Archive for February, 2011

Look Both Ways with Jane Henson will be presented at Lakeview Museum tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm. Jane Henson, co-founder of The Muppets and widow of the late Jim Henson, will give a behind-the-scenes look at creating a cultural phenomenon. See seldom-seen video clips from the Jim Henson Family Archives, and hear about the early days when she met Jim Henson in a puppet class. Stay after the presentation for an exclusive showing of Time Piece, the rarely seen Oscar-nominated short film, directed and written by Jim Henson. The event will have Q&A, is expected to be about 75 minutes in length and is suggested for ages 9 and up. Light refreshments will be served. Cost for members $10, for non-members is $15.  For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Menopause The Musical will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) & Friday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $34, $44 and $51 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches continues at the Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse located in Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

Bradley University Theatre Dept. will present The Learned Ladies beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Hartmann Center of Performing Arts on Bradley’s campus. Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for faculty, staff & senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the BU Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-677-2650 or online at http://slane.bradley.edu/node/551

Brendon Walsh will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday), and at 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $15 or $14 with cash except for the Thursday night show and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $13 or $12 with cash. Brendon’s show is rated R.  Anyone with a February birthday gets free admission plus a $2 discount for everyone in their party. Mention your birthday when making your reservation for the show. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Garish Garden Show, which continues at Luthy Botanical Gardens from 10 am – 5 pm today (Thursday) through Saturday, will show you what NOT to do in your garden as they break out the pink flamingos and the garden gnomes in the Conservatory. Admission is $2 for adults (13 & up) & free for kids 12 & under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

The Mousetrap will be presented by Eureka College in Pritchard Theatre at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and are available by calling 467-6363 or email at boxoffice@eureka.edu

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. On Thursdays, Fridays & 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 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars at Lakeview Museum will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7 pm at the museum. Explore the universe and soar through the Solar System while sampling local wines and cheeses at Wine & Cheese Under the Stars. Admission is $25 for members & $30 for non-members. Advanced registration is requested. Must be 21 years old.  Call 309-686-7000 for more information or to register.

Guy (or Gal) vs. Grub will take place tonight (Thursday) beginning at 9 pm at One World Cafe (located at Main & University in Peoria). Come out to cheer on your favorite Bradley Student contestant and see if he/she can finish the 3-lb sub sandwich in 1/2 an hour. For more information, call 309-672-1522.

The 2011 Official Spring Home Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall this weekend from 4 – 9 pm on Friday, 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 for adults and half-price for seniors ages 60 and over. Kids ages 18 and under are free.

Easter Seals’ 6th Annual Black & Blue Ball will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday with doors opening at 6 pm. Entertainment will be provided by Wedding Banned and the event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine & soft drinks, a cash bar & a live auction. Minimum donation is $100. Attire is black tie & blue jeans. For more information or to purchase tables or tickets, call 309-676-7755 Ext. 2298.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford Ice Hogs at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Friday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-1040, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Tazewell County Wine & Beer Festival will take place at the Avanti’s Dome (located at 3401 Griffin in Pekin) from 5 – 11 pm on Friday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door the night of the event. Event admission includes 2 free drink tickets and the first 350 people in the doors will receive a free souvenir glass. Live music will be provided by The Willies beginning at 7 pm. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. For more information & tickets, call 309-346-DOME (3663).

Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department at the ICC Performing Arts Center (located at 1 College Drive on the East Peoria campus) at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Mark Holland and Autumn’s Child will perform on Friday beginning at 7 pm at the Universalist Unitarian Church (located at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd. in Peoria). Admission is $15 at the door. For more information call 309-691-5515.

Live at the Five Spot will feature Preston Jackson & Friends (R&B, jazz) at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Also on Friday, enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center 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 members and $6 for non-members.

