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Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

November 20, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

November 20, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Zoo Tots Program

November 20, 2014 - 10:00AM to 10:50AM
Peoria Zoo at Glen Oak Park
2218 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-681-3513
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Meet the animals from A to ZOO! at our Zoo Tots Program, an education program for children ages 2 to 4. Zoo Tots is designed for you and your child to explore the amazing world of animals. Fee for each class is $7 for Zoo members, and $15 for non-members. 

It's an Old Fashioned Christmas

November 20, 2014 - Evening Performances Doors Open 6:00 P.M. Buffet 6:30 - 7:30 P.M. Show Starts 8:00 P.M. Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon Buffet 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Show Starts 1:30 P.M.
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
(309) 965-2545
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We're journeying back to the good old days in an all-new edition of our annual revue of holiday music, comedy and hilarious audience participation that will send your holiday spirit soaring, get your toes tapping and your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly. Our multi-talented cast will make your spirit bright throughout the whole season! This year's edition takes us "down home" for an old-fashioned and hilarious country Christmas and then takes us back to the WWII era with a USA show for the troops. Our most popular show of the year, seats always fill up quickly, so book early for this perfect outing for family, friends and company parties! A guaranteed good time for all!  Wednesday evenings are added during December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or  Christmas Day.
November 6-December 31, 2014

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY SETH FAIRWEATHER

November 20, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

Developed Asceticism, an exhibit of drawings and sculpture by Seth Fairweather, will be on display from November 19 through December 10 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Fairweather was introduced to glass at Tulane University in 2001. He transferred to Alfred University, where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and three-dimensional studies. Fairweather earned his master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has worked across the country, both fabricating for other people and developing his own artistic work. He has taught at private studios, public access studios, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He is currently researching alternative energy usage in glass art in the Arizona desert.            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

November 20, 2014 - Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 694-5136
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The Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents nine performances of the tense drama When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? between November 14 and 23 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria Campus. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.

In this intense drama that explores the true nature of people, the casual setting of an all-night diner in a sleepy southwestern town on an early Sunday morning is disrupted when a gunman takes over and forces the patrons to take a closer look at themselves.

The play is rated R for adult situations and language.

Cast members include Nathan Apodaca of Brimfield, Hannah Bruce of Bartonville, Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont, Ryan Groves of Carlock, Nick McCumber of Peoria Heights, Tannen Skriver of Washington, Jake Sleva of Laura and Rebekah Waters of Minonk.

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? was written by Mark Medoff. The ICC production is directed by Alan Walker.

The show is presented through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Tickets for the performance are . To purchase tickets or for more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center box office at (309) 694-5136.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY LEN DAVIS

November 20, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

A second exhibit features collages by Len Davis and will be on display from November 19 through January 9 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. Davis grew up in the inner city of West Philadelphia next to Upper Darby, Penn. He was inspired to create his own art after a field trip in high school to see an exhibit by Marc Chagall. Davis attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he majored in communication and minored in art. He now exhibits, lectures and conducts workshops across the country. He has rented and sold his work to TV shows such as Parks and Rec, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Six Feet Under. He was also selected as one of the Artist Series for GAP Product (Red). One of his pieces is in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art permanent collection.

            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

Free Wine Tasting

November 20, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
Wines 'n More
151 S. Main St.
Morton, IL 61550
309-291-0899
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Come on in and enjoy wines from around the world! Every Thursday we will be tasting new unique wines. Wines will be available the duration of the week. Throughout the month we will be sampling some of our gourmet foods also!! Friend us on FACEBOOK!!

Karaoke

November 20, 2014 - 08:00PM to 12:00AM
Firehouse Pizza & Pub, East Peoria
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 698-9111
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Every Thursday night in the Pub, we have karaoke from 8pm-midnight! It is always a good time and is hosted by local radio personalities!! Come join us!!

Exhibit Opening: “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill”

November 21, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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An exhibition celebrating the paintings of Illinois’ best-known folk artist, Olof Krans, who documented 19th century life in Bishop Hill, is opening to the public Oct. 11 at Peoria Riverfront Museum. “The Art of Olof Krans: Painter of Bishop Hill” was created in conjunction with the release of a new book on Krans and his work.
The show will feature more than 20 paintings, as well as several items of furniture and artifacts from the Bishop Hill Colony – some of which have never before been displayed in Peoria. Works include portraits of early settlers, views of the colony’s ocean voyage from Sweden, and scenes of early life in Bishop Hill.
Exhibited works come from the museum's permanent collection, a local private collection and the Bishop Hill Museum – which loaned two large-scale paintings including Krans’ famous self-portrait at age 70. The exhibition is curated by Kristan H. McKinsey.
The exhibit celebrates the release of a comprehensive survey – or catalogue raisonné – of Krans' work and his documentation of life in the Bishop Hill Colony. The fully illustrated hardcover book, The Art of Olof Krans: A Prairie Vision, 2014, is available for purchase in the museum store.
The book features essays on Krans’ legacy by Chicago art historian, Esther Sparks, and Martha Jane Downey, Superintendent of Bishop Hill State Historic Site.
It was published by Peoria Riverfront Museum and sponsored by Illinois folk art collector, Merle H. Glick, with additional funding from the American Folk Art Society and David Connor. Printing was made possibible by a grant from the Barbro Osher Pro Suesa Foundation of San Francisco, Calif.

