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Sunset Boulevard will be presented at Peoria Players Theatre (located at 4300 N University St. in Peoria) at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2 pm on Sunday. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is based on Billy Wilder’s Academy Award-winning 1950 film of the same title which tells the story of Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street. When young screenwriter Joe Gillis accidentally crosses her path, she sees in him an opportunity to make her comeback to the big screen. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth and are available by calling 309-688-4473. For more information, visit at

The Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame will take place at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette (located at 501 Main St.) tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $200 per seat or $2,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit

The Classic Film Series will feature Casablanca at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Giant Screen Theatre tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 pm. Tickets are $8.50 for adult members, $7.50 for senior citizen members, $6.50 for child members or $10.50 for adults, $9.50 for senior citizens and $8.50 for kids and are available online at

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. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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 The Brazillionaires 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 on Friday from 8:30 – 9:30 pm and open dancing to DJ Ed Caballero 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

Enjoy Ground Hog Day at Wildlife Prairie Park with Gertie the Groundhog on Friday beginning at 6 am to see if she will predict an early spring or not. Admission is free until 9 am. For more information, visit

The Mid-West Truck & Trailer Show will take place at the Peoria Civic Center from 9 am – 5 pm on Friday & from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is free with completed registration form available at the door. For more information, visit

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

The First Friday Open House for the Artistic Abilities Exhibit will take place at First United Methodist Church (located at 116 NE Perry Ave. in Peoria) on Friday from 5 – 8:30 pm. Featuring live entertainment by Projekts, view the passion and talent of local artists with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts with artwork from the Community Workshop & Training Center, Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge and Tazewell County Resource Center. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Central Illinois Friends will host its 4th Annual Mardi Gras at the Waterhouse (located at 316 SW Washington St. in Peoria) on Friday beginning at 6 pm with a cocktail reception. Featuring unlimited draft beer and house wine, heavy hors-d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, a cash bar, music, dancing, a silent auction and much more, guests are encouraged to dress for the Mardi Gras theme. Tickets are $75 per person, $135 per couple or $600 for a group of 10 and are available online HERE

The 13th Annual Black and Blue Ball to benefit Easterseals will take place at the Peoria Civic Center on Friday beginning at 6 pm. Featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live and silent auctions plus live music and dancing, tickets are $125 and reservations can be made by calling 309-686-1177. For more information, visit

The Illinois High School 10-Minute Play Festival will take place at Eureka College (located at 300 E College Ave. in Eureka) on Friday from 7 – 9 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 309-467-6363.

Etta May will perform at Jukebox Comedy Club (located at 3527 W Farmington Rd. in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Tickets are $15 except for the Friday late show, which are $12. For tickets, call 309-673-5853 or visit

Enjoy Live Music at the Rhythm Kitchen (located at 305 SW Water Street in Peoria) on Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Celebrate Illinois: 200 Years in the Land of Lincoln Exhibition opens at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on Saturday and runs through June 3. As part of the state-wide celebration of the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming a state, the exhibition is a collection of state-wide artifacts celebrating the state’s influential people, places and innovations in Illinois history. Celebrate Illinois Family Day will take place in the lobby also on Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm. Visitors will explore the history of our great state with treats, trivia games, crafts, a unique selfie station plus a special performance by the Civil War Dancers a 1 pm. Admission is free for members and $11 for adults, $10 for senior citizens aged 60+ or $0 for youth ages 3 – 17. For more information, visit

Trivia Night will take place at Redeemer Lutheran Church (located at 6801 N Allen Road in Peoria) with registration on Saturday beginning at 6:30 pm. A silent auction will also take place that night. Admission is $15 per person which includes babysitting, popcorn and soda with proceeds benefiting the Concordia Lutheran School Band. To Reserve a table, call 309-691-8921 or visit

A Valentine Kid’s Night Out will take place at Peoria Elite Gymnastics Academy (located at 2240 W Altorfer Dr. in Peoria) on Saturday from 6 – 9 pm. Featuring games, pizza plus supervised play on gymnastic equipment, trampolines, tumble trak, foam pits and a zipline, kids aged 5 – 16 are encouraged to wear red or pink. Admission is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional child for siblings & friends who register together. Preregistration and payment is required in advance and must be made by Noon on Saturday. For more information, call 309-713-1641 or visit

The Bradley Braves will take on Drake at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $8, $14, $20 and $55 and are available at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, by calling 309-673-3200 or online at

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