The Day of Dance for Your Health event will be held at First Baptist Church (located at 700 S. Capitol in Pekin) on Saturday from 9 am – Noon where participants are invited to dance, learn simple ways to stay healthy, enjoy music and participate in health screenings. Admission is free, however, a donation of 2 non-perishable items is requested. For more information, visit www.pekinhospital.org

The Hult Center for Health Education is holding a public session of their “Matthew” and “Michele” boys and girls puberty program beginning at 10 am. These programs are recommended for students in 4th through 6th grade. Boys and girls will be split – females attending the “Michele” program with a female instructor and males attending the “Matthew” program with a male instructor. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend. Fee is $3.50 per student/parent. It is recommended that interested parties RSVP to info@hult-health.org or call 309-692-6650 to make reservations.

Experience a Behind the Scenes Tour at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday from 9 – 10 am. How much do rhinos eat a day? Where do giraffes sleep? All this and more will be answered during our behind the scenes tours and will take you into areas the public doesn’t normally get to see so you can learn more about the animals and how they are cared for.  Cost is $20 per person and includes zoo admission.  Registration required:  call 309-686-3365 to make reservations.

Peoria Friendship House and Dream Center Peoria will present I Love Who I Am, a program to celebrate the richness of black culture, including stories both familiar and unfamiliar to inspire youth in Peoria on Saturday beginning at 2 pm in the Dream Center Auditorium (located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in Peoria). An exhibit and reception will follow. The program is free. For more information, call 309-671-5200 or email rradcliff@peoriafriendshiphouse.org

Award winning children’s recording artist, Julie K, will present a Safari Animal Party on Saturday at Ashland House in Morton beginning at 11 am.  There will be kid-friendly entrees and a lunch for grown-ups as well as a fashion show followed by a jam session with Julie K.  Admission is $15 per child and $30 per adult.  Proceeds Benefit Children’s Hospital of Illinois

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $8, $12 & $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com  Citylink will run its Park & Ride service for this event:  please see details on left.

Bus Stop will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $39 and $44 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets & at Ticketmaster.com  Citylink will run its Park & Ride service for this event:  please see details on left.

The Contemporary Art Center of Peoria will host its 7th Annual Fine Art Auction on Saturday beginning at 7 pm with live music by John Miller & the Romaniacs, food and a cash bar followed by the live auction led by professional auctioneer Jim Roth at 8 pm. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Proceeds benefit CAC & participants. Call 309-674-6822 for more information & to make reservations. Art is currently available for viewing in the CAC gallery.

The Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois Chapter will present Trivia Night on Saturday at its office (located at 606 W. Glen Ave in Peoria). Doors at 6 pm, and questions begin at 7 pm. There will be cash prizes and light snacks. For more info, call 309-681-1100.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host an Opening Day Open House on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.  Admission is free. The regular season begins March 1. Visit the newly-remodeled Adventure Store to shop for gift items including Bass Pro merchandise and the Hespell Deck for informational programs on new recreational opportunities being offered at the Park this year such as horseback riding, mountain biking and evening educational classes. There will be special public feedings of the bobcats, wolves, and otter (weather permitting) and animal educational programs held in Forest Hall. There will also be guided walking tours of Merrill Woods and John Muir Grove and bus tours of the Park’s lodging facilities. For more information, call 309-676-0998 or visit wildlifeprairiestatepark.com

Gaelic Storm will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday at 8 pm. Tickets are $27, $37 and $47 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 Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. On Thursdays, Fridays & 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 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The Peoria World Affairs Council & “Look! It’s My Book!” will jointly host “Media in Democratization in Thailand” tonight (Thursday) with a reception beginning at 5 pm, dinner at 6 pm and presentation beginning at 7 pm at Barrack’s Cater Inn in Peoria. Speaker will be Lisa Brooten, professor of radio & television and women’s studies at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Tickets are $30 for member/student dinner, $35 for non-member dinner, $15 for non-member program only and $10 for member/student program only. Visit artstix.artspartners.net to register or call 677-2454 for more information.

The 52nd Annual Washington Day Banquet will be held at Five Points Washington beginning tonight (Thursday) at 6 pm. Dinner begins at 7 pm and will be followed by awards presentations. Tickets are $35 per person, $310 for a VIP table of 8 or $335 for a Presidential table of 8 and are available at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, by calling 444-9921 or via email at wcc@mtco.com

Mayor Jim Ardis will host Reforming Schools in Peoria, a community meeting that will include elected officials, governmental bodies, educators, business leaders and staff on Friday from 8 – 9:30 am in Room 400 at Peoria City Hall. The forum will include a presentation by Bob Darling, president of the Peoria Federation of Teachers, in conjunction with Dr. Patrick Dolan, nationally recognized consultant in the field of education change. Call 309-494-8554 for more information.

