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Billy Elliot the musical will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) Friday & Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm. A regional premiere, the 10-time Tony Award-winning musical features music by Elton John and is based on the Academy Award-nominated film. Adult tickets are $19 and $12 for ages 20 and under and are available at the box office, by calling 309-688-4473 or online at www.peoriaplayers.org

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code Exhibit continues at the Peoria Riverfront Museum runs through May 29th. It’s an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life. Also on display is the George & Norma Kottemann Art Collection through July 9 as well as Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss through May 29. For more information about any of these exhibits, visit http://www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

The 2017 Gerald M. Brookhart Arts In Education Spring Celebration continues each weekday through May 19 at the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Celebrating the talents of over 100 schools with students from Pre-K -12th grade from seven Central Illinois counties, a total of over 120,000 students will perform, exhibit and demonstrate their talents in the fine arts and applied arts during the six-week event. For a schedule of performers, visit www.springcelebration.org

The Central Illinois Herpetological Society will meet at Forest Park Nature Center (located at 5809 N Forest Park Dr. in Peoria Heights) tonight (Thursday) at 7 pm featuring a speaker, raffles, announcements of trips and exhibits and opportunities for hobbyists to interact with one another. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.centralillinoisherp.com

Whisper & Shout will take place at the Contemporary Art Center tonight (Thursday) beginning at 8 pm. An open mic for sharing and inspiring poetry, admission is $4 for members or $8 for non-members.
Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center will feature Dexter O’Neal & Funk Yard on Friday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Admission is $8 for members, $12 for non-members, $7 for student & senior members and $11 for student & senior non-members.
Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center will feature a dance lesson from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero also on Friday from 9:30 pm – 12:30 am. Admission is $4 for members or $7 for non-members.  For more information, call 309-674-6822 or visit www.peoriacac.org

Joe Roderick will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) tonight (Thursday) and Friday at 8 pm for $10.  And Jesse and Justin Tuttle will perform on Saturday beginning at 8 pm for $10. For tickets and more information, visit www.jukeboxcomedy.com

The Annual Brats for the Cure event will take place at Schnucks on University St. in Peoria featuring the Johnsonville Brats Truck from 11 am – 6 pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11 am – 2 pm on Sunday. A single brat meal (with chips and a drink) is $5, a double meal is $7 or a single brat is $3.50. All proceed benefit the Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komenmemorial.org

Cinco de Bow Wow will take place at Oliver’s Pizza and Pub (located at 1231 E. Samuel Ave. in Peoria Heights) on Friday beginning at 3:30 pm. A benefit for Team Rescuing Animals In Need (TRAIN), it includes doggy dress up contests, a silent auction, food and drink specials and music by Random Strangers. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE

The CIAO First Fridays Artists’ Tour will take place on Friday from 5 – 9 pm at various locations including the Contemporary Art Center, Studios on Sheridan and the Prairie Center of the Arts plus other locations where visitors can view artist demonstrations as well as purchase pieces. For a complete map of the locations, visit http://ciaopeoria.com

The 46th Annual Pekin AMBUCS Charity Auction will be held at the Veterans Memorial Ice Arena (located at 250 Red Bud Dr. in Pekin) on Friday beginning at 5 pm. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pekin, Pekin YWCA, AmTrykes, AMBUCS Good Bears, Scholarships for Therapists and many other local charities. For more information, visit www.PekinAMBUCs.org

The 11th Annual Passage to India will take place at Embassy Suites in East Peoria on Friday beginning at 5:30 pm. “A Journey of the Senses” will feature authentic Indian culture, cuisine and more to benefit Easterseals Central Illinois. Tickets are $150 per person and are available by calling 309-686-1177 or online at www.kidstherapyprogress.com/PeoriaEvents

The Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Cost to participate is $40 through today (Thursday) and $45 on race day and includes a t-shirt, the Fiesta with 1 drink ticket.  To register or for more information, visit http://cincodekilo.com

The 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus will take place at Expo Gardens (located at 1601 W Northmoor Rd. in Peoria) at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 11 am, 3 pm & 7 pm on Saturday and Noon & 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $14 for children aged 12 & under and $18 for adults. For tickets and more information, visit www.supershrinecircus.com

Enjoy Peoria’s evening skyline with a Moonlight Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria on Friday running from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Tickets are $23 for adults, $21 for senior citizens 55 and up, $14 for kids aged 4 – 15 or free for ages 3 & under. For more information, call 309-637-8000 or visit www.SpiritofPeoria.com

Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 7 pm. General admission is $25 and the party pit is $30. This show is for all ages. For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale will present “Celebrating 35 Years of Music” at Five Points Washington (located at 360 N Wilmor Rd. in Washington) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8 for students through college, and $18 for groups of 10+ and are available at the door, by calling 309-698-6725 or at  www.peoriacivicchorale.org

