September/October Arts Calendar

COMEDY
Ongoing. The Jukebox Comedy Club features local, regional and nationally known comedians, open Wednesdays through Saturdays. 

DANCE
9/2, 9/16, 10/7, 10/21. The Contemporary Art Center hosts Salsa at the CAC on the first and third Fridays of the month from 8:30pm to midnight. 

10/22. Ballet 5:8, a faith-based ballet company, presents The Stor(ies) of You and Me at Five Points Washington at 7pm, with Central Illinois Ballet opening the performance. 

10/28 – 10/29. Central Illinois Ballet will present Dracula in the ICC Performing Arts Center. 

EXHIBITS
Ongoing. Sculpture Walk Peoria features 16 large-scale sculptures along Washington Street in downtown Peoria. 

Ongoing. The Diocesan Museum in the Spalding Pastoral Center features exhibits on the Peoria Diocese, while the adjacent Fulton J. Sheen Museum offers a permanent exhibit on the life of the famous archbishop. 

Thru 9/23. I Witness: Activist Art and Social Movement Politics, an exhibit by Chicago artist Krista Wortendyke, will be on display in the Heuser Art Gallery at Bradley University, with a lecture at 5pm and reception at 6pm on 9/15 in the Caterpillar Global Communications Center. 

Thru 9/30. Be the Astronaut is on display in the International Features Gallery at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 

10/12 – 11/17. Buffalo Street Portraits by Edgar Praus will be on display in the Hartmann Center Gallery at Bradley University.

Thru 10/16. Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor will be on display in the Folk Art Gallery at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 

Thru 10/31. Wheels O’ Time Museum is open noon to 5pm Wednesdays through Sundays, with an eclectic collection of cars, fire trucks, steam engines and more.

Thru 11/30. Leo: The Life and Legacy of C.L. Best is on display at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

9/2, 10/7. Art galleries and artist studios around the region open their doors from 5 to 9pm for First Fridays.

9/2 – 10/21. An exhibition of objects by Adam Perschbacher will be on display at the Contemporary Art Center. An opening reception takes place at 6:30pm on 9/10, featuring music by DJE. 

9/4 – 10/9. Captured Memories, an exhibit of oil paintings and “mind image” landscapes by Jan Rockwell, will be on display in The Foster Gallery for Christianity and Fine Arts. 

9/9 – 10/28. The Under, Above, Everywhere exhibit of paintings by Deborah Barlow, photography by Kay Canavino and ceramics by Ramah Commanday will be on display at the Contemporary Art Center. An opening reception takes place at 6:30pm on 9/10, featuring music by DJE. 

9/21 – 10/14. Prints/drawings by Jerry Phillips will be on display in Gallery 336B at Illinois Central College. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2pm on 9/21.

9/21 – 10/14. Paintings by Lowell Simmons will be on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2pm on 9/21. 

10/3 – 11/10. An exhibition by visual storyteller Bill Frakes will be on display in the Heuser Art Gallery at Bradley University. 

10/19 – 11/18. The ICC Art Program presents the Veterans’ Art Exhibit in the ICC Performing Arts Gallery. A reception will be held on 11/9 from 5 to 7pm. 

10/19 – 12/5. Paintings by Bethany Carlson will be on display in Gallery 336B at Illinois Central College. An opening reception will be held from noon to 2pm on 10/19. 

FESTIVALS
9/5. Peoria Area Community Events presents the Labor Day Parade, kicking off at 10am in front of the fire station on Monroe, and the Labor Day Picnic at Festival Park from 10am to 2pm. 

9/8 – 9/11. The Pekin Marigold Festival will feature a carnival, art show, parade, live entertainment, food and more. 

9/14 – 9/17. The Morton Pumpkin Festival will feature a carnival, rides, food and craft vendors, and more, with the parade and Pumpkin Classic Run & Walk on Saturday. 

9/16 – 9/18. The Peoria German-American Society and Peoria Park District present Oktoberfest, a celebration of German culture, on the Peoria Riverfront.

9/17. The Peace in Peoria Music Festival, sponsored by CEFCU, the Peoria Park District and Peoria Community Against Violence, takes place in the Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre from 4 to 9pm. 

9/24 – 9/25. The Peoria Art Guild Fine Art Fair takes place at Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront from 10am to 5pm.

10/2. The Peoria German-American Society presents Schlachtfest at Hickory Grove Park from noon to 8pm. 

10/6 – 11/6. The Hogwart’s Garden of Botanical Wonders chrysanthemum show takes place at Luthy Botanical Garden during garden hours.