The Garish Garden Show at Luthy Botanical Gardens from 10 am – 5 pm on Friday & Saturday will show you what NOT to do in your garden as they break out the pink flamingos and the garden gnomes in the Conservatory. Admission is $2 for adults (13 & up) & free for kids 12 & under and Garden members. For more information, call 309-686-3362.

Look! It’s My Book!, a non-profit organization that provides new books for children of low-income families, will host their “An Evening in Siam” Fundraiser at the Apollo Theatre in Peoria on Friday beginning at 6:30 pm featuring a showing of the film, “The King & I”, a wine-tasting, music, hors d’oeuvres and a Yul Brenner look-alike contest. Cost is $25. For more information, call 691-9266.

Join travel expert Rick Steves, acclaimed for his public television series, bestselling guidebooks, and public radio shows–as he shares all the latest in smart European travel at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Friday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for the general public or $20 for WTVP station members and are available by calling 495-0547 or online at www.wtvp.org

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Rooster Alley this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7and $10 for non-members.
Salsa at CAC is a Latin dance event held Friday night with a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm followed by open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members.

The modern day musical love story I Love You Because will be performed at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre on Friday and Saturday beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are available by calling 494-9100 or online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches will be presented by Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse at the Corn Stock Theatre Center located in Bradley Park beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students with ID and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.org

Comedian Rex Havens, known for appearances on Bob and Tom and Comedy central will perform Friday night (for one night only) at Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm and 10:30 pm. Ticket prices are $12 at 8 pm and $10 at 10:30 pm.  Host of the Emmy Award-Winning show on the Discovery Channel, Cash Cab! Ben Bailey will perform on Saturday night, however, his shows are sold out.

The Huge Golf Liquidation Sale will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Friday from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 at the door. Kids ages 12 and under are free.

Riverside Community Church Presents Rules of Engagement Tour, featuring the recording artists Disciple, Project86, and Write This Down at Riverside’s Downtown Campus (located at 207 NE Monroe in Peoria) at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $8 if you have a group 15 or larger in advance, and $12 at the door and are available at www.itickets.com and Hoerr’s Berean Bookstore in Peoria. For more information, visit www.RiversidePeoria.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena beginning at 7:05 pm Saturday night. Season tickets are also available: call 676-1040 for more information and to order. Individual tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-1040, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present Joseph Johnson, cello soloist at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 8 pm. Tickets are $22 – $72 and are available by calling the Symphony at 309-671-1096. Visit www.peoriasymphony.org for more information.  Citylink will run its Park & Ride service for this event:  please see details on left.

The Bradley University Symphonic Winds will present a John Philip Sousa Concert at Dingeldine Music Center beginning at 3 pm on Sunday. A pre-concert lecture featuring stories of the Sousa band will begin at 2:15 pm. Admission is $15 for general admission seating. For more information, call 677-2650.

The Central Illinois Jazz Society will perform at The Starting Gate Banquet Room, located in Landmark Recreation Center beginning at 6 pm Sunday with the CIJS House Band under the leadership of Larry Harms. The Heartland Jazz Orchestra will perform beginning at 7:15 pm. Admission: is $5 for CIJS members, $7 for non-members and children 14 years and under are free with an adult. For more information call 692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com.

A Kid’s Art Camp will be held at the Peoria Art Guild on Monday from 8:30 – 11:30 am for grades 1 – 6. Students are divided into two groups (grades 1-3 and 4-6) to experience a day of art-related projects including Abstract Collage, Art and Culture, Music, Color and Art and Expressive Drawing. All are make-and-take projects. Students are supervised by staff and volunteers. Cost is $30 per student. Parents are requested to provide a drink, lunch, and a snack for break time. For more information and to make reservations, call 309-637-2787 extension 215.

