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All about the Brain What influences our intelligence?


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Don’t we just love our gray matter? Americans are so focused on what we know. Smart rules! High test scores are the thing! Give us information we can trust—scientifically proven, experiencedriven facts, facts, facts. We’ll study it, digest it, and roll it around in our brains. And if it’s hard to turn our brains off sometimes and actually relax, well, that’s just the price you pay for succeeding and staying sharp. If we don’t use it, we lose it. Am I right? There is no doubt that the brain is a fascinating and powerful tool. Information is increasing rapidly about the workings of the brain. Technology now allows us to see the brain in action, and doctors can tell which parts are firing when certain tasks are being performed or feelings are being

felt. Facts are surfacing about how our conscious and unconscious minds are wired. Some of them are quite surprising. One of the people who studies and writes about the brain is Daniel Goleman, most famous for his work on emotional intelligence, or EQ, and why it may be even more important than IQ. One of his newest books is called Social Intelligence: the New Science of Human Relationships. In it he reveals that we are actually wired to connect human to human, and he explores the many ways our social relationships impact our entire lives. One big breakthrough in understanding the social brain came with the discovery of mirror neurons in the brain that create a mirror image of what another

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person is doing, feeling, or intending. It’s almost as though our brains can’t tell the difference between an experience that we see someone else having and our own. The very same parts of the brain light up in each case. It’s one of the reasons why we love spectator sports. We get to “experience” the highs and lows of sporting events without the sweat. It’s why, when we see someone walk down the street juggling a tall stack of boxes, we automatically feel our bodies adjusting to accommodate the task. It’s why our eyes tear up when we see someone crying, or we feel stress when someone slams the door or a briefcase down upon arriving home. Mirror neurons help us develop empathy for others, and they help us with the social connection we need to foster intimate relationships.


According to Goleman, there is a beneath-consciousness brain that is picking up non-verbal signals all the time and feeding us huge amounts of information about others that really shapes our experiences and decisions. This function lets us know when a meeting is about to end or consensus is about to be reached. This brain lets us know if a person is interested in what we have to say or is merely pretending. We are hard-wired to connect because we need others to survive and thrive. The brain is such a remarkable organ for so many reasons. It helps us amass information, facts, and skills that shape who we are and what we do to contribute, and also manages so many functions that keep us alive without any effort on our parts. Pay attention this week and notice what your social brain is telling you about others. The social connections we feel are vital to our well being. And that’s a fact—no test at the end of the week!

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Shades of Grey By Jasper Fforde Welcome to the strange and beguiling world of Chromatacia, where society is ordered on the colors you percieve and a strict set of bizarre rules. Join Eddie Russett as he sets his sights on moving up in the spectrum but realizes he has a thing or two to learn from a rebellious Grey.

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all about the brain

It is what makes us human. It is why we are what we are. It’s our brain. Sometimes referred to as gray matter, in truth, the brain is only partially gray in appearance. The brain’s nerve cells, known as neurons, make up the so-called gray matter, and include regions of the brain involved in muscle control, sensory perception such as seeing and hearing, memory, emotions, and speech. It gives us the power to speak, imagine, and problem solve. Every animal has a brain, be it mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, or amphibians.

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Weighing just three pounds, the brain is, arguably, THE most important organ in the body. The brain performs an amazing number of tasks including controlling body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing; accepting all of the information from your various senses— sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch; physical movement when walking, talking, standing, or sitting; and it lets you think, dream, reason, and experience emotions. Anatomically, the brain is divided in two halves, left and right, each of which contains multiple parts, according to Dr. Jeff Klopfenstein, neurosurgeon with the Illinois Neurological Institute (INI).

“In general, functions on the left side of the body are controlled by the right brain and vice versa,” explains Dr. Klopfenstein. “The left side of the brain typically is responsible for analytical, math, and logic functions, whereas the right is associated with art, music, creativity, and emotion.” There are a number of online tests available to determine whether you are right or left brained, but generally speaking, people who tend towards the artistic and emotional are right brain dominant; those who are more analytical and logically driven are left brain dominant. ”In reality, everyone has a mix of left and right brain function with one side that might overshadow the other,” says Dr. Klopfenstein, who continues to be fascinated with the brain, particularly the intricacy of its anatomy and how much remains to be learned about it.

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As much as our personalities are dictated by our “dominant” brain, a change in that personality can happen in a blink of the eye if you suffer a head injury or stroke.



