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IT's picks for what to do this week


THEATER | Russia ballet
The tradition and beauty of the Russian ballet captivates the audience as the troupe presents the story of Giselle. The ornate imagery, coupled with the graceful movements of the ballerinas, brings the tragic love story of Giselle and Count Alberecht to life. Giselle is considered one of the classic contemporary ballets. It follows Giselle, a peasant from a small village, who unknowingly falls in love with Count Alberecht. Despite his feeling for Giselle, Count Alberecht is betrothed to another. When Giselle learns about the engagement she takes her own life. Once laid to rest, Giselle’s spirit rises to encounter a group of female ghosts thirsty for revenge. As the events unfold the couple learn about forgiveness and the power of love to transcend death.
Russian National Ballet Theatre
January 22, Thursday
Sangamon Auditorium
UIS campus
6:45pm pre-show discussion, 7:30pm ballet
$32 and $37

DANCE | Tango gala
Experience the flair and drama of the tango performed by professional dancers while supporting the Springfield Ballet Company. TuTu Tango, is an annual gala and fundraiser held to benefit the SBC and its mission of providing dance education and performance to enrich the community through the beauty, energy and diversity. Dancers and trainers will perform pieces exclusive to the event. The gala also includes a special performance by past members of the SBC Board of Directors. Guests can also indulge in dessert, cocktails and tapas as they bid on items in a silent auction.
TuTu Tango Gala
January 24, Saturday
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St
6:30pm tapas and drinks
8pm special performance
$35 performance and dessert
$75 performance and full dinner
$525 for a table of eight

Learn about the benefits of eating food grown fresh and local at the Slow Food Film Festival. The film festival is sponsored by Slow Food Springfield, The University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois State Museum. The three organizations came up with the idea for a slow food film festival as a way to educate the public about current food systems and food in different cultures. The films in the festival explore everything from the cost of food to the future of food. See schedule below:
Slow Food Film Festival schedule
10am Welcome
10:15-10:30am The True Cost of Food
10:40-11:10am Baking Bread (Italian Story)
11:20-11:40am Discussion with Rose Spinelli, filmmaker, Baking Bread
11:50am-12:10pm Yum, Yum, Yum
12:20-1:20pm Broken Limbs — Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer
1:30-3:30pm The Future of Food
3-4pm Garlic is as Good as 10 Mothers

Slow Food Film Festival
January 24, Saturday
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Pool of Frogs
Here they are, those wonderfully talented and delightfully diverse, but in no obvious way amphibious, Pool of Frogs back to present Springfield with a special night containing a full four hours of all original music. The band, Chad Fess (vocals, guitar), Brent Engel (bass), Will Duncan (drums), and Blake Sloane (guitar, keys), likes to have fun and it shows on their Web sites and live on the stage. The rather odd band name references a 4th century, Greek play by Aristophanes which somewhat separates these guys from your average, goofy-named, band-on-the-block. A few weeks ago they knocked out a well-received show at the Metro, one of Chicago’s most revered and respected rock venues. For a guaranteed good time, check out the collection of homemade videos on their MySpace page. Oh yes, the word is out the PoF beer cozies are a hot item.
Pool of Frogs
Sat. Jan. 24 10 p.m.
Marly’s Pub

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