Nick Griffin will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) and at 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show & the Friday late show, which are $12. Call 309-673-5853 to order tickets or visit http://jukeboxcomedy.com

Riverdance will be presented tonight (Thursday) at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $43, $53 and $63 and are available at the US Cellular Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. On Thursdays, Fridays & 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 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Peoria Players Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz with performances at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday and Saturday, a Saturday matinee at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 677-4473 or online at http://peoriaplayers.org

The IHSA Chess Team State Finals will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on from 10 am – 7 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday. Admission is free.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Members Opening will take place at Lakeview Museum on Friday from 5 – 7 pm at the Museum. Annual memberships are available for individuals for $50, $65 for couples, $75 for families and $75 for a grandpass (includes 2 adults, their children under age 18 plus two grandparents). The exhibit opens to the general public on Saturday, February 12 and runs through May 1 Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from Noon – 4 pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit www.lakeview-museum.org

Sponsored by Christ in Youth, Believe is a two-day event aimed at junior high school age children which will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall Friday from 6:30 – 10:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Featured speaker will be John McMallon. Registration is required and fees range from $25 – $69.  For more information, visit www.ciy.com/believe

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Applegate & Co. on Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 and non-members are $10.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Houston Aeros at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Friday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets range from $10 to $25 and are available at the Civic Center Box Office, by calling 676-1040, at any Ticketmaster outlet or online at Ticketmaster.com

Wine & Roses, an evening of jazz and desserts in the setting of the tropical Conservatory at Luthy Botanical Gardens, will take place Friday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Ages 21 and over only, please.  Admission is $25 for members & $30 for non-members. Call 681-3506 for tickets.

The modern day musical love story I Love You Because will be performed at the Peoria Cabaret Theatre on Friday and Saturday beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm and the show at 8 pm (doors open at 6 pm). Tickets are $35 per person and reservations are available by calling 494-9100 or online at http://artstix.artspartners.net/eventperformances.asp?evt=164

Amy Grant & Michael W Smith brings their “2 Friends Tour” to the Peoria Civic Center Theatre beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday. Tickets are $37, $47 & $57 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

The 2nd Annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Wildlife Prairie State Park will take place Saturday from 7 am – 1:30 pm with some additions to this year’s event including raffles on ice, heated, full-service fishing chalets plus grand prizes. Gates will open at 6 am with registration prior to going on the ice at the Parkside Pavilion. The tournament will be limited to 300 spaces on a first-come, first-reserved basis. Registrants must have a valid Illinois fishing license. All paid and registered entrants will receive a complimentary goodie bag. Call 676-0998 for reservations or more information or visit wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

The Peoria Symphony Guild Puppet Troupe will present Hansel and Gretel at 10 and 11 am on Saturday at Lakeview Museum. Admission is free.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie has teamed up with WHOI and Jillian’s Sports Grille to hold a casting call for America’s Next Top Model at Jillian’s on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. To pre-register (which is required), click here.

Romance at the Peoria Zoo will explore the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The event is for ages 18+. Admission is $15 per person or $20 per couple which includes coffee and light refreshments. Call 681-3513 to register.

Bradley Braves will take on Evansville at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $8, $12 & $20 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com  Citylink will run its Park & Ride service for this event:  see details to the left.

Jeff Dunham and his suitcase posse of comedic sidekicks will be taking the stage at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Saturday night beginning at 8 pm with his all new 2011 Jeff Dunham: The Identity Crisis Tour. Tickets are $44.50 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, select Wal-mart locations or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Debra Cowan will perform in concert at Forest Park Nature Center on Sunday from 7 – 9 pm. She performs a capella and with guitar in the tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez taking familiar songs and putting them in a modern setting. Admission is $7 for adults or $6 for kids 12 & under. Members receive a $1 discount off admission.