10/9. The Wheels O’ Time Museum Fall Festival runs from noon to 4pm, featuring music, a blacksmith demonstration and other attractions. 

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
9/16 – 9/18. The Gathering of Veterans Pow Wow takes place at Seven Circles Heritage Center, honoring veterans with music, dance, vendors and food. 

10/13. Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a presentation by John W. Franklin of the Smithsonian Institution, will take place at 10am and 6:30pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. 

10/13. Bradley University welcomes CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin for the Robison Lecture at 7pm in the Michel Student Center. 

10/19. Peoria Public Radio presents an evening with Garrison Keillor, host of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, at 7pm in the Peoria Civic Center Theater. 

MUSIC
Thru 10/28. Live at the Five Spot takes place on Fridays at the Contemporary Art Center from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Upcoming shows include: Cousin Eddie (soft rock/pop, 9/2), Preston Jackson & Friends (jazz/R&B, 9/9), Soft Spoken (smooth jazz/R&B, 9/16), Nathan Taylor & Friends (New Orleans/folk, 9/23), John Miller & the Romaniacs (gypsy jazz, 9/30), Lizzi Neal Band (rock/blues, 10/7), Change Up (jazz/R&B, 10/14), Nik Beats (Beatles/British invasion, 10/21), and The Brazilionaires (samba/pop, 10/28, special Halloween party). 

Thru 10/30. Rhythm Kitchen Music Café features live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 to 11pm.

9/2 – 9/3. The Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival, featuring Buddy Guy, O.A.R., Mavis Staples, Here Come the Mummies and more, will take place at Riverfront Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront.

9/3.  Mackinaw Valley Vineyard will host Jammsammich from 7 to 11pm. 

9/4. The Central Illinois Youth Symphony presents Symphonisches Jugendblasorchester Concert, featuring young musicians from Friedrichshafen, Germany, at the Life Together Center at 2pm. 

9/8. Country star Clay Walker will perform at the Limelight Eventplex at 8pm. 

9/9 – 9/10. Howlin’ on Water… Dueling Pianos will perform at The Waterhouse from 6 to 11pm. 

9/10. Diplomatic Relations presents Angry Gods, Moral Void, Reduced to Instinct, Stye and Foolish Belief at Rail II at 7pm.

9/10. Outback Concerts presents The Avett Brothers at the Peoria Civic Center at 7pm.

9/10. The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents Beethoven’s Eighth Wonder with violinist Rachel Barton Pine at 7:30pm at Five Points Washington.

9/10. Biscuits and Gravy Band will perform at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from 7 to 11pm. 

9/14. Shaman’s Harvest will perform with Failure Anthem, Texas Hippie Coalition and Kyng at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm. 

9/15. Country superstar Blake Shelton performs with special guest RaeLynn in the Peoria Civic Center Arena at 7:30pm. 

9/17. Sweetwater will perform at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard from 7 to 11pm. 

9/17. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Ramsey Lewis Quartet at 8pm in the Peoria Civic Center Theater.

9/18. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will perform at 6pm, followed by John Miller and the Romaniacs at 7:15pm at Landmark Recreation Center. 

9/18. Ben Bedford will perform in the Music in the McKenzie series at the Peoria Public Library North Branch at 2pm.

9/25. Diplomatic Relations presents Jared Grabb Among Thieves, Mayhew The Traitor and more at Peoria Pizza Works at 7pm.

9/25. Bill Staines will perform as part of the 2016 Songs from the Woods concert series at Forest Park Nature Center. 

9/27. The Mowgli’s perform with Colony House and Dreamers at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm.

9/28. Korn and Breaking Benjamin bring their Nocturnal Underground Tour to the Peoria Civic Center at 6pm. 

10/1. Skillet will perform with Thousand Foot Krutch and Devour the Day at the Limelight Eventplex at 8pm. 

10/2. Sarah McQuaid will perform in the Music in the McKenzie series at the Peoria Public Library North Branch at 2pm.

10/4. Trivium will perform with Huntress and Sabaton at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm. 

10/5. Brady Toops will perform at the Limelight Eventplex at 7pm. 

10/7. Grammy Award winner Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band bring their harmonies to the Peoria Civic Center at 7pm. 

10/9. The Pride of Peoria Barbershop Chorus will perform in the ICC Performing Arts Center at 2pm. 

10/13. Hatebreed will perform at the Limelight Eventplex at 8pm.  

10/14. The Prairie Wind Ensemble presents Crimes of the Heart in the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. 

10/15. The Limelight Eventplex presents Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag at 8pm. 

