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March/April 2010

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.com for tickets or more information.

March 6: Book discussion
Best-selling author Seth Grahame-Smith will be discussing his book, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," at 7 p.m. in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum's Union Theatre. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Call 558-8934 or visit www.alplm.org for tickets or more information.

March 6-7: Illinois Products Expo
More than 70 Illinois food companies (and a few non-food companies) will be exhibiting at the 12th annual food and cooking extravaganza. Food companies will provide free samples, and most of these products will also be available to purchase at the expo. The expo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, contact Larry Aldag at 524-3012 or larry.aldag@illinois.gov.

March 10:  A Tribute to the Beatles
The Beatles cover band Rain will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

March 11: Antje Duvekot
WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! Series presents Antje Duvekot at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show will be at 8 p.m. in Theatre III. Tickets will be available for $10 until 5 p.m. the day of the show or at $15 at the door. A cash bar will be available in the theater. For more information call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org

March 11: Girls' Night Out
The Fifth Annual Style of Hope will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a fashion show at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Springfield. The event was created by The Hope Institute's Leadership Council to raise funds to benefit the children of The Hope Institute. Proceeds go toward the many programs and services offered to the children of Hope. For tickets or more information call 585-5119.

March 12: Ballet Folklórico de México
Traditional Mexican dancers will perform at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

March 12-14, 19-21: "The Foreigner"
Springfield Theatre Center presents 'The Foreigner" at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show is at 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in Theatre III. The title character of Larry Shue's comedy is no foreigner at all, but Charlie Back is so shy and reserved that he can't speak to others. His friend Froggy covers for Charlie by claiming that he is indeed from a foreign land and does not speak English at all. As a result, all the other characters speak freely around Charlie, letting him in on all of their secrets. Tickets are $13 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. For more information call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

March 12-14, 19-21: "Parade"
Over the Moon Productions and Williamsville State Bank & Trust present "Parade" at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show is at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in LRS Theatre. "Parade" is an example of modern American musical theater, with emphasis on story and characters. The show won Tony Awards for best score and best book in 1999 and is currently in revival on the West Coast. Tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors. For more information call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

March 13: "We Hold These Truths"
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Virginia composer Judith Shatin's "Jefferson: In His Own Words." The show begins at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

March 13: Sparc's Sugar and Spice Chili Dinner
Les Eastep will serve chili with hot dog, drink and dessert at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at Walnut and Edwards streets. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12.

April 8: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Featuring renowned violin soloist Julian Rachlin at 7:30 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

April 10: Chic Gamine
The Canadia vocal quintet will perform at 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

April 12: "The Wizard of Oz"
Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Tinman and Scarecrow will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

April 13: Business Connections
The Greater Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce's annual trade show features more than 100 Springfield-area businesses. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center

April 16-18, 23-25: "The Comic Book Artist"
The Springfield Theatre Centre presents "The Comic Book Artist: A Tale of Superheroes, Dreams and One Really Evil Villian" at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show is at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays in the LRS Theatre. The White Rabbit performances brings the comic-book genre to life as Stanley Leonardo Sappovitz creates his team of superheroes to conquer the dastardly super-villain. For more information call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

April 17: Rosie Flores
WUIS Bedrock 66 Live! Series presents Rosie Flores at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The show is at 8 p.m. in Theatre III. Tickets will be available for $15 until 5 p.m. the day of the show or $20 at the door. A cash bar will be available in the theatre. For more information call 523-2787 or visit www.scfta.org.

April 23: B.B. King
For more than half a century, Riley B. King, better known as B.B. King, has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. King will perform at 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

April 24: Bates and Beethoven
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra presents internationally acclaimed pianist Leon Bates performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" and other Beethoven favorites. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Illinois Springfield. Call 206-6160 for tickets or more information.

May 1-Aug. 31: "The Story of Harness Racing"
The collection of 35 framed original Currier & Ives lithographs will be on display at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. The collection includes studies of trotting horses, mid-19th century scenes and comedic adventures that convey a part of Americana prior to the advent and development of photography. The exhibit is on loan from The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame. Call 558-8934 or visit www.alplm.org for more information.

 

Story published Friday, March 5, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 2 )

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