Lewis Black will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $37, $47 and $61.50 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

Rock and Worship Road Show featuring MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Thousand Foot Crutch, Matt Maher & the Afters, will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Admission is $10 at the door for general admission seating. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. For more information, visit www.rockandworshiproadshow.com

The Neil Simon classic Barefoot in the Park continues at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield this weekend. On Thursdays, Fridays & 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 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

April Macie will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club at 8 pm on Thursday and 8 pm & 10:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $14 except for the Thursday show & the Friday late show, which are $12. Call 309-673-5853 to order tickets or visit http://jukeboxcomedy.com

The 48th Annual Mid-West Truck Show will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall on Friday and Saturday. Times are 10 am – 6 pm on Friday and 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free.

The Eureka College Founders’ Day Convocation will begin at 4 pm Friday at the Cerf Center on Eureka College’s campus. President of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society Glenn Carson will speak. The event is called “The Disciples of Christ Faith and Ronald Reagan”. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-467-6429.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Peoria Area is holding a unique event to raise funds to purchase all the 2x4s needed to build five houses in 2011. The 2x4s & More Art Auction will feature donated works of art that use 2x4s as their “canvas” at the Waterhouse located at 619 SW Water St. in downtown Peoria beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. The $24.24 admission includes hors d’oeuvres and music by the Larry Harms Trio. A cash bar will be available. For more information and to order tickets, call 309-676-6729 ext. 3.

Contemporary Arts Center’s Live at the Five Spot will host Rob Williams & the Soggy Bottom Blues Band this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Preston Jackson Gallery. Admission for members is $7 and non-members are $10.

Monster Jam will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on February 4-5, 2011. Times are 7 pm on Friday and 2 and 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $17, $22, $27 and $42 for adults and $12, $27 and $42 for kids. All ticket prices will increase $2 day-of-show. Tickets 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

Peoria Players Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz with performances at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday, a Saturday matinee at 1:30 pm and Sunday at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by phone at 688-4473 or online at http://peoriaplayers.org

Havana Eagle Days will be presented by the Nature Conservancy and Dickson Mounds Museum from 8 am – Noon on Saturday where you can enjoy eagle watching at River Front Park with Emiquon Audubon Society featuring various wildlife venues and special Raptor Shows at Dickson Mounds. Fore more information, call 309-547-3721.

The Midwest Gun Collectors’ Association will host the Peoria Gun Show at the East Peoria Events Center from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Collectors can buy, sell or trade merchandise. Some of the items on display by the vendors include antique, rare, and modern firearms, firearms safety information, police equipment, military equipment, camping equipment, knives, clothing, books, antiques, jewelry & rare coins. For more information, call 309-274-2977.

Enjoy a Winter Wonder Walk on Saturday at Forest Park Nature Center beginning at 9:30 am. Watch the wonderful world of winter unfold on these naturalist-guided tours where you can explore animal tracks in the snow and learn about characteristics animals have to cope with the seasons. Please dress warmly. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated.
The Forest Park Nature Center Book Sale is Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm with the reduced price sale at the center. There will be books on everything from gardening to wildlife to environmental philosophy to nature-inspired fiction plus plenty of general fiction and non-fiction books as well. If you have books to donate, please call Forest Park Nature Center at 309-685-3360.

The 2nd Annual High School Art Show, “Outside the Lines” will take place at Robert Morris University’s Peoria Campus on Saturday from 1 – 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-636-8600 or visit http://www.facebook.com/artshowrmu

“Grease” will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 5 pm and 8:30 pm. Tickets are $39, $52 and $61 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  Citylink will be running their Park & Ride service for the 8:30 pm performance – see details in their ad on the left.

Peoria Prairie Tellers will present Winter Tales at the Prairie Center for the Arts (located at 1506 SW Washington St in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. To make reservations, call 309-691-0508 or 309-692-0993.

The Second City’s “Fair & Unbalanced” show will be presented at Five Points Center in Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road) on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 for adults & $22 for students with ID and are available online at https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=14302 For more information, call 309-444-8222.

Dance Day 2011 will be held in the Performing Arts Center of Illinois Central College, East Peoria on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. The afternoon will include classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern, a tour of the Performing Arts Center, a performance by the TazWood Dance Company (the in-residence company at the college), information about the ICC dance program, and refreshments. Admission is free to those 14 years of age and older with or without previous dance experience. Register by calling 309-367-4644.