Perkinson Exhibit – through February 21
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Featuring the paintings of Jeff Robinson, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.
Rock Springs Exhibit – through February
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. The Decatur Camera Club and Virginia Kickle display their photography of flora, fauna, and scenic landscapes of Central Illinois, Rock Springs business hours, free, 217-423-7708.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – February
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring Michael Delaney's watercolor paintings, airport lobby hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – February
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Barbara Dove's paintings, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Reclaim. Recycle. Repurpose. – February 1-26
Opening Event – February 7
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Artists use recycled materials to create artwork or you can add to the public group sculpture. Opening Event 2/7, 5-7:30pm family-friendly fun creating your own pieces in the studio. General exhibit hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 217-423-3189.
After 5 Live – February 7
Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St. SweetheARTS exhibition – Ceramics, Valentine's gift art and florals, also featuring the ceramic works of Millikin University Spotlight Artist Sarah Kisly, entertainment, refreshments provided by Lock, Stock and Barrel, 5-8pm, free, 217-428-0112.
First Friday – February 7
Gallery 510 Exhibit – February
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring Larry Steinbauer's works, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours, Tu-Th 11am-5pm, F 11am-7pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 422-1509.
Gallery Walk – February 7 & March 7
Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. & Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St. & Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. Visit three downtown Decatur art galleries featuring great art, live music, hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and artist talks, 2/7 art activities for all ages at the Madden Arts Center, 5-7:30pm free, 217-423-3189.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – March
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Exhibition by the Decatur Quilters Guild, airport lobby hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – March
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring Carol Kessler's pastels, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – March
Rock Springs Nature Center, South Gallery, 3939 Nearing Ln. Jerry Sievers' photographic exhibit of animals, plants, and landscapes, Rock Springs business hours, free, 217-423-7708.
Perkinson Exhibit – March 3-28
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Ceramics exhibited by Randy Carlson, sculptures by Alison Ouellette-Kirby and Noah Kirby, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.
After 5 Live – March 7
Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St. Millikin University Fine Arts: Bold as Gold exhibit, a selection from Millikin faculty and art students featuring all bold and rich colored artworks, entertainment, refreshments provided by Lock, Stock and Barrel, 5-8pm, free, 217-428-0112.
First Friday – March 7
Gallery 510 Exhibit – February
Gallery 510/NOVA Framing, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception featuring Pam Marty's watercolor paintings, refreshments, 5-7:30pm, free. General exhibit hours, Tu-Th 11am-5pm, F 11am-7pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 422-1509.
39th Central Illinois Jazz Festival – January 31 & February 1-2
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US Highway 36 West. Three-day jazz festival featuring bands and guest artists from across the country, hosted by the Juvae Jazz Society, casual attire, $, or 217-546-6091 or 217-877-4527.
Saturday Jazz at LSB
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 3:30-5:30pm, no cover charge, 217-429-7411.
2/1 – Craig Russo's Latin Jazz Project
2/8 – M U Jazz Band I
2/15 – Decatur Big Band
2/22 – Kevin Hart & The Vibe Tribe
3/1 – Diversity
3/8 – The Boss Trio
3/15 – Four Other Brothers
2/22 – Decatur Big Band
3/29 – M U Latin Percussion
Young Artists Concert – February 1
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Annual mid-winter celebration featuring the winners of Millikin's Concerto/Aria competition joined by the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Millikin String Arts Ensemble and the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Masters of Motown – February 14
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. A stroll down Motown memory lane, 7pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Synergy – February 23
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Percussion Ensemble concert presented by the Millikin University School of Music, 4pm, 217-424-6318.
Oratorio Plus! – March 1
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky's ballet score, Petrushka and the full Millikin Union of Choirs joins the symphony for Four Sacred Pieces by Verdi, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Symphonic Wind Ensemble & University Concert Band – March 2
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Concert presented by the Millikin University School of Music, 2pm, 217-424-6318.
Smoke on the Mountain – March 7-9, 12-16
Little Theatre on the Square, 16 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, dates and show times vary, $, 217- 728-7375.
