Items for the Arts Plus calendar need to be submitted 10 days prior to publication. Send information to Sally McKee at or by mail to the Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643.


Chris Kahler and Jerry Monteith painting and sculpture exhibit and Alexander Martin sculpture exhibit, through Aug. 24, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, 305 SW Water St. Admission is free; donations requested.

“Pressing for Change: Work by the Peoria Print Club,” through Aug. 26, Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Free. Call 673-3641 or visit

“Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids” exhibit, through Sept. 30, International Features Gallery, Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St. Admission: $16/adults; $15/seniors; $14/youth ages 3-17; free/members. Call 686-7000 or visit

“Curious Metaphors," a free exhibit by Michael Amis, William Butler and Nichole Gronvold Roller, through Aug. 25, Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Special events

Peoria Heights Art Walk, docent-led tours at 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, through August, meet at Peoria Heights Village Hall, 4901 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights.

Peoria Historical Society tours, through Oct. 27, Fridays at 11:30 a.m. from Exhibit A Gallery, 5901 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights; Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. from the Caterpillar Visitors Center. Tours are $15 per person. For information, call the Historical Society office at 674-1921, Tuesdays through Friday.


"Newsies," a musical, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12-13, Corn Stock Theatre Tent, 1700 N. Park Road. Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students. Call 676-2196 or visit

"Broadway & Burgers" presented by Metamora Thespian Society, 1 p.m. burger buffet, 2 p.m. show, Aug. 12, Metamora Fields Golf Club, 801 Progress St., Metamora. Tickets: $30. Call 367-4000.

"Camelot," musical, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-Sept. 1, Corn Stock Theatre Tent, 1700 N. Park Road. Tickets: $22/adults and $17/students. Call 676-2196 or


Peoria Municipal Band, 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Glen Oak Park Amphitheatre. Final concert of the season. Free.

Pekin Park Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Mineral Springs Park, Pekin. Free, bring lawn chairs.

Live at the Five Spot, featuring Derel Monteith, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 17, Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St. Admission: $8/members and $12/general public.

Summer Music Festival, featuring Higher Ground, Sounds of Joy and Heart of Illinois Chorus, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 18, First Baptist Church, 411 W. Lake Ave. Free. Bring lawn chairs.

Thursday Night Jazz Series featuring the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16, CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing, Peoria riverfront. Free. Visit or call 689-3019.

Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band, 6 p.m. Aug. 19, and the Chip McNeill Quartet, 7:15 p.m. Trailside Event Center, 4416 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights. Admission: $6/CIJS members; $8/non-members; free/students. Visit or call 243-1582 or 692-5330.


"Steel Magnolias," Peoria Players Theatre, 1 p.m. Aug. 11-12, at A+ Children's Academy, 6431 N. Big Hollow Road. Cast calls for six women ranging in age from 18 to 60s. Perusal scripts available at the theater box office.

The Peoria Area Civic Chorale for the Christmas season, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Peoria. All voice parts are welcome, with a particular need for basses and baritones. Weekly rehearsals, commencing Aug. 21, will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. To schedule an audition, please contact or call 693-6725.

Prairie Wind Ensemble, 6 p.m. Aug. 16 at Illinois Central College East Peoria Campus for clarinet, trumpet and percussion. Interested parties should contact Katrina Fitzpatrick at

Book clubs

An Hour to Kill Book Club, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, "Sharp Objects" by Gillian Flynn, Dunlap Public Library, 302 S. First St., Dunlap.

Book'Em Mystery Readers Book Club, 2 p.m. Aug. 19, "The Stranger You Seek" by Amanda Kyle Williams, Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave., Peoria.

Who Picked This? Book Club, 10 a.m. Aug. 21, "The Road to Character" by David Brooks, Dunlap Public Library, 302 S. First St., Dunlap.