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

October 24, 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”

October 24, 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.

Historic Trolley Tours

October 24, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Water Street
Peoria, IL
309-674-1921
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Explore Peoria (oldest continuously settled site in Illinois) with one of the many Historical Trolley Tours provided by the Peoria Historical Society and their professional, certified tour guides. Tours include: Naughty to Nice, Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War, River City, Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery, Roll Out the Barrel (July & August), and Haunted Peoria (September & October.) Check website for complete schedule and information Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society

Ribbon Cutting for the NEW playground at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

October 24, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
825 W. McBean
Peoria, IL
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The Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria, Illinois is holding a ceremony and ribbon cutting for the NEW playground at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Friday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m.
This new playground was built as a collaboration between the City of Peoria and the Park District. Southtown TIF Funds were awarded by the City to design, purchase, and install a new playground in the park, as well as to install a connecting sidewalk to provide a looped walking path around the park. Adjacent to a local firehouse, the playground features fire truck play equipment.
Confirmed speakers include Peoria City Councilwoman Denise Moore; Tim Cassidy, President of the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees; Robert Johnson, member of the Peoria Park District Board of Trustees; and Bonnie W. Noble, Executive Director of the Peoria Park District.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park is located at 825 W. McBean, on the corner of McBean Street and MacArthur Highway. In addition to the new playground, the park features basketball courts, restrooms, a covered picnic shelter, and a community garden plot.

Limeapalooza!

October 24, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00PM | Show 7:00PM
Limelight Eventplex
8102 N. University
Peoria, IL 61615
3096931234
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Dylan Scott will perform at the Limelight Eventplex 

The Fox on the Fairway

October 24, 2014 - Doors Open 6:00 P.M. • Buffet 6:30-7:30 • Show Starts 8:00 Sunday Brunch Performances Doors Open 12:00 Noon • Buffet 12:00-1:00 • Show Starts 1:30
Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre
1451 Timberline Rd.
Goodfield, IL 61742
309-965-2545
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Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre is very excited to announce the Barn debut production of Ken Ludwig's hysterically comic ode to golf, "The Fox on the Fairway," starring Bob Lane Jr. and Eddie Urish opening September 18 for a seven week run at the Barn in Goodfield. The show will be performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through November 2.

The Fox on the Fairway By Ken Ludwig: A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930's and 1940's, The Fox On the Fairway takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with...golf.

Chrysanthemum Show – “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

October 24, 2014 - 12:00PM
2520 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603
309-686-3362
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Regular Luthy Botanical Garden Hours & Admission - All Ages Welcome

Bring the kids to enjoy a spectacular showing of fall color, and maybe even spot the “Jack!” Packed with hundreds of mums, this event makes a great escape from the fall chill in the air and offers a peaceful respite before the holiday season begins. The Gift Shop will have selected merchandise marked down and available for purchase.

Christmas Open House in October!

October 24, 2014 - 04:00PM to 12:00AM
Kightlinger Antiques & Collectables
8320 N. Jackson St.
Kickapoo, IL 61528
(309) 589-0820
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Join us for our Christmas Open House Friday, October 24th, 4p.m.- midnight

Walk into the shop and be AMAZED!  We have a wonderland of 50 Theme Decorated Trees with 100,000 Ornaments and Holiday Décor.  We specialize in a unique selection of ornaments such as Baby's 1st Christmas, Military, Equestrian and all the Jeweled, Glittered and Sparkle that Christmas brings.

We are located 5 miles west of Grand Prairie Mall in Kickapoo, across from Ludy's.

Wildlife Scary Park

October 24, 2014 - 05:00PM to 09:00PM
Wildlife Prairie Park
3826 N. Taylor Rd.
Hanna City, IL 61536
309-676-0998
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Our annual Halloween event! Join us for 2 family-friendly, fun-filled weekends. Activities galore and so much more!

October 17 & 18 from 5pm – 9pm
October 19 from 4pm – 8pm
October 24 & 25 from 5pm – 9pm
October 26 from 4pm – 8pm

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

October 24, 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!