1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year in the US

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year in the United States, with 52,000 of those people dying. Seventy-five percent of TBI’s are concussions or a mild form of TBI, and the majority of these have no long-lasting ramifications. But Dr. Klopfenstein says 25 percent of TBIs are more serious and can lead to permanent brain damage. “The characteristics of the damage depend on the location of the brain affected by the injury. These can include personality changes, weakness or paralysis, language dysfunction, or blindness. It has been estimated that two percent of the population lives with permanent neurologic consequences of a traumatic brain injury.” There has been a big push is recent months to draw attention to preventing concussions and properly caring for a person who suffers one. The emphasis has been on athletes, particularly football players. Concussions—or any head injury—are nothing to mess around with. “Treatment of head injuries varies dramatically depending on the severity of the injury,” says Dr. Daniel Fassett, INI neurosurgeon. “For concussion injuries, activity restriction to prevent another concussion in the near term is the primary treatment. Some patients with concussive injuries may experience headaches, fatigue, and cognitive issues for months after their injury. It is recommended that people limit or even

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eliminate their exposure to high-risk activities that may result in repeated concussions. Wear a helmet during high-risk activities may be considered including riding a motorcycle, snow skiing, bicycling, and rock climbing.” Dr. Fassett adds: “More severe injuries with brain swelling may require a number of treatments to control the pressure within the head. If the pressure increases, further brain damage can occur. Therefore, treatments are initiated to control pressure which may include medications to reduce swelling, chemically induced coma to reduce brain activity and swelling, drainage tubes placed into the brain to reduce pressure, and surgery may be used in some cases to control the pressure by removing a portion of the skull.” Those who suffer a stroke may also find themselves dealing with lifelong consequences. A stroke, also known as a brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to an area of the brain causing brain cells to begin to die and brain damage to occur. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost, including speech, movement, and memory. Where in the brain the stroke occurs and how much the brain is damaged determines how a stroke patient is affected. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than two-thirds of survivors will have some type of disability. The biggest thing to remember about a stroke is it is often preventable. “Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable by controlling certain risk factors,” explains Dr. Deepak Nair, INI Stroke Neurologist. “The most common controllable risk

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factors for stroke are hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking, diabetes, and high cholesterol. By stopping smoking and controlling the other factors, the risk of stroke can be minimized. Other important ways to prevent stroke include appropriate treatment of Atrial Fibrillation (an abnormal heart rhythm), regular exercise, and a healthy diet.” “The degree to which someone can recover from either a TBI or stroke depends entirely on the extent and location of the original damage,” says Dr. Klopfenstein. “Most TBIs are concussions from which most people fully recover, but someone who suffers a gunshot wound to the head or a stroke that affects a large volume of brain almost certainly will have permanent major neurological problems.” “To keep a healthy brain, it is recommended that people maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Fassett. “Smoking and alcohol consumption can lead to loss of brain cells and narrowing of the blood vessels supplying the brain. Elevated cholesterol can also contribute to changes in the blood vessels supplying the brain and ultimately loss of brain cells.” There have been significant scientific discoveries about the brain during the past decade, but much remains unknown. One certainty is we need to take care of our gray matter—and everything around it as well. While not the largest brain among animals, it is three pounds of your body weight that makes you…you. 

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rawing on your homework and tests will always attract the professor’s attention. It’s normally not the kind of notice you want. But for John Selburg, sketching on his papers was career altering. His math instructor at the University of Iowa, where Selburg was seeking an engineering degree, told him he had too much artistic talent to be pushing technical formulas. His wayward markings led to Bradley University and a master’s degree in drawing. Selburg’s initial drawings were with pencil. Those early experiments with graphite evolved into the use of charcoal. While charcoal comes in colors other than black—mostly earth tones like dark moss, mountain blue, and ocean deep—Selburg found original charcoal allowed him to “push and pull” between the natural dualities of black charcoal and white paper. “With paint, you can cover what you’ve done. With charcoal, there’s always a history in the drawing. You can move it around, but there’s always a history.” As a result, one of the important aspects of charcoal artwork is the reduction process— the taking away of part of what’s already been drawn. He does that with a knife, an eraser, even sandpaper.

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trinity by john selburg

There’s also the opportunity to craft stark differences between black and white as charcoal creates much deeper blacks than most other media. Your eyes are immediately attracted to the owl’s eyes in Selburg’s Trinity. The white eyes are nothing more than the paper, but appear whiter because of the darkness of the charcoal surrounding them. The aforementioned sandpaper is an indication Selburg can be rather rough with his drawings. Nature inspires him, so he often draws outdoors and as such will transform what he finds outside into tools of the trade. His use of burnt sticks sometimes tears the paper, so he primarily uses a cotton paper from France that is tough, but still allows detail. The Black and White Benefit Fellow charcoal artist Janet Keturi is a bit gentler. She draws on porous sheets like BFK rag paper and Stonehenge paper.

They can absorb more charcoal, which results in deeper blacks, especially when she uses compressed charcoal. As a teenager, Keturi preferred black and white photography, which has influenced her approach to drawing. She believes black and white artwork—the use of gray scales if you will—forces the artist to focus on the actual drawing. “Your appreciation of black and white then is a stepping stone to a better understanding of color.” Much like Selburg, she works in an “additive and subtractive” process. Keturi says she uses her fingers, rags, and brushes to move the charcoal around, creating layers in her drawings. “I often use my fingers because I have direct contact with the medium and feel more connected to my subject.” You’ll often find those subjects at different angles in her artwork. Because much of her work is representational, she faces the ever-present challenge of foreshortening to keep the human body in perspective.

