Perkinson Exhibit – through February
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Featuring a photography exhibit by Jonah Calinawan, Maureen Delaney, and Jason Lazarus, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – February
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring the works of Jeff Shaw, airport lobby hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – February
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring the works of Carol Kessler, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Rock Springs Exhibit – February
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. The Decatur Camera Club, Julie Carter, and Gil Lebois display their works, Rock Springs business hours, free, 217-423-7708.
Ego vs. Alter Ego – February 5-28
Opening Reception – February 6
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. The U.S. debut of Romanian artist Ilie Vaduva's plus-size paintings. Opening Event 2/6, 5-7:30pm. General exhibit hours M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 217-423-3189.
First Friday – February 6
Gallery 510 Exhibit – February
Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception for Anthony Collins, refreshments, F 1/9, 5-7:30pm, artist talk 6:30pm, free. General exhibit viewing throughout February, Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
Gallery Walk – February 6 & March 6
Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. & Blue Connection, 117 N. Water St. & Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. Featuring unique art, artist talks, live music, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages, 5-7:30pm, free, 217-423-3189.
Decatur Airport Exhibit – March
Decatur Airport, Main Terminal, Lobby Gallery, 910 S. Airport Rd. Featuring the works of Ron Bartanen, airport lobby hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Library Exhibit – March
Decatur Public Library, Art Gallery, 130 N. Franklin St. Featuring the works of Nicole Christison, library hours, free, 217-422-1509.
Perkinson Exhibit – March 3-28
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Perkinson Gallery, 1184 W. Main St. Millikin University's art faculty biennial show, M-F 12-5pm, free, 217-424-6227.
Salvage & Selvage – March 5-30
Opening Event – March 6
Madden Arts Center, Anne Lloyd Gallery, 125 N. Water St. Fiber arts exhibit with a contemporary edge, 3/6 opening provides fun at repurposing anything fiber into art, a family friendly event for all ages, 5-7:30pm, free. Exhibit viewing M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Sa 10am-2pm, free, 217-423-3189.
Adopt-A-Pet Awards Ceremony – March 6
Madden Arts Center, 3rd Floor, 125 N. Water St. Art competition for students grades K-12; renderings of their favorite animals in mixed media to promote pet adoption and better care for animals, sponsored by Decatur & Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation, Northgate Pet Clinic, and Gallery 510 Arts Guild, Ltd., awards ceremony 5:30pm, exhibit on display through 3/10, Tu- F 11am-4:30pm & Sa 11am-2pm, free, 217-422-1509.
First Friday – March 6
Gallery 510 Exhibit – March
Gallery 510, 160 E. Main St. First Friday opening reception for Mike Delaney, refreshments, F 1/9, 5-7:30pm, artist talk 6:30pm, free. General exhibit viewing month of March, Tu-F 11am-5pm, Sa 11am-3pm, free, 217-422-1509.
jazz & blues
40th Central Illinois Jazz Festival – January 30-February 1
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US Highway 36 West. Jazz festival featuring an umbrella parade, dancing, Gospel service, ragtime piano, clarinet clambake, Millikin University Jazz Band, nine bands in all, hosted by the Juvae Jazz Society, $, 217-877-4527.
Jazz & Blues at LSB
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 3:30pm (unless otherwise noted), 217-429-7411.
2/6 – Smokers Blues Band, 9pm-1am
2/7 – M U Faculty Jazz
2/13 – Latin Jazz, 7-10pm
2/14 – Decatur Big Band
2/21 – Diversity
2/28 – Boss Trio
3/7 – Decatur Big Band
3/21 – M U Jazz Band I
3/28 – M U Jazz Percussion
Danza Romantica – February 14
Location TBA. Join the Millikin University Latin Jazz Project for a special Valentine's Day event, featuring Latin Dance demonstration and instruction, 7:30pm, 217-424-6318.
Spring Stock 2015 – March 2
Decatur Civic Center, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Celebrate Bourbon Street in New Orleans with the sounds of Davina & the Vagabonds and Corey Stevens during this Mardi Gras tribute, $, www.decaturciviccenter.org or 217-422-6161.
Lock Stock & Barrel, 129 S. Oakland Ave., 429-7411.
2/7 – Killer Bee Honey, 8-11pm
2/16 – Bells Tap Take Over, 6pm
2/21 – Lost in a Name, 8-11pm
2/28 – Caleb Cook, 8-11pm
3/7 – Jason Bordeaux, 8-11pm
3/28 – Hero JR, 8-11pm
Synergy – February 22
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Percussion Ensemble Masterworks showcases contemporary percussion chamber music, presented by the Millikin University School of Music, 7:30pm, free, 217-424-6318.
Shape Note Singing – February 22
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. The Charleston-Mattoon Sacred Harp Singers demonstrate shape note singing, 2-4pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Millikin –Decatur Symphony Orchestra – February 28
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. A French-Russian evening featuring cello virtuoso Gabriel Cabezas, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble – March 1
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St. Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble by Zack Stanton, presented by the Millikin University School of Music, 4pm, 217-424-6318.
