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Wednesday, April 1, 2009 07:17 pm

IT Picks

IT's picks for what to do this week


THEATER | Poetic performance
World renowned St. Louis Black Repertory Company, known as The Black Rep, performs The Strong Men at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Friday night. The show, also tagged as a choreo-poem, displays powerful voices and delicate humor of African-Americans who have made major contributions to American history. It features selected poems by James Weldon Johnson and Langston Hughes. Reservations are required for this 50-minute show, followed by a question and answer session with the actors.
St. Louis Black Repertory’s
The Strong Men

Friday, Apr 3
Union Theater
Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Museum
212 N. Fifth St.

SCIENCE | Star extravaganza

The University of Illinois at Springfield, in partnership with the Sangamon Astronomical Society, has a series of events planned for this weekend in connection with 100 Hours of Astronomy to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy 2009. In addition to the regular Friday night star party, a special star party takes place Saturday at Centennial Park, on Springfield’s west side, and Sunday for the disabled at UIS’s observatory. A highlight of the weekend occurs Sunday, when UIS professors Charles Schweighauser and John Martin provide a presentation on the sun. As a bonus, participants may view the sun through special equipment following the lecture, weather permitting. No reservations are required for these events, except the star party for the disabled.
100 Hours of Astronomy
Friday, Apr 3
UIS Barber Observatory
Saturday, Apr 4
Centennial Park
Sunday, Apr 5
UIS PAC, Conference Room F

ART | Walking visions

This year’s self-guided art tour in Downtown Springfield includes the musical performance of Second Harvest live on the South Plaza of the Old State Capitol and Fashion Afrique’s informational session, Tour of Africa, African cuisine and a drumming demonstration. Maps are available at participanting merchants: Del’s Popcorn Shop, Fashion Afrique, House of Gifts, Mangia Bene, Two Olives Cantina, Prairie Art Alliance, Petals and Accents, Recycled Records, RMD Gallery, Robert Morris Gallery, Sammy’s Sports Bar, Springfield Novelties and Gifts, Studio on 6th, The Blue Door, Tinsley Dry Goods and Trout Lily Café. After 5 p.m., park free on the street or at the parking garage adjacent to the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
Downtown Art Walks
Thursday, Apr 2
Downtown Springfield

MUSIC | Soothing sounds

Neha Mhaskar, Chandana Nandi, Kamal Chopra, Gyanesh and Bhupen Thakkar lead Kirtan, an evening of music, chanting and meditation at Namaste Yoga. The kirtan is one of the oldest sacred music traditions of the world. Originating in India, it involves a call-and-response chanting of Sanskrit mantras that carries one effortlessly to a place of quiet, stillness and inner peace. The purpose of this music is to get out of one’s head and into one’s heart. Everyone can participate, regardless of age, cultural background or musical ability.
Saturday, Apr 4
Namaste Yoga
907 Clocktower Dr.
Free, RSVP

BAND SPOTLIGHT | The White Lightnin’ Band

If you’re looking for classic country without the amped-up, modern country, rock crossover, chic currently in style, do yourself a favor and take a listen to The White Lightnin’ Band. Fronted by Gene Fore, whose band the Foremen carried on locally for years as one of the best purveyors of country music, the group proudly proclaims a dedication to the preservation of classic country music. Some ‘50s and Southern rock tunes creep into the song list, but the focus remains on honky-tonk, sawdust-on-the-floor, beer drinkin’ tunes from the likes of Williams, Jones, Cash, Haggard, Jennings

and Nelson. Fore is joined by Brett Seiber on lead guitar, fiddle and vocals; Jeff Fore on guitar and vocals; Jerry Turley on bass guitar and vocals, and Rich “Lute” Olsen on drums.
The White Lightnin’ Band
Sat. April 4, 8:30pm
Final Four, Sherman

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