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While you’ll see parts of the human body in Selburg’s work, you’ll rarely see an entire individual. He says he offers a piece of reality for the viewer but goes further. “I see things in life and take them to a realm beyond.” This is evident in his

Transubstantiation, which is a charcoal on tea stain of a man morphing into a bird. He rarely begins with an image in mind, but instead draws vague shapes, sometimes using powdered charcoal. A vision then begins to develop for him. “It takes shape live on paper. I start seeing things, almost like a dream.” Keturi calls it the freedom to interpret. “It evolves as you work with the medium, the surface, the subject matter. The piece sometimes dictates to you how you draw it.” And on occasion, if the work requires, she accents the blacks and whites with pastel colors. Keturi studied at the American Academy of Art, but the learning process hasn’t stopped. She often looks at paintings from the 17th century Golden Age of art, when paintings were dominated by black and many darker colors. Selburg is more influenced by the surrealist paintings of Dali and the printmaking of German Kathe Kollwitz. Both Keturi and Selburg agree that they also learn from their contemporaries, even if they do paint in color. janet keturi in her studio

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Gray Areas

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ray is often used to describe situations that have no clear answer or easy solution. Ethical dilemmas in which the line between right and wrong is blurred, for example, are called “gray areas.” We also use gray as a metaphor for the shades of rightness or wrongness inherent to everything that isn’t simply black or white. In politics and law, it is the gray areas that receive the most attention and debate. Gray areas can be found in every aspect of our lives, often outnumbering the clear-cut blacks and whites.

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Just as there are many shades of gray in ethical, political, and legal matters, there are countless shades of gray in the literal sense. When asked how many shades of gray paint are available, sales associate Heidi Lamb from the Sherwin Williams on War Memorial in Peoria thought for a moment, then began to point out all of the gray paint chips in the display. There are literally dozens of grays, and that’s not even counting the grays with different undertones (blue-grays, reddish-grays, etc.) or the lighter and darker versions of each. With so many choices, selecting the perfect shade of gray for one’s living room becomes a daunting task. If you’re from the Midwest, however, it could be that you’ve never considered painting a room in your house gray. Although gray is becoming more popular on the east coast, beige remains one of the most-requested wall colors in central Illinois, according to Lisa Stovall, interior designer at Bella Grove Home in Peoria

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Heights. Color trends take a few years to trickle inland, Stovall adds, so we may be seeing more gray once people in the area realize the potential it has to transform their interiors. There are several common misconceptions about the color gray in interior design, according to Ric White, also of Bella Grove Home. White explains, “People tend to think using gray will make their space seem cold and uninviting, or that it’s mainly for contemporary styles or office décor, possibly because of all of the grays we see in business and industrial settings. But gray can also be quite warm and inviting.” Gray is considered a neutral in interior design, much like tans and beiges—and, more recently—chocolate browns, explains Debbie Erb, interior designer at Lippmann’s Furniture in Peoria. “It’s a nice change from the beige you see everywhere here, and it provides a clean backdrop for your furnishings and accessories,” adds Stovall.

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Any interior can look great in gray, according to Stovall and White, offering the potential drama of a charcoal dining room with rich cherry wood, or the playfulness of a gray child’s playroom with bright accents. “In many masculine rooms like dens or libraries, gray is the perfect neutral to work with animal prints, rich leathers, and heavier fabrics like chenille or velvet,” says Erb. “And a coastal themed decor needs grays to work with denim blues, driftwood, sand, steel, and creamy sea shell colors.” There are really no limits in terms of rooms or styles in which gray can be used. “If you like the look of gray, it can be done,” Stovall reassures.

Stovall offers this helpful tip for choosing a shade of gray that will work with your decorating scheme: clean, neutral grays without a lot of undertones are the easiest to incorporate because they work well with practically everything. Grays with strong undertones can prove more difficult. As a case in point, some grays with green undertones can be unflattering, making skin look sallow. However, Stovall emphasizes that if you like a certain gray, it can be made to work: “There are no hard and fast rules for using gray—or for design in general.” In lieu of black-and-white rules, there are some important considerations for incorporating grays into your décor. To

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guide color selection, Stovall and White suggest that homeowners think about whether they want a warmer or cooler feeling in the space. It’s also important to consider what feel or effect is desired in the space. “I encourage my clients to work within their comfort zone when choosing colors for their homes,” Erb suggests. “The psychology of color should be considered as well. Contrasting or complementary tones can be used in smaller doses and still have a big impact on the overall feel of the room.” Erb adds that in most settings where gray is being suggested or used, the homeowner generally wants an overall soothing, calm, cool feel. With the

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multitude of gray tones available, it’s helpful to work with a professional interior designer who can help you through the process of blending your neutrals with your personal style. Want to infuse shades of gray into your décor today? Accessories are a great first step. Erb, Stovall, and White suggest adding metallics, such as pewters, silver, stainless steel, chrome, brushed nickel, and mirrors. Other natural gray elements that can be brought in through accessories include river rock, driftwood, stone, concrete, and iron. Gray textural or patterned fabrics can also be incorporated in pillows, drapes, and rugs.

