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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Great Rivers and Routes Tourism Bureau, a destination marketing organization serving Madison, Macoupin, Montgomery, Jersey, Greene, and Calhoun counties in Illinois, has submitted these events. For additional information, contact the event coordinators.

Illinois Regional Media announces five-time Grammy nominee and Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner Matthew West as its headline performer for the inaugural We’re Blessed concert.

Nine new short stories by many Illinois and Midwestern writers are featured in the 2020 edition of Downstate Story, Peoria's only literary magazine for fiction. Downstate Story is now published  only on the web at www.downstatestory.com. 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Library and Information Services will soon be home to the 10-CD set, Ruth Slenczynska: Complete American Decca Recordings. On Nov. 13, Eloquence released the CD set featuring the internationally renowned concert pianist and former SIUE faculty member.

Alton Little Theater will adhere to the state's new guidelines for temporary closure of designated businesses and has ceased all rehearsals and production, with plans in place to resume production efforts in January and postpone the debut of “Sister Act” until Jan. 22-31. 

Alton Little Theater and the chefs at Post Commons will host Seasons of Love, a special dining experience at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Shea and Samantha Maples wanted to "cook up" an evening of gourmet dinner, signature cocktails and Broadway tunes as a fundraiser for the theater and a uniq…

Principia College’s Theatre and Dance Department will perform Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew" Nov. 12–14. The production will be staged in the college’s recently renovated Robert Duvall Theatre in the McVay Center for the Performing Arts. The performance will be livestreamed through …

In June 1864, President Abraham Lincoln and first lady Mary Todd Lincoln traveled to Philadelphia to help raise money for the care of wounded Union soldiers. There, the Lincolns attended a very large, educational and entertaining "sanitary fair," the Civil War name for voluntary, locally spo…

Actors perform at the final dress rehearsal for “The Miracle Worker,” a drama about the life of Helen Keller. The Tony and Academy Award-winning production will run through Nov. 1 at Alton Little Theater. For more information, call (618) 462-3205.