Archive for November, 2011

Three and-a-Half Men” will perform tonight (Wednesday)in the Back Room at the Fieldhouse Bar and Grill in Campus Town (located at 1200 W. Main St. in Peoria) beginning at 7 pm and there is cover charge. For more information, call 309-494-9600.

The Jive Turkey Concert will take place tonight (Wednesday) from 8 – 11 pm on the square at the Parkview (located at 118 E. Main St. in Elmwood) with the 42′s performing classic rock, alternative, and a little country from The Beatles and Tom Petty to Jack Johnson. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and are available by calling 309-742-8900.

The Contemporary Arts Center will host a Thanksgiving Jam tonight (Wednesday) with doors opening at 5 pm. South Side Cindy & the Slip-Tones will perform beginning at 5:30 pm. Admission is $10 plus a canned or box non-perishable food item to benefit the local food banks. Pledge an extra donation of a “full grocery bag” to reserve a table for 8 in advance by calling 309-370-3589. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and alcoholic beverages. For more information, visit www.peoriacac.org

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs Friday – Sunday this weekend. On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 6 pm, buffet is at 6:30 pm, and the show is at 8 pm. On Sunday, doors & the buffet open at noon, and the show is at 1:30 pm. Prices are $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The 124th Annual Santa Claus Parade, the longest running holiday parade in the country, steps off at 10:15 am on Friday throughout downtown Peoria with the theme of “Toys, Treasures and Traditions”. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com/events/santa-parade.html

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring the Robin Crowe Band begins at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission is $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Enjoy Swing Dance at the Contemporary Arts Center on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm for the dance lesson and 9:30 pm – 12:30 am for open dancing. Admission is $3 for CAC Members and $6 for non-members. For more information on either event, call 309-674-6822

Yule Like Peoria will take place on Friday beginning with the Peoria County Courthouse Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 pm and run through 9 pm with several local groups performing throughout commercial buildings in downtown Peoria. Admission is free and there will be complimentary refreshments. For a map listing performers & location plus additional details, visit http://www.peoriaevents.com/events/yule-like-peoria.html

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Garden will take place on Fridays and Saturday evenings from 7 – 9 pm through December 23. Visit the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission is free.  Find a 20% Off coupon for your entire purchase in the Luthy Botanical Gift Shop on Peoria-Deals.com!

Etta May will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $16 or $15 with cash except the Friday 10:30 pm show which is $13 or $12 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, now there’s Small Business Saturday where people are encouraged to shop local, small businesses for their holiday shopping. Support local small businesses by patronizing them this Saturday.  Click HERE for more information.

The 21st Annual FOLEPI River Trail Classic will take place Saturday at the River Trail of Illinois East Branch at FonduLac Park District Administration Center. Transportation is provided to the starting line beginning at 7:45 am for the 4 Mile Run & 2 Mile Walk. For more information or to register, visit www.cityofeastpeoria.com or call 309-253-2420.

The Harmonie-Concordia Singers of the Peoria German-American Society will be hosting a Kristkindlmarkt at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and from Noon – 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. Vendors will be on hand with a variety of arts and crafts perfect for holiday gift giving. Food and beverages typical of the Kristkindlmarkts will also be available for purchase plus there will also be live entertainment.

Step back in time to Peoria circa 1919 with a Prohibition Era Dinner with historian Norm Kelly at Klusendorf’s Sky Harbor beginning at 5 pm on Saturday. Guests are invited to dress in Era costumes. Cost is $40 per person reserved in advance and includes 2 adult beverages, appetizer, choice of two entrees and dessert, a question and answer session with Kelly and gratuity. For more information, visit www.skyharborsteakhouse.com or call 309-674-5532.