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For those who find themselves puzzling at the infinite number of color schemes utilizing gray, try a sure-fire combination like gray/yellow/white or gray/chocolate/ persimmon. Another go-to combination teams grays with smoky purples and eggplants. For traditional color schemes, grays blend well with chocolate browns and softer tones. Grays and blacks with brighter accents offer a more modern look. “Modern and contemporary styling lends itself to the gray range,” explains Erb. “It works well with a variety of colors, whether they are monotone or contrasting colors: picture an all black, white, and gray room with varying shades of each versus a room with gray and tangerine or lime.” The possibilities for decorating with gray are truly endless. As with everything in life, there are gray areas to be considered, fretted over, and debated. But luckily, thanks to Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, Born, and countless others, we can choose from many, many shades of gray. And better still, we can relax in knowing that it’s not necessary to stress over the perfect shade of gray—there may be several that will work equally well. After all, it’s not all black and white.

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he concept of one’s ability to score a particular I.Q., short for intelligent quotient, has held a certain level of fascination among Western societies since the introduction of modern mental testing in France in the 19th century.

conducted in the last half century or so, there seems to be broad consensus crediting approximately one fourth of IQ-determining power to things that are, more or less, within human control.

Actually, the first large-scale mental testing on record may have been the imperial examination system in China.

In fact, many of these studies were motivated by or at least contribute to the idea that we as humans can make ourselves, through thoughtful manipulation of our environment,

But it was the early 20thcentury before widely-used intelligence tests were developed and implemented in Europe and America, mainly as a means of identifying children who could benefit from special education services. The validity of a standard IQ test as a true indicator of intelligence is debatable, and it certainly depends on how one defines “intelligence”. Its value as a predictor of academic performance, or more broadly, life success, is also a controversial debate to be saved for a different place and time. For our purposes here, it may be interesting to focus on the causal, or at least correlational, factors related to enhanced IQ. The grand debate here is, as with most psychological questions of interest, whether the ability to score well on an IQ test lies more with nature, one’s genetics, or nurture, one’s environment and experiences. Of course the answer seems to be, both. Hereditary influence on IQ used to enjoy more scholarly attention, but other environmental factors are gaining ground now. Due to studies


There seems to be an intuitive belief in this endeavor. (If you don’t believe it, visit the baby section of any retail store. Items ranging from toys to DVDs to training potties with flashing lights claim to make our kids future Harvard grads, and parents, quite literally, buy it.) Of course, the majority of factors found to impact cognitive development happen to us while we are in the womb. Mother’s health, habits, and nutrition do play a substantial role.

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The following are just a few other factors, perhaps somewhat surprising, for which there seems to be an evidential link to increased IQ. Birth Order - Probably for a multitude of reasons, it seems IQ drops a bit with each successive child (Jensen, 1981). The same is true of school performance.

Breastfeeding - Children who are breastfed during the first three to five months of life score higher on IQ tests at age 6 than same-age children who were not breastfed (Reinberg, 2008). Other studies show that IQ continues to benefit with each additional month of breastfeeding.

Home – One’s immediate home environment, especially during the childhood years, can impact IQ development. Number of written works in the home proved to be significant, among other factors (Jensen, 1981).

School attendance – Interestingly, studies show that while the varying quality of education programs has no significant bearing on IQ, more significant is rate of student attendance, especially in grade school (Ceci 2001).

The future role of IQ-related studies, as well as the relevance of this narrow definition of intelligence in our lives, has yet to be determined. Perhaps we are better to leave these issues to the minds of next generations who, upon heeding the directions implied by today’s IQ studies, could certainly produce a level of intelligence worthy of the challenge. 

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Lakeview Museum:

Dingledine Music Center, 1417 W Barker Avenue, Peoria. Free. Students free. 309.677.2650 or

1125 W Lake Ave, Peoria. Gallery hours: 10a5p Tue–Sat; 10-8 Thur, 12-5p Sun. $6 adults; $5 age 60+, $4 ages 3–17. 309.686.7000 or

Chillicothe Park District: Shore Acres Park Clubhouse, 100 Park Blvd, Chillicothe, IL 61523. 309.274.3409 or

Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre: Goodfield, IL. 309.965.2545 Contemporary Art Center: 305 SW Water St, Peoria. Tue–Sat 11a–5p. 309.674.6822 or

Morton Park District: 349 W Birchwood St, Morton, IL. 309.263.7429 or

Pekin Park District: 1701 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554. 309.347.7275 or

Peoria Art Guild: Foster Art Center, 203 Harrison, Peoria. Hours: Mon–Fri 9a-5p. 309.637.2787 or

Corn Stock Theatre Center: Upper Bradley Park. 309.676.2196 or

East Peoria/Fon du Lac Park District: Fon du Lac Administration Center, 201 Veterans Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611. 309.699.3923, info@fondulacpark. com or

