Archive for January, 2009

Annie Get Your Gun – Feb. 6-8 & 11-15 at Peoria Players Theatre.
Tickets ON SALE NOW! Call 688-4473 or go to www.PeoriaPlayers.org
for tickets.
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Toby Keith, with special guest Jason Aldean, brings his Biggest
and Baddest Tour to the Peoria Civic Center Arena tonight at 7:30
pm. Tickets are $49.75 and $34.75 and are available at the Peoria
Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
676-8700 and online at here: http://ticketsus.at/peoria?CTY=3&CID=876

Also tonight, Eureka College business professor Marjorie Rubash
will present the lecture “Let the World Be Your Teacher” at 7:30 pm
in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. The free lecture explores the
benefits of international travel. For more information call
467-6301.

The IMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) State Music
conference is happening through Saturday at the Peoria Civic
Center. The All-State “Jazz Night” Concert will take place tomorrow
night in the Theatre beginning at 8 pm. The Illinois All-State and
Honors Band, Chorus & Orchestra Concerts will be Saturday in the
Arena: The All-State Concert begins at 1 pm and the Honors Concert
begins at 3:15 pm. General admission seating tickets are $5 for
both events are are available at the door.

Comedian Pat Godwin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight
at 8 pm for $8. He returns Friday and Saturday night with shows at
8 pm and 10:30 pm for $15, with the Friday 10:30 showing only $10.
His shows are rated R. For more information, call 673-5853.

Funny Valentines continues tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in
Goodfield. The show is a charming romantic comedy of boy marries
girl…boy and girl divorce…and boy is desperate to get girl back. On
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at
6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet
open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for
Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays.
For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

State of Mind (R&B, jazz) will perform at the Contemporary Art
Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more
information, call 674-6822.

On Saturday at 7 pm, the Peoria Rivermen welcome Cody Linley of
Disney’s Hannah Montana who will sign autographs as they take the
ice against the Iowa Chops in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic
Center. Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are available at the
Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200 or online here:
http://ticketsus.at/peoria?CTY=3&CID=876

Meet “Harriet Tubman” as portrayed by Katherine Harris who will
visit the Lakeview Branch Library on Saturday afternoon from 2-
4:30 pm. Her performance will bring to life the days of the
Underground Railroad when danger ruled every step towards freedom.
This program is free and suitable for all ages. For more
information, call 497-2601.

Join Children’s Hospital of Illinois’ MOSAIC group as they host
their third annual “Groovin with the Groundhog” Celebration on
Saturday evening at the Waterhouse. Tickets are $25 per person or a
table of 8 for $200 and include dinner, dessert and the famous
Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos Show. To purchase tickets, contact
Erin at 671-4821. Seating is limited.

Save Money and Avoid Parking Hassles with CityLink’s Park & Ride
Program:

Saturday, 1/24 – Bradley Basketball: Buses will leave
Evergreen Square, Junction City & The Shoppes at Grand Prairie
(by Johnny’s) at 5:30 pm.

Saturday, 1/24 – Peoria Symphony Orchestra: Buses will leave
Evergreen Square & Junction City at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, 1/28 – Bradley Basketball: Buses will leave Evergreen
Square, Junction City & The Shoppes at Grand Prairie (by Johnny’s)
at 6:30 pm

Cost: $1 each way or FREE for ages 65 & over

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100 Minutes of Theatre continues tonight at Corn Stock Theatre.
Their Winter Lab Theatre presents ten plays, approximately ten
minutes each, directed by 10 different directors. The Lab’s
well-known “Evening of One-Acts” concept is given a little twist.
Performances are through Saturday each starting at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are
on sale at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Funny Valentines continues tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in
Goodfield. The show is a charming romantic comedy of boy marries
girl…boy and girl divorce…and boy is desperate to get girl
back. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm,
buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors &
the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30
for Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for
Saturdays. For more information, call 965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com.

Also tonight, Woodruff High School presents their Annual Gilbert &
Sullivan Dinner Theatre from 6 – 8 pm. This year the theatre
presents “Pirates of Penzance,” with the show will run through
Saturday. For more information, call 672-6665.

Styx will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at
7:30 pm tonight. Tickets are $43.75 and $59.75 and are available at
the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by
phone at 676-8700 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Winter Jam 2009 will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena
beginning at 7 pm on Friday. Featured artists include Toby Mac,
Hawk Nelson, The Afters, NewSong and Francesca Battistelli. Come
early for Stephanie Smith and the Precious Girls Club pureNRG
pre-jam party at 6:20 pm. The featured speaker is Tony Nolan. For
more information, click HERE. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Venue will host A Fine Kettle of Fish Friday night beginning at
7 pm. This eclectic band is headed by musician/poets Mike Foster
and Brooks McDaniel. Admission is $5 per person.