The Festival of Lights Annual Parade of Lights will begin at 5:45 pm on Saturday following three miles of Washington Street in East Peoria starting on one side of the city and ending just past downtown. The parade features floats shaped entirely from lights. For more information including a parade route, visit http://www.cityofeastpeoria.com/index.cfm?pageID=71

A Christmas Celebration with Rachel West Kramer will be held at 7 pm Saturday at the Five Points Performing Arts Center (located at 360 N. Wilmor Rd. in Washington). Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Groups of 8 or more receive a $2 discount per ticket. For tickets or more information, call Hands of Love Ministry at 309-383-2828 or visit www.handsoflove.org

Sky Harbor Steakhouse kicks off the holiday season with their Annual Holiday Wine Tasting with complimentary wine and cheese tasting tonight (Thursday) from 4 – 9 pm. Beginning at 5 pm, wine experts from Wirtz Beverage and Kickapoo Creek Winery will be on hand to answer questions and offer holiday suggestions. There is no cover charge and live music begins at 7 pm. Reservations are available by calling 309-674-5532.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield runs tonight (Thursday) through December 31st. 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

The River City Blues Society will host a CD Release Party for the Cash Box Kings, a band from Chicago, at Goodfellas Pub in Pekin tonight (Thursday) from 7 – 10 pm. Admission is $5 for non-members and $3 for members.  For more information visit: www.rivercityblues.com

The Avett Brothers will perform at the US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington tonight (Thursday) beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets at $35, $30 and $25 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, in person at U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

Peoria Players Theatre presents Annie at 7:30 pm tonight, Friday, Saturday plus and at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday. A hold over performance has been scheduled for Sunday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and are extremely limited at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The ICC Theatre Department presents US Drag at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 pm tonight, 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, by calling 694-5136. For more information, visit www.ArtsatICC.com

Bradley University presents Almost, Maine at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts on the BU Campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Greg “Fluteman” Warren will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $18 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm show which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 36th Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Embassy Suites and Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 11:45 am. Cost for Chamber members is $45 per person or $450 for a table of 10 and for non-members is $65 per person or $650 for a table of 10. Reservations can be made by calling 309-495-5978 or online at www.peoriachamber.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Judy Page & Speak Easy (R&B, jazz) beginning at 5:30 pm on Friday. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822.

Angels in America: Perestroika will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (18 years and under with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com
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The CIYS Fall Orchestra Concert will take place on Friday beginning at 7 pm at the Metamora High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 & under and will be available at the door. Call 888-218-4650 for more information.

The Bakin’ with the Boss Tour with Buddy Valastro can be seen on Friday in the Peoria Civic Center Theater at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25.75, $35.75, and $47.75 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   A limited number of $75 VIP tickets are also available that include a post-show meet and greet, limited edition tour mug, a souvenir tour lanyard and backstage pass and a 15% discount voucher for carlosbakery.com

Candlelight Walks at Luthy Botanical Gardens will take place on Fridays and Saturday evenings from 7 – 9 pm through December 23. Visit the Poinsettia Show at night, under the warm glow of hundreds of candles, while enjoying live performances of holiday music. Admission is free.

The Tim And Bob Showcase will be presented at the Par-a-Dice Hotel on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $15 and are available online HERE. Peoria natives, Tim & Bob (Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson) aka Funktwons, are Grammy Award-winning songwriting musicians and a Hip-Hop/R&B pop production duo. For more information, call 309-699-7711.

Cosmic Crisis with Tiger Kid will perform in the Back Room at the Fieldhouse Bar and Grill in Campus Town (located at 1200 W. Main St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 9 pm and there is cover charge. For more information, call 309-494-9600.

The Team Beachbody Super Saturday with MJ Durkin and Shaun Thompson (creator of Insanity and Asylum) will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 9 am on Saturday.  For more information or to register for the events, visit http://davidkernlyons.com/events

St. Jude supporters will join together to participate in the St. Jude Give Thanks Walk at the The Shoppes At Grand Prairie on Saturday beginning at 7 am with check-in & the walk beginning at 8 am. The family-friendly 5K walk helps raise money to support the children on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join the St. Jude team. Registration is free and can be done online at givethankswalk.org

History comes to life during Civil War Winter Quarters from 10 am – 5 pm at Sommer Park (located at 6329 N. Koerner Road in Edwards). Cost to attend is $5 per vehicle. Living historians in authentic uniforms will use period tools and construction methods to build handmade wooden shelters to protect themselves from the approaching winter weather. Activities will also include mail call, drill and ceremonies, and daily camp life. For more information, call 309-691-8423.