Peoria Ballet: 809 W Detweiller Peoria Civic Center:

201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL 61602. 309.673.3200 box office, 309.680.3551 for Jenny Winne in group sales or www. or 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster or

Eastlight Theatre: 1401 E Washington, East Peoria. Ticket prices: 309.699.7469 or

Forest Park Nature Center: 5809 Forest Park Drive, Peoria Heights. 309.686.3360, 309.681.2838 or

Peoria Zoo: 2218 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL

Peoria Park District: Lower Glen Oak Park Pavilion, 2218 N Prospect Rd, 61603. 309.682.1200 or

Peoria Players Theatre: 4300 N University, Peoria. 309.688.4473 or

61603. 309.686.3365 or

ICC Performing Arts Center: East Peoria Campus, 1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635. 309.694.5136 or

ICC North Campus: 5407 N University,

Peoria Theater: 3225 N Dries Lane, Peoria. Landmark Plaza, 309.202.2278 or

Reel to Real: Focus on Film: Showing film at ICC North Campus, 309.339.3001 or

Peoria. 309.694.5136 or

Jukebox Comedy Club: 309.673.5853 3527 W Farmington Rd, Peoria.


Peoria, IL 61615. 309.690.7990 or

Washington Park District: 105 S Spruce, Washington, IL 61571. 309.444.9413 or www.

If you have an event for our listings, send the details to We must receive items by the first of the month prior to the event, i.e. June events are due May 1st. (Space is limited. Not every event can be included and items may be edited). Events we list include live entertainment, art exhibits, sporting events, etc. If you are interested in an event, call first: Things change.

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events in october 2011 Through 10/2 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Eastlight Theatre. Fri/Sat 7:30p, Sun 2p. 699.7469, Through 10/2 FC Peoria 2011 Mid-America Soccer Shootout, Green Chevrolet Soccer Complex, Mossville. 579.3535, Through 10/27 River City Historical Trolley Tour, Harp & Thistle. 10:30a. $10. 688.5668, http:// Through 10/28 Uptown Peoria Trolley Tour, Kelleher’s Irish Pub. 10:30a. $10. 688.5668, http:// Through 10/29 Springdale Cemetery/Grandview Drive Trolley Tour, Harp & Thistle. 10:30a. $10. 688.5668, trolleytours11.html Through 11/6 Exit the Body, Barn II Dinner Theatre in Goodfield. 965.2545, Through 12/2 Fridays at 309. First Fri of the month, live music, drinks, complimentary light buffet 5–8p, entertainment 9p–1a. Presented by Absolut Vodka-Cocktails Perfected. Through 12/15 Whisper & Shout, Contemporary Art Center. Open mic for poetry. 1st Thurs 8–10p. $4/ members, $7/nonmembers. 671.5555,

Step out into the crisp autumn air! Through 12/16 Salsa at CAC, Contemporary Art Center. 1st and 3rd Fridays, dance lessons 8:30– 9:30p, open dancing 9:30p–12:30a. $3/members, $6/nonmembers. 671.5555,

Through 12/30 Open Studio, Speakeasy Art Center, Pekin. Bring supplies, plus snacks/drinks if you’d like. Thurs 6–8p.

Through 12/17 Tai Chi Ch’uan, Contemporary Art Center. Sat 12–1p.$8/members, $10/nonmembers, $25 monthly/members, $35 monthly/ nonmembers.

Through 12/30 Friday Night Wine Tastings at French Toast/Wine Country in the Heights. One glass, 5 tastes/$5. 686.0234,

Through 12/18 Taiji: Short Form & Qigong, Contemporary Art Center. Sun 5:30p.$8/members, $10/nonmembers, $25 monthly/members, $35 monthly/nonmembers. Through 12/23 Swing at CAC, Contemporary Art Center. 4th Fridays, dance lessons 8:30–9:30p, open dancing 9:30p–12:30a to DJ Matt Vasquez. $3/members, $6/nonmembers. 671.5555, Through 12/30 Live At The Five Spot, Contemporary Art Center. Fri 5:30–7:30p. $7/members, $10/ nonmembers. 671.5555, Through 12/30 Free Wine Tasting, Pumpkin Postal, Wines ‘n More, Morton. Thurs–Fri 5–7p. Free. 266.6398,

*** 10/1-9 44th Annual Spoon River Drive, Enjoy the sights, smells, wares and tastes of the season as you tour through these towns: London Mills, Farmington, Avon, Ellisville, Mount Pisgah Park, Fairview, Canton, Cuba, Smithfield, Bernadotte, Lewistown, Duncan Mills, Waterford, and Astoria. For more info call 309.647.8980 or visit 10/1 Peoria Players Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale, in theatre lobby from 8a-noon. Features unique items from all eras plus costumes, accessories, and other collectibles. Admission is free. For more info call 309.688.4473 or