Jazz Night with The Derel Monteith Trio will take place in The Waterhouse’s Broadway Lounge in the MAXAM Building (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 8 pm. Reservations are required and an advanced dinner package is also available beginning at 6 pm for $36. Show only tickets are $11 per person. For tickets and information, call 309-494-9100 or visit www.BroadwayPeoria.com

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is free. For more information including a schedule of performers, visit www.rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz

The Walk for Literacy will take place at the Peoria Riverfront on Saturday beginning at 9 am. Registration is $25 per person and forms are available at Common Place, Peoria Public Library locations, area bookstores or online at www.commonplacepeoria.org For more information, call 309-673-3315, x112.

Breakfast with the Red River Hogs will take place at the Peoria Zoo (located at 2320 N Prospect Rd. in Peoria) on Saturday from 9 – 10 am.  Learn about the red river hogs and see them enjoy their breakfast too. Cost is $9 for adult members, $6 for child members or $18 for adult non-members and $12 for child non-members. To register, call 309-681-3559 or for more information, visit www.peoriazoo.org

Green View Kid’s Club will take place at Green View Garden Center (located at 2700 W Cedar Hills Dr. in Dunlap) on Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm.  Young gardeners will make a special gift for Mom for $5 per child. For more information, call 309-243-7761 or visit www.greenview.com  

The Community Children’s Theatre Annual Drama Festival will be held at Noble Center (located at 1125 W Lake Ave. in Peoria) on Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a day of live entertainment featuring award winning TEC school plays performed by Peoria students. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

A Civil War Spring Drill re-enactment will take place at Sommer Park (located at 6329 North Koerner Road in Edwards) from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and Noon – 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person. Experience the daily life of men and women and watch them in action when Civil War enthusiasts from the Midwest will bring to life the joys and sorrows of the time.  For more information, visit www.PeoriaParks.org

Corn Stock for Kids will host a Beauty & the Beast Sing Along at the Corn Stock Theatre Center beginning at 2 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.CornStockTheatre.com

A public reception for the 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show will take place in the Peoria Public Library Main Library Gallery in downtown Peoria on Saturday from 2 – 4 pm. The show depicts themes from Central Illinois and features a variety of mediums and will remain on display during normal hours through May 30.  Admission is free. For more information, visit www.peoriapubliclibrary.org

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 10th Annual Kentucky Derby Party will be held at the IVY Club (located at 5102 N Galena Rd. in Peoria Heights) on Saturday from 4:30 – 10 pm. Tickets are $75 which includes admission, beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres or $125 for the VIP ticket which also includes priority seating, one hat contest vote and one horse bet. For tickets and more information, visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org

Jason Isbell will perform at Limelight Eventplex (located at 8102 N University St. in Peoria) on Saturday beginning at 8 pm. Advanced general admission is $35 and the VIP Loft is $55. A $3 under 21 surcharge will be collected at the door.  For tickets and more information, visit www.limelighteventplex.com

Maifest will be held at the Lindenhof (located at 7601 N. Harker Drive in Peoria) on Sunday from Noon – 6 pm.  Hosted by the Peoria German-American Society, activities include a May pole ribbon dance and other German folk dances, crafts for kids, German foods and German wine & beer, live entertainment and a petting zoo beginning at 3:30 pm. Admission is free. EPIC will be selling plants and vegetable starts. For more information, call 309-691-7484 or visit www.peoriagermans.net

Pettengill Morron House (located at 1212 W Moss Ave. in Peoria) will hold an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. Featuring the new display of Miss Morron packing her Louis Vuitton luggage for a trip to France plus souvenirs of previous trips with trained docents available during the tour.
Flanagan House (located at 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. in Peoria) will also host an Open House on Sunday from 1 – 4 pm. View never-before-displayed vintage handcrafted  garments donated to the Historical Society by the Luthy family plus find exhibits on brewing, distilling, coal mining and the military. Tickets are $10 for adults for one home tour or $15 to tour both homes or $3 for children 6 – 12.  For more information, visit www.peoriahistoricalsociety.org

The Youth Symphony Spring Concert will take place at Metamora High School (located at 101 W Madison St. in Metamora) on Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door. For more information, visit www.ciys.org

The Philharmonic Chorale will perform at the ICC Performing Arts Center in East Peoria on Sunday beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. For tickets and more information, visit www.artsaticc.com

Jazz Vespers Services will take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church (located at 1420 W Moss Ave, Peoria) on Sunday beginning at 4 pm in the Sanctuary. Featuring central Illinois jazz musician, Dave Hoffman, admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information visit www.westminsterpeoria.org

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