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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 10:01 pm

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MUSIC |Local legends
Two of Springfield’s finest folk musicians, Tom Irwin and Ben Bedford, strum, pick and sing Saturday night at 7:30 for a Prairie Grapevine Folklore Society concert at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation. These two beloved singer/songwriters are the acoustic kings of the capital city. Tom has opened for well-known crooners Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Hank Williams III, and has eight full-length original recordings to his credit. After only four years as a full-time artist, Ben has played at WFMT’s Folkstage and Folklore Centrum in Sweden, had his music featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk, saw his debut and current sophomore albums reach the top ten on the Folk-DJ charts and is currently the number one artist.
Tom Irwin and Ben Bedford
Saturday, Mar 21
Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
745 Woodside Rd.
Donation: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 members, $5 students (6-18)

DANCE |Grace and beauty
The Springfield Ballet Company performs the most popular ballet in the world, SwanLake, this weekend at Sangamon Auditorium. Not only does this dance exemplify the purest classical ballet technique and choreography, but it is beautiful in its presentation. Swan Lake involves the old story of the frog and the princess, but in Swan Lake, the beautiful princess, Odette, is a swan by day and a princess at night. Her passionate prince, Siegfried, must overcome obstacles and the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart to lay the kiss on her lips that will remove the evil spell and allow them eternal happiness together.
Springfield Ballet
Company’s Swan Lake
Saturday, Mar 21
Sunday, Mar 22
UIS Sangamon Auditorium

FILM |Critical thinking
The University of Illinois at Springfield series Political Art and the Public Sphere continues with a screening of the film, War Made Easy, Monday at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, on the lower level of Brookens Library. Based on the best-selling book of the same title by Norman Solomon, the film exposes various strategies used by administrations to promote agendas from Vietnam to Iraq and offers an analysis of the role of media in producing popular support. It encourages viewers to think critically about the techniques of persuasion used to promote and prolong the option of war. Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, professor of political philosophy at UIS, coordinates the series and leads an open discussion that follows the film.
War Made Easy
Monday, Mar 23
UIS Brookens Auditorium

NATURE |Water conservation
CWLP’s Energy Conservation Manager Bob Croteau speaks on ways to reduce and reuse water in the urban environment during the lunch hour at Lincoln Library, Seventh and Capitol. This is one of the continuing community education workshops put on by Food Not Lawns, a local organization with national roots striving for ecological living through gardening, reuse, permaculture, community building and shared resources.
Food Not Lawns Workshop:
Water Use
Wednesday, Mar 25
Lincoln Library
Seventh and Capitol

When it comes to doing modern country music on the local scene, no one does it quite like Still Kick’n. Since the band’s conception many years ago, various personnel changes altered the face of the group but the concept of delivering exciting entertainment remains the same. The most recent addition to the combo, Kelsey Hickman, a Sherman native who signed on as female lead singer, brings a fresh and vibrant feel to the band. Over the years Still Kick’n has shared the stage with Nashville stars like Rhett Akins, Neal McCoy, Joe Diffie and Montgomery Gentry. This summer they continue their performance tradition with shows at the Illinois State Fair, area county fairs, festivals, burgoos, homecomings, nightclubs and most anywhere live music fans of contemporary country music congregate.
Still Kick’n
Friday, March 20
Bar Oasis
411 E Washington St

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