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Wright Concepts: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

11/9/2018 - 10/4/2019, First Friday of Every Month: 10:15 am & 1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Friday of every month join longtime volunteer Larry Betz on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Betz will guide you on a discussion about the design principles behind Wright’s “Prairie School” architecture, which emphasized horizontal lines in order to blend in with the natural surroundings of the Midwest. The tour promises visitors a new perspective on Wright’s architectural vision, even if they’ve visited the site before. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to sign up for the tour.



Mystery Movie Monday

1/7/2019 - 5/6/2019, First Monday of Every Month: 7 pm
The Legacy Theatre
101 E. Lawrence Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Join us for "Mystery Movie Monday" where you won't know the title of the film until the red velvet curtain opens on the Grand Screen! We will showcase movies from across the spectrum of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, musical, romance, western...everything except horror! Films will span from the early days of the 20th century to contemporary titles. 

Following each film join the discussion with Andy Egizi, who teaches "Hollywood Heritage: The Studio Age" at UIS.

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American Visionary JFK's Life and Times Exhibit

2/15/2019 - 5/19/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
A traveling exhibit commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory.  Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen.


We are Illinoisans Exhibition

2/23/2019 - 6/7/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
We Are Illinoisans is an exhibition highlighting immigrants to Illinois from the 18th century to today through photos, objects, and life stories.  This show will explore the evolving reasons people came to Illinois and experiences of new immigrants through the personal stories of more than a dozen people who left their home states and countries to settle in Illinois.  In addition, the exhibition will include a display of ancestor photographs crowd-sourced from the people of Illinois. 

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. Museum admission: $5 for adults ages 19-64; free admission for Members, youth, seniors, military, and veterans.


Sing Muses: History and Allegory in Narrative Art

2/23/2019 - 5/13/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
Narrative art is art that tells a story, either a single moment in an ongoing narrative or told as a sequence of events unfolding over time. This exhibition looks at artwork from the museum’s permanent collection that narrates a story for us. How do we discern narrative action as opposed to a picture of something? In a picture, such as a still life of flowers for example, what we see is what we know of the world. Narrative takes us deeper than our recognition, opening us up to myth, history, allegory and moral struggle. Narrative art strives to tell us stories that go beyond our day to day comprehension, opening up the fields of time and space in new and surprising ways. Artists included: Stanley Bly, Henry Darger, Glen C. Davies, Nicole Gordon, George Klauba, Shirley Mann, Nancy Plotkin, Filemon Santiago, Kevin Veara


Jeanine Coupe Ryding Exhibition

2/23/2019 - 5/13/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm; Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706

This exhibition presents a selection of relief prints, artist books and collages from the last 10 years by Evanston artist Jeanine Coupe Ryding. Ryding is best known for her richly layered, inventive, and often monumental, woodcut prints. Her forms and color record her observations of nature and of daily life, described in her expressive gestural cutting into the wood block plate. “I am often thinking of a three dimensional shape and then describing it as I carve the block,” the artist writes in her statement. Ryding exploits the difficult medium of woodblock carving to create a wide range of calligraphic and seemingly effortless energetic lines and shapes. Her work is a meditation on the dynamic tension between object and ground, stillness and movement.



Attention to Detail: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month: 10:15 am
Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

On the First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana Thomas House. Attention to Detail explores details and stories of the House that enrich our understanding of art and architecture and the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour.



Of Glass and Wood: A Dana-Thomas House Specialty Tour

3/2/2019 - 12/7/2019, First Saturday of Every Month:1:15 pm
Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site
301 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703
the First Saturday of every month join longtime volunteer Frank Marchant on an extended tour of the Dana-Thomas House. Of Glass and Wood focuses on details of the amazing art glass collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright designed furniture in the house. Call the site at 217-782-6776 to reserve your place on this tour.


Concerts for Kids Peter and the Wolf

4/25/2019, 10 am
UIS PAC - Sangamon Auditorium
1 University Plaza Springfield, IL 62703
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Ken Lam, will be joined by the Magic Circle Mime Company to unite symphony orchestra with visual theater for the classic children’s story of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.  


Five Presidents

4/25/2019 - 4/27/2019, 7:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
"Five Presidents" takes the audience into a historic meeting of Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, brought together by the funeral of Richard Nixon. Old grievances, frustrations, discussions about honor, and political secrets are brought up in the 90-minute play by Emmy Award-winning writer Rick Cleveland. The play contains adult content and is for mature audiences.


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