42 | 10.2011 | numéro 10/1 Bradley Volleyball vs. Wichita State, Renaissance Coliseum. 7p. $6/adults, $3/K-12. 677.2625, 10/1 Chuckfest: Blues for Blood, Sommer Park. Honoring Chuck Ely, proceeds to go to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Live music, food, vendors, beer garden, luminaries to celebrate those touched by this disease, and children’s activities. Gate opens 12p, music from 1–10p. $15. Find on Facebook. 10/1 Muscle on Main: Morton’s Strongman Contest, downtown Morton on Main Street. 266.5135, 10/1 Peoria Speedway’s Al Archdale Jr. Memorial Mini Sprint Nationals, Peoria Speedway. 357.3339, 10/1–2 Peoria Motorcycle Club’s District 17 Trials, Peoria Motorcycle Race Park, Bartonville. 8a. 697.4981, 10/1–29 Spider Hill, Three Sisters Park. Fri­–Sat 6–11p. $8. 274.8837, 10/1–9 Spoon River Scenic Drive, Fulton County. Sat & Sun 8:30a–4:30p. 647.2677 10/2 St. Martin Chamber Players in Concert: Invitation to the Dance, Universalist Unitarian Church. Featuring the TazWood Dance Company, Mary Dexter, Director, with instrumental works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Villa-Lobos and others; offering accepted. 682.8977 10/2 St. Mary’s Sausage Dinner, Exposition Gardens Youth Building.

10/6 After Hours Wine and Cheese Party, Used But Not Abused Consignments, Morton. Add’l 10% off items. Must be 21. 6:30–9:30p. RSVP to Facebook or ubna@ 263.6647, usedbutnotabusedconsignments 10/6–9 UKC Dog Show, Exposition Gardens Opera House. 10/7 Uncorked! Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria. Presented by Cancer Center for Healthy Living. Wine, craft beer, hors d’oeuvres, silent & live auction; over 20 local wine vendors and restaurants. 6–10p. $50. 693.8139, 10/7 CIAO First Friday Open Studio Night, Murray Center for the Arts, The Mill, and 5 other Peoria locations. Join CIAO for an intimate look at studios, galleries, and arts organizations; meet artists, musicians, neighbors and collectors. 5–9p. Free. susan@, 10/7–16 Over the River and Through the Woods, Peoria Players Theatre. Thurs–Sun 7:30–10p. $12/adults, $9/18 & under. 688.4473, 10/8-9, 15-16 Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours, commemorating Peoria's Role in The Civil War and the 150th anniversary of the War, from 2-4p. $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 for families. Reservations are available by calling 309.689.8000 or email Visit www. for more info.

A Cemetery Tour sounds spooky! 10/2 Mackinaw Valley Wild West Show Day, Mackinaw Valley Vineyard. Step back in time as Western legends come to life; dig out your best western gear to join in the fun: storytelling, wagon rides, square dancing, shootouts, saloon entertainment, food, games, and more. 12-6p. $10/adults, $5/kids. www. 10/2 Porsche of Peoria’s 2nd Annual River Run Rally, Autohaus of Peoria. Start time 10a. Runs through the river valley’s most scenic roads of the season; open to all makes and models. 10/5–8 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, Eastlight Theatre. 7:30p. 699.7469,

10/8 Beethoven Lives Upstairs & Symphony No. 2, presented by The Heartland Festival Orchestra at Five Points in Washington, 7:30p on Saturday, 2p on Sunday. Tickets $30 for adults, $8 for students and children. For more information call 309.339.3943, or visit www. 10/8 Rollin’ on the River: 3rd Annual Wheela-Thon, RiverWalk by Peoria RiverPlex. Non-competitive 1-mile relay (team shares a supplied wheelchair), family-friendly and accessible event celebrating empowerment & inclusion for all; supports nonprofit Advocates for Access. 9a–1p. $20/person. 682.3500, 10/8 Fiesta en el Rio, Peoria RiverFront. 10/8 Havana Wine Festival, downtown Havana. Wines, food, and music. 543.3528

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10/8–29 Bureau County Fair Presents Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road, Princeton, Rt. 6 & 34. Also includes Nightmare Hotel (all ages, without the screams). Fri–Sat 7–9:30p; Nightmare Hotel 6–8:30p. $7, speed pass/$10, Nightmare Hotel $1. 10/8 Peoria Rivermen vs Milwaukee Admirals, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. 10/9 Peoria Motorcycle Club’s 2011 Bruce’s 75th Annual Turkey Run (Road Ride), Peoria Motorcycle Race Park, Bartonville. 8a. 697.4981,