A Blues Fundraiser will be held for local musician, Robin Crowe from Noon – Midnight on Saturday at Expo Gardens in Peoria. Performers include Cosmic Crisis, the Robin Crowe Band, Flying D’Rito Brothers, Dave Chastain, Bill Porter & the Jim Davis Band. There will also be auctions & raffles. Admission is $5 per person. Food will also be available for purchase. Proceeds will help to pay Crowe’s medical bills.

Bradley Braves will take on North Dakota at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $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

Kickapoo Creek Winery (located at 6605 N. Edwards Road in Edwards) will host a Wine Pairing Dinner on Saturday night from 7 – 10 pm. Enjoy a 5 course Italian themed gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Leo. Each course is paired with one of Kickapoo Creek wines. Cost for the dinner is $50 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 309-495-9463.

The 41st Annual Peoria Turkey Trot will take place on Sunday from 1 – 5 pm rain, shine, or snow. It’s Peoria’s oldest running race, a 4-mile run through Detweiller Park. A 1/2 mile youth fun-run will take place immediately before the start of the the run. For more information, call 309-682-1200 or visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Peoria Train Fair will take place at Illinois Central College in East Peoria on Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. There will be DVDs, videos, books, and photos, as well as many model railroad parts and supplies available for purchase. For more information, call 309-369-3515.

The Def Comedy Jam Allstars will perform at the Par-a-Dice Casino Hotel on Sunday beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $50 for Platinum VIP seating and meal, $35 for Gold seating and $30 for Silver seating and are available online HERE. Performers include Tyler Craig, Shaun Jones, TP Hern and Comedian Ice Cream. For more information, call 309-699-7711.

Pekin Main Street will host an Arts Fiesta tonight (Thursday) from 5 – 8 pm at the Speakeasy Art Center (located at 353 Court Street in Pekin). The event will celebrate local art, music and food. Admission is $15 and tickets are available by calling 309-353-3100. All proceeds from the event will benefit Pekin Main Street’s mission to revitalize and preserve Pekin’s downtown area through artistic endeavors.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! at the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield will open tonight and run through December 31. 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 $34 for Thursdays, $36 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $38 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Manheim Steamroller will bring their 2011 holiday show to the Peoria Civic Center Theater tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50 and $74.50 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

Bradley University presents Almost, Maine at the Hartmann Center for Performing Arts on the BU Campus beginning at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) through Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $7 for students and are available at the Hartmann Center Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Kevin Pollak will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club on Thursday at 8 pm and on Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $29 except Thursday and the Friday 10:30 pm show which are $25. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Veteran’s Day Parade will take place in downtown Peoria on Friday starting at the corner of Bryan & Monroe Streets and ending in front of the WWI & WWII memorials on Adams Street. A ceremony will be held at the memorials at 11 am.

The Community Workshop and Training Center presents their CWTC 2nd Annual Fall Vendor Sale on Friday from 11 am to 1:30 pm at 3215 N. University in Peoria. The sale is open to the public, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit CWTC. For more information, call 309-686-3300.

A Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Megan Crawford, a Metamora resident who was critically injured in an auto accident, will be held at the Timberlake Club (located at 5501 W Farmington Road in Peoria) from 3 pm – 1 am. The cost for the Avanti’s spaghetti dinner is $10 for adults and $7 for children aged 10 & under. There will also be live music and family friendly entertainment.

