Archive for February, 2012

 Lift Every Voice: The Music of Black Americans Through History, a Black History Celebration, will take place tonight (Thursday) from 6 – 7:30 pm at at Proctor Recreation Center (located at 309 S. DuSable in Peoria). Featuring musical selections by the Heritage Ensemble and speaker Mrs. Sharon Samuels Reed, Founder and Artistic Director of the Heritage Ensemble, admission to the concert is free. Refreshments will be served.

Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through Sunday. On Thursday, Friday & 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Bradley University Theatre is proud to be joining with Loyola University and Western Illinois University to present 3UShakesfest, three of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays all in one weekend all performed at the Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts on the Bradley campus including: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Bradley University tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm, The Tempest by Bradley University on Friday at 8 pm, Measure for Measure by Loyola University on Saturday at 8 pm and Henry VI by Western Illinois University on Sunday at 2:30 pm. Festival tickets for the 3 shows on Friday, Saturday & Sunday are $30 for the general public, $25 for faculty, staff and senior citizens and $15 for students or individual show tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, staff & faculty and $7 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650. For more information, visit http://slane.bradley.edu/3u-shak3f3st

Come see what NOT to do in your garden at the Garish Garden Show at Luthy Botanical Garden featuring pink flamingos, garden gnomes and possibly a bathroom fixture or two through March 4th. The Garden is open Tuesday – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 & up or free for Garden members & children 12 & under.  This show reinvents the best of the worst of landscaping faux pas and provides a welcome break from the cold Illinois winter. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

Michael Kosta will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The East Peoria Chamber of Commerce will present the State of the City Address with Mayor Dave Mingus at the Par-A-Dice Hotel on Friday beginning at 7:45 am. Cost is $15 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call 309-699-6212.

Dive For Cover 2012 will take place on Friday beginning at 2 pm at Maui Jim World Headquarters (located on Allen Road in Peoria). Benefiting the South Side Mission’s program for homeless women and children, divers will take the plunge into the icy ponds on the Maui Jim property. A $30 donation is all it takes to participate and that includes a t-shirt, hot soup & hot chocolate. For more information, visit www.southsidemission.org

The Spring Home Show 2012 will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from 4 – 9 pm on Friday, from 10 am – 8 pm on Saturday and from 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, half price for senior citizens and ages 18 and under are free. For more information, visit officialhomeshow.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Judy Page & Speak Easy 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.
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, call 309-674-6822.

The Dirty Gentlemen will perform live at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) on Friday beginning at 9 pm. Three is no cover charge. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

The Easter Seals Black & Blue Ball will be held on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom beginning at 6 pm. Live entertainment will be provided by Wedding Banned. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the San Antonio Rampage on Friday and Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 7 pm.   On Sunday, the Rivermen will take on the Abbotsford Heat at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 5 pm. Tickets for all 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

The River City Blues Society will present its 4th Friday Blues Series on Friday from 7:30 – 11 pm at Goodfellas (located at 1414 N. 8th St. in Pekin) featuring Bill Porter. Admission is $5 for general public and $3 for RCBS members. For more information, visit http://www.rivercityblues.com or call 309-648-8510.

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present God of Carnage beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

The Haunting of Hill House will be performed by the ICC Theatre Department 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 & senior citizens and are available at the ICC Box Office or by calling 309-694-5136. For more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

The 6th Annual Cabin Fever Show will feature the Boat Drunks at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom on Friday beginning at 8 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at the Burger Barge and Hickory River Smokehouse. For more information, visit http://933thedrive.com

Ali Vincent, Season 5 winner of NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser, will appear at a special pre-show breakfast for the Official Spring Home Show at the Peoria Civic Center Ballroom on Saturday beginning at 8:30 am. Tickets are $35 which also includes one admission to the Official Spring Home Show either Saturday or Sunday and are available at www.PeoriaHBA.com

Take a behind the scenes Zoo Tour at the Peoria Zoo on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Cost is $20 per person and includes admission to the zoo. To register, call 309-686-3513 or visit www.peoriazoo.org

The World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) 2012 Great Lakes Regional Championship will be held Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center beginning at 9 am. Stackers of any age and ability are welcome to participate. Participants can compete as individuals, doubles, four- and five-person team relays or parent/child teams. Stackers with disabilities will compete in the same events, but separate divisions.  The registration fee is $20. Registrations will be accepted until the day of the competition at the door or online at  thewssa.com

Bradley Braves will take on I-74 rival Illinois State at the Peoria Civic Center (Carver) Arena on Saturday beginning at 1 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

The Peoria Public Library Main Library will present works by local artists in celebration of Black History Month with a a closing reception on Saturday from 1 -3 pm at the Main Library Gallery (located at 107 NE Monroe in downtown Peoria in Level One of the Lower Level). Admission is free. Local area artists’ works will be display to view.