Rachel’s Hippo (pop, rock) will perform at the Contemporary Art
Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more
information, call 674-6822.

On Saturday, the Bradley Braves take on Indiana State at the Peoria
Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 6:05 pm. Tickets range
between $9 and $20 and are available at the Civic Center Box
Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 673-3200 or online
at Ticketmaster.com.

Family Fest 2009 will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit
Hall Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission is $5 per person or $15
for a Family Four Pack. This year’s attractions include 10 Fun on
the Run inflatables, an Upper Limits Rock Wall, the OSF Mobile
Safety Van, the Peoria Fire Safety House, and much more. There will
also be an official casting call for the CBS reality show
“Survivor.” Family Fest 2009 is sponsored by the Children’s
Hospital of Illinois, Busey Bank, Pitcher Perfect Siding and Window
Co., and WMBD-TV.

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Ellington Elegy at 8 pm on
Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Theater. The concert will
feature the traditional symphony orchestra on stage plus a big
band, in two contrasting versions of Grieg’s Peer Gynt followed by
some of Ellington’s greatest works for the symphony orchestra,
sharing the spotlight with the Bradley’s Jazz Ensemble. Tickets
are $35 to $71 and are available by calling 671-1096 or online at
www.peoriasymphony.org.

Willow Knolls Theatre continues their series of the Met Opera Live
with the performance “Orfeo ed Euridice.” The live transmission in
HD of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice will begin at Noon. This complete
vision for Gluck, with production and choreography by Mark Morris
and costumes by Isaac Mizrahi, features the artistry of Stephanie
Blythe in the title role. Danielle de Niese portrays Orfeo’s adored
wife, Euridice, who inspires the hero to face the underworld for
her sake. Tickets are $22 for Adults, $20 for Senior Citizens, $18
Students and $15 for Children and are available at the Willow
Knolls 14 Box Office. For more information, call 688-8463.

Stay Strong, a benefit for Jake Charlton – a 7th grader at Central
Grade School in Washington who suffered a spinal cord injury and is
now paralyzed from the waist down – will be held at the Countryside
Banquet Facility in Washington from 2-10 pm on Saturday. Funds
raised will help his family pay for ongoing medical expenses and
rehabilitation. Dinner will be served from 4-7 pm, kids activities
will be available from 2-4 pm, a silent auction from 2 – 6:30 pm, a
live auction beginning at 6:30 pm, plus there will also be a DJ,
bucket raffles, tip boards & a 50/50. Prizes include a 50″ Hitachi
Plasma TV, a Playstation 3, an Apple ITouch and a Spring Break Trip
to Orlando FL plus $500 cash.

Five Points in Washington will host a Salute To Elvis starring
Dave Stovall as Elvis- backed up by Ed Enoch & The Stamps Quartet.
Doors open at 6 pm. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the
door. For more information, call 444-8222 or at
www.fivepointswashington.org.

The Sun Foundation hosts their 2009 Children’s Program Benefit
Saturday from 5 – 8 pm at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria
featuring fine food, a silent auction and musical performances.
For more information, go to sunfoundation.org.

The Xtreme Spirit Go BIG! National Championship will be held in
the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm.
Admission is free. For more information, click HERE.

The Old Time Folk and Country Jam takes place Sunday at Forest Park
Nature Center from 3:30 – 5 pm. Meet other musicians and learn some
new songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen
and enjoy. Admission is free; however, donations are requested. For
more information, call 686-3360.

Monty Python’s Spamalot continues tonight at the Peoria Civic
Center Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 pm tonight, 8 pm Friday
evening, 2 pm and 8 pm Saturday, and 2 pm and 7 pm Sunday. Tickets
are $59.50, $69.50 and $79.50. Tickets are available at the Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 673-3200
or online at Ticketmaster.com. Get to the show via Citylink’s Park
& Ride Service from Evergreen Square, Junction City & the Shoppes
at Grand Prairie by Johnny’s Steakhouse leaving at 6:30 pm for only
$1 per person or free for ages 65 and up.

Comedians Henry Phillips and Mike MacRae will perform at the
Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm. They return Friday and
Saturday night with shows at 8 pm and 10:30 pm for $16, with the
Friday 10:30 pm showing only $13. Their shows are rated R. For more
information, call 673-5853.

