IT's picks for what to do this week
Dress the kids to win as they debut their costumes during "Halloween at the Market." Springfield Moms is holding a costume contest complete with prizes. First place in each category receives a $40 gift card, second-place winners receive a $20 gift card and third-place winners receive a $15 gift card. Categories are ages 0-2, ages 3-6, ages 7-12. If your child does not win, you have another shot at glory with the canine costume contest. The market will also feature a chef demonstration as The Frank Trompeter Quartet and the Springfield Youth Performance Group provide live music.
Halloween at the Market
Old Capitol Farmers' Market
Adams St, between Third and Fifth Streets
Country music group Montgomery Gentry has made it to their 10th year as top-selling artists and they plan to celebrate. The duo, Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, want to show their fans the maturity that comes with a decade of making music. Hot off the release of their latest album Back When I Knew It All, the band proves they can still identify with the working class and the beliefs that made them who they are today. Performing chart-toppers like Lucky Man and Roll With Me these country boys will show Springield what it is to be honky-tonk proud.
Friday Oct. 24
Prairie Capital Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
$17.50 and $42
Television won't allow you to escape politics or the current financial crisis, but you can go to Donnie B's Funny Bone to laugh about it. This weekend, Norm MacDonald, famed Saturday Night Live comedian will headline a stand-up comedy show. MacDonald has written for Roseanne, The Dennis Miller Show and just released his comedy album, Ridiculous. The long-awaited album features comedians Will Ferrell, Artie Lange, and Molly Shannon. Though MacDonald has a long resume, he is best known for delivering the fake news on SNL. Using egdy humor and biting sarcasm, MacDonald pulls no punches when making political leaders the butt of his jokes.
Fri & Sat Oct 24 & 25
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Donnie B's Funny Bone
2937 West White Oaks Dr.
$30 general amission, $35 V.I.P
Every church has them and you know them when you see them. They are the church basement ladies, clad in big hats and floral dresses, and they are coming to Springfield. Humorists Janet Letnes Martin and Suzannn Nelson, authors of the best-selling book Growing up Lutheran, with production company Troupe America, Inc., combined their talents to create a show fit for a person of any faith. Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy about the trials and tribulations the ladies conquer to save church members from themselves. Troupe America, Inc., is taking the one-night performance a step further by holding a Church Basement Luncheon. The meal includes herb-roasted chicken, sheet cakes, 7-layer salad, green beans with smoked bacon and more. Church would not be church without the infamous ladies and their comfort food.
Monday Oct. 27
Church Basement Ladies Luncheon
Church Basement Ladies
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth Street.
$21.50 general admission, $16.50 Seniors, $13.50 SAAC Members