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s popular preschool music group and stars of the hit TV series of the same name, will perform live in concert on Saturday beginning at 3:30 pm in the Peoria Civic Center Theater. Tickets are $25, $29 and $35 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 Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception will host the 12th Annual “Your Table is Ready” Dinner/Auction Fundraiser on Saturday at the Itoo Hall (located at 4909 W. Farmington Rd. in Peoria) beginning at 5:30 pm. Call 309-674-2005 for tickets or more information.

PARC’s Bon Appétit Live! will be held at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 6 pm. The dinner includes a live, interactive cooking demonstration by Executive Chef Mike Stephans, gourmet dinner, entertainment and a silent auction showcasing artwork created by individuals PARC serves. Proceeds will benefit PARC’s programs, including adult educational services, children’s services, Community living & organizational employment services. Admission is $100 per person or $900 for a table of 10. To make reservations online, visit www.parcway.org

The Contemporary Art Center’s 8th Annual Fine Art Live Auction will take place Saturday beginning at 7 pm at the CAC (located at 305 SW Water St. in downtown Peoria) with the live auction starting at 8 pm. Admission is $15 for members and $25 for guests. Live music will be provided by the Kevin Hart Trio plus there will be cash bar available. The live auction led by professional auctioneer Jim Roth begins at 8 pm. The auction will feature original artwork from a variety of local artists. For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit http://peoriacac.org/events.html/auction.html

Take a Timeout with the “The Sounds of Cole Porter”, a musical review featuring several local favorite performers at EP’s Timeout (located at 1011 E Washington St in East Peoria) featuring a dinner buffet from 6 – 7 pm and the show at 7:30 pm. Ticket are $20 and must be purchased in advance by calling 309-265-2313.

A Giant Flea Market will be held at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W. Northmoor Road in Peoria) on Sunday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Admission is $1.50 or free for ages 12 & under with an adult. For more information, call 217-529-6939 or visit www.jcflea.com

Opening Day at Wildlife Prairie State Park will take place Sunday from 10 am – 4:30 pm with free admission to the park. There will be special activities and programs during the day including animal programs on the Bricks at 12:30 pm and Busters the Bunny’s 1st Birthday Celebration at 1:30 pm. Learn more about each animal from a Park naturalist who will be present to discuss habitats, diet, and other interesting facts. There will also be bus tours of lodging facilities, guided walking tours of Merrill Woods and John Muir Grove. The Adventure Store will be open plus a variety of snacks and drinks are also available. The Sunday Brunch will be available from 9:30 am – 2 pm for $17.95 for adults, $9.95 for children aged 2 – 12 and free for children 3 & under. Call 309-676-0998 to make reservations, which are recommended.

The Peoria Area World Affairs Council will present “Korea and the United States: A Panel Discussion of Trade, Politics and Regional Relations” tonight (Thursday) at the IVY Club with a reception at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6 pm and the presentation at 7 pm. Tickets for the dinner and presentation are $30 for Peoria Area World Affairs Council members and students, $35 for non-members and the general public plus a $5 late fee will be applied to reservations made after February 13. No dinner reservations will be accepted after February 15. Tickets for the presentation only are $15. High school students are invited to attend the program at no cost. Reservations are recommended. To order tickets, visit www.artstix.artspartners.net or call 309-677-2454 for more information.

Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through February 26th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Bradley University Theatre Department will present a preview performance of their production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest tonight (Thursday) at Hartmann Center of Performing Arts on the Bradley campus beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, staff & faculty and $5 for students and are available at the Bradley University Box Office or by calling 309-677-2650.

Tim Wilson will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club Tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $18 or $17 with cash except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $13 or $12 with cash. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

Come see what NOT to do in your garden at the Garish Garden Show at Luthy Botanical Garden featuring pink flamingos, garden gnomes and possibly a bathroom fixture or two through March 4th. The Garden is open Tuesday – Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm and on Sunday from Noon – 5 pm and is closed on Mondays. Admission is $2.50 for ages 13 & up or free for Garden members & children 12 & under.  This show reinvents the best of the worst of landscaping faux pas and provides a welcome break from the cold Illinois winter. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Curtis Hawkins Trio 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.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center 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, call 309-674-6877.

