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Postings for July 02, 2014 Full Month View
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  All Day Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage   Annie Leibovitz achieved her status as one of America's great photographers with unforgettable images of celebrities from John Lennon to Johnny Depp. But more recently, Leibovitz has trained her camera on famous places and objects, revealing more of herself in the process. "Pilgrimage," an exhibition of more than 70 of these stunning photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's collection, opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 8, 2014, and runs through Aug. 31. Visitors will see the landscapes that captured Leibovitz's imagination: Niagara Falls, Yellowstone National Park, a New Mexico mesa. They can scrutinize her close-ups of objects like Emily Dickinson's only surviving dress, Elvis Presley's motorcycle and a bullet hole put in a target by Annie Oakley. Abraham Lincoln plays a major role in "Pilgrimage." Leibovitz photographed the stovepipe hat and the gloves Lincoln had with him on the night of his assassination, as well as a handwritten copy of the Gettysburg Address, photographic negatives of Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial. Her photos of the bloodstained gloves were taken at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Access to the exhibition will be free with paid admission to the presidential museum. The Leibovitz photographs will be complemented by elements from the Lincoln Presidential Library's own collections, selected by Mary Michals. The museum will also present a reading of Virginia Woolf's essay "A Room of One's Own" and selections from the play "The Belle of Amherst," both directed by Phil Funkenbusch. Also on the schedule: a screening of the Marilyn Monroe thriller "Niagara."
 
  9:00AM 10:00AM Wed. Morning Pickup Party   Wednesday Morning Pick-Up Parties from 9 to 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Help pick up litter in the sanctuary. Gloves and bags provided. Adams Wildlife Sanctuary, 2315 East Clear Lake Ave Springfield, IL 62708, 217-544-2473
 
  7:00PM 7:30PM Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Free Concerts   The Springfield Park District is pleased to announce spring/summer hours for concerts and tours at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Beginning May 1, free weekly concerts are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Concerts are 30 minutes and take place rain or shine. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Gardens with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Tours are Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (one tour) and Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 – 8:00 pm (tours every 30 minutes). Every tour includes a live carillon performance. Admission: adults - $3.50; students - $2.75. The Rees Carillon, a 12-story tower with three observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city's highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7 1/2 tons. Enjoy an "insider's view" of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is the gift of Senator Thomas Rees, publisher of Illinois State Register from 1881 until his death in 1933. Among the world's largest and heaviest carillons, the quality of the bells coupled with the tower's location in Washington Park distinguish the Rees Carillon as one of the world's finest instruments. For additional information, visit www.carillon-rees.org or http://www.springfieldparks.org/facilities/carillon/
 
  8:00AM 12:30PM Old Capitol Farmer's Market   It's time to get fresh with the locals! Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) and presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital present the Old Capitol Farmer's Market. The Market will be held 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturday's May 14 – October 25 and is located on Adams Street between 5th & 2nd streets. With nearly three full blocks of vendors there is an outstanding variety of produce, baked goods, meats, cheese, plants and many other specialty items. The Market accepts LINK, Debit, and Credit Card transactions for the purchase of Market Tokens ($1.00 each). The Market Token Station will be located at Development Services Group, 401 E. Adams (NE corner of 4th & Adams) and will be available 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Market day. Vendors will also continue to accept cash, checks, WIC and Senior Coupons. A limited amount of LINK UP grant funding is available for LINK customers to receive a maximum of $10 of Double Value tokens per market day. The Double Value program will end when funding is expended. New this year is "The Community Corner," located at the SW corner of 4th & Adams; which will feature a variety of live music, live radio broadcasts, chef demonstrations and kid-friendly activities. These activities will be held on Saturdays throughout the Market from 10 a.m. to Noon. This is a collaborative effort of DSI, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's, Kidzeum, GenHkids, and local musicians. Beginning May 17, local juried artisans will display and sell their original artwork every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., through October 18 in the parking lot at the SE corner of 4th & Adams. Presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, believes in the importance of fresh, locally-grown produce to help people live healthier lives. The hospital promotes healthy lifestyle activities, distributes informational materials and offers health screenings and programs such as a body fat analysis and interactive educational programs which help children and adults learn about the importance of proper nutrition. St. John's also provides free blood pressure and other tests periodically throughout the season. The Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission and Springfield Bicycle Advisory Council are once again encouraging people in Sangamon County to bike, walk, run, or take the bus during their commute to work from May 19th-24th and take part in the 7th Annual Curb Your Car event. Call 217-535-3110 or visit www.sscrpc.com for guideline and registration information. In addition to presenting sponsor, St. John's Hospital, the Farmers' Market is generously supported by the City of Springfield, Midwest Family Broadcasting, Maldaner's Restaurant, IL Department of Agriculture: Where Fresh Is, LINK UP Illinois, Town & Country Bank, US Bank, The Illinois Times, Development Services Group, Springfieldmoms.org., Kidzeum, GenHkids, and Illinois Humane Society. The market is coordinated and managed by DSI. For more information, contact Ann Frescura, Downtown Springfield, Inc., 217-544-1723.
 
