Archive for January, 2010

The 2010 Illinois Music Educators Association Convention takes place this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center with several scheduled events open to the general public.  The “Young Composers and Their Music” showcase concert will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater beginning at 3 pm today. Admission is free.  The IMEA All Conference Drum Circle will be held in the Peoria Civic Center’s Triangle Lobby from 11 am – 12 pm on Saturday. This event is open and free to the public. And the IMEA All-State Concert will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 pm and the Honors Concert beginning at 3:15 pm. General admission tickets are $5 at the door or available in advance at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office. Tickets are good for both All-State and Honors Concerts.

Comedian Henry Phillips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend. Showtimes are Thursday at 8 pm during the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10. The show is Rated – R (mild). Call 673-5853 for reservations.

State of Mind will perform at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members 16 & younger $3. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.   Soulful Sunday at the Contemporary Arts Center presents Gumbo for the Soul featuring family oriented entertainment with stand up comedy, special performances and R&B and gospel choral music on Sunday from 3 – 5 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $8 for non-members.

The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry Friday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.

The 11th Annual Counseling & Family Services Frosty 5K begins with check in at 8 am Saturday morning at the Counseling & Family Services office located at 330 SW Washington St. There will be a post-event breakfast pizza party at Old Chicago on the Riverfront. For more information, call 676-2400.

Body Fitness will host an Open House is Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, featuring demos of the different fitness classes offered at Body Fitness. For more info go to www.fitndance.com or call 685-1950. Body Fitness is located at 3020 N University in Peoria.

The League of Women Voters and Institute for Principled Leadership at Bradley will co-host a Lt Governor Candidate Forum at Neumiller Hall at Bradley University on Saturday beginning at 2 pm. The public is encouraged to participate.

Bar Louie will host a Back to the Sixties event on Saturday at 6:30 pm. Turn up in your grooviest Sixties Costume. There will be a Live Band, DJ, Silent Auction, Raffle and Prizes for the Best Costume. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at Bar Louie or www.ci.easterseals.com. Proceeds from this event will go to benefit Easter Seals.

The Sun Foundation Winter Warming committee presents the annual Winter Warming Benefit for the Children’s Program Fund on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm at the Zambezi River Lodge at the Peoria Zoo. This event features a wine tasting, a micro brews & imported beers tasting, plus food and desserts. Live music will be provided by Ken and Paul Osborne and the Suzuki School of Music. There will also be a specialty raffle as well as a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $60 per person or $110 per couple. For more information, call 246-8403.

Mark Schultz will perform in concert at the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for artist circle. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.itickets.com or by calling 444-2381.

Celebrate the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th Anniversary with the WD Boyce Council’s Friends of Scouting Fundraising Campaign Kickoff from 5-6 pm on Saturday at Weaver Ridge Golf Club.  The celebration is free to the public. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served followed by remarks from Larry Tangel, Heartland Community Friends of Scouting chairman and CEO of Enercon Engineering. Attendees will see a video of the Boy Scouts’ activities showing how money raised through the campaign is put to use throughout the year.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Saturday at 7 pm.   Then on Sunday, the Rivermen will take on the Texas Stars at 6 pm. Tickets for both games are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Harlem Globetrotters bring their game to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $22.50, $29.50, $36.50, $46.50 and $81.50 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Corn Stock Theatre’s first ever Playwright Festival featuring eight short original plays continues tonight, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

Comedian Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm after the “Pro-Am Showcase” and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 each except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $10 each and are available by calling 673-5853.

Woodruff High School Music Dept. presents its final dinner theatre production, the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Gondoliers tonight, Friday and Saturday with buffet dinner beginning at 6 pm followed by the show at 7:30. Performances are in the Woodruff High School Commons. Admission is $20 for dinner and show. Call 672-6671 for reservations.

Lyfe on Water Street, an open mic event runs tonight from 7 – 9 pm at the Contemporary Arts Center where you can come with your talent or just to watch. Share a poem, dramatically read Shakespeare or perform your latest musical composition. Admission is $4 for CAC Members or $7 for non-members.
Cobalt Canopy will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members 16 & younger $3.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry on Friday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday at 7 pm. Then on Saturday, they take on the Chicago Wolves at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Stuart Little will be presented at Bradley University’s Hartman Theatre this weekend with performances at 7 pm on Friday, 2:30 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 for students and $7 for adults. Presented by the Bradley University Children’s Theatre group, this performance is recommended for children in 4th grade or under. Tickets are available at the Hartman Center Box Office or by phone at 677-2650.