Funny Valentines continues tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in
Goodfield. The show is a charming romantic comedy of boy marries
girl…boy and girl divorce…and boy is desperate to get girl back.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is
at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the
buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for
Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays.
For more information, call 965-2545.

“The Third Man,” presented by Reel to Real Focus on Film will be
shown Friday from 7 – 9 pm at the Illinois Central College Arbor
Auditorium. Admission is $5 for the general public and $4 for
students. For more information, call 339-3001.

100 Minutes of Theatre opens tonight at 7:30 pm at Corn Stock
Theatre. Their Winter Lab Theatre presents ten plays,
approximately ten minutes each, directed by 10 different directors.
The Lab’s well-known “Evening of One-Acts” concept is given a
little twist. Performances begin at 7:30 pm except the Sunday
performance which begins at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and
$7 for students 18 & under and are on sale at the Corn Stock Box
Office or by calling 676-2196.

The Waterhouse hosts the Dueling Pianos dinner and show on Friday
and Satyrdat nights. Admission for the Waterhouse’s two entree
banquet buffet and the fabulous Howlin’ on Water Dueling Pianos
Show is $31.95 per person or $10 per person for the show only. Call
the Waterhouse office to make your group’s reservation at 494-9100.

Roundstone Buskers (Irish) will perform at the Contemporary Art
Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for non-members. On Saturday,
the CAC hosts their Salsa Night from 7 – 11 pm, which includes
Latin dance lessons followed by an open dance session. An open cash
bar is available. Admission is $2 for members and $5 nonmembers.
For more information on either event, call 674-6822.

An evening with country music singer Linda Davis begins at 7:30 pm
on Saturday at the ICC Performing Arts Center. Admissions is $24
for adults, $16 for senior citizens and students. To order tickets
or more information, call 694-5136.

The St. Jude Gymnastics and Tumbling Benefit Meet will be held in
the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 8 am – 9 pm Saturday, and
8 am – 7 pm on Sunday. Tickets are a per-day fee of $8 for adults
(13 and older) and $4 for children (12 and younger) and seniors (65
and older).

Also this Saturday, the Southern Gospel Concert, “The Chosen Ones,”
takes place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Evangelical United Methodist
Church. Admission is free; however, there will be a free will
offering. For more information, call 444-8346.

The Robert Burns Dinner will take place from 5 – 7 pm Saturday at
the ITOO Hall. The Peoria Scottish-American Society event features
songs, poetry and music by the Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums.
Admission is $20, and $5 for under 12 years of age. For more
information, call 682-0478.

On Sunday, the Peoria Mustangs take on Motor City beginning at 1:15
pm at Owens Center.

Also on Sunday, the Illinois Central Jazz Train will perform music
from Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chick Corea and others during the
first and third sets. John Miller and the Romaniacs will play Hot
Club of France, “gypsy jazz” during the middle set. The event will
take place at the Radisson Hotel from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. Admission is
$5 for members and $7 for non-members. For more information, call
692-5330.

The Jon Davis Memorial Kids Open wrestling event will be held in
the Peoria Civic Center Arena from 8:30 am – 5 pm on Sunday.
Tickets (at the door) are $6 for adults 13 and up, $3 for children
ages 6 – 12, free for children 5 and under.

On Monday, the 17th Annual Martin Luther King Luncheon will be
held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall beginning at Noon.
Tickets are $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. For tickets,
call Alma Brown at 494-8554. This year’s featured speaker is Bill
Cosby.

Win 2 Tickets to see Spamalot at the Peoria Civic Center Tuesday, Jan. 13 at
7:30 pm. Go to http://www.explorepeoria.com/pages/spamalotcontest to register!

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Funny Valentines opens tonight at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in
Goodfield. The show is a charming romantic comedy of boy marries
girl…boy and girl divorce…and boy is desperate to get girl back.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is
at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sundays, doors & the buffet
open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $30 for
Thursdays, $32 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $34 for Saturdays.
For more information, call 965-2545.

Comedian John Roy will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight
at 8 pm for $8. He returns Friday and Saturday night with shows at
8 pm and 10:30 pm for $13, with the Friday 10:30 pm showing only
$10. His shows are rated R. For more information, call 673-5853.

Jones, Johnson & Hawkins (rock, blues) will perform at the
Contemporary Art Center ‘s Live at the Five Spot Friday night from
5:30 – 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7 for members and $10 for
non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Friday night at 7 pm, the Venue Art Gallery will host Russell
Miller and 6v6. Russell Miller is a unique Bluesman, combining
captivating lyrics and an unmistakable sound in his guitar playing.
The Venue will be also be featuring their new wine bar.

