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Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008 08:12 pm

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IT's picks for what to do this week

Green acres
Theatre in the Park closes its summer season with a tip of the hat to a milestone: the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables. In the classic tale, a farming family, Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, adopts an orphan to help in the fields, but what they got in Anne was more than they bargained for. The jovial redheaded girl, portrayed by Cassie Poe, captures the family's heart, but ruins a few things on the way including Marilla's treasured brooch. Kelly Bassett directs the Alice Chadwick production. MaryBeth Maloney and Don Baily portray Marilla and Matthew, respectively. The two-weekend run closes out TIP's summer theater lineup on Aug. 30.
Fri.-Sun. Aug. 22-24
Anne of Green Gables
Theatre in the Park, Lincoln's New Salem Historic Site, Petersburg
8 p.m.
$12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children

[image-2} Cracking up
If you don't see enough of Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, or George W. Bush, your best bet is to go see an impersonator. Mimicking masters, like Frank Caliendo, deliver the best lines from famous folks without the filler. Caliendo hits the boards this weekend for a lively stand-up comedy show at Sangamon Auditorium. The MadTV alum, known for his spot-on impressions, introduced his own television show, Frank TV, on the TBS network last fall. But Caliendo is no one trick pony, the seasoned jokester sprinkles in his own characters and anecdotes to accompany his vast repertoire of impressions.
Saturday August 23

[image-2} Frank Caliendo
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield campus
8:30 p.m.

[image-5} Green thumb
With farmers' markets and organic clothing popping up across the country, it's time to get on the sustainable wagon. Food Not Lawns is here to help capital city residents make the jump to local living. This week, the green group presents a how-to seminar about local eating and living featuring Hill Street Farm operator Andy Heck. Heck's Modesto, Ill.-based farm sets up shop weekly at Old Capitol Farmer's Market and hosts a community-supported agriculture program, a club where members pay a farmer up front for food he or she will grow throughout the season.
Wednesday August 27
Food Not Lawns Meeting
Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh St.
1 p.m.

[image-5} BBQ blues
The wail of the blues, combined with the taste of barbecue, is sure to stir the soul. This year at the Fifth Annual Old Capitol Blues and BBQs more than 40 entrants will compete for the title of best barbecue around. Traditional dishes like ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more will be served up saucy. Beer, barbecue and the blues will turn downtown Springfield into barbecue heaven, and when the spirit of the blues is resurrected, the guitar follows. Calvin Cooke a.k.a. "B.B. King of gospel steel guitar," Tarbox Ramblers, and Howard and the White Boys will rock the music of legends. Local bands will also compete for a chance to represent the Illinois Central Blues Club in the 2009 Blues foundation International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.
Saturday Aug. 23
Fifth and Washington Streets
Downtown Springfield
$5 children 12 and under free

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