Exhibition opening: “Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art”

November 21, 2014 - 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-863-3006
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A new exhibit on the evolution of 20th century American art opens to the public at Peoria Riverfront Museum Sept. 27. “Impressionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art,” is a visual journey through the dramatic transformation of American art from the academic realism of the 1880s to the abstract expressionism of the 1940s and 50s.

Presented within the cultural and historical context of the time, the exhibit showcases modern art – mainly paintings, drawings and prints – made in the United States from 1880 to 1950 by American and foreign-born artists. The story focuses on artists working in Chicago, which became the cultural center for the Midwest following Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Accordingly, the exhibit draws from several Illinois art collections, including those of Dr. William H. and Nancy Marshall, Peoria; Illinois State Museum, Springfield; Richard Norton Gallery, Chicago; and Clifford Law Offices P.C., Chicago.

Among the works included in the exhibit are two paintings which have never before been on public display, on loan from the Clifford Law Offices.

Curated by Kristan H. McKinsey, the exhibit also traces the impact on American art of pivotal historical events, including two world wars and the Great Depression, cultural revolutions such as the 1913 Armory Show, the rapid growth of U.S. cities, scientific discoveries and new insight into human psychology.

New York replaced post-WWII Paris as the world’s cultural capital, and the exhibit also examines the dialogue between U.S. and European artists as they experimented with progressive styles and techniques.

A special interactive allows visitors to explore The Armory Show – the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art – the largest group of modern art ever amassed in one location. The show introduced Americans to the avant-garde art of Picasso and Duchamp. It also featured a small number of revolutionary works that shocked visitors and altered the course of modern art in America and Europe.

Impressionism to Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art runs from Sept. 27, 2014 through Jan. 11, 2015. The museum thanks exhibit sponsors Rennie Atterbury, Thomas and Lois Mayer, and Terry Knueppel. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is the collaborative effort of eight organizations, with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining, and supporting our diverse Peoria-area culture. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science, and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs. Visit PeoriaRiverfrontMuseum.org.

Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?

November 21, 2014 - Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
(309) 694-5136
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The Illinois Central College Theatre Program presents nine performances of the tense drama When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? between November 14 and 23 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre on the East Peoria Campus. Performances begin at 7:30 pm, except on November 16 and 23, when the show starts at 2:30 pm. There is no performance on November 17.

In this intense drama that explores the true nature of people, the casual setting of an all-night diner in a sleepy southwestern town on an early Sunday morning is disrupted when a gunman takes over and forces the patrons to take a closer look at themselves.

The play is rated R for adult situations and language.

Cast members include Nathan Apodaca of Brimfield, Hannah Bruce of Bartonville, Hannah Gidcumb of Tremont, Ryan Groves of Carlock, Nick McCumber of Peoria Heights, Tannen Skriver of Washington, Jake Sleva of Laura and Rebekah Waters of Minonk.

When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? was written by Mark Medoff. The ICC production is directed by Alan Walker.

The show is presented through special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Tickets for the performance are . To purchase tickets or for more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call the ICC Performing Arts Center box office at (309) 694-5136.

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY LEN DAVIS

November 21, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon.
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

A second exhibit features collages by Len Davis and will be on display from November 19 through January 9 in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. Davis grew up in the inner city of West Philadelphia next to Upper Darby, Penn. He was inspired to create his own art after a field trip in high school to see an exhibit by Marc Chagall. Davis attended East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where he majored in communication and minored in art. He now exhibits, lectures and conducts workshops across the country. He has rented and sold his work to TV shows such as Parks and Rec, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, and Six Feet Under. He was also selected as one of the Artist Series for GAP Product (Red). One of his pieces is in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art permanent collection.

