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‘Stitched Shrines’ opens at Kortman Gallery Feb. 7

Staff Report Artist Ellie Pinzarrone looks at a 15th-century Italian altarpiece painting and is inspired … not to create another painting,
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Bringing sound out of silence: The orchestra and the silent film

By Dr. Rob Tomaro Arts Correspondent and Music Director of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Feb. 22, I will conduct the Beloit Janesville
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‘Secret Rockford’ anthology now available

Staff Report Secret Rockford, the highly anticipated anthology published by Black Oak Media, is now available to the public online and
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Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford: Export stout perfect for a winter evening

By Michael Sears President, Forest City Brewers Since this winter has been unusually cold, I would like to talk about an export
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St. Paul Lutheran offers Paulapalooza Feb. 9

Online Staff Report St. Paul Lutheran School and Little Lambs Learning Center/Daycare — 811 Locust St., Rockford — will host St.
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Family Winter Warm-Up Party at Nicholas Conservatory Feb. 8

Online Staff Report Rockford Park District’s Nicholas Conservatory invites everyone to take a break from winter and enjoy an afternoon of
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Local feature-length romantic comedy to be released internationally Feb. 11

Online Staff Report Dry Spell, a feature-length romantic comedy directed by Rockford-area filmmaker Travis Legge and written by Legge and Kyle
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12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs featured at Emerson House Feb. 7

Online Staff Report Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents the fourth concert in the “Charlotte’s Web Troubadour Series” with 12-string guitarist Neil
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Young Musicians Series offers ‘Classics in Winter’ Feb. 8

Online Staff Report Talented young musicians from the Rockford area will perform in the annual “Classics in Winter” recital as part
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First Lutheran to hold 160th Anniversary Concert Feb. 9

Online Staff Report First Lutheran Church will hold a 160th Anniversary Concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at the church,
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Wine Tasting fund-raiser at Freeport Art Museum Feb. 7

Online Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — Celebrate the return of the popular Wine Tasting event at Freeport Art Museum (FAM) from
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New writers group meets Thursdays at Freeport Public Library

Online Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — A group of area writers have decided to come together on Thursday nights. Meetings are
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Discovery Center to host annual Chocolate Sundae Sunday Feb. 9

Online Staff Report Chocolate and ice cream are all mixed up together for an afternoon of fun when Rockford’s Discovery Center
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Ethnic Heritage Museum honors early black religious leaders

Online Staff Report Each year for Black History Month, the African-American Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum showcases a specific aspect of
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Stoneware clay artist featured during February at BFAI

Online Staff Report BELOIT, Wis. — The Beloit Fine Arts Incubator (BFAI) has announced Susan Swelund, a stoneware clay artist who
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Chelonia Dance Concert at Beloit College Feb. 6-9

Staff Report BELOIT, Wis. — Esteemed dancer-choreographer Nandhini Ashok from India is the guest artist for the Chelonia Dance Concert taking
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Legendary Rock Interviews: Q & A with longtime Rockford rocker Mike Hysmith

By John Parks Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos will be bringing their own unique blend of rock and country to
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Literary Hook: Poem brings to life a trip to the grocery store

By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet This poem was written about 15 years ago in January. I had begun noticing that the
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Arts & Theater Calendar: Week of Feb. 5-11, 2014

Ongoing Attractions ArtSpace West Gallery – 1426 N. Main St. Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m. Info: 815-963-1894. Beloit Fine Arts Incubator – 520 E.
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Community Calendar: Week of Feb. 5-11, 2014

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Walker Book Fair – Walker Elementary School, 1520 Post Ave. 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Babes and Books – Rockford
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Community Calendar: Ongoing Attractions & Upcoming Events

Ongoing Attractions Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333. All Together in Grief – Peterson Meadows Retirement Community, 6401 Newburg
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Music Calendar: Week of Feb. 5-11, 2014

Upcoming Events Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center – Avalon String Quartet. Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St. Date: Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
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‘Modern Metaphors’ opens at Rockford Art Museum Feb. 7

Staff Report Modern Metaphors features beautifully complex paintings, mixed media and photography that combine Old Master techniques with modern content by
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Tube Talk: My kind of bowl games: Kitten Bowl, Puppy Bowl and Fish Bowl

By Paula Hendrickson Contributing Writer As usual, I won’t be watching “the big game” (which is how Super Bowl organizers prefer anyone
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Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford: Finding a tasty, refreshing IPA among Artale Wine Co.’s selections

By Michael Sears President, Forest City Brewers This week, I would like to talk about an IPA I came across while browsing
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317 Studio & Gallery mourns loss of Tom Littrell

• Feb. 7 event at gallery pays tribute to late artist Editor’s note: The following is from an e-mail from 317 Studio
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Artists’ Ensemble presents ‘Arty-Joke’ Feb. 1-2