Julep’s Closet will take place at the Peoria RiverPlex from 5 – 8 pm on Friday, which is Twice the Price Night, from 8 am – 4 pm and from 10 am – 1:30 pm on Sunday, during which all merchandise is half price and from 2 – 4 pm which is the bag sale. Admission is $1 on Friday and Saturday, and free on Sunday. Proceeds from the sale go towards funding the Junior League of Peoria’s projects. For more information, visit www.juniorleagueofpeoria.org

Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Preston Jackson & Friends begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission: $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.

The Peoria Art Guild is hosting an 8 x 8 Dutch Auction fundraising event with doors opening at 5:30 pm Friday and bidding beginning at 6 pm. Tickets to the event are free for Peoria Art Guild members and $3 for non-members. The auction will feature 8 inch by 8 inch works of art created by local, regional, and national artists. This event will feature entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. For more information call 309-637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org

The 2nd Annual CUREageous Fundraiser will be held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday from 6:30 – 9 pm with an after party featuring JammSammich from 9 pm – Midnight. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple for both the main event & after party or $35 per person for the after party only and are available by calling 309-243-3320 or online at www.illinoiscancer.com/cure

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Bradley volleyball team is hosting a Military Appreciation Night at the Renaissance Coliseum when the Braves host Drake at 7 pm on Friday. All active and retired military men, women, and their immediate family will receive free admission: regular tickets and concessions are $1 and parking is free. This is also the Brave’s senior night.
On Saturday, Bradley volleyball will play Creighton at 7 pm. For more information, visit www.BradleyBraves.com

Wine and Cheese Under the Stars will be held at Lakeview Museum beginning at 7 pm Friday night. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for guests: refreshments are included. Pre-registration is encouraged: call 309-686-7000, ext. 145.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Rockford Ice Hogs at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets range from $12.50 – $27.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

A Fundraiser for US Representative Aaron Schock featuring Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will take place at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N. Wilmor Road) beginning at 7 pm on Friday. Ticket prices are $50 per person or premium seating for $75 per person: both include an autographed book. VIP seating and private dinners are also available. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 309-693-9393 or visit www.fivepointswashington.org

Angels in America: Perestroika will be presented by the Corn Stock Theatre Winter Playhouse in the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students (18 years and under with ID) and are available at the Corn Stock Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.CornStockTheatre.com

Peoria Players Theatre will present Annie at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 & under and are available at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.PeoriaPlayers.org

The ICC Theatre Department will present US Drag at the ICC Performing Arts Center beginning 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, by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.ArtsatICC.com

The Peoria Historical Society will host “A Passion for the Arts” Style Show & Luncheon at the Four Points by Sheraton in downtown Peoria on Saturday with the boutique open from 10 am – 2 pm, lunch at 11:30 am and style show beginning at 12:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by calling 309-674-1921. Reservations are required by November 4th. For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

Morton High School will present A Christmas Carol on Friday & Saturday at 7:30 and on Sunday at 3 pm at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center (located at 350 N Illinois Ave in Morton) . Tickets are available at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.  For more information, call 309-284-5000.

The Shoppes at Grand Prairie is hosting a Grand Day of Giving on Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm. Bring a gently used coat, new toy and/or food to the Shoppes’ Management Office and receive a wristband valid for special discounts throughout the shopping center plus enter to win special drawings. All donated items will go to Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots and local food pantries.
Also, enjoy the Shoppes’ Holiday Kick-Off from 4 – 6 pm with hot cocoa and cookies, holiday music, plus Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by horse and carriage with his reindeer (weather permitting). Also enjoy the lighting of the holiday tree and Shoppe-A-Long, the giant rocking horse, which will be open to ride. For more information, call 309-692-3672.