            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

Love, Loss and What I Wore

November 21, 2014 - 7:30pm, Friday, November 14th 7:30pm, Saturday, November 15th 7:30pm, Friday, November 21st 2:00pm, Saturday, November 22nd 7:30pm, Saturday, November 22nd
Festival 56
316 S. Main Street
Princeton, IL 61356
(815) 879-5656
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by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron

Directed by Eric Wegener

November 14th through November 22nd, 2014
Grace Performing Arts Center

The dress she wore to senior prom, the heels she wore on that last first date, the purse she carried at her mother's funeral: a woman's life is reflected in the contents of her closet. This funny and powerful play explores the pivotal moments of women's lives and how they become connected to those items that were worn, the ghosts in the closet.

Individual Show Times & Dates

7:30pm, Friday, November 14th
7:30pm, Saturday, November 15th
7:30pm, Friday, November 21st
2:00pm, Saturday, November 22nd
7:30pm, Saturday, November 22nd

Cast Members

Gingy - Susie Polito
Ensemble - Mariah Thornton
Ensemble - Kathy Missel
Ensemble - Momo Lamping
Ensemble - Ally Dixon

ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE GALLERIES FEATURE DRAWINGS, SCULPTURE AND COLLAGE BY SETH FAIRWEATHER

November 21, 2014 - ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon
Illinois Central College
1 College Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61635
309-694-5113
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Exhibits featuring drawings, sculpture and collages open on November 19 in two art galleries on ICC’s East Peoria Campus.

Developed Asceticism, an exhibit of drawings and sculpture by Seth Fairweather, will be on display from November 19 through December 10 in Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Fairweather was introduced to glass at Tulane University in 2001. He transferred to Alfred University, where he graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture and three-dimensional studies. Fairweather earned his master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. He has worked across the country, both fabricating for other people and developing his own artistic work. He has taught at private studios, public access studios, and at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He is currently researching alternative energy usage in glass art in the Arizona desert.            Normal hours of operation of the ICC art galleries are Monday through Thursday, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Friday from 9:30 am to noon. Operation of the galleries may vary due to holidays or the academic schedule of Illinois Central College. For more information, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call 694-5113. 

It's an Old Fashioned Christmas

November 21, 2014 - Evening Performances Doors Open 6:00 P.M. Buffet 6:30 - 7:30 P.M. Show Starts 8:00 P.M. Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon Buffet 12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Show Starts 1:30 P.M.
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
(309) 965-2545
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We're journeying back to the good old days in an all-new edition of our annual revue of holiday music, comedy and hilarious audience participation that will send your holiday spirit soaring, get your toes tapping and your belly shaking like a bowl full of jelly. Our multi-talented cast will make your spirit bright throughout the whole season! This year's edition takes us "down home" for an old-fashioned and hilarious country Christmas and then takes us back to the WWII era with a USA show for the troops. Our most popular show of the year, seats always fill up quickly, so book early for this perfect outing for family, friends and company parties! A guaranteed good time for all!  Wednesday evenings are added during December. No performance on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or  Christmas Day.
November 6-December 31, 2014

The Fine Art of Hospitality Exhibit

November 21, 2014 - 01:00PM to 04:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61602
309-674-1921
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Exhibit will highlight The Fine Art of Hospitality, the elegance of Jean Morron as hostess, exceptional service by her staff, dramatic architecture/design, and unique collection items used for entertaining in a Victorian era home at the Pettengill-Morron House Museum.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

November 21, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
German-American Central Society
7601 N. Harker Dr.
Peoria, IL 61615
309-691-7484
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The Lindenhof Restaurant is open to the public every Friday evening. Dinners are served from 5-8 pm. Dinners are $12.00 per plate for adult and $6.00 for children. Desserts are also available for $2.

German beers are on draft. We also have an assortment of wine by the glass and the bottle.

Weekly live entertainment from various local artists playing traditional German favorites.

Check our website www.peoriagermans.net or find us on Facebook under The Lindenhof of Peoria to see what is on the weekly menu.

Bar open until Midnight!

Live At The Five Spot

November 21, 2014 - 05:30PM to 07:30PM
309-674-6822
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Live at the Five Spot is the Contemporary Art Center's music event featuring the best regional talent performing jazz, blues and more. It is a smokeless, nightclub atmosphere that is a great way to end a busy week with your friends. While the music fills the building, one can stroll through our three fine art galleries. Consult the calendar to learn what bands will be playing.

You may order food & drink from the Rhythm Kitchen yourself and bring it up or bring your own food and drink. Remember to bring your own plates, silverware and cups. After the performance, go downstairs to enjoy more live music at the Rhythm Kitchen.

If you would like a discount on admission, become a member of the CAC. If you join during Live at the Five Spot, you receive a free pass for two for another night. One of the benefits of membership is to be able to reserve a table. The large rounds are $25 and the conference table area is $50. If you have a large party and you want to be sure to be seated together, this is a good option to consider.

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