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host a Moonlight Walk at the Park on Friday from 6 – 7:30 pm. Geared toward all ages, admission is $10 for members, $15 non-members or a family of four with membership is $35. For more information, call 309-676-0998, ext 6758 or email saramackey@wildlifeprairiestatepark.org

Prairie Cabaret Theatre will present A Mardi Gras Whodunnit! this weekend at the Waterhouse (located at 619 SW Water Street in downtown Peoria) with doors opening at 6 pm. The cost for the Friday night performance is $37 for adults and includes dinner & the show. Tickets can be purchased online at PeoriaCabaretTheatre.com
The cost for the Saturday night fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Illinois sponsored by the HOPE group is $45 per person and can be purchased directly through that group.   Admission for both nights include The Waterhouse’s two entree banquet buffet with special ‘Nawlin’s dishes, the show, tax, and processing fees. For more information, call 309-494-9100.

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Charlotte Checkers 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

The Corn Stock Winter Playhouse will present God of Carnage beginning at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday at the Corn Stock Theatre Center (located in upper Bradley Park). Tickets are $10 for adults & $7 for students and are available at the Corn Stock Theatre Box Office, by calling 309-676-2196 or online at www.cornstocktheatre.com

A Peoria Push Derby Dames bout will be held in the Peoria Civic Center’s Exhibit Hall A on Saturday beginning at 7 pm . Tickets can be purchased from a roller girl or at peoriarollerderby.org

The Bradley Braves Bracketbuster vs. Loyola-Chicago will take place Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Arena 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

The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will present its Classics IV performance at the Peoria Civic Center Theatre on Saturday night beginning at 8 pm. The PSO will collaborate with the Central Illinois Youth Symphony for a special performance of the powerful music of Brahms and Mahler. Tickets are $32 – $70 and are available calling 309-671-1096. For more information, visit http://peoriasymphony.org

West MacQueen Street will perform live at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

Kabab-G (located at 7800 Sommer Dr. in Peoria) will host a Benefit for Easter Seals featuring authentic middle eastern food including vegetarian dishes on Sunday from 11 am – 6 pm. Choices include beef and chicken kababs, vegetable & cheese kababs, falafel and hummus. Pre-orders are encouraged and may be made by calling 691-6188 or faxing 309-691-6168. A kids menu will be available with meals for $5. Adult sandwiches will be available for $7 each. Additional donations are greatly appreciated – all proceeds go directly to Easter Seals in the Peoria area.

Peoria Jazz presents The Brian Choban Jazz Quintet from Bloomington beginning at 6 pm Sunday at Landmark Recreation Center (located at 3225 N Dries Lane in Peoria) following the Central Illinois Jazz Society House band. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members and students are admitted free. For more information, call 692-5330 or visit peoriajazz.com

Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through February 26th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 for Saturdays. For more information, call 309-965-2545 or go to www.barn2.com

Peoria Players presents Titanic the Musical beginning at 7:30 pm tonight (Thursday), Friday & Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for patrons 18 and are on sale at the Peoria Players Box Office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

Henry Phillips will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club this weekend with shows tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm and Friday and Saturday at  8 and 10:30 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Thursday show and the Friday late show which are $12. Call 309-673-5853 for tickets.

Karaoke with King Davis starts at 8 pm tonight (Thursday) at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington St. in East Peoria) There is no cover for this event.   On Friday, Govia Radio will host 2 events at EPs Timeout: for ages 18-20 in the garage room starting at 9 pm. Cover charge is $10 and includes pizza and soda. For ages 21 and over in EP’s bar and big dining room starting at 9:30 pm. Cover charge is $5 for this event.  The Willies will perform live at EP’s Time Out on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge is $5. For more information on any of these events, visit http://www.epstimeout.com or call 309-839-0630.

Rep. Jehan Gordon and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will present “How to Access Capital for Your Business” at the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center on Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Admission is free. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rep. Gordon’s office at 309-681-1992 or email repjgordon@gmail.com

Cabin Fever Campout 2012 will take place at the East Peoria Event Center (located at 4200 E Washington St. in East Peoria) this weekend beginning at 3 pm on Friday and running through Sunday at 9:30 pm. In total, there will be 30 hours of music, merchandise, food & beer available for event participants. Indoor camping is available on Friday & Saturday night also. Tickets are $65 and are available at Autumn Bloom Alternative Gardening in Pekin, Co-op Records in East Peoria and Feeling Groovy in Peoria or online at www.cabinfevercampout.com where you’ll find full details of bands plus event and camping information.

