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


Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibition, through May 8, Prairie Center for the Arts, 1506 SW Washington St. Reception: 6-8 p.m. May 3. Call 677-2989.

BFA Exhibition by Amy Trompeter and Katheryn Wehrman, through May 8, Prairie Center for the Arts, 1506 SW Washington St. Call 677-2989.

ICC’s 51st annual Faculty Art Exhibit and Student Art Exhibit, through May 10, Gallery 336B for faculty exhibit and Performing Arts Center Gallery for student exhibit, East Peoria Campus. Free. Visit or call 694-5113.

MFA Exhibition by Alexandra Dupont and Dylan Roberts, through May 10, Bradley’s Heuser Art Gallery. Reception: 5-7 p.m. May 10. Call 677-2989.

Doug and Eileen Leunig and Gene Mialkowski exhibits, photography and sculpture, May 10-June 21, Preston Jackson Gallery, Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St. Opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 11. Free admission, donation requested.

Elizabeth Davis exhibit of encaustic art, May 10-June 21, Gallery 3R, Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St. Opening reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 11. Free admission, donation requested.

Graphic Design Pop Up Exhibition, May 15-18, Bradley’s Heuser Art Gallery. Reception: 5-6:30 p.m. May 18. Call 677-2989.

Chakaia Booker exhibit, through May 17, Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Gallery. Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 677-2989.

"Historic Art Inspired by Local History," Peoria Historical Society art and artifacts exhibit, through May 29, Peoria Public Library's main branch, 107 NE Monroe. Free. Call 674-1921 or visit

"History Thru Art," Peoria Historical Society's 55th annual Rennick art show, through May 27, Peoria Riverfront Museum auditorium. Free. Call 674-1921.

Peoria Art Guild Members Show, through May 31, Peoria Art Guild, 203 Harrison St.  Visit

“Where the Wild Things Glow” and “Wonder of Lines,” art of Hua Nian, through June 9. Foster Gallery for Christianity and the Fine Arts, First United Methodist Church, 116 NE Perry Ave. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday. Free admission.  Call 673-3641 or visit

Special events

34th annual Gerald M. Brookhart Arts in Education Spring Celebration, through May 17, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. Schedule available at

Wheels O' Time Museum, Demonstration of Cushman-Powered Micro Midget car, noon-5 pm. May 5. Call 243-9020 or visit

Peoria Symphony Guild Spring Luncheon, featuring a performance by the 2019 Young Artist Competition winner, 11:30 a.m. May 7, Peoria Country Club, 4700 Grandview Drive. Tickets: $30. Call 691-3225.

"Inspiring Abilities Art Show," presented by Community Workshop and Training Center, 5:30-8:30 pm. May 8, Peoria Art Guild, 203 Harrison St. Admission: $25/in advance; $30/at the door Visit

"An Evening of Jazz," presented by Peoria Jazz AllStars, May 10, Peoria Riverfront Museum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; silent auction at 7 p.m.; performance at 7:30 p.m. All funds raised go toward the student's feature travel fund. Tickets: $10/at the door.

Central Illinois Landmarks Foundation restoration kickoff fundraiser for the Civil War Veterans’ GAR Hall, featuring music by vocalist Stephanie Aaron, May 11, IVY Club, 5102 N. Galena Road, Peoria Heights. Tickets: $50. Call 636-7022.


Ben Bedford, singer, songwriter, 2 p.m. May 5, Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave., Chillicothe. Free. Call 274-2719 or visit

Todd Kelly Quintet, Music Scholarship Concert Series, 3 p.m. May 5, Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W. Barker Ave. Tickets: $10/adults; free/students. Call 677-2595.

Bradley Guitar Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. May 5, Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W. Barker Ave. Free. Call 677-2595.

Philharmonic Chorale, 2:30 p.m. May 5, Illinois Central College’s Performing Arts Center, East Peoria Campus. Tickets: $12/general public; $10/students and seniors. Visit or call 694-5136.

Collegium Musicum, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Bradley University’s Dingeldine Music Center, 1417 W. Barker Ave. Free. Call 677-2595.

Illinois Central College Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Performing Arts Center, East Peoria Campus. Free. Visit or call 694-5136.

