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May/June 2010

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.

May 7-9, 14-16: “Company”
Ed Macmurdo directs this series of vignettes about the perpetually single Bobby, his girlfriends, his married friends and his fear of commitment. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Tickets are available by calling 523-ARTS.

May 8: Dr. Dolittle Day
Help celebrate Henson Robinson Zoo’s 40th anniversary at its annual Dr. Dolittle Day. Admission is free. For more information, contact the zoo at 753-6217.

May 8: Super Saturdays: Cinco de Mayo
Learn about and celebrate the Mexican heritage of many Illinois residents through activities, music and more at A Place for Discovery at the Illinois State Museum. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature take-home crafts. For more information, call 782-6044 or visit www.museum.state.il.us/.

May 8: Deke Dickerson
St. Louis-born rockabilly guitarist comes to Theater 3 at the Hoogland Center for the Arts as part of the WUIS Bedrock 66 Series. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 523-2787 before 5 p.m. on the day of the show. A cash bar will be available in the theater.

May 17: Classics book group
This month’s discussion will be about “Plot Against America” by Philip Roth. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea are provided. The group meets at noon on the third Monday of each month in the Bicentennial Room at the main branch of Lincoln Library. For more information, call the Contemporary Fiction Desk at 753-4900, ext. 206

May 19: Old Capitol Farmers Market
The longtime farmers market opens May 19 and 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.

May 20: The Doobie Brothers
The classic-rock legends bring their big hits — like “Black Water,” “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’” — to Sangamon Auditorium. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42-$67 and are available by calling 206-6160 or visiting www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/onstage.

May 29: Illinois Got Talent
The talent competition presented by the Miss Illinois Scholarship Association is set for 7 p.m. in the LRS Theatre at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Contestants will compete for a prize package that includes $1,000 cash and a $2,500 full-tuition LA Experience scholarship from Dolphin Entertainment. For more information, call 523-2787. 

June 2: Pied Piper Architecture Tour
Learn about Springfield’s architectural treasures as Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency leads a walking tour discussing the architectural styles, materials and treatments of downtown buildings. There is no charge for the tour, which begins in front of the Lincoln Herndon law office on the South Old State Capitol Plaza and lasts about 90 minutes. For more information, call the Downtown Springfield Inc. office at 544-1723.

June 3: Downtown Art Walk
Downtown visitors can take free, self-guided walking tours of merchants, restaurants and art galleries. Free entertainment also is featured. For more information, call the Downtown Springfield Inc. office at 544-1723.

June 5: World Ocean Day
Henson Robinson Zoo is among zoos and aquariums across the country celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s book, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” to mark World Ocean Day. Visitors also will learn how everyday actions impact the oceans. For more information, contact the zoo at 753-6217.

June 8-9: Magic School Bus
The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest continues with “The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in its Pants,” in which Ms. Frizzle and the gang shrink and enter an anthill and learn how important ants are, as well as how they live and work together. There are 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. showings in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. For more information or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or 782-5993.

June 12: Super Saturdays: Outside at the Museum
This Super Saturday is outside! There will be games and crafts, and visitors can bring their sidewalk chalk to help create a work of art. Activities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature take-home crafts. For more information, call 782-6044 or visit www.museum.state.il.us/.

June 18: BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet
This season’s final show at Sangamon Auditorium features the esteemed Cajun group BeauSoleil, which turns elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues into a satisfying musical gumbo. The special outdoor event also will feature the savory Creole dishes of New Orleans and the unveiling of the 2010-11 Performing Arts Season at UIS. Tickets are $22 and are available by calling 206-6160 or visiting www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/onstage.

 

June 20: Father’s Day at the Zoo
Spend a special day at Henson Robinson Zoo with Dad, who gets in free with a paid child admission. For more information, contact the zoo at 753-6217.

June 26: Breakfast with the Animals
Listen to the sounds of Henson Robinson Zoo awakening while enjoying a continental breakfast. Visitors also will be able to participate in making special breakfast treats for the animals. Pre-registration and payment are required by calling 753-6217.

Story published Friday, May 7, 2010 ( Volume 5, Number 3 )

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