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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 01:02 am

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ART | Library with vision

Saturday afternoon plan a two-hour visit to the Chatham library to meet and hear local artists Chris Britt, Louisa Boshardy (Hybiscus pictured above), George Atkisson, Bob Dixon, Jeff Garland and Michael Dunbar speak about their artwork showcased at the opening of the library’s new civic art collection, Promise in Vision. The recently acquired oil paintings and sculptures were specifically selected for the collection because of their relationship to the mission and theme of the library and Chatham community, one that promotes lifelong learning, literacy and recreational needs of a growing and diverse population. There will be a tour of the pieces, light refreshments, and the opportunity to explore the remodeled and expanded library, including the Bank & Trust Café and Bahlow Book Store.

Chatham Civic Art Collection Opening Show
Saturday, Apr 25

Chatham Area Public Library
600 East Spruce St.

FESTIVAL | Sense explosion

You won’t want to miss the huge celebration of creativity this weekend as The Revolution Music and Art Festival unites for its second year, taking place at Feitshans School. Twenty-one bands, both local and from out of town, will perform. Also part of the festival: a singer/songwriter stage, pottery demonstrations, art and music workshops, songwriting demonstrations, a silent art auction, food vendors and more. This large gathering of the arts began after Joshua Foster was shot in 2006 and rallied to make a difference in others’ lives. With a lifetime passion for music and art, he started the event to make a positive impact on young people so they would be inspired to make their lives better, not like the man who shot him. The soon-to-be nonprofit, The Revolution’s You, grew out of the festival, and both just keep growing.

The Revolution Music and Art Festival
Saturday, Apr 25

Feitshans Academy Elementary School
1101 S. 15th Street
$7, adults, $5, sixth grade and up
$5, adult with child
Free, fifth grade and under

HEALTH | Assistive exposition

The convention center opens its doors Monday and Tuesday to a statewide gathering of assistive technology manufacturers, disability service providers, individuals, caregivers and families of people with disabilities to showcase technologies available to assist a range of needs. Approximately 100 booths include demonstrations, accessible rock climbing wall, accessible video gaming and more. In addition, free entertainment, door prizes and special events are planned. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Assistive Technology Program, the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois and Personal Mobility/United Access in conjunction with the Annual Disability Rights/Independent Living Conference. For more info, visit

Independent Living Expo 09
Monday, Apr 27
Tuesday, Apr 28

Prairie Capital Convention Center


Learn the latest about environment-friendly homes and gardens at the Green Home and Garden Show this Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds. Sixty exhibits, hourly workshops and national speakers on green building will help you learn about energy efficiency and conservation. Ron Jones and Sara Gutterman, with Green Builder Magazine, are among Saturday’s featured speakers. The event is hosted by the Springfield Area Home Builders Association, Lincoln Land Community College and Capitol Radio Group. Partial proceeds go to Springfield’s Southwind Park, that will house Erin’s Pavilion, a certified leader in energy and environmental design.

The Green Home and Garden Show
Friday, Apr 24
Saturday, Apr 25

Orr Building
Illinois State Fairgrounds

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Gypsy Collabo

In 2003 when local rock band Tipsy Gypsys intermingled with area hip hop group Collabo, out came a Gypsy Collabo. The fun-loving, music-making bunch soon released a CD, Live at Five, then left town for a couple of years to play music in Hollywood, Calif. After returning to Springfield in 2006, the group added a fifth member for the current lineup of Derek Anderson aka: The Phantom,
David Hale III aka: DH3,
Jon McGrath aka: JG,
John Peterson aka: Stretch,
and Matt Scherer aka: Rooney. The band then released another recording, The Family Tree, started their AhmenRah Music label, and most recently shot a music video for their latest single, VISA. These guys are everywhere at once, playing two steady weekly gigs, doing The Revolution’s You Festival on April 25, the Haymarket Festival May 1, and opening for Crucial Conflict at the Planet May 2, plus making several more summer festival appearances in Springfield and Chicago.

Gypsy Collabo
The Revolution’s You Festival
Folksy’s on Sundays
Bar Oasis on Wednesdays

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