  10:00AM n/a Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest   The Bob Steffan Summer Film Fest films are shown on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Thorne Deuel Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum. Free and open to the public. This program is recommended for children ages 3-8 and is great for day care classes, summer camp groups, and families. Each program lasts approximately 30 minutes. For more information or to schedule a group of 10 or more, contact Elizabeth Bazan at ebazan@museum.state.il.us or (217) 782-5993.
 
  8:00AM 4:00PM Illinois Prairie Pastel Society Exhibit   The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the annual membership show of the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society June 9 through July 29. The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the gallery located on the second floor of Menard Hall at the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. In 2006, six Springfield pastel artists joined together to form the Springfield Area Pastelists. By 2009, the group had grown to 20 members and formally organized as the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society, establishing bylaws and affiliating with the International Association of Pastel Societies. Currently the society has more than 40 members, most of whom are located in the central Illinois area. Many of the members meet weekly to paint at the Springfield Art Association. The group's mission includes promoting and fostering creative painting with pastels, in addition to encouraging pastel artists in their growth and success. Workshops are held each year presented by local members and others who are nationally or internationally known.
 
  5:30PM 7:00PM Civil Rights Act of 1964   The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Lincoln Home National Historic Site are partnering to present a series of five programs honoring the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The first program will take place on Thursday, June 5, with a new program being held every week through the anniversary on Wednesday, July 2. On Thursday, June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host a panel discussion of highly regarded scholars from a variety of academic specialties who will bring their perspectives on the importance of the Civil Rights act and its connections to the earlier Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Panelists include Matthew Holden, Jr., the Wepner Distinguished Professor in Political Science at the University of Illinois Springfield, and author of The White Man's Burden; David Joens, Director of the Illinois State Archives and author of From Slave to State Legislator: John W. E. Thomas, Illinois' First African American Legislator; and, Angela Winand, Curatorial Assistant at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum who is also working on a study of representations of race and gender in the virtual world of Second Life. Samuel P. Wheeler, Historian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will serve as moderator. On Thursday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host acclaimed Civil Rights scholar and author Yohuru Williams who will present "In the Shadow of Lincoln: The Civil War and the Long Civil Rights Movement." Dr. Williams is the History Department Chair and the Director of Black Studies at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and is also Chief Historian for the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Museum in New York, New York. Professor Williams is the author of Black Politics/White Power: Civil Rights, Black Power; Black Panthers in New Haven; and, Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook: Six Investigative Strategies, Grades 5-12. Dr. Williams is also a founder of Yohuru Williams & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic research, dynamic support and tactical assistance for non-profit, for-profit and educational organizations. On Thursday, June 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Lincoln Home National Historic Site will host author Clay Risen. Mr. Risen is the author of the recently published and acclaimed The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. He is also an editor at The New York Times op-ed section. Prior to that Mr. Risen was an assistant editor at The New Republic and the founding managing editor of the noted quarterly Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. His recent freelance work has appeared in such journals as The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and The Washington Post. Mr. Risen is also the author of A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination and American Whiskey, Bourbon and Rye: A Guide to the Nation's Favorite Spirit. On Thursday, June 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will be the venue for a dramatic portrayal of the Civil War to Civil Rights struggle as actors present the story of freedom through the perspectives of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Acclaimed Lincoln actor Fritz Klein will portray Abraham Lincoln and tell the story of the struggle to bring freedom to a nation torn apart by Civil War. Celebrated King actor Jim Lucas will pick up the drama as he presents an impactful powerful portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and conveys King's dedication to continue the nation's fight for freedom through the powerful words of King's speeches. On Wednesday, July 2, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the 50th anniversary date of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site will host a program that will commemorate the historic legislation. A variety of special guests and dignitaries will reflect on the landmark legislation and will recount their personal stories in their fight for Civil Rights, including United States Attorney James A. Lewis. The program will also include musical presentations inspired by the long Civil War to Civil Rights struggles.
 
  5:30PM n/a Pied Piper Architectural Tour   The Downtown Architectural Walking Tour – Begins in front of the Lincoln Herndon Law Office on the south Old State Capitol Plaza at Sixth and Adams Streets at 5:30 p.m. Join Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency on a walking tour discussing the architectural styles, materials, and treatments that make up the Lincoln Home area in historic downtown Springfield. Tours are Free. For more information, please call the DSI office at 544-1723.

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