Avenue and Chatham Road. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

Dec. 6: Holiday bazaar

Union Baptist Church will offer unique holiday gifts, music by Chahrm the Band with Ada Lou and a book signing by Ida Byther Smith, author of "We're All Connected," from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the T. Ray McJunkins Family Life Center, 1405 E. Monroe St. The bazaar is sponsored by the Tubman/Anthony Center, and admission is free. Call 528-3243 for information.

 

 

Dec. 5, 6, 8-13: Holiday Hall Exhibition and Sale

A juried exhibition and sale of fine art and craftworks, including handmade jewelry and ceramics by Illinois artists is set at the Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

 

Dec. 6: Jaycees Christmas Parade

Themed "Christmas Scenes on Silver Screens," Springfield's annual downtown Christmas parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Seventh and Jefferson streets. The judge's stage will be on Sixth Street, between Monroe and Washington streets. Visit www.springfieldjaycees.org for more infor

 

Dec. 6: 1840s Christmas Open House

Postville Express will perform at the state historic site at 914 Fifth St. in Lincoln. There also will be an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, and cake and punch will be served. The tour is free but donations are accepted. Call 735-4977 for more information.

 

 

Dec. 6: "A Village Christmas"

A tea room, cookie walk, crafts and lunch highlight the program at Sherman United Methodist Church, 2236 E. Andrew Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 496-2338.

 

 

Dec. 6: Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony Winter Concert

The symphony will perform various pieces at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church West. Donations will be accepted. Call 753-8000 or visit www.svys.org for more information.

 

Dec. 6-7: "The Nutcracker"

Ring in the holiday season with Springfield Ballet Company's annual production at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sangamon Auditorium, the University of Illinois at Springfield. Call 206-6160 for ticket information or visit www.springfieldballetco.org

 

Dec. 7: 1850s Community Carol Sing

Carolers dressed in period attire will sing at a benefit for Salvation Army Tree of Lights from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Springfield. Donations will be accepted and attendees are invited to dress in period attire, too. Call 528-4311 for more information.

 

 

Dec 9: Vachel Lindsey Home Christmas Celebration

Tour the decorated house; hear poetry, piano music and storytelling at 4 p.m. Cookies and spiced tea will be provided. Call 524-0901 for more information.

 

 

Dec. 13: Illinois State Museum Super Saturday

Children in countries around the world celebrate different holidays in different ways. Learn about these customs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Super Saturdays are free and held in A Place for Discovery at the museum. Call 782-7386 or visit www.museum.state.il.us for more information.

 

 

Dec. 13: Ira Glass

Host and producer of "This American Life" will share stories and answer questions at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium, the University of Illinois at Springfield. Call 206-6160 or visit www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/onstage/IraGlass.htm for more information.

 

 

Dec. 13: Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a hot or cold breakfast and get your picture taken with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at Calvary Temple, 1730 W. Jefferson St. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12 and includes a Christmas show.

 

 

Dec. 13: Christmas Cookie Walk

The St. John Vianney Women's Society will host a cookie walk from 9 a.m. to noon at the church activity center, 902 St. John Drive in Sherman. For information, call 487-7502.

 

 

Dec. 14:  Caroling at the Carillon

Christmas carols will be sung from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park over a bonfire. The carolers will be accompanied by 67 bells. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available afterward. Call 753-6219 for more information.

 

 

Dec. 19: Ice skating exhibition

The Springfield Park District and Springfield Figure Skating Club will host an exhibition from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Nelson Center in Lincoln Park. A public skate is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free with a donation of three canned food items. Cookies and punch will be served, and skaters can visit with Santa. Call 753-2800 for information.

 

 

Dec 19-21: "Christmas Wishes"

The Roxy Group puts on a swinging holiday revue, with a 10-piece orchestra and a dozen of Springfield's finest vocalists. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger.

 

 

Ongoing: Flights of Fantasy

Art from four members of the Prairie Art Alliance is on display through Dec. 20 in the H.D. Smith Gallery at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Ongoing: Across the Divide

This art exhibition at the Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., aims to raise awareness of the 1908 Springfield Race Riot. Through Jan. 11.

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