Barn Dance

October 24, 2014 - 07:00PM to 10:00PM
Camp Wokanda
620 Boy Scout Rd.
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 579-2157
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Come on back for our second barn dance of the year as Jim Hicks and Peggy Holmes keep your feet moving throughout the night.  All skill levels are welcome.  Follow the lantern lit path to enjoy music, dancing, and snacks in the Dining Hall.

 Visit www.facebook.com/CampWokanda/events

Halloween Bash w/ Dexter O'Neal & The Funkyard!

October 24, 2014 - 07:00PM to 12:00PM
Kickapoo Creek Winery, Inc.
6605 N. Smith Road
Edwards, IL 61528
309-495-9463 x1
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Food, Live Music, Dancing, Full Cash bar & of course candy!

Prizes will be awarded for the best Couple Costume, Most Innovative costume & of course the Scariest costume.

MORE INFO: Scary, sexy, or funny?
Whatever your costume is, be sure to wear it to the
Kickapoo Creek Winery HalloWine Party!!!

$10 per person
price includes food also

Food, Live Music, Dancing, Full Cash bar & of course candy!

Prizes will be awarded for the best Couple Costume, Most Innovative costume & of course the Scariest costume.

LIVE MUSIC: Dexter Oneal and The Funkyard
http://dexteroneal.com/

 

Spider Hill Haunted Attractions

October 24, 2014 - 07:00PM to 11:00PM
17201 N. Route 29
Chillicothe, IL 61523
(309) 274-8837
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The biggest haunted house festival in Central Illinois features three haunted attractions.

The Massacre Mansion haunted house, the Trail of Terror walking trail and the Haunted Express wagon ride - plus the family-friendly Boo Barn.

Fri. & Sat. nights in October.

THE KEYSTONE LIGHT FRIENDS OF THE BOB & TOM SHOW COMEDY TOUR

October 24, 2014 - 08:00PM to 06:38PM
Peoria Civic Center
201 S.W. Jefferson St.
Peoria, IL 61602
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Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Kristi Lee,

The Keystone Light Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour in Peoria, IL will feature the following Bob & Tom comedians:

Bob Zany (www.bobzany.com)

Costaki Economopoulos (www.costaki.com)

Greg Hahn (www.greghahn.com)

The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour presents a rotating ensemble of the world’s best comedians to stages all across America. Each live comedy show features several headliners heard on The BOB & TOM Show, one of the longest-running and highest-rated radio programs in America and the premiere radio showcase for today’s top comedians. Now in its 9th year, The Keystone Light Friends of The BOB & TOM Show Comedy Tour has performed more than 400 shows from coast-to-coast.

Swing at Contemporary Art Center

October 24, 2014 - 08:30PM to 12:30AM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822
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A Swing Dance Event 8:30pm-12:30am, the 4th Friday of each month (after Five Spot).

Dance lesson (learn the basics of swing & lindy hop) 9:30am-12:30pm
Also featuring open dancing to the music of DJ Matt Vazquez

Jason Ackman, Susan Emmerson, Khara Koffel

October 24, 2014 - 08:50PM
Peoria Art Guild at the Foster Art Center
203 Harrison St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309-637-2787
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October 11-November 5, 2014

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

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

October 25, 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”

October 25, 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.

Women's Lifestyle Show

October 25, 2014 - 10:00AM
Peoria Civic Center
(309) 680-3500
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We are the LARGEST WOMEN’S SHOW IN ILLINOIS, and we are still the #1 all women’s event in Central Illinois. Our show is the one event that everyone looks forward to attending, and this year it will blow you away with some inviting changes and exciting surprises.  With over 300 vendors and 100,000 square feet of exhibit space to explore, you’ll discover new interactive pavilions that will indulge, exhilarate, and excite all of your senses.  Just imagine the possibilities!

 

For information on where to obtain booths, please visithttp://www.wlspeoria.com/exhibitor-info/

Prices: Tickets will be available in advance at all Kroger stores during the month of September. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show for $10 each.

Fall Festival Costume Parade

October 25, 2014 - 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce
1203 E. Kingman
Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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All ages. Prize for Best Costumes. Registration begins Oct. 1 at Leaves and Beans.

Parade begins at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Parade at Peoria Heights Flowers

Orange & Black Sale 25th - 31st  Participating Merchants. 25% to 50% off. Shops Open Until 6pm Halloween Night. 

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