Activities in Springfield, Ill. The fourth weekend of October


From art and comedy, blues music and Halloween entertainment, there is plenty to enjoy this weekend in Springfield. Here are some of the things happening in the city over the next few days.

Thursday night blues

If you love the blues and are looking for something to do on a Thursday night, head to Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Chicago musicians Dave Specter and Brother John Kattke will perform at the Union Theater starting at 7 p.m.

The blues took Specter across the world. Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland and Mexico are on the long list of places where he has performed.

Kattke took to the stage with well known blues musicians like Eric Clapton, Otis rush, Junior well and Steve miller.

The Thursday evening performance is free.

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“Code of Complication” art exhibition

From Thursday evening, you will be able to enjoy the latest works of local artist Betsy Dollar to University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery.

Dollar, who is the executive director of the Springfield Arts Association, is known for her handmade paper works that include everything from functional handmade books to large-scale immersive installations.

Its “Code of Complication” exhibition will open with a welcome from 5:30 pm to 8 pm

“As far back as I can remember, I have seen the world through a complex series of lines and tangles that connect and bind,” Dollar said, speaking of his newly developed works for the upcoming exhibition. . “At the best of circumstances, these connections generate opportunity, new horizons and freedom. At worst, they can be a trap that limits and damages.”

Dollar’s latest handmade paper works attempt to apply order and balance to complexity and chaos.

The exhibition will run until November 18.

Two nights of laughter

Have fun this Friday and Saturday night at Hoogland Arts Center.

The Portuguese Rodeo Clown Company will feature a pair of two-hour improvisational comedic performances based on suggestions from the audience attending Theater III.

The five-person comedy group will perform at 8 p.m. on both days, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.

Children 13 and over are welcome and tickets cost $ 17.

About Adams

A new LGBTQ resource center and retail store officially opens this Saturday in downtown Springfield.

About Adams will hold its grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phoenix Center the retail and outreach space is located at 213 E. Adams St., between Moxo coffee and The Elf Shelf Books and Music.

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A ribbon cut with Downtown Springfield, Inc. will take place at 10 a.m. and the day will feature freebies, a selfie station, sidewalk designs, temporary tattoos and Drag Queen Storytime.

Proceeds from T-shirts, jewelry, flags and pride books sold at Out on Adams will benefit the Phoenix Center.

Halloween fun

Halloween is just around the corner.

But you can start celebrating early with this Saturday’s downtown Halloween parade.

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Gail Noll and Damon carpenter, who is the President and CEO of Health system of hospital sisters, are the grand marshals of this year.

The parade, which will feature music and contests, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Horace Mann parking lot between Madison and Jefferson streets.

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Prior to the parade, kids from Kindergarten to Grade 5 can enjoy a ride or treatment at The governor’s mansion from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Route history, the Illinois State Museum and others will also distribute sweets on the lawn of the Former State Capitol from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Things to Do is published every Wednesday on and on Thursday in The State Journal-Register print edition. Email your upcoming events to journalist Natalie Pierre at [email protected] Contributions must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. Monday for review.

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