A CD Release Party & Concert will be presented by Barry Cloyd at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 Forest Park Ave in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free, however donations are encouraged. For more information, visit www.peoriaparks.org or www.barrycloyd.com

Wildlife Prairie State Park will host an Owl Prowl at the Park on Friday from 6 – 7:30 pm. Geared toward all ages, admission is $10 for members, $15 non-members or a family of four with membership is $35. Early registration is required:  call 309-676-0998 ext 6758 or email saramackey@wildlifeprairiestatepark.org
On Sunday, a Winter Photography Class will be held at the Park from 1 – 4 pm. Geared toward ages 15 years and older, the cost is $20 for members and $30 non-members.  Pre-payment is required for this class. To prepay: call 309-676-0998, ext 6758.

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Matthew Curry 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.  For more information, call 309-674-6877

The Peoria Rivermen will take on the Lake Erie Monsters at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 7 pm.  On Saturday, The Rivermen face the Charlotte Checkers at the Civic Center 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

The Bethany Fellowship of Churches will present a Free Marriage Enrichment Seminar for couples on Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30 am. The seminar will be held at Bethany Baptist Church (located at 7422 N. Heinz Lane in Edwards). Free childcare is also provided. Register online HERE or by calling 309-692-1755.

The Peoria Zoo will host its Romance at the Zoo event where attendees can see the complicated, beautiful and sometimes bizarre courtship rituals of the animal kingdom on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm at the Peoria Zoo. From videos to meeting animals up close, this will give you a whole new perspective on relationships. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. To make reservations, call 309-686-3365. For more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Opening Reception for Artist Michael Wille for his show “Looping” will be hosted by the Peoria Art Guild at their gallery (located at 203 Harrison Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday from 5 – 8 pm. Also on display will be works by sculptor, Tim Roby.  Admission is free. For more information, call 309-637-2787 or visit www.peoriaartguild.org

The Progressive Business Group (PBG) will host its 10th Annual Valentine’s Ball on Saturday at Embassy Suites Hotel (located at 111 W Washington St in East Peoria) beginning at 5:30 pm  to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse. A black tie optional affair, the evening will begin with a champagne reception and hot hors d’ouvres followed by a gourmet four-course meal, open bar, a keepsake photo, and live music by JammSammich. There will also be a Silent Auction as well as a raffle with the winning prize being a 1-Carat diamond earrings valued at $5,000. Tickets are $300 per couple and are available by calling 309-303-7831. For more information, visit www.progressivebusinessgroup.org

The Peoria Heart & Stroke Ball will take place at the Par A Dice Hotel Ballroom on Saturday night beginning at 6 pm. The Pulse of Hope drum troupe will perform at the event plus there will also be an auction with a dance following. Tickets are $150 per person and are available online at www.peoriaheartball.org For more information, call 309-828-0518.

Rodney Carrington will perform at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $43.75 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

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Wine and Roses with an evening of jazz and desserts in the setting of the tropical Conservatory at Luthy Botanical Garden (located at the corner of Prospect & Gift in Peoria) on Saturday from 6:30 – 9 pm. Music will be provided by Joe Metzka. Admission is $25 for members and $30 for non-members in advance for ages 21 and over only. Call 309-686-3362 for tickets.

A Valentine Swing Dance will take place at Body Fitness Inc. (located at 3020 N University in Peoria) on Saturday with a lesson from 7 – 8 pm and dance from 8 – Midnight with a variety of music, but mostly swing. Tickets are $12 per person at the door. Snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, call 309-685-1950 or send an email to bfit92@gmail.com

Aracely Brock, JPUSA artist Aracely Brock from Chicago, will perform in concert for Peoria First Free Methodist Church’s “Celebration of Love” service (located at 2121 N. Sheridan Road in Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 11 am. For more information, call 309-685-7879 or visit: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/148544741927959

Author Jackie Hogan explores why Abraham Lincoln permeates the national imagination in “Selling Abraham Lincoln” at the Peoria Public Library North Branch on Sunday from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. Hogan, chair of sociology at Bradley University, explores the topic in her latest book, Lincoln, Inc. Copies will be available for sale and signing after the discussion to benefit the Friends of Peoria Public Library. For more information, call 309-497-2141.

Garrison Keillor, best known for his widely popular radio show A Prairie Home Companion, will be appearing at the Peoria Civic Center Theater on Monday beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $34.50, $44.50 and $52 and are on sale and available at the Peoria Civic Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Neil Simon’s “Come Blow Your Horn” will be presented by the Barn 2 Dinner Theatre in Goodfield tonight (Thursday) through February 26th. 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 $32 for Thursdays, $34 for Fridays and Sunday brunch and $36 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) and the show begins at 8 pm. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members. For more information, call 309-674-6822

Dale Jones will perform at the Jukebox Comedy Club tonight (Thursday) at 8 pm Friday & Saturday at 8 pm & 10:30 pm. Tickets are $14 except the Thursday and Friday 10:30 pm shows which are $12. For more information, call 309-673-5853 or visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Mid-West Truckers Association Midwest Truck & Trailer Show will be held at the Peoria Civic Center from 10 am – 6 pm on Friday and from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with promotional tickets available from most Midwest industry suppliers or online at http://www.MidwestTruckShow.com For more information call 217-525-0310.

