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Wednesday, March 25, 2009 12:08 pm

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IT's picks for what to do this week

DANCE | Ice skating
United States national pewter medalist, Ryan Bradley, performs as guest skater in the Springfield Figure Skating Club’s annual Spotlight on Ice this weekend at the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park. Springfield’s ice show features more than 100 club members performing solo and group skating numbers to musical ice versions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Snow White, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty.
Spotlight on Ice
Saturday, Mar 28
2pm and 7pm
Sunday, Mar 29
Nelson Center, Lincoln Park
1601 N. Fifth St.
$10 adults, $5 children under 12

BOOKS | Muslim attitudes
World Affairs Council of Central Illinois welcomes as part of their speaker series, Dalia Mogahed, executive director and senior analystfor the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies and co-author of the book, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Mogahed speaks Monday evening at the University of Illinois at Springfield about the culmination of a multi-year polling effort in 35 countries representing the opinions of more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide, including Muslims in the West. She now travels the globe engaging diverse groups on what Muslims really think about the West, about democracy, about extremism itself and more. In a post-9/11 world, many Americans conflate the mainstream Muslim majority with the beliefs and actions of an extremist minority. Who Speaks for Islam? spotlights this silenced majority.
Who Speaks for Islam?
Monday, Mar 30
UIS Brookens Auditorium

BULLETIN BOARD | Speaking out
Motivational humorist Jack McCall of Tennessee joins 13 other featured humorists, sales trainers, inspirational speakers, business skills trainers and motivators from across the country for the Capital Speakers Bureau’s 16th Annual Showcase of Speakers on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza. The day includes speakers giving 20-minute presentations on current issues or hot topics, continental breakfast, lunch, free giveaways and prizes. Register 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m, the morning of the event, or at The public is invited.
Showcase of Speakers
Wednesday, Apr 1
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy.

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Don Smith Quartet
Don Smith and his various band incarnations get the braggin’ rights for longevity in central Illinois. The singing trumpet player began playing the area over 50 years ago and is still going strong, booking everything from a trio to an octet and beyond at bars, weddings, conventions, festivals and countless other functions. This summer his big band will log a record 30 continuous years at the Illinois State Fair Twilight Ballroom. It’s definite old school here, with ballads, fox trots, vocal jazz, swing and even rock-n-roll played with old-fashioned musician talent on real instruments and backed by the slogan of, “our work is our play.” Members of the quartet include Don Smith, trumpet/flugelhorn/vocal, Dr. Bill French, piano, Rob Killam, bass, and Jerry Kusmaul, drums.
Don Smith Quartet
Sat. March 28, 5 p.m.
Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #158
409 E. Lake Shore Drive, 217-529-0158
Officer installation for members and guests

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