RUNA – March 21
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1183 W. Main St. A trio from County Clare, Ireland, performs traditional Irish melodies, with special guest Socks in the Frying Pan, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
theatre & dance
The Ladies Man – February 25-March 1
Millikin University, Shilling Hall, Albert Taylor Theatre, 1184 W. Main St. This charming farce by Charles Morey tells how covering one tiny lie escalates into a sequence of situations, rated PG, W-Sa 7:30pm, Su 2pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Step Afrika! – February 7
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1183 W. Main St. Percussive dance all linked to African and modern dance traditions, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
The Bob Eubanks Not So Newlywed Game – February 14
Millikin University, Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1183 W. Main St. Eight lucky couples are chosen at random to play the game, grand prizes awarded, 7:30pm, $, 217-424-6318.
Live Professional Theatre – March 6-15
The Little Theatre On The Square, 16 E. Harrison, Sullivan. A wacky musical that takes a comic look at the age old situations faced in mid-life, adult situations, call for show times and tickets, $, 217-728-7375.
The Glass Menagerie – March 6-8 &13-15
Richland Community College, Shilling Auditorium, 1 College Park. Classic Tennessee Williams drama is an American tale of lost dreams, family bonds, and survival, presented by Theatre 7, F's & Sa's 7:30pm, Su's 2pm, $, 217-423-2107.
Fiddler on the Roof – March 13-15
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.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson – March 20-21 & 26-29
Millikin University, Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, 1099 W. Wood St. A mix of historical fact and invention tell the story of America's controversial seventh president, $, www.pdtheatre.com or 217-424-6318.
history & museums
2015 T. W. Samuels Lecture – February 5
Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center, on Millikin's campus. Dr. Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will present "What New Can Be Said about Abraham Lincoln?" 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Blue Grass Music Jams – February 8 & March 8
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Enjoy old time tunes played by area musicians, bring your instrument and play or just enjoy the music, 1-4pm free, 217-423-7708.
Dulcimer Music – February 14, 28 & March 14, 28
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Listen to volunteers play old time music or bring your dulcimer and join in, 10am-12pm, free, 217-423-7708.
Governor Richard Oglesby Mansion Open House – March 29
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
Four Seasons Gardening Series – February & March
University of Illinois Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. A horticulturist expert presents three programs, 1:30-2:30pm, free, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
2/3 – Sempervivums (hardy succulents)
2/17 – Beekeeping
3/3 – The Edible Indoor Garden
Gardening Insights – February 14
Richland Community College, Shilling Center, 1 College Park. Day-long event featuring gardening-related workshops, 8am-4pm, $, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
Winter Night Hike – February 20
Fort Daniel Conservation Area, 4975 Fort Daniel Rd. Venture into the darkness and experiment with your five senses, 8-10pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Wear Your White - February 21
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. See how animals use camouflage by heading out into the wilderness for a challenging game of winter hide-and-seek, 2pm, dress for the weather and to blend in, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Snake & Turtle Show – February 28
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. See and feel snakes and turtles at the Center, 1-2:30pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Maple Syrup Programs – March 21
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Discover how maple syrup is produced by tapping a tree, collecting sap, and boiling it down over an open fire, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am & 12pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Chickens: Start Your Own Backyard Flock – March 28
University of Illinois Extension Office, 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd. Hear from flock owners about how to successfully raise chickens, a beginner level program, 10am-12pm, free, reservations required, 217-877-6042.
events for children & families
Club Ice – through early March
Decatur Civic Center Arena, 1 Gary K. Anderson Plaza. Family ice skating, skates available to rent, F's 7:30-9:30pm, Sa's 3:30-5:30pm, Su's 2:15-4:15pm, $, 217-422-7300.
Family Book Bash – February 6
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Sharing the book, “If You'll Be My Valentine,” a heartwarming story by Cynthia Rylant, snack and craft included, 10-11am, $, 217-423-5437.
Family Science Sunday – February 8 & March 8
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Family fun at science workshops led by Richland Community College professors, 2-4pm, free, 217-423-5437.
Sweetheart Sledding Party – February 14
Griswold Conservation Area, 9896 Meridian Rd., Blue Mound. Sled down the area's biggest hill and enjoy hot cocoa, s'mores, and a fire, bring your own sleds, 2-4pm, $, reservations and snow required, 217-423-7708.
A Knight to Remember – February 19
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Each knight will join the Order of the Museum, enjoy a grand feast, merry crafts and activities, and a birds of prey presentation by Scovill Zoo, 6-8pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-5437.
