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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 01:02 pm

IT Picks

IT's picks for what to do this week

Rock it
If you weren't buying cassette tapes in the 1980s, then you probably only know the band Poison from lead singer Bret Michaels' turn on Rock of Love, in which a gaggle of scantily clad liquor-guzzling "ladies"vie for his affections. But Michaels' band was so much more. The quintessential glam-metal band of the decade, Poison — Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, and Rikki Rockett — pumped out such classics of the genre as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Nothin' but a Good Time," and "Talk Dirty to Me." This Tuesday — wearing considerably less hairspray but still packing a punch — the band hits the stage at the Prairie Capital Convention Center. Dokken and Sebastian Bach open. A Bret Michaels Afterparty, featuring local band the Lost Boys, follows the show.
Tuesday Aug. 19
Poison with Dokken & Sebastian Bach
Prairie Capital Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
7-11 p.m.
$35 & $45

The bomb
Being a starving artist (or actor, or musician, or writer) isn't an easy career path, so it's no wonder that Jon, a budding composer, can't stop hearing the incessant ticking of the clock. On his 30th birthday Jon starts to second-guess his choice to jump into a roller-coaster-style career in the arts. Tick, Tick . . . Boom!, the autographical tale of the musical's creator, Jonathan Larson, opens Friday for a two-weekend run at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. The three-actor production, originally produced in 1990, features musical tributes to theater, including "Why, " featuring lyrics from West Side Story, and "Sunday," an homage to Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George. Jason Goodreau, of ADHD Productions, portrays Jon.
Fri.-Sun. Aug 15-17
Tick, Tick . . . Boom!
Hoogland Center for the Arts,
420 S. Sixth St.
8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.

Great debaters
You may think you know who won — Abraham Lincoln didn't — but don't let that stop you from seeing the action this Saturday during a reenactment of the famous debates of 1858 between Stephen A. Douglas and Lincoln. The seven-city battle between the two candidates for U.S. Senate didn't include a stop in the capital city, but this Saturday a debate will be reenacted on the grounds of historic Edwards Place. After the re-creation, Springfield Art Association hosts a walk-through of their current exhibit of Lincoln memorabilia, The Many Faces of Abe: The Jim and Carole Shay Collection. The debate is free and open to the public.
Saturday Aug. 16
Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Edwards Place Historic Home
700 N. Fourth St.
4:30 p.m.

Reel problems
This month's installment of Liberty Brew and View — co-hosted by the folks from the Central Illinois American Civil Liberties Union — features the political nail-biter Rendition. The 2007 release, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon, chronicles the post-9/11 story of a family torn apart when an Egyptian man married to an American woman is whisked outside the United States to be interrogated. After the film, a speaker will discuss the film's major themes. The next installment of Liberty Brew and View, on Sept. 16, will feature the film Meeting Resistance.
Tuesday Aug. 19
Liberty Brew & View
Capital City Bar & Grill
3149 S. Dirksen Pkwy.
6:30-9 p.m.
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