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Postings for April 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 Lenten Fish Fries   St. Katharine Drexel Parish will hold Lenten Fish Fries on the Fridays of Lent, March 7 through April 11, at St. Patrick Church, lower level, M.L.King Dr. and South Grand Avenue East. Lunch will be served 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; dinner from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Carry-outs are available: call 528-0453.
  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
  6:00PM 8:30PM Illinois College Multicultural Festival   The sixth annual Illinois College Multicultural Festival will be held on Friday, April 11, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center. Students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community will offer informative displays, music and food from more than 20 cultures from 6 to 7:30 p.m. An entertainment section featuring a fashion show and talent performances will follow from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Coalition for Ethnic Awareness, is free and open to the public. For more information contact Phuong Nguyen at or Josephine Oshiafi at
  7:00PM n/a Hawaiian Themed Trivia Night   Event: Springfield Area Home Builders Association Hawaiian Themed Trivia Night. Proceeds will go toward the Political Action Committee that advocates on behalf of the home building industry as well as our local Q5 Initiative! Location: KC Hall, 2200 South Meadowbrook Rd., Springfield, IL. Admission: $10.00 per person. To Register Visit:
  7:00PM n/a Clash at the Capitol Rodeo   Rodeo including bull riding and barrel racing. Wonderful show for the whole family, including specialty acts that will amaze you at the Springfield Coliseum on April 11 and 12, 2014. PRICE: Adult tickets $15.00; Children 6-13 $6.00 Tickets can be purchased at Boondocks in Springfield, or at the door the night of the event
  7:00PM n/a The Jungle Book   Springfield Theatre Centre presents The Jungle Book April 11-13 and 18-19. Lunch in the Jungle on Sunday, April 13 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include a Jungle-friendly meal and a ticket to the performance of Jungle Book at 2pm. Reservations must be made by Tuesday, April 8 at 5 p.m. The Story One of literature's most enduring classics is brought vividly to the stage in this exciting adventure of Mowgli, the Indian boy, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger. Also present are an array of other jungle creatures who inhabit this action-filled play. Interspersed with the Mowgli tale is the equally intriguing story of a young Rudyard Kipling, who is sent from his home in Bombay to a British boarding school where he encounters his own "jungle," including people both good and bad who parallel many of the animal characters he created. Filled with excitement and humor, the play highlights the struggle of good versus evil, the worth of friendship, and the importance of loyalty and other values required for surviving the "law of the jungle."
  7:30PM n/a How I Learned to Drive   UIS Theatre will present Paula Vogel's 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama How I Learned to Drive on April 11-13 and 17-19, 2014. The play takes an un-flinching look at "the gifts we receive from people who hurt us," according to Vogel. The play's protagonist, Li'l Bit, "received the gift of how to survive," from a surprising source. Through a non-linear series of emotional, and often times funny flashbacks and recollections, Li'l Bit takes the audience on a ride that explores how a family, a culture, and a society contributed to an inappropriate relationship. This thrilling ride has been described by Dramatists Play Service as "a wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival as seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man." The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night shows is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.), $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff and $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card. Please note that a service charge, not included in the prices above, from Sangamon Auditorium will be added to each ticket price, at the time of purchase. To avoid a higher service charge, buying tickets in person at the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office is highly recommended.
  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
  8:00PM n/a Songs for a New World   Roxy Theatricals presents Songs for a New World on April 11-12, 17-18, 19. Neither play or revue, "Songs For A New World" is closer to a theatrical song cycle. Every song tell its own unique story, connected to a universal theme: "the moment of decision." When life presents a new set of circumstances, we are faced with choices. In this intimate musical, we are taken to the deck of a 15th century sailing ship to the ledge of a Park Avenue skyscraper. And everywhere in between. Family, relationships, life and love are explored when change presents us with a "new world" and we discover how we will fit into it. "Songs For A New World" is an intimate, contemporary musical by one of the leading composers of the modern era. Jason Robert Brown has been represented on Broadway with "Parade," "Thirteen" and "Urban Cowboy." His new musical, "The Bridges of Madison County" premiered in February 2014.
  8:00PM n/a The Gershwin Project starring Peter Nero   Stylish, imaginative and fun, Peter Nero plays piano "…with the energy of a 20-year-old rock 'n' roll drummer," noted the Palm Beach Daily News in 2008. "His Juilliard training shows in the cleanliness of his technique and in his control of the tone of the piano. His technical arsenal includes brilliant passage work, rapid bass lines, arpeggio-like figures ascending and descending, and subtle dynamic variations. His fast playing is thrilling, and his slow playing is marked by a beautiful lyricism." Mr. Nero is hailed as one of the premier interpreters of Gershwin. In this solo concert, the two-time Grammy Award winner will perform such beloved songs as "Embraceable You," "Rhapsody in Blue," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "S'Wonderful," and "They Can't Take That Away." "Eclectic and Iconoclastic, he gives a performance filled with wry wit and musical brilliance." —New York Post
  10:00PM 11:55PM Midnight Fishing   Bring your fishing equipment to Rock Springs Conservation Area for a unique chance to fish the Cattail Ponds at night. Bring lit bobbers and worms for bait for Midnight Fishing on Friday, April 11 from 10pm to midnight. Fee is $5/person. Fishing licenses are required for those ages 16 and up. Register online at by April 10. 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.

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