Catch WICKED before it's gone! 10/9 Peoria Rivermen vs Rockford IceHogs, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 5p. $12.50–$27.50. 10/10 Bradley Soccer vs. UMKC, Shea Stadium. 3p. Free youth ticket with a $6/adult ticket. 677.2625, 10/12–30 WICKED, Peoria Civic Center Theater.10/12 7:30p, 10/13 2p & 7:30p, 10/14 8p, 10/15 2p & 8p, 10/16 1p & 6:30p, 10/18–20 7:30p, 10/21 8p, 10/22 2p & 8p, 10/23 1p & 6:30p, 10/25–27 7:30p, 10/28 8p, 10/29 2p & 8p, 10/30 1p & 6:30p. $42–$127. 673.3200, 10/13 Dr. Susan Weininger presents “Skirting Convention: Women Artists in the Midwest 1840-1940,” Lakeview Museum, sponsored by the Fine Arts Society of Peoria & Lakeview Museum. 9:30a coffee & 50th season reception, 10a lecture. $10/adults, $5/students, free/Society members. 10/14–15 Howl-Zoo-Ween, Peoria Zoo. 5:30–8:30p. Trick or treat through Africa, magic shows, costume contest at 7p. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers, 686.3365, 10/14 2011 8th Annual Bradley University Cross Country Classic, Newman Golf Course. 4p. 677.2643, 10/14 Moonlight Cruise, Spirit of Peoria. Boarding 7:30p, Cruise 8–10p. $15/adults, $13/seniors, $9/ children. 10/14–11/7 Chrysanthemum Show, Luthy Botanical Gardens. 10/15 Bradley Homecoming Fan Fest, Shea Stadium. Family activities. 3–5p. Free. 677.2625, 10/15 Bradley Soccer vs. SIU-Edwardsville, Shea Stadium. 5p. $6/adults, $3/K-12. 677.2625,

10/15 A Victorian Funeral, presented by the Peoria Historical Society, 1-4p at the John C. Flanagan House Museum, 942 NE Glen Oak Ave. Step back in time to the days of at-home funerals where elaborate mourning customs will be featured. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for students ages 6-12. For info call 309.674.1921 or visit www. 10/15 Morton 15th Annual Punkin Chuckin Contest, Corner Allentown & Springfield Roads, Pekin. Air Cannons, Catapults, and Trebuchets toss over 500 pumpkins; pumpkin foods, u-pick pumpkins, crafts, kids’ games, and hayrack rides; bring lawn chairs. 8a–5p. $5/vehicle. 266.5135, 10/15–23 Fall Foliage Sightseeing Cruise, Spirit of Peoria. Sat–Sun boarding 3:30p, cruise 3:45–5:15p. 10/15–22 Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise, Spirit of Peoria. Sat Brunch #1 boards 9a & cruise 9:30-11:30a; Brunch #2 boards 12:30p & cruise 1–3p. Location: 100 NE Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602 10/17 Peoria Symphony Guild Musical Monday, Trinity Lutheran Church. 9:30a coffee, 10a program. 671.1098, 10/17–20 Moonlight Madness, Washington. 444.9921, 10/18 Bradley Spaghetti Dinner and Red & White Scrimmage, Renaissance Coliseum. 5p. Dinner $10/adults, $5/youth, scrimmage $5. 677.2625, 10/19 Bradley Soccer vs. Creighton, Shea Stadium. 7p. $6/adults, $3/K-12. 677.2625,

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10/20–23 My Fair Lady, Caterpillar Employees Mixed Chorus, Eastlight Theatre. Thurs–Fri 7:30p, Sat 2p & 7:30p, Sun 2p. $8 (+$1 fee for online purchases). 675.8744, 699.7469, http:// 10/20 Bradley Volleyball vs. Illinois State, Renaissance Coliseum. Wear pink to support breast cancer awareness and research. 7p. $6/adults, $3/K-12. 677.2625, www. 10/21 Bradley Volleyball vs. Indiana State, Renaissance Coliseum. 7p. $6/adults, $3/K-12. 677.2625, 10/21–30 Wildlife Scary Park, Wildlife Prairie State Park. Scary train ride, vendors, magician, face painting, haunted house, fire performers, djs. Fri–Sun 5–9p. $6.50, $4.50/ park members, free/ages 1 & under. www. 10/22 Nashville-based singer-songwriter Diana Jones, The Princeton Coffeehouse. 7:30p. $10. 815.875.4555, 10/22 2nd Annual Bar Golf Pub Tour, downtown Pekin. Bar Golf, pub stops at downtown establishments; includes t-shirt, entertainment, sports game challenge with cash prize, raffle, and drink specials. 6–11p. 353.3100, www.

10/22 Real Joy, Real Life: A Women’s Day of Renewal, Best Western Ashland House Conference Center, Morton. Sponsored by Hands of Love Ministry, featuring music of Christian singer Rachel West Kramer. 8:30a–3p. $35. 383.2828, 10/22 Willett’s Winery and Cellar Wine and Dine Experience, Manito. 968.7070, 10/23 Peoria Rivermen vs Chicago Wolves, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. www. 10/27 Peoria Rivermen vs Texas Stars, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. 10/28 Zoo After Dark, Peoria Zoo. 7–9p. $20. 686.3365, 10/28–30 Peoria Youth Hockey 2011 Early Bird Hockey Tournament, Owens Center. 10/28 Peoria Rivermen vs Rockford IceHogs, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7p. $12.50–$27.50. www. 10/29 Behind the Scenes Tour, Peoria Zoo. 9–10a. $20, registration required. 686.3365, www.

