ArtsBeat | November 2019

Nov. 7 – 8: Bradley University Midwest Women Artists Symposium: Champions of the Environment. Free and open to the public.

Nov. 7: 5 p.m., Karen McCoy, keynote “Art in the Age of Planetary Distress,” Caterpillar Global Communications Center.

Nov. 8: 9:45 a.m. Patricia Watts, “Art & Ecology: The Evolution of Artists Addressing Environmental Issues,” Peplow Pavilion Hayden-Clark Alumni Center.

Nov. 14: “James Turrell: Skyspaces,” lecture by Dr. Craig Adcock, Professor of Art History, University of Iowa. 10-11 a.m. Peoria Riverfront Museum.


Nov. 1: Cousin Eddie “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center. 674-6822; the band also is playing at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at Knuckles. 243-5900.

Nov. 3, 5, 22 and 23: The Peoria Civic Center this month is presenting a variety of musical genres in four exceptional concerts, all in the Theater: ZZ Top at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, the Goo Goo Dolls at 8 p.m. Nov. 5, the Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22, and Third Eye Blind at 8 p.m. Nov. 23. 673-3200.

Nov. 8: Pipe organ recital featuring musician Keith Williams organist. 7 p.m. Universalist Unitarian Church. 688-5608.

Nov. 8: Random Strangers. 7:30 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen. 676-9668.

Nov. 8: King Calaway. 9 p.m. Crusens Farmington Road. 673-7100.

Nov. 8: ZA Funk “Live at the Five Spot.” 5:30 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center. 674-6822.

Nov. 15: Midwest Harvest Fest, featuring Edward David Anderson with special guests Harvest Sons. 8 p.m. Betty Jayne Brimmer Center for the Performing Arts in Peoria Heights. 322-1646.

Nov. 16: “Unforgettable,” presented by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, with music from Johann Sebastian Bach to Cole Porter, featuring Peoria vocalist Judy Page. 7:30 p.m. Grace Presbyterian Church. 671-1096.

Nov. 16: Black Velvet. 9 p.m. MD’s. 691-2025; Black Velvet’s also appearing at 7 p.m. November. 30 at Rhythm Kitchen. 676-9668.

Nov. 24: Bradley Community Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. 4 p.m. St. Mary’s Cathedral. 677-2595.

Nov. 27: Two Step: A Dave Matthews Tribute. 8:30 p.m. Pour Bros Craft Taproom. 670-0340.


Nov. 8-10 & 13-17: “Matilda The Musical.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Peoria Players Theater. 688-4473.

Nov. 8-10: “The Revenants.” If you like “The Walking Dead,” you’ll enjoy this romance set in the Zombie Apocalypse, when the undead force two couples into hiding, where they discover the infection has hit them, too. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. ICC’s Performing Arts Center Studio Theatre. 694-5136.

Nov. 15-17 & 22-24: “[title of show].” This unusual “backstage musical” shows the pressure and wonder of collaborating on a musical – on deadline. 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Corn Stock Theater. 676-2196.

Nov. 20-24: “Eight by Ten” – A Festival of Short Plays. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday & 2 p.m. Sunday. BU’s Hartmann Center. 677-2650


Nov. 5, 18, 19: “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition.” This 50-minute documentary shows NASA’s preparation, countdown, liftoff, moon landing and safe return of the Apollo 11 mission: one of humanity’s greatest achievements. Show times are 11 a.m. Nov. 5; 9:15 & 10:15 a.m. Nov. 18 and 19. Riverfront Museum’s Giant Screen Theater. 686-7000.

Nov. 9: “Sigma Soul II” scholarship fund raiser. This event from the Epsilon Eta Sigma sorority and the Greater Service in Progress Foundation will have a ’70s theme to benefit a scholarship program for students in the Greater Peoria area. Featuring a silent auction and raffle, a soul costume contest, dance-off and Classic Soul, Hip-Hop & R&B music; 7:30-11 p.m. at East Peoria’s Holiday Inn & Suites. For $50 tickets, go online to

Nov. 16: The NAACP’s 57th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, featuring the Rev. Mark Thompson, a journalist and Civil Rights activist. 6 p.m. Par-A-Dice Hotel & Conference Center. 648-3445.

Nov. 23: The Penguin Project Foundation Inaugural Gala. This fundraiser features appearances by Broadway professionals Laura Bell Buncy, Paul Canaan, Natalie Joy Johnson and Jacob Yandura, with a meet & greet, appetizers and drinks. 7 p.m. The Waterhouse/Maxam Bldg. 494-9100.

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