Perkinson BFA Exhibit – March 31-April 25
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Millikin University's annual Bachelor of Fine Arts senior students' art exhibition, Group I: 3/31-4/11, Group II: April 14-25, M-F 12-5pm, free, 424-6227.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – April
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring the works of Carol Kessler, airport lobby hours, free, 422-1509.
Library Exhibit – April
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring the works of the Hope Academy Art Students, library hours, free, 422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – April
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Featuring the photographs of Jerry Sievers and the watercolors of Sue Watts, M-F 8am-5pm, Sa 9am-4:30pm, Su 1-4:30pm, free, 423-7708.
Poetic Dialogue – April 3-28
Opening Reception – April 4
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Exhibit featuring a collaboration of artists and poets. Opening reception 4/4 during the First Friday Gallery Walk, artists talks, family participation in art-making inspired by poetry, lively poetry performances, hors d'oeuvres and beverages, 5-7:30pm, free. Exhibit hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 423-3189.
First Friday – April 4
Gallery 510 Exhibit – April
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring Richard Colbeck's works, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours, Tu-Th 11am-5pm, F 11am-7pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 422-1509.
Annual Student Show – April 28-May 9
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Millikin University's annual student art exhibition, M-F 12-5pm, free, 424-6227.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – May
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring the works of Sally Van Natta, airport lobby hours, free, 422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – May
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Nature and wildlife photography by David Staff and Alan Perry, M-F 8am-5pm, Sa 9am-4:30pm, Su 1-4:30pm, free, 423-7708.
Barn Colony Artists Annual Show – May 2-29
Opening Reception – May 2
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Showcasing the works of local Barn Colony Artists, varied media. Opening reception 5/2 with hors d'oeuvres and beverages, 5-7:30pm, free. Exhibit hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 423-3189.
First Friday – May 2
Gallery 510 Exhibit – February
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring the works of Sharon Zimmerman, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours, Tu-Th 11am-5pm, F 11am-7pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 422-1509.
Library Exhibit – May
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring the Tabernacle Baptist Church artists' works, library hours, free, 422-1509.
jazz & blues
Jazz at LSB
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 3:30-5:30pm (unless otherwise indicated), 429-7411.
4/4 – Millikin University Latin Jazz, 5-7pm
4/5 – Diversity
4/12 – Millikin Jazz II & One Voice
4/19 – Decatur Big Band
4/26 – The Boss Trio
5/3 – Craig Russo Latin Jazz
5/10 – Jazz Bash
5/17 – Four Other Brothers
5/24 – Dixie Daredevils
5/31 – Diversity
Spring Vocal Jazz – April 8
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St. Vocal jazz presented by Millikin University's School of Music, 7:30pm, free, 433-4240.
Juvae Jazz Society Concert – April 12
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Featuring Dave Bennett and his AllSTARS, food available for purchase, 4-7pm, $, students free with paying adult, 546-1363 or 877-4527.
Spring Jazz Bands Concert – April 15
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St. Annual Spring instrumental jazz concert presented by Millikin University's School of Music, 7:30pm, free, 433-4240.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – April 4
Decatur Civic Center. Decatur is a stop on the Big Damn Roots Revolution Tour, which will take the band (along with Dex Romweber Duo) through our fair city. $. Tickets: 422-7300
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 429-7411.
4/11 – Scott and Bman, 8-11pm
4/19 – Third Shift, 10pm-1am
4/25 – LHP, 9pm-12am
5/2 – Overdrive, 9pm-12am
5/3 – Double Shot, 8pm-12am
5/9 – Fabulous Hoedads, 8pm-12am
5/17 – Fireside Relics & Illinois Nationals, 9:30pm-1am
5/21 – Billy Gault, 7-9pm
5/23 – LHP, 9pm-12am
5/26 – Dave Hamilton CD Release Party, 8pm-12am
5/31 – Rock of Ages, 8-11pm
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage – April 12
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. A Bluegrass band with over 80 awards to their credit, 7:30pm, $, 424-6318.