10/15. The Heartland Festival Orchestra presents Mozart’s Masterpieces with Sarah Gentry and Diane Wuthrich at 7:30pm at Five Points Washington. 

10/15. Diplomatic Relations presents Lark’s Tongue, Encounter at L-5, Dibiase and Holy Gallows at Rail II at 7pm.

10/15. The Bradley Chorale and Women’s Choir will perform in the Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University at 3pm.

10/16. The Music Scholarship Concert Series featuring the Bradley Jazz Ensemble will take place in the Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University at 3pm.

10/16. The Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band will perform at 6pm, followed by Preston Jackson and Friends featuring vocalist Judy Page at 7:15pm at Landmark Recreation Center. 

10/17. Dust Bowl Revival will perform in the Morton Fine Arts Association Fall Winter Series at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center.

10/18. The ICC Music Program presents the Illinois Central Jazz Train at 7:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center. 

10/21. The ICC Guest Artists Series presents Scarborough Fair: A Simon & Garfunkel Experience at 7:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center. 

10/22. Windy City Dueling Pianos will perform at 7pm at Five Points Washington. 

10/22. The Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Prodigies at 8pm at Grace Presbyterian Church. 

10/22. Ben Bedford will perform as part of the 2016 Songs from the Woods concert series at Forest Park Nature Center.

10/27. The Lacs will perform at the Limelight Eventplex at 8pm. 

10/29. The Bradley Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Dingeldine Music Center at Bradley University at 7:30pm.

10/30. The Heart of Illinois Chorus presents Hearts Smarts – A Musical Trivia Nite at 2:30pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center. 

POETRY & STORYTELLING
9/1, 10/6. Whisper & Shout, an open mic for poetry, takes place at the Contemporary Art Center from 8 to 10pm. 

9/24. Crooks and Characters of Central Illinois, presented by the Prairie Storytellers Guild, takes place at 7pm at the Life Together Center. 

10/1 – 10/2, 10/7 – 10/9. Prairie Folklore Theatre presents the 14th annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours at 11am and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with a 6pm performance on 10/7.

SPECIAL EVENTS 
Thru 9/24. The Peoria Riverfront Market is open Saturdays from 8am to noon, featuring local produce, local artists and more. 

9/2 – 10/29. Mitch Williams performs tableside magic from 6 to 8:30pm at New Amsterdam Bar and Restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays. 

9/8. The Peoria Historical Society’s fifth annual de Tonti Celebration will honor Rep. David Leitch at 5:30pm at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette. 

9/24. Luthy Botanical Garden will host Fall French Market in the Park from 9am to 3pm, bringing the charm of a French flea market to the Midwest.

9/30. Treble in River City Trivia, Central Illinois Youth Symphony’s music-themed trivia fundraiser, takes place at 7pm in the Life Together Center. 

10/8. The Illinois Art League will host Ken Clubb Watercolor Workshop from 9am to 4pm at the Peoria Heights Library. 

10/11. The 64th annual Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show takes place at the Par-A-Dice Hotel, with luncheon at 11:30am and evening show at 7pm. 

THEATER
Thru 9/3. Corn Stock Theatre presents Memphis (The Musical) at 7:30pm nightly.

9/9 – 9/11, 9/14 – 9/17. Eastlight Theatre presents Saturday Night Fever: The Musical at 7:30pm nightly with a 2pm matinee on Sunday. 

9/9 – 9/11, 9/15 – 9/18. Peoria Players Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast at 7:30pm, with 2pm matinees on 9/11, 9/17 and 9/18. 

9/22 – 9/24, 9/29 – 10/2. Bradley University Theatre presents Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play in the Hartmann Center at 8pm, with a 2:30pm matinee on Sundays.

9/23 – 10/2. The ICC Theatre Program presents The House of Blue Leaves in the ICC Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm nightly and 2:30pm on Sunday. 

9/30. The Peoria Cabaret Theatre celebrates The Muppets at 7pm in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse. 

9/30 – 10/2. The Conklin Players presents Forever Plaid at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Theater at Five Points Washington. 

9/30 – 10/1, 10/6 – 10/8. Corn Stock Theatre will present its Corn Stock for Kids Fall Show at 7pm. 

10/7 – 10/9, 10/13 – 10/16. Peoria Players Theatre presents School of Rock: The Musical at 7:30pm nightly, with 2pm matinees on Sundays. 

10/13 – 10/16. The Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus celebrates its 75th anniversary with a production of The Little Mermaid at Eastlight Theatre. 

10/14. The Peoria Cabaret Theatre will host a Broadway Reunion Show at 7pm in the Broadway Lounge at The Waterhouse. 