Family Fest 2010 will be held Saturday in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission is $5 for adults and children. Children 3 and under are free. A Family Four Pack of tickets (2 adults and 2 children) will be available for $15.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Evansville on Saturday beginning at 2:05 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.com.

The Alley Cats will present “At the Hop” at the ICC Performing Arts Center on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Admission is $24 the general public, $20 for ICC Employee and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the ICC Box Office, by phone at 694-5136 or at the door.

The Peoria Area Music Teachers Association Piano Monster Concert 2010 will be held at Five Points Performing Arts Center in Washington on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available online HERE.

The 2010 IESA Cheerleading Tournament will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults including High School students and $4 for senior citizens and children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. For more information, call 829-0114.

I.C.E. World Championship Ice Racing comes to the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for kids 2-12, $20 & 25 for adults with a $5 price increase the day of the show. Tickets are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk & Country Jam Session  on Sunday 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 appreciated.

The Peoria Civic Center Cultural Diversity Committee presents Grammy Award-winning pianist Angelin Chang in the Theater on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets start at $19 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. All proceeds benefit the Peoria Joy Luck Club.

Brad Paisley with Miranda Lambert & Justin Moore will perform in concert at the US Cellular Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and $54.75 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com.

Country star Phil Vassar will perform an intimate unplugged performance in the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $27.50, $37.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Lynne Koplitz will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except for tonight’s show and the Friday late show which are $12 with cash. This show is rated R. Call 673-5853 for reservations.

Conklin’s Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield presents Weekend Comedy starring Bob Lane Jr. and Mary Simon beginning tonight and running weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons until March 7th. Admission is $31-35 which includes a buffet meal. Call 965-2545 for reservations.

The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry every Friday in January from 4:30 pm to 7 pm. The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.

Preston Jackson & Friends will perform at the Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members, 16 & younger $3. Students require valid school ID & seniors are 65 & older.
Salsa at the Contemporary Arts Center is also Friday with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC members and $6 for non-members. For more information, call 674-6822.

Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin and Flyleaf will perform in the Peoria Civic Center Arena Friday night beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $39.75 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Waterhouse presents Howlin’ on Water…Dueling Pianos on Friday and Saturday with doors opening at 6 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, and show from 8 – 11 pm. Package includes: The Waterhouse’s two entree banquet buffet with dessert and the fabulous Howlin’ on Water…Dueling Pianos Show. Cost is $33 per person including tax. A limted number of seats are available for the show only – cost is $13 per person. Call the Waterhouse office to make your reservations at 494-9100.

Corn Stock Theatre presents its first ever Playwright Festival featuring ten short original plays by primarily local authors. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students 18 & under and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office or by calling 676-2196.

The St. Jude Benefit Gymnastics, Tumbling and Trampoline Meet will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:30 am. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults (11 and over), $4 for children (10 and under) and $4 for seniors (65 and over). For more information, visit www.stjudemeet.org.

Join Coach Jim Les as he leads his 09-10 Bradley Braves against Missouri State on Saturday beginning at 2:05 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena. Tickets range from $20 – $9 and are available by calling 677-2625 or online at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to www.bradleybraves.comCitylink will be providing its Park & Ride for this event – see ad to left for details.

The Joyce Thome Benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday at 6 pm. Tickets are $95 each or $900 for a table. Call 566-5670 for reservations. The event will be hosted by Jim Thome. Guests will enjoy dinner, a program, and silent and live auctions.