Percussion Ensembles Masterworks – April 26
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Concert featuring selections of contemporary percussion music 7:30pm, 424-6318.
Spring Choral Concert – April 27
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. Millikin University choirs perform, 4pm, free, 424-6300.
Millikin University Concert – May 2
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Millikin University's School of Music presents the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the University Concert Band, 7:30pm, 424-6300.
Night Fever-The Bee Gees Tribute – May 10
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Performance of Bee Gees favorites, 7:30pm, $, 424-6318.
Douglas Ashcraft – May 11
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. World renowned California pianist Douglas Ashcraft performs, 4pm, free, 428-4336.
Of Thee I Sing – May 13
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. Opus 24 Spring concert featuring American writers and composers, 7:30pm, $, 422-1422.
Cookin' with the Chorale – May 24-25
Fairview Park, Pavilion #1. Outdoor concert by The Greater Decatur Chorale, presented by WAND17HD, concessions and hot grills available for cooking, 6pm, free, 422-5911.
Shape Note Singers – May 25
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. The Charleston-Mattoon Sacred Harp Singers perform, 2-4pm, free, 423-7708.
theatre & dance
MEN are from MARS, WOMEN are from VENUS – April 1
Decatur Civic Center Theater, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Based on the best-selling book by John Gray, 7:30pm, $, 422-7300.
Legally Blonde: The Musical – April 4-6
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Rated PG-13, presented by Millikin's Department of Theatre and Dance, F & Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm, $, 424-6318.
[sic] by Melissa James Gibson – April 4-6 & 11-13
Richland Community College, Shilling Auditorium, 1 Collage Pk. Presented by RCC Theatre, F's & Sa's 7:30pm, Su's 3pm, $, 875-7211 ext. 6888.
On Stars Not Falling – April 10-13
Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, 1099 W. Wood St., $, 420-6739.
Disney's Aladdin, Jr. – April 11-13
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan. F & Sa 7:30pm, Sa & Su 2pm, $, 728-7375.
Yankee Tavern – May 1-4
Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, 1099 W. Wood St. Th, F, Sa 7:30pm & Sa, Su 2pm, $, 424-6218.
youth performing arts
Youth Symphony Orchestra – April 13
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr., 2pm, free, 424-6318.
Millikin Children and Youth Choirs – April 26
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St., 4pm, free, 428-4336.
King of Kings – April 4
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. The 1927 Cecil B. DeMille silent movie is accompanied by Springfield's Reverend Mark Gifford on the organ with his entirely original score, 7:30pm, free, 428-4336.
2014 Environmental Film Series – April 5
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, 3773 N. MacArthur Rd. Contemporary film, “John Muir in the New World,” discussion follows, not recommended for children under age 8, 7-9pm, free, $ for concessions, 521-9702.
City Lights – May 3
The Avon Theater, 426 N. Water St. A 35-millimeter screening of Chaplin's masterpiece City Lights, accompanied by the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, 7:30pm, $, 424-6318.
history & museums
Dulcimer Music – April 12, 26 & May 10, 24
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln., 10am-12pm, free, 423-7708.
Bluegrass Music Jams – April 13 & May 11
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln., 1-4pm free, 423-7708.
Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – April 27 & May 25
421 W. William St. Visit the historic Decatur landmark and beautifully restored Victorian home of Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby, 2-4pm, $, 423-7708.
James Millikin Homestead Tours – April 27 & May 25
125 S. Pine St. Tour the Victorian mansion that belonged to one of Decatur's leading citizens, circa 1875, 2-4pm, $, 428-0597.
Bethel School Open House – May 3
Friends Creek Conservation Area, 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco. Tour of one of the area's few remaining one-room country schools, circa 1890-1946, 1-4pm, free, 423-7708.
nature & gardens
Photo Show & Spring Wildflower Hike – April 6 & May 4
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln, 2pm, free, reservations by 4/4 for 4/6 & by 5/2 for 5/4, 423-7708.