Night at the Nature Center – February 20
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. Kids ages 6-12 will visit the EcoCenter at night and play games, hear stories, and make crafts, dress for the weather, snacks provided, 7-10pm, $, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Seed to Shelf Exhibit Opening – February 20
Children's Museum of Illinois, 55 S. Country Club Rd. Opening event for the new first floor agriculture exhibition, 10am, $, 217-423-5437.
sports, health & fitness
Cross Country Skiing & Snow Shoeing – February 7
Rock Springs Nature Center, 3939 Nearing Ln. An Into the Wild event with a guided ski or snow shoe trek on the Rock Springs trails, all equipment provided, refreshments served, 9am, free, 2pm, $, at least 4 inches of snow and reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Cross Country Skiing – February 22
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing, all equipment provided, 10am, $, at least 4 inches of snow and reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Maple Syrup Time – February
Rock Springs Nature Center. If the weather cooperates, the maple trees will be tapped and the sap will be made into syrup at the Homestead Prairie Farm. Call 217-423-7708 to confirm demonstration dates.
Jupiter at Opposition – February 6
Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Ln. Jupiter is at its closest to earth and fully illuminated by the sun, view the cloud bands through a telescope and binoculars to see the planet's four largest moons, 7-9pm, free, reservations required, 217-423-7708.
Downtown Mardi Gras – February 7
Ten downtown Decatur restaurants and bars open their doors to celebrate Mardi Gras Decatur-style with plenty of beads, signature drinks and specialty menus. The fun starts at 5:00 pm at Bizou, Coney McKane’s, Doherty’s, Gin Mill, Lincoln Lounge, Paco’s, Pastabilities, Racks, Robbies, TapRoot.
Christian Classics Lecture Series – February & March
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3rd Floor, 1360 W. Main St. Pastor and Millikin University Professor Dr. Timothy Kovalcik presents a monthly historical, theological, and contemporary lecture and discussion, 6:30-8pm, free, reservations required, 217-428-6603.
2/22 – Lectures to my Students
by Charles Spurgeon
3/22 – The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer
2015 Environmental Film Series – February 28 & March 14
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, 3773 N. MacArthur Rd. Showcasing contemporary documentaries about current environmental issues, discussions led by local experts, for ages 10 and older, 7pm, free, 217-521-9702.
2/28 – How I Became an Elephant
3/14 – Cowspiracy
Spring Craft Show – March 6-7
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1400 Village Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Featuring over 70 craft vendors, refreshments available for $, F 7-9pm, Sa 9am-3pm, free admission, 217-864-5424.
St. Patrick's Day Parade – March 14
Downtown Decatur parade route. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with marching bands, leprechauns, and lots of green, 11am, free, 217-853-6361.
Home, Lawn & Garden Show – March 14-15
Decatur Civic Center, #1 Gary Anderson Plaza. Local businesses and experts display, demonstrate, and explain their products and services, Sa 10am-6pm, Su 11am-4pm, $, 217-422-7300.
more information on how to include your event on the calendar,
contact Cultural Arts Editor Terrie Potter
or call 217-423-0422.
For the Love of It – February 6-7
Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie. The 5th annual Cabaret dinner and show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. $. 217-429-4200
An International Affair – February 7
Café DMH. An evening of cuisine and culture from Croatia, Greece, Italy, Morocco and Spain to benefit the DMH Heart & Lung Institute. Presented by the Decatur Memorial Foundation. $. Call 217-876-2105 to register.
Dueling Pianos Dinner/Dance – February 7
Mt. Zion Convention Center, 1400 Village Pkwy, Mt. Zion. Valentine's Dinner/Dance and fundraiser featuring Midwest Dueling Pianos, silent auction and 50/50 raffle, proceeds benefit the Splash Pad at Fletcher Park, doors open 6:30pm, dinner 7pm, music 8pm, $, www.mtzconventioncenter.com for tickets.
Friends of the Library Book Sale – February 14 & March 14
Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin St. Friends of the Library monthly sale, all proceeds benefit literacy promoting programs at the Decatur Public Library, 9:30am-12:30pm, free admission, 217-424-2900 ext. 133.
Casas for CASA Playhouse Raffle – early March-April 26
Macon County CASA, 132 S. Water St., Suite 250. Two decorated 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) for recruiting and training advocates, $, call for tickets, 217-428-8424.
Heartland Heroes – March 7
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 US 36. Dinner and awards ceremony with a special performance by country singer Joe Diffie. Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross. $. 217-425-7758.
Bowl for Kids' Sake – March 27-29
Pla-Mor Lanes, 2121 N. 22nd St. Event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Macon County with bowling, food, and soft drinks, F & Sa 5:30-7:30 & 8-10pm, Su 1:30-3:30pm, $ to participate, register at www.bbbs.kintera.org/BFKS2015 or 217-428-4240.
Band Together to Save Oasis - March 29
Knights of Columbus, 520 E. North St. Enjoy live music, dancing and a silent auction to raise funds for the Oasis Day Center, sponsored by Heritage Behavioral Health Center, doors open 2pm, music 3pm, $, 217-420-4801.