The Scottish American Society will host its 41st Annual Robert Burns Supper on Saturday beginning with cocktails at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm at the Itoo Hall on Farmington Road in Peoria. Celtic Cross Pipes & Drums will perform and after-dinner dancing to the likes of the “Dashing White Sergeant” and other reels will be a part of the festivities. Tickets are $20 per person or $5 for children younger than 14. For tickets and more information, call 682-0478.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford IceHogs at the Peoria Civic Center Arena Saturday at 7 pm. Wizards of Waverly Place star David Henrie, who plays Justin Russo on the show, will be on hand to sign autographs from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Peoria Symphony welcomes guest conductor Leslie Dunner and 14 year old Chad Hoopes, violin soloist to Saturday’s show at 8 pm at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre. Tickets range from $36 to $72 for adults and $10 for students with ID and are available by calling 671-1096 or online HERECitylink will be providing its Park & Ride for this event – see ad to left for details.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform at Five Points in Washington on Saturday at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 for gold circle reserved seats which are available from WBNH by calling 347-8850 or $20 for general admission seating available at Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore in Peoria. For more information, call 347-8850.

The Heritage Ensemble will present a concert Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Illinois Central College Performing Arts Center in East Peoria. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for students. Call 694-5136 for tickets.

The film Green For Danger (1947) will run at the Apollo Theatre in downtown Peoria on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for kids, students & senior citizens. For more information, call 673-4343.

The Jon Davis Memorial IKWF Kids Open will be held Sunday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 8:30 am. Tickets are available at the door and are $6 for adults age 14 and over and $3 for children ages 6-13. Children 5 and under are free.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will perform its monthly program in its new location, the Finish Line Banquet Room at Landmark Plaza, beginning at 6 pm on Sunday. Performers this month inlcude The Illinois Central Jazz Train and John Miller & the Romantics. Admission is $5 for society members and $7 for non-members. Children 14 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 692-5330 or go to www.peoriajazz.com.

 Start the New Year out right by joining the YPO of Central Illinois for the January YPO Social at Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino in East Peoria tonight from 5 – 7 pm. There will be appetizers, a cash bar and giveaways so bring business cards.  Admission is free for members, $5 for non-members (pay at the event). For more information regarding YPO, please check out the website at www.ypogp.org.

Lord Carrett will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight at 8 pm during Jukebox’s Pro-Am Showcase and Friday and Saturday at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $13 except for the Thursday show and Friday late show, which are $10. Call 673-5853 for reservations. This show is rated-PG-18/R.

Blind Dog Willie will perform at the Contemporary Art Center’s Live at the Five Spot Friday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members, for student & senior non-members and $3 for ages 16 & younger.

The Itoo Hall will host a Fish & Chicken Fry on Friday from 4:30 to 7 pm. For menu items available, click HERE to go to the ExplorePeoria.com Events Calendar and click on the Itoo Hall event for Friday.  The Itoo Hall is located at 4909 W. Farmington Road in Peoria. For more information including prices, call 676-9725 or go to www.itoohall.com.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Toronto Marlies at the Peoria Civic Center Arena on Friday at 7 pm. On Sunday at 3 pm, they’ll take on the Milwaukee Admirals.  Sunday is Family Day where kids 12 & under get in for only $1 plus there will be hot dogs, chips and Cokes for $1 each one hour prior to the game. There will also be inflatable games, balloon art, face painting and a post-game skate with Rivermen players. Tickets are $15 and $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

The Penguin Project, a theatre program for young artists with disabilities, will present its 6th annual production, “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.” at Eastlight Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are available on line at www.eastlighttheatre.com or at the Eastlight Theatre box office at 699-7469. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Eagle Day at Forest Park Nature Center is an appreciation of these incredible birds of prey as the Peoria Audubon Society and Forest Park Nature Center offer a presentation and tours to view Bald Eagles along the river from 10 am – Noon on Saturday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $47, $62 and $77 and are on sale now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com.

Barry Cloyd will perform in concert at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 12 and under with a $1 discount for CORE members. This special concert will also feature Tom “TJ” Jones, and Bruce Bergethon. Together, the trio creates a fun evening as the Celtic/Blues jam band, Celtricity.

Weddings of a Lifetime will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Sunday begining at 10 am with fashion shows at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or in advance at Bobbie’s Bridal, Savvi Formalwear, Bridal Palace and DeJure Formalwear.

The Xtreme Spirit Go BIG! National Championship will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Arena beginning at 11 am Sunday. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors age 65 and over. Children 5 and under are free.

Forest Park Nature Center will host a Folk and Country Jam Session on Sunday 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 appreciated.