Family Hikes – April & May
Rock Springs Conservation Area (RSCA) 3939 Nearing Ln..; Fort Daniel Conservation Area (FDCA) 4921Fort Daniel Rd..; Friends Creek Conservation Area (FCCA) 13723 Friends Creek Park Rd.;., Cisco, 423-7708.
4/19 – Family Fun - Butterflies, RSCA, 1:30pm
4/25 – Night Hike, FCCA, 9-11pm, reg. by 4/24
4/27 – Woodland Wildflowers, RSCA, 2pm
5/17 – Family Fun - Untraveled Trails, RSCA, 1:30pm
5/24 – Birds of a Feather, RSCA, 2pm
5/25 – Tracking Tracks, RSCA, 2pm
5/30 – Night Hike, FDCA, 9-11pm, reg. by 5/29
Sangamon River Cleanup – April 26
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Bags provided, free lunch and free entry to Festival of Spring later that day, for ages 10 and older, bring gloves, 8am-12pm, free, reservations, 423-7708.
Feed the Animals – May 18
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Assist a naturalist in feeding the Rock Springs animals, 2pm, free, 423-7708.
events for children
Family Concert – April 2
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's third annual free concert and “Petting Zoo” of instruments for families with children of primary-school ages, 1pm, free, 424-6318.
Fairy Tale Ball – April 10-12
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. The museum transforms into a fairy tale castle, dancing, food, and fun activities, 6-8pm, $, reservations required, 423-5437.
Rock Hounds – April 12 & May 10
Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mound. Bring your trowel or rock hammer to unearth some prehistoric fossils from a glacial kame, for ages 6 and older, 1-4pm, $, reservations by 4/11 for 4/12 & by 5/9 for 5/10, 423-7708.
Critter Egg Hunt – April 19
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Singing and dancing with Park District arts staff before the Critter Egg Hunt, for children ages 10 and under, post-hunt entertainment with Children's Museum staff, 1:30pm, egg hunt 2pm, free zoo and museum admission all day, $ for carousel and train rides, 421-7435.
Evening Campfire – April 19 & May 24
Hear about traditional Native American lore, play games, and roast marshmallows, 5-7pm, $, 423-7708.
4/19 – Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mound, reservations by 4/18
5/24 – Friends Creek Conservation Area, 13734 Friends Creek Park Rd., Cisco, reservations by 5/23
Lullaby Concert – April 23
Decatur Public Library, Madden Auditorium, 130 N. Franklin St. The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's Student String Ensemble and Baby Talk present music and stories for families with very young children, wear your P J's, 6:45pm, free, 424-6318.
Annual Kite Days – April 26-27
Sinawik Park, 1715 S. 32nd St. Bring your favorite kite to fly, professional flying demonstrations, sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, 1-3pm, free, 422-5911.
Zippy Zoo Day with Mom – May 10
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Celebrate Mother's Day with balloon animals, face painting, and animal presentations, 1-4pm, moms free with paying child, 421-7435.
Airport Fun Day – May 24
Decatur Airport, EAA Hangar #107, 910 S. Airport Rd. View interactive displays and enjoy a pancake breakfast hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association, 8-11am, free, 428-2423.
Memorial Day at Scovill Zoo – May 26
Scovill Zoo, 71 S. Country Club Rd. Free admission and train rides for Veterans with I.D., 10am-7pm, $ for non-Veterans, 421-7435.
Canoe the Sangamon – May 31
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. For all ages, all equipment provided, 5-8pm, $, 423-7708.
sports, health & fitness
Midnight Fishing – April 11
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Fish at the Rock Springs Cattail Ponds at night, lit bobbers and worms for bait recommended, fishing licenses required for ages 16 and older, 10pm-12am, $, register by 4/10, 423-7708.