Also on Friday, Eastlight Theatre and Easter Seals present Beauty
& the Beast, this year’s Penguin Project show. Tickets are $10 for
adults and $5 for youth 18 & under. Tickets are on sale at the
Eastlight Box Office, by phone at 699-SHOW.

Enjoy a cabaret performance by Ben Jones at the Waterhouse Friday
evening. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm.
Admission is $10 per person. Call the Waterhouse office to place
your reservation at 494-9100. After the show, sing along at the
Open Mic session.

Willow Knolls Theatre begins their series of the Met Opera Live
with the performance “La Rondine.” The live transmission of
Puccini’s La Rondine will be shown beginning at Noon. Opera’s
charismatic real-life duo, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna
provide the star power to deliver this ravishing romance from the
world’s most popular opera composer. Tickets are $22 for adults,
$20 for senior citizens and $15 for children and are available at
the theater box office.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be at the Peoria Civic Center Arena
Saturday beginning at 1 pm. The Globetrotters showcase a
captivating assortment of trick shots, high-flying dunks, and ball
handling wizardry…with a side-splitting array of comedy
guaranteed to entertain both the young and the young at heart.
Tickets are $24, $37 and $72 and on sale now at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at
676-8700.

The Bradley Braves play Creighton Saturday in the Civic Center
Arena at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20, $30 and $35 and are on
sale at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster
outlets, or by phone at 676-8700. Get to the game via
Citylink’s Park & Ride Service from Evergreen Square, Junction City
& the Shoppes at Grand Prairie by Johnny’s Steakhouse leaving at
6:30 pm for only $1 per person or free for ages 65 and up.

Also on Saturday, the ICC Heritage Ensemble presents A Choral
Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr: “Too Hot 2 Handel” the Gospel
Messiah from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the ICC Performing Arts Center.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for
students. For more information, call 694-5136.

The Apollo Theatre presents “A Night at the Opera” at 7 pm on
Saturday. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $4 for senior
citizens, students, and children. For more information, call
673-4343.

Bradley’s Dingeldine Music Center will host the Cental Illinois
Youth Symphony Senior Solo Recital Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. Seniors
from the Solo Competition will perform their pieces with piano
accompaniment. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Songs from the Woods Concert is Saturday at Forrest Park
Nature Center beginning at 7 pm. This month features Barry Cloyd
with Celtricity. Concert fees are $7 for adults, $6 for children
12 and under. CORE members receive a $1 per person discount. The
Old Time Folk and Country Jam is on Sunday also at Forest Park
Nature Center at 3:30 pm. Meet other musicians and learn some new
songs. Music lovers of all ages are encouraged to come, listen and
enjoy. Admission is free; however, donations are requested. For
more information on either event, call 686-3360.

On Sunday, the Peoria Rivermen take on the Manitoba Moose beginning
at 5 pm in Carver Arena at the Peoria Civic Center. This game is a
Family Days game: Kids 12 & under get in for only $1 and one hour
prior to the game, hot dogs, chips and Cokes are just $1 each.
Tickets are $12, $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic
Center Box Office, by phone at 673-3200 or online at
TIcketmaster.com. Season tickets are also available.

The Wedding of a Lifetime Bridal Show will be held in the Peoria
Civic Cetner Ballroom on Sunday. Doors open at 10 am, and the
shows are at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The Extreme Makeover Home Edition Viewing Party of Pekinite Jake
Grys’ home which was chosen by the program to be rebuilt to
accomodate his special needs will be Sunday beginning at 5 pm with
the show viewing beginning at 7 pm at the Civic Center’s Exibition
Hall. Featuring hors do’oeuvres provided by Echo Valley Meats
Gourmet Catering and a behind the scenes of Extreme Makeover, there
is a suggested donation of $20 per person to help offset increased
mortgage costs for Jake’s family. Meet the Grys family, the
builder of the home plus enjoy the music of Jamm Sammich before and
after the show. For more information, call 303-4513.

“Monty Python’s Spamalot” will be held in the Peoria Civic Center
Theater January 13-18. Show times are 7:30 pm on January 13-15, 8
pm on January 16, 2 pm and 8 pm on January 17, and 2 pm and 7 pm
on January 18. Tickets are $59.50, $69.50 and $79.50. Tickets are
available at the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets,
by phone at 673-3200. Get to the show via Citylink’s Park & Ride
Service from Evergreen Square, Junction City & the Shoppes at Grand
Prairie by Johnny’s Steakhouse leaving at 6:30 pm for only $1 per
person or free for ages 65 and up.