Tomaseen Foley's IRISH TIMES – March 8
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Stories, music, song, and dance from Ireland's cultural heritage presented by Celtic musicians, dancers, and singers, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Duo Melis – March 15
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Spanish guitarist Susana Prieto and Greek guitarist Alexis Mazurakis perform 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Mardi Gras Party – March 22
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Hopkins & Millers Sunset Stomp Dixieland Band from Indianapolis performs, bring Mardi Gras beads and umbrellas, 4-7pm, $, reservations requested, www.juvaejazz.com or 217-546-1363 or 217-877-4527.
John W. Sherer in Concert – March 23
Central Christian Church, 650 W. William St. Concert featuring organist John W. Sherer from Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, 4pm, free, 217-428-4336.
Sonus Brass Quintet – March 29
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1360 W. Main St. Five brass performers and teachers share their love of music, 7:30pm, 217-424-6318.
theatre & dance
Menopause The Musical - February 4-9
Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. The hilarious celebration of women and the change, book and lyrics by Jeanie Linders, National tour, $, www.DecaturCivicCenter.org or 217-422-7300.
Opera Theater – February 13-16
Millikin University, Shilling Hall, Albert Taylor Theatre, 1184 W. Main St. Puccini One Act Operas featuring Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, Th-Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Cotton Patch Gospel – March 7-9, 14-16
Richland Community College, Shilling Auditorium, 1 College Park. A musical based on the Gospels of Matthew and John, presented by Theatre 7, F's & Sa's 7:30pm, Su's 2pm, $, 217-423-2107.
Jersey Shore: The Musical – March 21-23
Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, 1099 W. Wood St. Join the characters of Jersey Shore as they look at their lives and today's pop culture, times TBA, $, www.pdtheatre.com or 217-424-6739.
Bugsy Malone, Jr. - March 21-23
Decatur Civic Center Theatre, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Actors in grades 1-12 present this popular tale, presented by Decatur Park District's PERFORM!, F 7pm, Sa 2 & 7pm, Su 2pm, $, reserved seating, 217-422-5911.
2014 Environmental Film Series – February 22 & March 8, 22
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, 3773 N. MacArthur Rd. Showcasing contemporary films raising awareness of environmental issues, not recommended for children under age 8, 7-9pm, free, $ for concessions, 217-521-9702.
2/22 – A Sense of Wonder
3/8 – Chasing Ice
3/22 – Urban Roots
history & museums
Dulcimer Music – February 1, 15 & March 1, 15, 29
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Listen to volunteers play old time music or bring your dulcimer and join in, 10am, free, 217-423-7708.
Blue Grass Music Jams – February 9 & March 9
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Enjoy old time tunes played by area musicians, 1-4pm free, 217-423-7708.
Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – March 30
421 W. William St. Visit the historic Decatur landmark and beautifully restored Victorian home of Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby, 2-4pm, $, members free, 217-429-9422.
nature & gardens
Meeting Punxsutawney Phil – February 2
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Hear myths, legends, and facts about Groundhog Day, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Feed the Animals – February 16
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Join the naturalists and learn how they feed the Rock Springs resident animals, 1:30pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Sounds and Silence – February 22
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Find out how well owls, mice, and others hear, 10am, free, 217-423-7708.
Wild and White – February 23
Explore what causes albino animals and examine specimens, watch films, and read stories about these rare creatures, 2pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Family Hikes – February & March
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln., free, 217-423-7708.
3/1 – Call of the Wild, 6pm, reg. by 2/28
3/2 – Huff & Puff, 2pm, reg. by 2/28
3/16 – Wearing of the Green, 1:30pm, reg. by 3/14
3/23 – Spring Wildflowers, 2pm, reg. by 3/21
3/28 – Night Hike at Sand Creek, 9pm, reg. by 3/27
3/30 – Guess Who Came to Lunch, 2pm, reg. by 3/28
Do You See What I See? – March 29
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Look through a scope to see as a bug does, use night vision in a dark room, and compare it to how you see the world, 2pm, free, reservations by 3/28, 217-423-7708.
events for children
Club Ice – through March 9
Decatur Civic Center Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Family ice skating, skates available to rent, W's & F's 4-6pm, F's & Sa's 7:30-9:30pm, Sa's 3:30-5:30pm, Su's 1-3pm, $, 217-422-7300.
Super Saturday Recess – February 1
Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), 1295 W. Wood St. Inflatables, scooters, basketball, tumbling, and more, for ages 4-11, 10am-12pm, $, 217-429-3472.