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at 10 different locations in downtown Peoria including The Mill, Murray Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Center, and the Peoria Art Guild where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The Contemporary Art Center presents Live at the Five Spot featuring Ed & Janet Kaizer begins at 5:30 pm Friday. Admission: $7 for members, $10 for non-members, $6 for student & senior members and $9 for student & senior citizen non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center on Friday will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Matt Vasquez 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, call 309-674-6877.

West MacQueen Street Band will perform as a part of “Kickback Friday” in Kickapoo Creek Winery’s (located at 6605 N. Smith Road in Edwards) Banquet Hall from 6 – 11 pm. The cost of $25 per person includes a gourmet buffet dinner plus the concert. To make reservations, call 309-495-9463 ext 1.

An Opening Reception for Painter/Sculptor Nicholas Nyland will be held at Backspace (located at 606 Rear W. Main Street behind 600 W. Main) in Peoria) on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://wearebackspace.wordpress.com

The 6th Annual Passage to India, a cultural event that raises money for Easter Seals, will begin at 6 pm on Friday at the Peoria Civic Center. Featuring home-cooked cuisine prepared by volunteers from the Indian community a silent auction featuring Indian-themed art, a Bollywood disco and dancing plus a fashion show including Easter Seals children, tickets for the event are $100 per person and are available by calling 309-472-4482 or 309-265-2972. For more information, visit http://www.es-passagetoindia.com

Monster Jam will be held in the Peoria Civic Center Arena on at 7 pm on Friday and 2 pm & 7 pm on Saturday. Tickets are $17, $22, $27 and $42 for adults and $10.50, $27 and $42 for kids ages 12 and under 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
From 11:30 am – 1 pm on Saturday, the “Party in the Pits” will take place where fans have the opportunity to view the trucks up close, meet the drivers, take pictures and get autographs for an additional fee of $10 per person.  Also, the Team Up to Crush Hunger campaign will take place in conjunction with the show from 11:30 am – 2 pm on Saturday when area Boy Scouts will collect canned goods in the Great Hall/Lobby of the Peoria Civic Center. With a minimum donation of at least one can, you will be entered into a contest to win 4 Front Row Tickets to next year’s show plus a package of official Monster Jam signed merchandise. All canned goods collected will be donated to the W. D. Boyce Council’s spring canned food drive that benefits local food pantries.

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

3 and a Half Men will perform live at EP’s Time Out (located at 1011 E Washington in East Peoria) beginning at 9 pm on Friday night.
Jammsammich will perform live on Saturday beginning at 9 pm. Cover charge for each show is $5. For more information, visit http://www.epstimeout.com

Take a Winter Wonder Walk at Forest Park Nature Center on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am. Admission is free, however donations are always appreciated. Watch the wonderful world of winter unfold on these naturalist-guided tours. We explore animal tracks in the snow and learn what characteristics animals have to cope with the season.

The 2  x 4 s & More Art Show & Auction will take place on Saturday at Barrack’s Cater Inn from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Featuring unique works of art using 2 x 4 s that will be available for viewing and purchase, proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity’s building fund. Tickets are $24.24 and include hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.habitatpeoria.org or at Habitat’s Restore (located at 804 W Main in Peoria).

Peoria Prairie Tellers will present “Winter Tales” at the RiverPlex (located at 600 NE Water Street in downtown Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Admission is $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Call 309-682-2915 or 309-692-0993 or email peoria@prairietellers.us to reserve tickets.

The Northern Illinois Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Maurer Performing Arts Center in the Metamora Township High School on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. The NIU Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Ron Carter and will feature guest artist trombonist Steve Davis. The Metamora Jazz Ensemble will open the concert. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets call 309-367-4154 ext.#574.

Dance Day 2012 will be held in the Performing Arts Center of Illinois Central College on Sunday in East Peoria from 1 to 4 pm. The afternoon will include classes in ballet (Vaganova technique), jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern, a tour of the Performing Arts Center, a performance by the TazWood Dance Company (an 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. Registration is required: call 309-367-4644 to reserve a spot.