Family Golf Night – May 7-21
Hickory Point Golf Course driving range, 727 W. Weaver Rd. Relaxed instructional environment for all golf skill levels and ages, presented by Earthmover Credit Union, 6-7pm, $, 421-7444.
National Senior Health & Fitness Day – May 28
Decatur Indoor Sports Center (D.I.S.C.), 1295 W. Wood St. Giveaways, exercise activities, fitness demonstrations, and DMH Health screenings targeted to older adults, 8-11am, free, 429-3472.
MidState Cup Tournament – May 30-June 1
Decatur Soccer Complex, 1 Educational Park Dr. Featuring premier youth soccer teams from across the Midwest, presented by ADM and Midwest Fiber, times TBA, free for spectators, 429-3472.
expositions, festivals, food & fairs
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show – April 3-5
Country Inn & Suites, 5150 Hickory Point Frontage Rd. Wall-to-wall collectible marbles, room trading, buying and selling, 9am-1pm, show display Sa 9am-1pm, free admission, 422-8454.
Women of Blue Grass Festival – April 12
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. Featuring the Queen of Bluegrass, keynote speaker Murphy Henry, jam sessions throughout the day, 424-6318.
Decatur Train Fair – April 12 – 13
Decatur Civic Center. Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Admission $5; children 12 and under free, 422-7300.
Festival of Spring – April 26
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Music, naturalist-led hikes, wagon rides, canoe rodeo, food, face painting, and vintage baseball games, 10am-4pm, free, reservations, 423-7708.
Mineral, Gem & Jewelry Show – April 26-27
Macon County Fair Grounds, 3700 N. Westlawn Ave. Merchants showcase jewelry, rough gems, finished gemstones and more, demonstrations, Kids Corner, silent auctions, door prizes, food available for purchase, Sa 9am-6pm, Su 10am-4pm, $, children under 15 & persons in uniform free, 233-1164.
Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Events – May 9
Decatur Civic Center, Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Local businesses showcase their products and services, giveaways, free admission, 422-2200.
8am-3pm – Expo
7-8am – State of the City Breakfast, $, reservations required
11:30am-1:30pm – Taste of Decatur, $
Legally Blonde Pre-Party – April 5
Millikin University, Lower Richards Treat University Center, 1184 W. Main St. Pre-party includes entertainment, non-alcoholic beverages, hors d'oeuvres, prizes, shopping and pampering, special pink drink and wine cash bar, presented by Brinkoetter and Associates, 5-7pm, $, tickets required, 424-6318 or 362-6499.
A Night of Poetry – April 10
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. Original poetry and presentations by Millikin University professors, students and area poets, open mic time, 6:30-8:30pm, free, 423-3189.
Failure is not an Option – April 22
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1215 Kirkland Dr. T. W. Samuels Lecture by American engineer and former NASA astronaut Fred Haise, 7:30pm, 424-6318.
more information on how to include your event on the calendar,
contact Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter
or call 217-423-0422.
your calendar for these charity events
Casas for CASA Playhouse Raffle – through April 27
Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth. Two life-size playhouses will be raffled, proceeds benefit Macon County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in the Macon County juvenile court system), playhouses displayed during mall hours 4/1-4/30, winning ticket drawn on 4/27, $, call for tickets, 428-8424.
Easter Splash – April 11
Madden Arts Center, 125 N. Water St. Easter-themed art activities, movies, snacks, games, prizes, and Easter Egg Hunt, proceeds benefit the Decatur Area Arts Council's continuing programming, 5:30pm, $, reservations required, 423-3189.
Second Saturday Book Sales – April 12 & May 10
Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St. Friends of the Library book sales, used books, audio/visual pieces and more, proceeds benefit literacy programs at the Decatur Public Library, 4/12 special brown bag non-fiction sale 12:30-3pm, 9:30am-12:30pm, free admission, 424-2900 ext. 133.
