Abe's Events March 17 – 24, 2017

Posted: 3/16/2017
Author: Alison Warren

Abe's Events March 17 – 24, 2017

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Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift at the Illinois State Museum

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm

The Illinois State Museum invites visitors to a new exhibition that highlights a major gift of more than 100 contemporary artworks given to the museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. "Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift" exhibition will be on display from February 4 - May 7, 2017. 


The Wizard of Oz at the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Friday & Saturday: 7 pm; Sunday: 2 pm

The most beloved musical of all time, "The Wizard of OZ", is whirling into the Hoogland Center for the Arts March 2017! Follow the yellow brick road as Dorothy Gale, a young girl from Kansas is transported by a cyclone into the Magical Land of Oz and is desperately searching for a way home. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto, too, as they travel "Somewhere over the Rainbow" in the Land of Oz. Experience live theatre magic with lavish costumes, flying monkeys, and the classic story teaching us all "There's no place like home."


Korean War National Museum Irish Exhibit at the Korean War National Musuem

Friday: Noon

The Denis J. Healy Freedom Center Korean War National Museum will open a new exhibit to pay tribute to the hundreds of Irish sons who fought bravely in the Korean War. The Irish exhibit includes the stories of martyred Irish priests and the incredible valor and bravery of the Irish soldiers in the “Happy Valley Battle.” It also covers the Irish who received US citizenship posthumously. This exhibit opens March 17 in conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day and will remain prominently displayed at the front of the Museum until mid-May. After that the exhibit will be integrated into the Museum’s other exhibits. The Irish exhibit's constructor, Daniel Eppel, will make a presentation at noon.


Murder Mystery Dinner: Good Deeds, Deadly Deeds at the Hoogland Center for the Arts

Friday & Saturday: 6:30 pm; Sunday: 1 pm

STC presents their annual murder mystery dinner fundraiser "Good Deeds, Deadly Deeds". Enjoy a fun-filled evening and see if you can solve the case. Menu to be announced. Cash Bar Available.


Whitey Morgan at Boondocks Pub

Friday: 7 pm 

American Honky Tonk artist Whitey Morgan with Ward Davis perform live.


Spotlight on Ice at the Nelson Center

Saturday: 2 pm & 7 pm; Sunday: 2 pm

Join us for Spotlight on Ice "Broadway Rhythms"

Enjoy on ice versions of Broadway Favorites performed by the Springfield Skating Club skaters of all ages.

Broadway Favorites include; Fosse, Oliver, Camelot, Guys and Dolls, Aladdin, Charlie Brown and the Music Man.


Luke Pell & Lick Creek at Boondocks Pub

Saturday: 7 pm

Luke Pell (from The Bachelorette) & Lick Creek Country Band perform live.


Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue at the Sangamon Auditorium

Sunday: 7 pm

Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this dazzling international sensation will take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society during their 2017 U.S. tour. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance and thrilling live music.


Always, Patsy Cline at the Legacy Theatre

Friday: 8 pm, Saturday: 2 pm & 8 pm, Sunday: 2 pm

Starring Lori Ann McCabe as Patsy Cline and Sandra Fritz as Louise Seger. Featuring The Bodacious Bobcats: Doug Hahn, Gary Davis & Robb Stark "Always Patsy Cline" is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in a 1963 plane crash. The show is based on a true story about Cline's friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. Told through the memories of Louise, this charming show combines down home humor, heartfelt emotion, and over two-dozen of Patsy Cline's unforgettable hits: "Crazy", "I Fall to Pieces", "Sweet Dreams", "Walking After Midnight" and more. The title of the show was inspired by Patsy's letters to Seger, which were consistently signed, "Love Always... Patsy Cline".


Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Musuem

Opens March 24: Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type.


Historical Fiction: A Comedy at the Edwards Place

Friday & Saturday 7:30 pm - 9 pm

Set backstage at a local production of the life of Abraham Lincoln, Historical Fiction showcases the ups and downs that come with community theater. The director, Mitch, does everything he can to keep the show running despite costume problems, questions about accuracy, and runaway method acting. It is a comedy for everyone who's ever been back stage, or at least wondered what it was like. Dessert reception and Q & A with the cast and director to follow.

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