Family Fun - Sweet as Sugar! – February 1
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Find out why sugar is so important to animals and how they obtain it, 1:30pm, free, 217-423-7708.
A Knight to Remember – February 20
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. A medieval Knight to Remember with a grand feast, special entertainment, and medieval-themed crafts and activities, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, 6-8pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-5437.
Family Fun - Maple Syrup Time – March 15
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Experience the process of making maple syrup, and see how a tree is tapped, 1:30pm, free, reservations by 3/14, 217-423-7708.
Midnight Fishing – March 21
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Bring your fishing equipment and fish the cattail ponds at night, worms and lit bobbers recommended, fishing licenses required for ages who need them, 10pm-12am, $, register by 3/20, 217-423-7708.
sports, health & fitness
MidState Indoor 3v3 Futsal Tournament – March 1-2
Decatur Indoor Sports Center (DISC), 1295 W. Wood St. Games on shortened fields, PUGG goals, 12-minute halves, no goalkeepers, 6 players max teams, 3/1 U8 high school players, 3/2 adult players, $, register by 2/17, 217-429-3472.
Spring Craft Show – February 28 & March 1
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1400 Mt. Zion Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Featuring over 70 craft vendors, F 7-9pm, Sa 9am-3pm, free admission, 217-864-5424.
Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy – March 7
Mt. Zion East Convention Center. Funny and entertaining! Reserved seating only. Tickets $30 by calling 217-864-5424. 8:00 pm. (Doors open at 7)
Mardi Gras – March 8
Downtown Decatur. Beads, specialty drinks, beads, special menus...and more beads! Celebrate Mardi Gras Decatur style at select downtown restaurants. Go to Decatur Magazine’s facebook page for a complete list of participating downtown locations. The party starts at 5!
Home, Lawn & Garden Show – March 14-16
Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary Anderson Plaza. Local businesses and experts display, demonstrate, and explain their products and services, F 5-8pm, Sa 10am-6pm, Su 10am-4pm, $, 217-422-7300.
St. Patrick's Day Parade – March 15
Downtown Decatur parade route. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with marching bands, leprechauns, and lots of green, 11am, free, 217-853-6361.
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
Hearts Around the World – February 1
Café DMH, Decatur Memorial Hospital, 2300 N. Edward St. An international affair featuring cuisine and culture from Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, and Belgium, funds raised benefit the DMH Heart & Lung Institute and Decatur Memorial Foundation, 6pm, $, 217- 876-2105.
For the Love of It – February 7-8
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Ave. Entertaining, comical cabaret show and dinner to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, dinner 6pm, show 7pm, cash bar available, $, 217-429-4200.
Dueling Pianos Dinner & Dance – February 8
Come join us at the Mt. Zion Convention Center for a night of endless fun with music by Midwest Dueling Pianos, dinner provided by the Beach House, and silent auction. Proceeds go toward purchasing a Splash Pad for Fletcher Park. 7:00 pm. $40 Single/$75 Couple. 217-864-5424.
Friends of the Library Book Sale – February 8 & March 8
Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St. Friends of the Library monthly sale, all proceeds benefit literacy promoting programs at the Decatur Public Library, 2/8 Romance Novel Special Sale, 3/8 Green Half Off Sale, 9:30am-12:30pm, free admission, 217-424-2900 ext. 133.
Dueling Downtown – March 8
Decatur Masonic Temple, 224 W. William St. Dinner, two pianos, one stage, four hours of laughs, proceeds benefit the Children's Museum of Illinois, must be 21 years or older, 5:30-10pm, $, reservations for tables required, 217-423-5437.
Kids Rock – March 8
Macon Resources, 2121 Hubbard Ave. Family event with face painting, activities, prizes, and a family concert by Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies from Chicago, proceeds benefit Bright Start, a Macon County home visiting program providing families with the tools they need to build their children's futures, 9:30am-12:30pm, concert 10:30am, $, advance ticket purchase available, 217-875-1910.
Bowl for Kids' Sake – March 21-23
Pla-Mor Lanes, 2121 N. 22nd St. Charity event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County with bowling, food, and prizes, F & Sa 5:30-7:30 & 8-10pm, Su 1:30-3:30pm, $ to participate, register at www.bbbs.kintera.org/2014 or 217-428-4240
information on how to include your fund-raising event in the Charity
Terrie Potter by email:
or call 217-423-0422.