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DANCE | Enthusiastic amateurs

What does a realtor, a programmer, a banker, a disc jockey, a doctor and a manager have in common? They wear tights and dance ballet Friday night at the Hoogland Center for the Arts for the hilarious production titled “Men in Tights” to raise money for the Springfield Ballet Company. The 17 performers, who practice and rehearse for a week before the gala, dance as a group and alongside SBC dancers. They are: Hank Helton, Patrick Russell, John Ridley, Black Stadel, Craig Martin, Kyle Killebrew, Michael Neumeister, Bob Gray, Gray Noll, Johnny Molson, Steve French, Jeff Nevins, Larry Hardy, Allan Hamilton, Jim Yale, Matt Ratz and Dave Chapman. Auction items will be highlighted and on display throughout the evening. This year, the performance tickets include a free drink at the after-party where activities will continue. Tickets are available from the HCFTA Box Office at 523-2787 or can be purchased online at

Men in Tights
Friday, May 1

LRS Theatre
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St.

MUSIC | Heavenly music
Karen Lynne Deal directs the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s season finale, The Planets, by Gustav Holst. Featured will be a Realtime 3D high definition NASA video of the solar system projected above the orchestra and the percussion talents of David Collier playing eight timpani. Another highlight of the evening is the interactive solar system computer displays set up in the lobby for concert goers to explore before or after the show. This concludes the 16th year for the symphony.

Illinois Symphony
Saturday, May 2

Sangamon Auditorium
University of Illinois at Springfield

Science & Religion | Man vs. God
Benedictine University at Springfield hosts a public panel on evolution, creationism, intelligent design and Catholic, Judaic and Islamic worldviews. Panelists include: Father Christopher House, director of the diocesan Office of Vocations. Rabbi Barry Marks, Dr. Maryam Mostoufi, of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, evolutionary biologist Darlene Snyder and Benedictine University at Springfield science professor David Holland. Rick Rossetto, chair of the university’s science division, will moderate the event. A question-and-answer session is included. The panel discussion is sponsored by the campus Interdisciplinary Committee.

Science and Religion
Panel Discussion
Thursday, Apr 30

Beata Hall
Benedictine University at Springfield
1500 N. Fifth St.
525-1420 ext 290

Work & Labor | Remembering the fight
Labor struggles are remembered during a gathering in Springfield this Friday featuring speakers Al Pieper, retired field organizer from SEIU Local 73, and Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, assistant professor of political philosophy at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and the music of Tom Irwin, Reel Channel Cats, Gypsy Collabo and the Sarah Schneider Band. The Haymarket Affair, or as it is otherwise known, Haymarket Massacre, took place on May 4, 1886 at the Haymarket Square in Chicago. What began as a rally in support of striking workers trying to acquire eight-hour work days, turned horribly wrong when a bomb was thrown at police. Eight officers and an unknown number of civilians died as a result of the blast and ensuing gunfire. Subsequently, eight anarchists were tried for murder, four put to death, while one committed suicide in prison. Haymarket celebrations are held around the world each May in remembrance and support in the effort for fair labor practices and treatment.

The Haymarket
Friday, May 1

Douglas Park Band Shell
West Jefferson Street

Animals & Pets | Caring for the underdog
Sunday afternoon, Robbie’s houses a birthday bash for two-legged folk in honor of a four-legged friend, who is actually a three-legged dog. Tres is Doug Mayol’s 15-year-old Pomeranian, adopted from the Animal Protection League in 2002. Doug hosts an annual soiree in honor of Tres, and decided to incorporate a fundraiser into the parties to celebrate adopted pets and give back to the place from whence Tres came. These events are fashioned after the very popular New Orleans dog parties. Mayol hopes to continue to grow this event into an annual formal fundraiser for the APL. For more info about adopting a pet at the APL, call 544-PETS or visit

Tres Birthday Bash
and APL Fundraiser
Sunday, May 3

Robbie’s Restaurant
Old State Capitol Plaza

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Tombstone Bullet
With longtime area players Rick Hardin on vocals and guitar, Mike Gillette on bass and sax, and Mike Rapier on rhythm and lead guitar, plus relative newcomers Cory Brown on keyboards and Jeff Tucka on drums, Tombstone Bullet forms an outstanding and authentic-sounding blues combo. This Saturday the group plays at Marly’s Pub after the Rutledge Youth Foundation hosts an American Idol-type contest featuring Roger Boyd of Head East as MC from 7 to 9 p.m. Show plans include Tombstone Bullet collaborations with Boyd on a Head East song before the contest and blues tunes during the band gig later in the evening. Also be sure to catch the band on the streets of downtown Springfield this summer at the Washington Street Jazz and Blues festival in June.

Tombstone Bullt
Blues Band
Saturday, May 2,
10 pm-1:30 am
Rutledge Youth Foundation
talent contest with
MC Roger Boyd of Head East,
7 to 9 p.m. Marly’s Pub,

9 West Old State Capitol Plaza