Prairie Wind Ensemble final concert of the season, 7:30 p.m. May 10, Performing Arts Center, Illinois Central College, East Peoria Campus. Tickets: $10/adults; $8/students over 18 and seniors; free/students 18 and younger. Visit or call 694-5136.

“The Dolly Show” with Kelly O’Brien (Dolly parton tribute), Illinois Central College Guest Artist Series, 7:30 p.m. May 18, Performing Arts Center, East Peoria Campus. Tickets: $26/general public; $16/students. Visit or call 694-5136.

Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band, 6 p.m. May 19; Travis Wesley Trio, 7:15 p.m.; Trailside Event Center, second floor, Trefzger’s Bakery, 4416 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights. Admission: $6/CIJS members, $10/non-members, free/students. Visit or call 692-5330.

Banjovi & Hawkins and Anne, Music in the McKenzie, 2-4 p.m. May 19, Peoria Public Library North Branch, 3001 W. Grand Parkway. Free.

Morton Civic Chorus presents “Encore,” 7:30 p.m. May 21-25 and 2 p.m. May 26, Bradley University’s Hartmann Center Theater, 1423 St. James. Also, 7:30 p.m. May 22-25 and 2 p.m. May 26. Tickets: $15. Proceeds benefit Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund. Visit or call 677-4966.


"Sense and Sensibility," presented by Bradley University Theatre Department, 2 p.m. May 5, Hartmann Center, 1423 St. James Ave. Tickets: $18/adults; $16/seniors; $8/students. Call 677-2650 or visit

"Lost in Yonkers," presented by River Valley Players, 12:30 p.m. May 5, St. John's Community Center, 1301 Second St., Henry. Tickets: $35/performance with meal. Call 238-7878.

"A Chorus Line," 2 p.m. May 5 and 12 and 7:30 p.m. May 9-10, Peoria Players Theatre, 4300 N. University. Tickets: $20/adults; $15/ages 20 and younger. Call 688-4473 or visit

“Hat’s Off to Mom — A Mother’s Day Celebration,” musical revue, 6 p.m. May 9-11 and 12:30 p.m. May 12, The Barn III Dinner Theatre and Event Center, Goodfield. Tickets: $45-$49. Visit or call 965-2545.

Arc Light Productions present “On Our Way,” an evening of musical dinner theater, 6:30 p.m. May 17-18, Coyote Creek Golf Course, Bartonville. Tickets: $35/dinner and show; $265/table of eight. Call 455-4095.


Illinois Central College Music Program tuition waiver auditions for ICC Vocal Jazz, noon-4 p.m. May 6 and 2-6 p.m. May 7, Room 121A, East Peoria Campus. Reservations are required. Call 694-8969 or email

“Anything Goes,” Arc Light Productions, 6-9 p.m. May 10 and 1-4 p.m. May 11, Illini Bluffs High School, Glasford. Actors high school age and older. Visit or call 455-4095.

Peoria Municipal Band is seeking new instrumentalists and vocalists to perform during the 2019 summer season. If interested, contact David Vroman, band conductor at 677-2605 or by email at

"Back to the 80s," Peoria Players Summer Youth Theatre auditions, 6 p.m. May 17 and 1 p.m. May 19, Community Children's Theatre Building, 8800 N. Industrial Road. Prepare a song to sing, bring your own sheet music and dress for dance auditions. To sign up, visit


“Grant Wood: From Farm Boy to American Icon,” Fine Arts Society lecture by Kate Kunau, 10 a.m. May 9, Peoria Riverfront Museum. Social time: 9:30 a.m. Admission: $12/adults; $5/students.  Visit or call 692-1858.

Book clubs

Bibliophiles Book Club, 1:30 p.m. May 7, “Night: A Memoir” by Elie Wiesel, Peoria Public Library’s Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave.

Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club, 6:30 p.m. May 13, "Altered Carbon" by Richard Morgan, Peoria Public Library's Lakeview Branch, 1137 W. Lake Ave.

An Hour to Kill Book Club, 6:30 p.m. May 13, "The Fact of a Body" by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Dunlap Public Library parking lot, 302 S. First St., Dunlap.