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Postings for February 11, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Knowledgeable Knitters   Would you like to learn how to knit or crochet? Or, are you working on a knitting/crocheting project and would like to socialize with new friends while you work? Would you be interested in helping create a “group blanket” for Project Linus? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are invited and welcomed to join our Knowledgeable Knitters group! For beginners, the group is a great way to practice and learn new skills. (And, we have materials to get you started!) For more experienced individuals, the group allows sharing of projects and ideas. All ages are welcome! Knowledgeable Knitters meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:45 to 7:45 at the Rochester Public Library. Registration is not required.
 
  All Day Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium   The Annual Abraham Lincoln-Benjamin P. Thomas Symposium will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at The Old State Capitol State Historic site with the keynote address by Dr. Bruce Levine, J. G. Randall Distinguished Professor of History and Professor of African American Studies, The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His address is titled "Fall of the House of Dixie: 1864 and the Beginning of the End." The Symposium continues on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. The 11 a.m. speakers will be Dr. John F. Marszalek, Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University, Director and Mentor of Distinguished Scholars, Executive Director and Managing Editor, Ulysses S. Grant Association, and Dr. Douglas L. Wilson, George A. Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and Co-Director Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College. A round table featuring all of the Symposium speakers begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. These Symposium events are free and open to the public. The Thomas F. Schwartz Symposium luncheon, which begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, features speaker Dr. Kate Masur of Northwestern University speaking about "Personal and Political: William Slade and Elizabeth Keckly in Lincoln's White House" The luncheon is $25 per person and reservations can be made online at www.abrahamlincolnassociation.org or by calling (866) 865-8500.
 
  All Day Accepting Teen Poetry/Art   Now accepting poetry and artwork submissions from teens, grades 6-12 until Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 for international teen poetry anthology, Navigating the Maze. Produced in Springfield, Ill. by the local non-profit literary organization Springfield Poets and Writers and sponsored in part by the Vachel Lindsey Association, this annual book is in its 16th year of publication. Contributors to the book receive two free books. Teachers who send in their students' work that is accepted for publication, receive two free books -- one for their classroom and one for the school library. For more info or complete rules, visit www.springfieldpoetsandwriters.com or www.adonisdesignspress.com.
 
  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
 
  8:30AM 5:00PM Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art   Figurism: Narrative and Fantastic Figurative Art brings together historical and contemporary body-based art by over fifty artists from the Illinois State Museum collection. The exhibition emphasizes the power and the range of the narrative and expressive uses of the figure in Midwest art. The artworks were selected to create a better understanding and consideration of different representational styles and the ability of the figure to carry feeling, memory, and experience. They were also selected with an eye toward something fantastic—a heightened sense of the super-real or super-natural—whether through aggressive, expressive form, high-keyed color, inventive graphics, or ambiguous situations. The Museum is open from 8:30-5:00 Monday through Saturday and from 12:00-5:00 on Sunday. Admission is free. Parking is available nearby and the building is ADA accessible. For more information contact Jim Zimmer at 217-782-7440.
 
  4:00PM 5:00PM Project Linus   Would you like to give your time and support to children in hospitals? If so, please join us for group blanket-making sessions for Project Linus. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children (infants to teens) in hospitals for security and comfort. No experience is necessary; we’ll show you how to make the blankets! Drop in during any of our blanket-making sessions-you’re always welcome!
 
  9:00AM 5:00PM Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition Exhibi   The Springfield Art Association is thrilled to unveil a new gallery exhibition space, the M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, thanks to the generous contribution of the M.G. Nelson Family Foundation. We have been able to install new walls, wood floors, state of the art energy-efficient lighting, and an electronic projection screen. The Springfield Art Association is honored to have such an elegant new space to showcase art exhibitions for the Springfield community in our 101st year. The renovation is the first completed success to "Embrace the Future" as part of the $4 million Centennial Capital Campaign project to be the premier community visual arts center in central Illinois. The first exhibition in the new space exemplifies this SAA mission and vision as they present the area's best artwork from the Central Illinois Scholastic Art Competition featuring gold and silver awards from area junior and high school students. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 28 during SAA normal business hours Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., Springfield, IL 62702
 
  9:30AM 10:30AM M is for Moon Mini Camp   Discover the moon and nighttime animals at M is for Moon Mini Camp for children ages 1-5 and their adult buddy at Rock Springs Nature Center. Mini camp for children ages 1-5 will be held February 11 from 9:30-10:30am, and one for children ages 3-5 on February 12 from 1-2pm. Fee is $10. Reservations required. Register online at www.maconcountyconservation.org or call 217-423-7708. What is the moon made of? Where does it go during the day? Turn your little one into a nature detective as we uncover and shed some light on the secrets of the night and nighttime animals. Rock Springs Conservation Area is located on the southwestern edge of Decatur. To get to Rock Springs from Decatur, go south on Route 48 and turn west onto Rock Springs Road or go south on Wyckles Road and turn east onto Rock Springs Road. Watch for signs. Plenty of parking is available.
 
  5:00PM 9:00PM Art of Wine   The Springfield Area Arts Council is hosting an evening of Music, a Silent Auction, a 50/50 raffle, and WINE! Come join us at All About Wine to listen to the tunes of Micah Walk & Liz Eckert(5-7) and Ben Bedford(7-9). All proceeds benefit the Arts Council in its mission of enriching the Springfield Community with Art!

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