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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 09:16 am

IT Picks

IT's picks for what to do this week

FESTIVALS |Illinois homegrown
Here’s a festival you’ll want to explore if you love vino, bluegrass or country music. For a small admission fee, Hill Prairie Winery will give you a free glass you can take with you in the winery sample room and a full day of music outside under the pavilion. Sunday is slated for bluegrass music, with Second Harvest, The River Ramblers and Tom Irwin playing. Country music fills the air on Memorial Day as Hillbilly Circus performs from 1-3 p.m. and Seeing Daylight takes the stage from 3-6 p.m. Doors open each day at 12 p.m. While the establishment asks that no coolers, food, drink or pets be brought to the festival; food, desserts and glasses and bottles of wine are available for purchase. Don’t forget your lawn chair. Oakford is only 30 minutes north of Springfield, just up the road from Petersburg.
Wine and Music Festival
Sunday and Monday
May 24-25
Hill Prairie Winery
Route 97, near Oakford

TALENT SHOW |Illinois’ up and coming
Illinois’ Got Talent is a talent competition that takes place this Saturday at our very own Hoogland Center for the Arts. Twenty-three acts from throughout Illinois, from Chicago to Herrin, will be showcased. The performers range in age and talent. Scheduled acts include a soloist, dancers, and a musical group. Judges are from Dolphin Entertainment, the country’s largest independent producer of children’s and young adult programming, including Nickelodeon. American Idol Season Four finalist, Jared Michael Yates, is one of the judges and also performs during the evening.
Illinois’ Got Talent
Saturday, May 23
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St.

HISTORY |Party like it’s 1859
A party takes place Saturday that you won’t want to miss whether you’re a history buff, a partygoer, a person with a sense of adventure or someone looking for something different and interesting to do. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is hosting a re-creation of the Lincolns’ social scene with period crafts, toys, games and free music. Some activities are an additional charge and strawberries, desserts and beverages are available for purchase. If you want to brush up on your 19th century social skills and manners, this is the gathering for you.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Strawberry Party
Saturday, May 23
Union Square Park
Sixth and Jefferson

ART |Imaginative plants
On display at the museum through July is, “The Leaf and the Page,” an exhibit featuring 11 contemporary Illinois artists who draw their inspiration from nature and create distinct visions of fanciful, surreal, beautiful, ironic and humorous plant images. Giant stainless steel plants, weeds made from trash, mushroom books growing out of the wall, and delicate stitched leaves are a few of the delights in this exhibition. The artists do more than mimic the form of plants; they play with material and scale to illustrate the symbolic and metaphorical connection between humanity and the natural world. Materials and media include: leaf embroidery, handmade paper, collage on archival paper, color lithographs, welded clay, stainless steel, gouache, watercolor on paper, gouache on paper, graphite on paper, collected materials and collage on board.
The Leaf and the Page
Through August 9
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring Street

BAND SPOTLIGHT | Hipbone Sam w/Bad Bill and Country Bruce
Hipbone Sam, the alter ego of Kevin Hawkins, plays the area music scene with “three chords and a capo,” plus a load of fun tunes and the determined heart of a dedicated entertainer. Hawkins, the lead singer in Jack Flash, a local Rolling Stones tribute band, hosts an open mic every Thursday at Chaser’s Iron Horse Saloon and books shows wherever and whenever else he can to make a living playing music. By using veteran performers like Bad Bill Robinson on harmonica (this Saturday, May 23, at Chaser’s from 3 to 6 p.m. in the beer garden) and Country Bruce Baise on guitar (next Friday, May 29, at Chaser’s) and banjo guru Kyle Kiesling (this Friday, May 22, at Weeble’s, formerly the Black Dog Bar on Peoria Road), Hipbone keeps the music rolling, the players hopping and the crowd rocking.
Hipbone Sam
Open mic every Thursday,
8-11 pm.
Chaser’s Iron Horse Saloon, 3039 Peoria Rd.


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