Young Frankenstein will be held at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3 pm and 8 pm. Tickets are $39, $49 and $59. Ticket on sale date now at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

“Fill The Treasure Chest” is an evening of fine dining, nationally known guest speakers and professional entertainment at Mt. Hawley Country Club with cocktails on Saturday beginning at 6 pm and dinner at 7 pm to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria. This year’s theme, “Explore Great Futures” will feature a live stream to the Nautilus exploration vessel anchored in the Mediterranean Sea. Guest speaker will be Dr. Katy Croff Bell, Chief Scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer. Tickets are $150 per person. To reserve your tickets, call 309-685-6007 ext. 112 or visit www.bgcpeoria.org for more information.

Tequilas Restaurant (located at 1966 Freedom Pkwy in Washington) will present “Latin Nights”, a Latin Dancing event with Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia and more Latin music on Saturday from 9 pm – Midnight. For more information, call 309-745-5600. There is a cover charge of $6 per person.

Celebrate the unique and historic Scottish connection that helped found the Episcopal Church in the USA at the Kirking of the Tartans which will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (located at 3601 N North St in Peoria) beginning at 10:30 am Sunday. Music will be provided by the Celtic Cross Pipe Band. For more information, call 309-688-3436 or visit www.stpaulspeoria.com

Disney Live Three Classic Fairy Tales will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Sunday at 1 pm and 4 pm. Tickets are $18, $25, $40 and $52 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  Find a $5 Off Coupon for Disney Live tickets on Peoria-Deals.com!

The Eureka College Chorale and Chamber Singers will present their free Fall Concert on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Cerf Center. Call 309-467-6397 for more information.

Bradley Braves will take on UMKC at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Sunday beginning at 4 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and go on sale November 7 at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com

The Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Landmark Starting Gate Room (located at 3225 N Dries Ln in Peoria) beginning at 6 pm Sunday with the Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band. Then, the CIJO, Peoria’s hardest swinging jazz big band, will perform from 7:15 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $5 for members and $7 non-members. For more information, call 309-692-5330 or visit www.peoriajazz.com

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Chicago Wolves at the Peoria Civic Center tonight (Thursday) and Friday beginning at 7 pm.   On Saturday, the Rivermen play the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 pm. Tickets for both games range from $12.50 – $27.50 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 309-676-1040 or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/806659

Exit the Body will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield through Sunday.  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

Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center is an open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry. Doors open at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center featuring Memphis Jesse Revue begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission is $7 for members or $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center, also on Friday, will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $3 for members or $6 for non-members. For more information on any of the events, call 309-674-6822

“The Great Pumpkin” Chrysanthemum Show will be open at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at 2218 N Prospect in Peoria) from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesdays – Saturdays and from Noon – 5 pm on Sundays through Sunday. Cost is $2 for adults (ages 13 and up or free for children aged 12 and under and Garden members.

Walt Willey will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 7 pm & 9:30 pm. Tickets are $21 or $20 with cash except the Thursday and Friday 9:30 pm show which is $16 or $15 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

A celebration to recognize two significant art installations at the new Harrison Community Learning Center will be held Friday at 4 pm. It will be hosted by District 150, the Peoria Housing Authority and Peoria Opportunities Foundation, and commissioned artists include Fisher Stolz, professor at Bradley University, and David Standifer, a former student of Preston Jackson. The event will recognize the people who made it possible and discuss how the art was created. For more information, call 309-672-5212

The Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO) First Friday Studio Tour will take place Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 8 locations throughout downtown Peoria featuring 40 artists. Get a chance to speak with local artists, get a sneak peak behind-the-scenes at their studios and galleries with this chance to discover the wonderful art and creative artists in our communities. Also, for November, Studios on Sheridan (located at 929 N Sheridan Rd in Peoria) will also be open for the first time for tours and an open house in conjunction with CIAO’s First Friday event. Over 13 talented local artists will be displaying their work at this new area location for future art studios. Enjoy a variety of visual art media while sipping wine and having hors d’oeuvres with live music provided by Jazzslayer. For location details and more information, visit www.ciaopeoria.com

The Central Illinois Youth Symphony will host their 6th Annual Fall Fundraiser themed “A Night At The Movies” on Friday from 5:30 – 9 pm at the Cornerstone Building (located at 321 Northeast Madison Ave. in downtown Peoria). Small ensembles from the youth symphony will perform and there will be food and wine pairings, candy & popcorn bars as well as a silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased by calling 1-888-218-4650 or online at artstix.artspartners.net Feel like a true Hollywood star and have your picture taken on the red carpet for an additional $5.

