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Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

2/4/2017 - 5/7/2017, 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 through May 7, 2017. 

Manierre Dawson: A Journey to Abstraction

2/7/2017 - 3/10/2017, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Manierre Dawson, a little known artist from Chicago, took his own journey to non-objective painting and may even have arrived there shortly before more famous artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso and Mondrian. This exhibit shows Dawson's artistic journey through 16 original oil paintings from the Museum's collection. Exhibition will be on display at the Illinois State Museum until March 10, 2017

Iles Project Performance Day

2/24/2017, 10 am

Learn about Illinois history from some of our youngest interpreters! The fifth grade students at Springfield Public Schools - District 186 Iles Elementary School have spent weeks researuching under the guidance of mentors and preparing their own interpretive programs for the Old State Capitol. The public is invited to watch their presentations on Friday, February 24.

Groups will be presenting their original skits about a variety of topics important to 19th-century Illinois history, including:

- Abraham Lincoln's Law Career

- Lincoln, Slavery, and Politics

- Growing Up in Springfield (lives of 19th-century children)

- How Did They Do That? (19th-century technology)

- The Underground Railroad

- The United States Colored Troops

- Downtown Springfield in the Nineteenth Century

- The Life of a Servant

- Nineteenth Century Entertainment

There is no charge to watch the performances. Individuals and families do not need to RSVP. School groups wishing to attend should email for sheduling information.

The Boat Show

2/24/2017 - 2/26/2017, Friday: 2 pm - 9 pm, Saturday: 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Over 100 new boats will be on display at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.  Boat will be offered by 7 central Illinois dealers ready to make great deals to get you on the water.

Island Fever Bash with Mac McAnally & the Boat Drunks

2/24/2017, 6:30 pm
First Annual Island Fever Bash featuring Mac McAnally (eight-time CMA Country Music Association Musician of the Year, Member of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers) and The Boat Drunks (Nations Best Buffett Tribute Band). Benefit concert for The Boys and Girls Club of Springfield and the Matthew Project presented by the WFC Foundation.

Beautiful Beethoven with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra

2/24/2017, 7:30 pm
Aram Demirjian, Conductor
Julia Bullock, Soprano
Copland Appalachian Spring: Suite - Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915 - Gerswhin "Summertime" for Porgy & Bess - Dvorak Symphony No 9

You're invited to Listen Live! throughout the 2016-2017 season as we “audition” the four candidates, Vladimir Kulenovic, Andrew Sewell, Ken Lam, and Aram Demirjian vying to become the next Music Director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. With varied backgrounds and experience, each candidate brings a tremendous amount of energy and innovation to the stage and we hope you will join us in the upcoming season to help us choose our next Music Director.

Steel Magnolias

2/24/2017 - 2/26/2017, Friday & Saturday: 8 pm; Sunday: 4 pm
HCFTA presents "Steel Magnolias", written by Robert Harling and directed by Joe-Michael Jackson. Set in a beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, "Steel Magnolias" illustrates how the lives of six distinctly different women interweave via the small town gossip that shadows the unending cycle of birth, marriage and death. Filled with hilarious Southern repartee, the play stars Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson as M’Lynn, Cynda Wrightsman as Clairee, Felicia Coulter as Quiser, Stella Cole as Shelby, Julie Staley as Annelle, and Carrie Kincaid as Truvy.

Springfield Winter Farmers Market

2/25/2017, 9 am - 1 pm
The Springfield Winter Farmers Market runs the fourth Saturday of the month from January through April making fresh farm food available to the community all year long. Shoppers at the Winter Farmers Markets can expect to find 15 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, vegetables, jams, dog treats, and prepared foods.

KidFest 2017

2/25/2017, 10 am - 4 pm

Pack up your family and head to KidsFest 

Activities Include:

Bounce Houses brought to you by Noonan Grand Rental Station (bounce house wristbands will be sold for an additional fee)
Game Zone brought to you by Noodles & Company
Rock Wall brought to you by YMCA of Springfield
Fun Zone brought to you by the Springfield Park District
Touch-A-Truck brought to you by Landmark Chrysler Jeep Fiat (includes a fire truck, identakid, and Humvee)
Stage Entertainment brought to you by Sonic, America's Drive-In
Vendor Booths promoting everything kids

Eli Young Band - LIVE at Boondocks

2/25/2017, 7 pm
An American country music band

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