Macon Miles 4o CASA – April 12
Begins in Dalton City, ends North of Maroa.. A 40-mile run consisting of a 4-member relay and 3 5K runs to raise funds for, and awareness of, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and/or neglected children in the child welfare court system), start time 6:30am, $, 428-8424.
First Gig Rock N’ Roll Camp for Kids Fundraiser – April 19
AIW Hall, 2885 N. Dinneen. Food/Raffles/Auctions and Live Music all day and night. 11:00 am – 1:00 am. Proceeds go toward 6-day destination camp in Decatur for youth ages 10-17 in July 2014.
Red Cross Ball: A Diamond Affair – April 26
Country Club of Decatur. Inez Andreas Award presented to Margaret Madden. Open Bar, auctions, live entertainment by Power Play of Saint Louis. 5:30pm cocktails/6:30pm dinner. $125/person. Black tie. Proceeds benefit Mid-IL Chapter of the American Red Cross. RSVP to 217-428-7758.
Trivia Night – April 26
Doherty's Pub & Pins, 242 E. William St. Fundraiser for Decatur Underground Theater's November 2014 production, limited tables available, raffle items and 50/50 drawing, doors open 6pm, Trivia starts 7pm, $, tickets at 791-1966.
Corks and Forks – May 1
Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, 4191 W. US Route 36. Fifteenth annual charity event featuring wine tastings of over 200 different wines, imported beers, and fine food samplings from 26 local restaurants and caterers, proceeds benefit the Decatur Area Arts Council's arts programming, business casual attire, 6:30-9:30pm, $, reservations suggested, 423-3189.
Kiss-A-Pig Gala – May 2
Mt. Zion East Convention Center, 1400 Mt. Zion Pkwy. Mt. Zion. Local celebrities and community and business leaders raise votes/dollars to benefit the American Diabetes Association, the candidate raising the most money kisses a live pig, heavy hors d'oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine served, musical entertainment, Kentucky Derby theme attire requested, 6-9:30pm, $, 875-9011 ext. 6642.
Decatur Duck Derby – May 3
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Watch the sunglass-clad rubber ducks race to the finish line to win prizes for their sponsors, proceeds benefit Children's Museum of Illinois educational programming, museum open 12-4pm, race 2pm, $ to sponsor ducks, free museum admission, 423-5437.
Master Gardener's Plant Sale – May 3
Macon County Fairgrounds, 3785 N. Taylor Ave. Featuring a large selection of annuals, perennials, hostas, vegetable and tomato plants, and herbs, presented by the University of Illinois Macon County Master Gardeners, proceeds benefit Master Gardener projects in Macon County, 9am-2pm, 877-6042.
Prairieland Punishers Roller Derby – May 3
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Experience Roller Derby at its best when Decatur's own Prairieland Punishers take on the NEMO Viqueens, all proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy, times TBA, www.punishersderby.com, $.
Stars Over Athens – May 8
Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 570 N. Union St. Greek bake sale, lunch, and dinner featuring authentic sweets and pastries, a la cart Greek cuisine available for lunch to eat in or carryout, authentic Greek dinner includes entertainment by the Decatur Athenian Dance Troupe, proceeds to Philotochos, the church's philanthropic organization which assists the underprivileged, bake sale 9am-4pm, lunch 11am-2pm, 2 dinner seatings 5 & 7pm, $, 428-9030.
Low Country Boil – May 30
500 East Lake Shore Drive. Traditional Louisiana-style culinary evening includes micro-brews, bluegrass music, and live auction. Proceeds benefit Baby TALK programming. $. 217-475-2234
Rockin' with Catholic Charities – May 31
Nelson Park Pavilion. Country Rock BBQ Fundraiser to benefit all Catholic Charities' programs, dinner provided by Mac's Pigskin Diner, live music by Glendale Riders, for ages 21 and older, casual attire, 6:30-11pm, $, reservations required 428-3458.
information on how to include your fund-raising event in the Charity
Terrie Potter by email:
or call 217-423-0422.