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October 21, 2014, 10:09 am
Postings for April 25, 2014 Full Month View
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  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."
  All Day Lions Rain Barrel Sale   The Springfield Noon Lions Club is undertaking its second year of selling rain barrels. Plastic 55-gallon rain barrels are available in black, blue, grey, and terra cotta for $70. Oak 54-gallon rain barrels are available for $165 if they are unfinished and $190 if they are refinished. Accessories such as downspout diverters and pedestals are also available. The brochure and order form can be viewed at, while color photographs of the rain barrels are available at A sample barrel may be viewed and orders will be taken at the 22nd Annual Earth Day event in Springfield’s Lincoln Park on April 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Any rain barrels ordered at the Earth Day event will receive a $5 discount. All orders must be received by May 8. Rain barrels and accessories will be available for pick up on May 17 from 9-11:30 AM at 829 South 11th Street, Springfield. Customers of City Water, Light & Power may be eligible for a $25 rebate.
  All Day Power Up! Fitness Camp for Kids   Fitness Together is presenting Power Up! Fitness Camp Ages 6-14 The camp will emphasize learning and applying healthy living concepts in a fun active setting! For more information go to
  8:00PM n/a Friday Night Star Parties   The University of Illinois Springfield's popular Friday Night Star Parties will resume in April. Those dates include: April 4, 11, 18, and 25. Friday Night Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m., weather permitting, at the UIS observatory on the roof of Brookens Library. Star Parties are hosted by John Martin, associate professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory's telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including the planets Jupiter and Mars (later in April), the Moon, when visible; the Great Nebula in Orion; and other double stars and star clusters. A typical Star Party begins with a presentation as visitors ascend the stairs to the observatory, learning about galaxies, the sun and stars along the way. On the roof observation deck visitors are invited to view the skies through telescopes and ask questions. Participants are welcome to arrive and leave as they wish between 8 and 10 p.m. Friday Night Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner of the building. Star Parties may be canceled for cloudy weather. Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party. Participants may also follow the UIS Observatory on Twitter (@UISObservatory) for updates. For more information on Star Parties, email John Martin at or visit
  8:00AM 9:00AM Citizen Club Policy Breakfast   The 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition, Katie Spindell - President. The funeral procession for Abraham Lincoln marked one of the most painful moments in our nation's history. In May of 2015 we will pay tribute to the man and the moment. Be a part of a re-enactment like no other. Meet the hearst and soldiers at the station. Experience period singers and music. It will be almost as if you were there the first time. For more information visit This program will be in the Club Room on the 3rd floor.
  11:00AM 6:00PM Senior Art Exhibit   The University of Illinois Springfield presents Appropriately Titled, an exhibition of works from the graduating class of the Visual Arts Department. The works will be divided among the UIS Visual Arts Gallery and the Access Gallery. The Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Health and Sciences Building (HSB 201). The Access Gallery is located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building (VPA lobby). The show will open Monday, April 21 and run through Thursday, May 15. The exhibition is a representation of the skill refined during the students' time at UIS. Each artist draws on their own inspiration to create unique pieces. There is a variety of media represented including digital media, painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, and sculpture. Eleven artists have come together to show off their talent in this well-rounded exhibition. Presenting artists include Megan Calcara, Matthew Dixon, Robert I. Elmers IV, Andrew‎ French, Lingxuan Huang, Kayla Ico, Jeremy Josserand, Alexandra‎ Leischner, Jemilla Sadick-Raji, Andrew ‎ Sill, and Mandy‎ Smith. Appropriately Titled will open on Monday, April 21 and run through Thursday, May 15. A reception at both venues will take place on Thursday, May 8, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Access Gallery is located in the Visual and Performing Arts Gallery Building (VPA lobby). Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on exhibition programming, please visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at, or contact the gallery by phone at (217) 206-6506 or email:
  11:00AM n/a Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer   The 5th Annual Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer, benefiting cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will feature Hall of Fame Speaker Kathleen Passanisi whose work in the field of therapeutic humor has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Working Woman and other nationally-known publications. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 25 at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams St., Springfield. Proceeds from the event benefit all cancer research at Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University. Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10 tickets. Both are available by calling 217-545-2955 or registering online at Registration and networking will begin at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The Women's Power Lunch Against Cancer celebrates and encourages mutual support among women as primary health caregivers in our communities. The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is
