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LECTURE | HistoryMakers

Celebrate Black History Month with the University of Illinois at Springfield at the HistoryMakers’ Agents of Change Lecture. The speaker series includes a talk by Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate, and the first to serve as assistant majority leader. After her term in the U.S. Senate she was appointed Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Braun is now the founder and president of Good Food Organic, parent company of Ambassador Brand Organic Products. The lecture is part of the Dr. Frances G. Carroll 2008-2009 Speaker Series. The HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based nonprofit, is the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive. It chronicles the lives of well-known and unknown African-Americans. The program can be viewed through a live webcast at
Agents of Change Lecture
Wednesday Feb. 4
Brookens Auditorium
Brookens Library, UIS,
5:30pm reception, 6:30pm program begins

CULTURE | Celebrating art

The 18th annual Mayor’s Awards for the Arts acknowledges people and businesses who have dedicated their time and life to the arts in Springfield and surrounding areas. The award ceremony is sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council and includes six categories of awards that encompass all aspects of the arts. The categories include awards for Individual Artist, Art Organization, Literature, Dance, Business or Corporation, Arts Volunteer, Arts Educator and Exceptional Student in Menard or Sangamon County. Recipients are nominated by arts organizations and individuals in the community. Then a selection committee from the mayor’s office makes the final decision. This year the award comes in the form of a framed photograph of the Old State Capitol taken by Stephen Ritchie, local photographer. The event is free and open to the public.
18th Annual Mayor’s
Award for the Arts
Thursday Jan. 29
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St.

BOOKS | Literacy fair

“Real Heroes Read” is the motto for the Junior League of Springfield Heroes Read Literacy Fair. Adults and children are welcome to participate in a full day of activities to promote reading. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and attend a three-hour reading session. Stations for early elementary students include literacy bingo and Superheroes ABC. Author Betty Carlson Kay will guide children through history with a presentation titled “The Lincolns A to Z,” and local author Mary Byers will share her knowledge on how to become a published author. Presentations on how to use your local library and how to transform kids’ question into parental influences are also included in the literacy fair. All proceeds from the event benefit JLS literacy programs and the Friends of Lincoln Library.
Literacy Fair
Saturday Jan. 31
Lincoln Library
326 S. Seventh St.

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Ockham’s Razor

Ockham’s Razor welcomes one and all to a Meet-the-Band party on Friday at Riverside Rock-n-Roll on Mechanicsburg Road. The group of veteran, area musicians, including Jeff Helton (guitar and vocals), Brad Davis (drums), Steve Emmons (keyboards, Leslie, vocals), Ron Ninmer (bass), takes their name from the popular Latin saying credited to a monk named Ockham from the 14th century that roughly translates to, “All things being equal, the simplest solution is usually best.” The band formed a few months ago to play favorite songs of the musicians and to “simply be one of the best bands in central Illinois.” By bringing decades of music experience to the group and performing many classic songs of the ’60s and ’70s, it looks like the guys are off to a good start of reaching their goal, all things being equal, of course.
Ockham’s Razor
Friday Jan. 30
Riverside Rock-n-Roll
6111 Mechanicsburg Rd.
9 pm to 1am

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