Staff Report Arty-Joke, a variety show benefiting Artists’ Ensemble Theater (AE), is moving downstairs this year. And, for the first time,
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One weekend left to see ‘Escanaba in Love’ at Byron Civic Theatre

Staff Report BYRON, Ill. — Escanaba in Love, Jeff Daniels’ 11th play, opened this past weekend at the Byron Civic Theatre
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Sinnissippi Quilters welcome Faith Jones to Feb. 6 meeting to discuss Modern Quilt movement

Staff Report Faith Jones will speak to Sinnissippi Quilters at their February meeting. In her talk about modern quilting, Jones will
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Japanese Snow Viewing Tea Ceremony at Anderson Gardens Feb. 1

Staff Report Rockford’s Anderson Japanese Gardens, 318 Spring Creek Road, will offer a rare opportunity to participate in a yukimi chakai,
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‘Winter Bloom’ featured at Monroe Arts Center Jan. 31-March 14

Staff Report MONROE, Wis. — Monroe Art Center (MAC) Frehner Gallery, 1315 11th St., Monroe, Wis., hosts the new gallery exhibit
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Feb. 7 deadline for Freeport’s Candyland Ball for fathers and daughters

Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — Dads (or significant adult), dance the night away with your favorite girl(s) at the Masonic Temple,
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Dirt Simple, Western Bandit Volunteers and The Dirty Beet Brothers at Rosbrook Studio Feb. 1

Staff Report DIXON, Ill. — Rosbrook Studio and The Dirty Beet Brothers — a band that creates Americana music to make
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RSO’s Classics Series continues with ‘Tragic Desire’ Feb. 1

Staff Report The Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s (RSO) 2013/14 season continues at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Coronado Performing Arts
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World-renowned jazz clarinetist performs at NIU Feb. 1

Staff Report DEKALB, Ill. — Advance purchase tickets are now available for a Feb. 1 performance of Anat Cohen, world-renowned jazz
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Literary Hook: Poem: ‘Spell to Enchant a House’

By Christine Swanberg Author and Poet Spell to Enchant a House Place seven stalks of Day Lilies in a vase hand-painted with swans during the
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Arts & Theater Calendar: Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014

Ongoing Attractions Artists’ Ensemble Theatre – Rockford University, 5050 E. State St. Coming Feb. 1 & 2: Arty-Joke variety show benefiting
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Community Calendar: Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014

Wednesday, Jan. 29 Christian Life Schools Open House – Christian Life Schools, 5950 Spring Creek Road. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Info: 815-877-2700 or
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Community Calendar: Ongoing Attractions & Upcoming Events

Ongoing Attractions Alcoholics Anonymous – Call for locations/times/info: 815-227-4633 or 815-968-0333. All Together in Grief – Peterson Meadows Retirement Community, 6401 Newburg
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Music Calendar: Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2014

Upcoming Events Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center –Charlotte’s Web Troubadour Series: Neil Jacobs, Guitar, Emerson House, 420 N. Main St. Date: Feb.
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West Side Show Room extends hit show ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

Staff Report After an initial two-week run with sell-out crowds, The West Side Show Room, 410 Mulberry St., downtown Rockford, is
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Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford: Welcome to a new column about craft beer

By Michael Sears President, Forest City Brewers Greetings all, and welcome to the inaugural article of “Craft Beer Scene Around Rockford.” The focus
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BCT stages ‘Escanaba in Love’

Staff Report BYRON, Ill. — Tickets are on sale for Byron Civic Theatre’s (BCT) production of Escanaba in Love. The show
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Music Academy holds open house Jan. 25

Staff Report Break from the doldrums of winter by experiencing family music at the Music Academy of Rockford Saturday, Jan. 25. The
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New Comma Baroque at Mendelssohn Jan. 24

Online Staff Report Enjoy Baroque music in a new and vibrant way with New Comma Baroque at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan.
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Symphony hosts charity bartender fund-raiser at University Club

Online Staff Report Join Marcia Mueller for the Charity Bartender Event at the University Club, 945 N. Main St., from 5
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Rockford’s first Chick-fil-A to open Jan. 23

Online Staff Report Rockford’s first stand-alone Chick-fil-A restaurant will open Jan. 23, bringing more than 100 new jobs and the chance
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Midway Village adds rare Civil War-era artifacts to collection

Online Staff Report Rockford’s Midway Village Museum has announced the addition of rare artifacts related to the Civil War to its
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New writing group starts Jan. 23 in Freeport

Online Staff Report FREEPORT, Ill. — Freeport, Ill., author Kim Sigafus will be starting a writing group at the Freeport Public
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Auditions for Monroe Youth Choirs Jan. 25

Online Staff Report MONROE, Wis. — Students in grades 2 through 12 are encouraged to “discover your talent and learn teamwork”
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