The Annual Easter Seals Tribute Dinner will honor Helen & Jerry Stephens at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria with a reception beginning at 6 pm and dinner beginning at 7 pm. For more information and to reserve tickets, call 686-7755 Ext. 2286 or download a reservation form at http://ci.easterseals.com/site/DocServer/RSVP_-_general_public_2.pdf?docID=145835

The Drunken Zombie Film Festival is an annual horror film festival which will be held at Landmark Cinemas beginning at 7 pm on Friday and Noon on Saturday. Tickets are $10 on Friday & $15 on Saturday or a weekend pass is $20. For more information, visit http://drunkenzombiefilmfestival.com

WHOA (When Horsepower Opens Awareness) will host “A Day with a Horse can Make a Difference for a Lifetime” at Gray Horse Farm in Brimfield on Saturday from 9 am – 4 pm. A fundraiser for the Illinois Cancer Care Foundation, the event will include horse demonstrations and more. Food will be available, plus there will be vendors, a silent auction and other activities. Admission is $10 per person or free for ages 8 & under. For more information, call 309-657-4403 or visit www.illinoiscancer.com

The Joslin Diabetes Awareness Expo will be held Saturday from 9 am – Noon at OSF Center for Health (located at 5114 N Glen Park Place in Peoria – lower level). Free screenings, educational sessions, door prizes and a free gift for the first 100 people will be available. For more information, call 800-232-3129 or visit www.osfmedicalgroup.org/peoria

The Methodist Medical Center Service League will hold its 61st Annual Gift Show in the Atrium lobby (located at 9090 Main Street in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm. Admission and parking are free. The show features a variety of high-quality handmade clothing and other items. All proceeds support patient care services at Methodist. Call 309-672-5695 for more information.

EAW Sports Wrestling begins at 6 pm Saturday at the Avanti’s Dome and will include live band performances. Tickets are $7 per person, $10 for two people or $15 for premium seats which include a meet & greet with the bands and EAW Champions and are available at the Pekin locations of Gamestop, Co-Op Records, Shandy’s and Firehouse Pizza. 100% of the ticket sales go to benefit the Kids of St. Jude. For more information, call 309-346-3663 or visit www.avantisdome.com

Experience a Murder Mystery with an interactive cruise on the Spirit of Peoria boarding at 7 pm Saturday and cruising from 8 – 10 pm. Tickets are $45 for adults and $22.50 for kids aged 4 -12 and are available at the dock, by calling 309-637-8000 or online at www.spiritofpeoria.com

At 2 am on Sunday, the time becomes 1 am as Daylight Savings Time Ends. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back (fall back) before you go to sleep!

The 14th Annual Sports Auction & Card Show will take place Sunday at the Riverplex in downtown Peoria with the Card Show from 10 am -3 pm, the live auction at 2 pm. Tickets are $1 or free for kids 12 & under and are available at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion. For more information, call 309-681-2868.

The 84th Annual Itoo Supper will take place Sunday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Rd in Peoria) from 11:30 am – 7 pm. Featuring an all you can eat Lebanese and American homestyle meal, cost is $15 for adults & $8 for children 12 & under. For more information, call 309-676-9725. A cash bar and bakery booth featuring Lebanese pastries will also be available.

The Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation will host a Grand Army of the Republic Fundraiser at the GAR Hall (located at 416 Hamilton Blvd in downtown Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4:30 pm. Vocalist Stephanie Aaron and Larry Harms & Company will perform. Tickets are $25 per person with tables of 4, 6 or 8 available to reserve. Call 309-636-7022 or 309-674-6864 to make reservations.