  5:30PM 7:30PM Illinois Prairie Pastel Society Show   Members of the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society (IPPS) will present some 60 new paintings at a grand opening of the organization's annual show at the Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce St. in Chatham, IL, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 25. The public is invited and refreshments, wine and soft drinks will be served. The second of five 2014 IPPS shows, the Chatham venue will feature 30 artists who paint in unique styles from traditional, Tall Grass Prairie landscapes to modern abstracts, according to IPPS President Sue Scaife. "This is a unique opportunity for area art lovers and collectors to see, appreciate and buy works produced by serious painters who love the beauty and lasting qualities of the pastel medium," she said. Scaife said IPPS began it's 2014 season with a very successful show at the David Strawn Gallery in Jacksonville, IL in January. "After the Chatham show, our works can be seen at Lincoln Land Community College in June, Edwards Place Fine Art Fair in September, and Springfield Art Association in November." For more information on IPPS, visit
  7:30PM n/a "Take Back the Night" March and Rally   The University of Illinois Springfield Women's Center and Residence Life will hold the seventh annual Take Back The Night march and rally. The candlelight march will start with a brief ceremony near the colonnade on the UIS main quad and progress towards the Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) Greatroom where a rally will be held. "Take Back the Night" protests rape and all forms of violence against women. This event empowers women and all people to reclaim their right to be part of the night and the human experience of nighttime. "Take Back the Night" will include survivor stories, poetry, a healing observance, and t-shirts for students who arrive early. The Clothesline Project and 10 Paper Cranes for Healing the Violence will also be on display. The Clothesline Project is made up of t-shirts telling women's stories. This is the 20th Anniversary of The Clothesline Project at UIS. The 10 Paper Cranes project was created at UIS last year and is being replicated elsewhere. UIS students created paper cranes streamers, which are dedicated to victims/survivors. The supporting organizations for the event include the Enos Park Neighborhood Association and the Feminist Activist Coalition of Lincoln Land Community College. Supporting UIS groups include the Asian Student Organization, Black Male Collegiate Society, Black Student Union, Indian Student Organization, Kalanidhi (an Indian Dance Organization), Muslim Student Organization, Necessary Steps Mentoring Program, Organization of Latin American Students, PStarHR, Sisters with Vision, and the Women's Issues Caucus. For more information on "Take Back the Night", contact the UIS Women's Center at 217/206-7173 or
  8:00PM n/a Les Misérables   The Hoogland Center for the Arts, in association with the Springfield Municipal Opera, is pleased to present Les Misérables in Concert on Friday April 25, Saturday April 26, and Sunday April 27. Preshow dinner on Friday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. catered by Arena Food Service! Dinner is $15 per person and reservations can be made online when purchasing a show ticket or by phone (523-2787). Reservations must be made by April 22 at 5 p.m. Last June the Muni presented a popular production of the epic Broadway musical Les Misérables at their outdoor lakeside amphitheater. The audience and cast were so enthusiastic about the production that the Hoogland Center has arranged to present a concert version of the show in the beautiful indoor LRS Theatre with most of the Muni cast returning to sing this glorious music. This event will also help the Hoogland Center for the Arts celebrate its' 10th anniversary as a performing arts center. When the facility first opened in 2004, one of the first big productions was a concert featuring music from Les Misérables, so it is a fitting tribute to the Hoogland Center to revisit this classic show during this 10th anniversary year. Les Misérables was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. In 19th century France, reformed prisoner Jean Valjean breaks his parole and is hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert. In order to honor his promise to raise the orphaned Cosette as his own daughter, Valjean must leave his past behind and start a new life. But with Javert closing in, and a revolution taking over the city, he has to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to keep his young ward safe. The concert presentation, similar to concert versions seen on PBS, will star Joshua Ratz as Valjean, Tony Young as Javert, Mary Kate Smith as Fantine, Peyton Tosh as Cosette, Adam Sitton as Enjolras, Kellen Fant as Marius, Gus Gordon and Aasne Vigesaa as the villainous Thenardiers, and a large cast of over 50 singers. The show is directed by Dr. Steve Kaplan, with assistance from Marj Bertchtold, Dennis O'Brien and Mark Coultas. Music direction is by Damien Kaplan, and Paul Presney, Jr. is helping to design a special set for the concert. Dr. Gayle Woodson and the SIU Division of Otolaryngology will sponsor this concert.
  8:00PM n/a Springfield Pride Drag Race   The Phoenix Center is proud to present the annual Springfield Pride Drag Race on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $15. Exclusive VIP tickets are $100 per table of four (4) and can only be purchased by calling or visitng the HCFTA Ticket Office. The Springfield Community has created a tradition to come together and celebrate creativeness, individuality and an art for the dramatics through the annual Springfield Pride Drag Race, a night of performances from drag artists, a live performance from Springfield's own Debbie Ross and a competition that will culminate with the crowning of the area's most talented individuals in the art of drag.

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