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

October 30, 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.

Informational Breakfast on EPA and OSHA Compliance

October 30, 2014 - 07:30AM to 09:30AM
Illinois Central College
5407 N. University St
Peoria, IL
(309) 690-6900
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Illinois Central College will host an informational breakfast on EPA and OSHA compliance for business professionals. “EPA/OSHA for Small and Medium Business: A Compliance Checklist” is offered on Thursday, October 30, from 7:30 to 9:30 am, at Hickory Hall on ICC’s North Campus, 5407 N. University St. in Peoria.

               EPA and OSHA experts from Peoria’s AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. will provide a series of checklists to assist small and medium businesses in identifying regulations that impact facilities, priority steps necessary in obtaining needed permits, and streamlining record-keeping procedures necessary for EPA/OSHA compliance.

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

October 30, 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 30, 2014 - 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Peoria Historical Society
Peoria Heights, IL
309-674-1921
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Sponsored by the Peoria Historical Society 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:

The Fox on the Fairway

October 30, 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 30, 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.

Hayrides & Hotdogs

October 30, 2014 - 05:00PM to 07:00PM
6329 N. Koerner Rd.
Edwards, IL 61528
309-691-8423
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Come out and have an old-fashioned good time! Admission price includes hot dogs and marshmallows for roasting, chips, carrots, our famous baked beans, and drinks. Hayrack rides and mid-1800s Autumn Play Party activities such as sack races and fortune-telling are included. Children and adult costumes are strongly encouraged. For more information, please call 691-8423.

Free Wine Tasting

October 30, 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!!

International Chillers Halloween film festival

October 30, 2014 - 07:00PM to 12:00PM
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
309.686.7000
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This coming Halloween week, moviegoers will discover that fear is universal. Beginning Sunday Oct. 26, it’s “International Chillers” week at Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. The theater will show one creepy-but-classic international movie per night Oct. 26 and Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.
The freaky film fest begins Oct. 26 with “Pan’s Labryinth,” a popular dark fantasy set in Spain in 1944, by renowned Mexican film director-writer Gullemor del Toro (released in 2006).
Other films in the line-up include: Oct. 28: “The Descent” (2005), a British caving-gone-wrong film, written and directed by Neil Marshall; Oct. 29: “Let the Right One In” (2008), an award-winning Swedish vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson; Oct. 30: “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), the critically acclaimed US horror film written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez; Oct. 31: “The Orphanage” (2007), an award-winning 70’s Spanish cinema-style film, directed by J. A. Bayona; Nov. 1: “Thirst” (2009) – originally titled Bakjwi (Korean for “bat”) – a Cannes Film Festival winner, written and directed by Park Chan-wook.
International Chillers run every night (except Monday) at 7 p.m., Oct. 26 through Nov. 1, at the Museum’s Giant Screen Theater; tickets are $7 for adults. (Note: all International Chillers movies are rated R and are not suitable for young viewers.) (Museum is closed on Monday.)
 

Karaoke

October 30, 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!!

Jason Ackman, Susan Emmerson, Khara Koffel

October 30, 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 31, 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 31, 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.

The Fox on the Fairway

October 31, 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 31, 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.

Rocky Themed Costume Party/Hog Roast At Sky Harbor

October 31, 2014 - Open 4 PM, Bags toss & Hog roast from 6 PM, Music 7 PM
Sky Harbor Steakhouse
1321 N. Park Rd.
Peoria, IL 61604
309-674-5532
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Friends of RockyGlen & Klusendorf’s Sky Harbor present:

Rocky themed costume party and hog roast at Sky Harbor
Friday, October 31 4pm-10pm
Festivities inside and out
Music with Denise Adams
Audience judge "Best Rocky Themed " Costume in house @ 8:30
Optional bag toss to benefit Rocky Glen.
Full menu avail / Hog roast $12 pp
see website for more detail

Trunk or Treat for Halloween

October 31, 2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
309 S. DuSable
Peoria, IL 61605
309-673-9183
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Proctor Center will host a Trunk or Treat party on Friday, October 31 for Halloween. At a trunk or treat party, each person stands at their vehicle and hands out candy or other treats. Instead of going from door to door, the kids go from trunk to trunk collecting their Halloween treats.
We will line up around the block of Proctor Center and open the trunks to reveal Halloween-themed decorations. As kids and kids-at-heart move from car to car in what amounts to one big tailgate party, they can visit a wide range of imaginative themes, all within a safe, secure space. Some people decorate their trunks with spider webs, jack-o-lanterns, spooky music, motion-activated hands or other Halloween decorations. The person handing out the candy can dress up in costume if they want to. And it's always fun to dress your family to match your car!
This event provides a controlled and safe family environment for trick or treaters ages 1 to 14. For more information call 673-9183.

Weekly German Dinners and Entertainment at the Lindendhof

October 31, 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!

Special Halloween Live at the Five Spot

October 31, 2014 - 05:30PM to 08:30PM
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
305 S.W. Water St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822
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I hope you have started planning your costumes! There will lots of competition to win a blown glass pumpkin by local glass artist, Jeremie Draper. 2nd Prize is a blown glass wine stopper also by Jeremy Draper. Everyone can vote by ballot for the one with the best costume.

Featuring the music of Rewind...the best of America's favorite pop, classic rock, country and blues.

For more information, visit www.peoriacac.org

Halloween/Day of the Dead

October 31, 2014 - 05:30PM to 12:00PM
The Hive Studio & Gallery
305 SW Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 360-4880
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Halloween/Day of the Dead" Happy Art at The Hive Friday at 5:30. Come with or without costumes.
Treats! Take your pick of a canvas or paper mache skull mask & skull to paint. Free miniature wooden coffin to paint with purchase of a Happy Art session for the first 23 painters. 

Reserve your seats online (go to class schedule) or by calling Jody at (309) 360-4880.

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