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January-February 2010
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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.

Jan. 15-17, 22-24:

"The Importance of Being Ernest"

Oscar Wilde's comedy of mistaken identities and deflated Victorian pomposity remains popular more than 100 years after it was first performed. No one is quite sure who they seem to be in this witty farce. Shows will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Theatre III. Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. Call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org for more information.

Jan. 17: Russian Ballet Gala

The Russian Ballet Gala in an Afternoon of Ballet's Greatest Hits featuring the Moscow Festival Ballet will be presented at 3 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. The event is presented in cooperation with the Springfield Ballet Company. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Jan. 22: Cabaret

Whatever your troubles, you will forget them at the Cabaret. The show is at 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Jan. 23: Ralph's World

Ralph Covert and his traveling circus  known as Ralph's World are loved by parents and children. The show begins at 11 a.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 9: Shen Yun

Inspired by the spirit of an ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts presents Chinese dance and music. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 11: Band of Irish Guards

The band's main duty is to play for the Mounting of The Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace and for state ceremonial occasions and public duties.  This year, the band will make its debut tour of the United States and makes a stop at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 12: Luncheon and book signing

Richard W. Fox will present "Losing Lincoln: How Americans Coped with the Shock of Assassination in 1865" at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in the Multi-Purpose Room. Fox is professor at the University of Southern California, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in 19th century American history. Lincoln Symposium, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association, will immediately follow at 1 p.m. at the Old State Capitol. Luncheon begins at 11:15 a.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, call 558-8934 or visit www.alplm.org.

Feb. 12-14, 19-21: "Rent"

Jonathan Larson's rock musical is winning a new generation of fans, most born after the late '80s, when bohemian artists struggle to make it in New York City in the age of the AIDS epidemic. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in the LRS Theare. Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. Call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org for more information.

Feb. 15: Evening with Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor, the host and writer of "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac," is returning to the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 27: Basket of Hope fundraiser

The Hoogland Center for the Arts presents its third musical fundraiser for Basket of Hope. Music from Broadway shows will be presented by local musicians. The show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted during the show. Call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org for more information.

Feb. 20: The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Blind Boys of Alabama are still at the top of the gospel charts and won consecutive Grammy Awards the past three years. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

Feb. 26: "Junie B. Jones"

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament and other various first-grade situations. Show begins at 7 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

March 5: "Romeo & Juliet"

The Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater in cooperation with the University of Illinois Springfield Theatre present Shakespeare's iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny. Show begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

 

Story published Friday, January 8, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 1 )

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