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October 24, 2014, 2:48 am
Postings for August 11, 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 School Supply Drive   Rochester Public Library is hosting a School Supply Drive and will be accepting donations of school supply related items. Items can be dropped off at the library, located in Rochester, during normal business hours. All items will be donated to local school children that are in need of supplies. For additional information regarding this supply drive, please contact the library at (217) 498-8454 and ask for Susan.
  All Day Illinois State Fair   The Illinois State Fair runs August 7th (Preview Night) through August 17th in Springfield. For a full schedule of events, click here!
  n/a n/a UIS Band Musician Search   Interested in keeping music a part of your life? Get involved with UIS Music ensembles and continue your music making through your college career and into the rest of your life! Fall Semester rehearsals begin the first week of classes: Monday, August 25, 2014 and continue through December 2014. Held in UIS VPA33 on Mondays 4:00-5:50. UIS Band is open to all students, faculty, alumni, and community members. For more information, call 206-6073.
  n/a n/a UIS Chorus Musician Search   Interested in keeping music a part of your life? Get involved with UIS Music ensembles and continue your music making through your college career and into the rest of your life! Fall semester rehearsals begin the first week of classes: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 and continue through December 2014. Held in UIS VPA33 on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:15 and Thursdays 3:30-5:30. UIS Chorus is open to all students, faculty, alumni and community members. For more information, call 206-6073.
  5:30PM n/a Monday Night Group Bike Ride   Get the family together and go for a Monday night bicycle ride! The ride starts at Ace Bike Shop at 2500 S. MacArthur at 5:30. Riders bike to Chatham, regroup there, and then head back to Springfield. The rides are geared toward all levels of riders and are weather permitting. Helmets are strongly recommended. Learn more by going to
  8:30AM 12:30PM East Side Farmer's Market   St. John's Hospital, the Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) and Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) will be opening the East Side Farmers Market at 8:30 am on Monday, July 7. The East Side Farmers' Market will be located in the parking lot of the SCDPH parking lot (2833 South Grand Ave. East). Fresh produce will be sold on Mondays from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm from July 7 through Sept. 29. WIC Coupons, Link, Debit and Credit cards will be accepted.
  12:00PM 7:00PM COLORX3   COLORX3 features artwork by Jed Leber (watercolor), Rich Ford (pastels) and Teri A Zucksworth (sculpture), plus new work by the organization's other juried member artists. Reception, June 28, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Prairie Art Alliance Gallery in the Hoogland. Art Talks with Delinda (interviews with the featured artists), 5:30-6 pm in the Hoogland Lobby.
  9:00AM 5:00PM Shapes of Influence   The M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association will be brimming with contemporary ceramics from July 18 through Sept. 6. The exhibition is a comprehensive overview of contemporary ceramics by seventy one artists from 27 states and Taiwan, judged and curated by Harris Deller. Mr. Deller is an award winning ceramicist and professor Emertis in ceramics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Local artists represented in the exhibition are Kathy Adams, Paula Diaz- Sylvester, Bob Dixon, C. Fleck, Roland Folse, Chris Klaus, Debra Nickelson Smith, and Joyce Surbeck-Harris. The work ranges from traditional vessels like bowls and teapots to wall mounted and free standing sculptures. The exhibition will open Friday, July 18 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The awards will be presented by Mr. Deller at 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The awards include merchandise, three cash awards, and a Best of Show that awards a solo exhibition at the SAA in 2015. Sponsors for the prizes include: Spice of Life, Mecca Pottery Tools, Giffin Grip, and Wizi Wig Tools. The newly renovated M. G. Nelson Family Gallery at the Springfield Art Association is open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. It is located at 700 N. 4th Street and is open free to the public. For more information, please contact the Springfield Art Association at 217-523-2631 or
  10:00AM 10:30AM Story Time at the Museum   Healthy You! Story Time. Sometimes making healthy choices is hard. Join us for stories of kids, just like you, who want to grow up healthy and strong. Join us the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a program designed for preschool children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Story Time will feature engaging stories and the chance for children to see and learn about objects from the Museum's collections. The program lasts 30-40 minutes. Registration is not required. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Elizabeth Bazan at or (217) 782-5993. Story Time is sponsored by Bank of Springfield.
  10:30AM 5:00PM Kids' Tennis Play Days at the State Fair   The local Springfield Tennis Association and Midwest Section of the USTA will host Kids Tennis Play Days during the Illinois State Fair. This is a joint effort to get area kids active and excited about the sport of tennis. The State Fair Tennis Play Days will be held Monday, Aug. 11 through to Friday, Aug. 15. Local USTA Officials will be available from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day at the 36' court located in the old Happy Hallow area inside the main gate. Tennis Play Days are designed to get more kids playing tennis with local peers in a fun, non-threatening, competitive environment. Whether a child is just learning to compete in sports or is already competing in tennis, a Tennis Play Day gives kids additional opportunities to experience the thrill of competition without the threat of elimination with the emphasize on having fun. Tennis Play Days will also feature 10 and Under Tennis, the innovative USTA initiative designed to help introduce more kids to the sport. Similar to other youth sports like soccer and baseball, 10 and Under Tennis features equipment and courts scaled to kids' size. Racquets are shorter and lighter, and courts are smaller. Balls bounce lower and move slower, thereby making them easier to hit and keep in play. Kids have fun learning the game and build confidence at the same time. Kids, teens and even adults are welcome to participate by just showing up or making advance appointments by contacting Tom Kelly, President of the Springfield Tennis Association. If a parent is interesting in volunteering for a few hours a day to help man the booth in exchange for a free parking pass, please contact Mr. Kelly as well.
  5:30PM 7:00PM Springfield Rotary Club Meeting   The Rotary Club of Springfield's weekly meeting will feature a presentation on International Business by Ronald McNeil, Dean of the UIS College of Business & Management. Prospective members are welcome as our guests for dinner at Maldaner's, 222 S. 6th Street.

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