10/14 – 10/15, 10/22 – 10/23. Steel Magnolias will open the eighth season at Many Lights Theatre in Canton. 

10/26 – 11/6. The Broadway blockbuster Wicked returns to the Peoria Civic Center Theater. 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION...
Art Garage—art-garage-studio.com, 231-2511
Art-Space Peoria—facebook.com/artspacepeoria, 868-0474
ArtsPartners of Central Illinois—artspartners.net, 676-2787
Atelier 5835—5835 N. Galena Road, Ste. 105, Peoria, 383-3341
Bradley University/Dingeldine Music Center—677-2595
Bradley University Galleries—art.bradley.edu/bug, 677-2989
Bradley University Theatre—bradley.edu/academic/departments/theatre, 677-2660
Caterpillar Visitors Center—visitcaterpillar.com
Central Illinois Artists Organization (CIAO)—ciaopeoria.com
Central Illinois Ballet—ciballet.com, 620-3164
Central Illinois Jazz Society—cijs.org, 692-5330
Central Illinois Youth Symphony—ciys.org, 370-6424
Contemporary Art Center—peoriacac.org, 674-6822
Corn Stock Theatre—cornstocktheatre.com, 676-2196
Diplomatic Relations—facebook.com/diplomaticrelationsil
Ear in the Envelope—820 SW Adams, Peoria, 550-3518
Eastlight Theatre—eastlighttheatre.com, 699-7469
Exhibit A Gallery—exhibitagallery.net, 693-6180
First Fridays—peoriafirstfriday.com, ciaopeoria.com
Five Points Washington—fivepointswashington.org, 444-8222
Forest Park Nature Center—peoriaparks.org/forest-park-nature-center
Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts—fumcpeoria.org, 673-3641
Heartland Festival Orchestra—heartlandfestivalorchestra.org, 339-3943
The Hive—thehive305.com, 360-4880
Howlin’ on Water—howlinonwater.com, 494-9100
Illinois Art League—illinoisartleague.com
Illinois Central College/Arts at ICC—artsaticc.com, 694-5136
Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment—jaytv.com, 839-1220
Jukebox Comedy Club—jukeboxcomedy.com, 673-5853
Limelight EventPlex—limelighteventplex.com, 693-1234
Luthy Botanical Garden—peoriaparks.org/luthy-botanical-garden, 686-3362
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard—mackinawvalleyvineyard.com, 359-9463
Many Lights Theatre—manylights.net, 357-9366
Morton Fine Arts Association—mortonfinearts.org, 266-5135
Morton Pumpkin Festival—mortonpumpkinfestival.org
Pekin Marigold Festival—marigoldfestival.blogspot.com
Peoria Area Community Events—peoriaevents.com
Peoria Art Guild—peoriaartguild.com
Peoria Blues & Heritage Music Festival—illinoisbluesfestival.com
Peoria Cabaret Theatre—peoriacabarettheatre.com, 494-9100
Peoria Civic Center—peoriaciviccenter.com, (800) 745-3000
Peoria German-American Society—peoriagermans.net, 691-7484
Peoria Historical Society—peoriahistoricalsociety.org, 674-1921
Peoria Park District—peoriaparks.org, 681-2861
Peoria Players Theatre—peoriaplayers.org, 688-4473
Peoria Public Library—peoriapubliclibrary.org, 497-2000
Peoria Riverfront Market—visitdowntownpeoria.com/peoria-riverfront-market
Peoria Riverfront Museum—peoriariverfrontmuseum.org, 686-7000
Peoria Symphony Orchestra—peoriasymphony.org, 671-1096
Prairie Center of the Arts—prairiecenterofthearts.org, 657-6767
Prairie Folklore Theatre—prairiefolkloretheatre.com, 696-0956
Prairie Storytellers Guild—prairietellers.us
Project 1612—project1612.com, 798-0375
Rhythm Kitchen Music Café—rhythmkitchenmusiccafe.biz, 676-9668
Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show—408-1611
Sculpture Walk Peoria—sculpturewalkpeoria.org
Seven Circles Heritage Center—7circles.org, 241-7489
Spalding Pastoral Center—cdopmuseums.org, 671-1550
Speakeasy Art Center—speakeasyartcenter.com, 267-2058
Sunbeam Building/Studios On Sheridan—sunbeambuilding.com, 573-8404
Toraason Glass—facebook.com/ToraasonGlass
The Waterhouse—waterhousepeoria.com, 494-9100
Wheel Art Studios—bit.ly/wheelart, 306-1741
Wheels O’ Time Museum—wheelsotime.org, 243-9020

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