Where do you go after dark? 10/22 Classics 2: Peoria Symphony, Grace Presbyterian Church. The PSO commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, with composer Roy Harris’ Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”; Congressman Aaron Schock narrates Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait, plus the American premier of Illinois composer Edward Joseph Collin’s opera “Daughter of the South,” and Gottschalk’s Symphony No. 2, “Montevideo.” 8p. 671.1098, 671.1096, 10/22 Halloween Parade and Downtown Trick or Treat and Trunk or Treat, downtown Pekin. All ages costume contest with prizes, parade down Court Street, and trick or treating at downtown businesses with treats for the kids and special promotions for parents. 10a–2p. 353.3100, 10/22 JAMFest Mega JAM, Peoria Civic Center Arena. Competitive cheerleading and dance. 9a–9p.

10/29 Women's Lifestyle Show, held at the Peoria Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Meeting Rooms from 9a-4p. Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance discounted tickets will be available at area Kroger stores beginning 10/1. 10/29 Casting Crowns with Sanctus Real, Peoria Civic Center Arena. 7p. $27–$47. 10/29 Harvest Festival, Princeton. 815.879.5656 ext. 12 10/30 Giant Flea Market, Exposition Gardens Youth Building. 10/30 Pioneer Days at Sommer Park, come experience firsthand the daily life of rural Peorians in the mid 19th century on N. Koerner Road in Edwards. Activities include hand dipping candles, blacksmithing, school lessons, woodworking, chores, pioneer cemetery tours, hayrides, and livestock care. It's a great way to learn history. Call 309.691.8423.

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Live music directory

Basta O’Neill’s, 661 N Cummings Lane, Washington, 309.444.5500

Bernardi's Restaurant North Lake of the Woods Plaza 1220 North Brentfield, Dunlap, 309.243.8888,

Jim’s Steakhouse, 110 SW Jefferson, Peoria, 309.673.5300

Live at the Five Spot, CAC at 305 SW Water St, 309.674.6822

Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, East of Mackinaw, $5 adm, 309.359.WINE

Martini’s on Water Street, 212 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.655.5003

Panache, 4203 N Sheridan Rd,

Peoria Jazz Society, 309.692.5330, 691.3259,,

Peoria Pizza Works, 3921 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights, 309.682.5446

The Publik House, Peoria Heights Red Barn, 621 W Glen Ave, Peoria, 309.692.3792 Rhythm Kitchen, 305 SW Water St, Peoria, 309.676.9668,

Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 1321 N Park Rd, Peoria, 309.674.5532

The Whammy Bar 500 Main St, Peoria, 309.839.2880,

WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 WeaverRidge Blvd, Peoria, 309.691.3344

Sheridan Village, Peoria, 309.589.1844

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live music in october Sundays Ed Kaizer, Weaver Ridge, 10:30a–1:30p Central Illinois Jazz Society House Band and Kevin Hart & the Vibe Tribe, Starting Gate Banquet Room, Landmark Recreation, 10/16, 6p, $5/ members, $7/non-members (age 14 and under free w/adult)

patrick 411

Mondays Mike & Carrie, Martini’s on Water Street, 9p–1a


Technical service with a personal touch.

Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a

Wireless Networks Phone Systems Security Cameras and more

Open Stage with Joe Piccoli, Rhythm Kitchen, 6–8p

Wednesdays Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7–11p Open Mic Night, The Whammy Bar, 8p The Dirty Gentlemen, Brass Rail, 6:30–11p


Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Live Jazz, Rhythm Kitchen, 6:30–8:30p Sex & Candy, Martini’s on Water Street, 9p–1a Preston Jackson & Judy Page, Peoria Pizza Works, 10/5, 7:30–9:30p

Live at the Five Spot, Contemporary Art Center, $7/members, $10/nonmembers, 5:30p Ed & Judy Howard, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/7, 8–11p Change Up, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/14, 8–11p

Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, The Fieldhouse Bar & Grill, 10/5, 7–9p

Motown Junkies, Elks Club, 10/21, 7–11p


Preston Jackson & Friends, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/21, 8–11p

Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–1a Larry Harms Trio, Basta O’Neill’s, 6–9p Joe Piccoli Open Mic Night, Panache, 7–10p Steve Degenford, 2Chez, 7–9p Dave Pelton, Rhythm Kitchen, 7–9p Wave with Paul Weddle, Gracie’s, Washington, 10/13 & 10/27, 7–11p


Doran & the Soul Mystics, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/28, 8–11p

Saturdays Eddie & Judy Howard, Jim’s Steakhouse, 8p–12a Jimmy Binkley, Sky Harbor Steakhouse, 7p–12 T-Bone Craig, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/1, 8–11p Reverend Ed & the Sunday Drive, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/8, 8–11p

Gene Farris, Jim’s Steakhouse, 7:30p–12:30a

Dave Parkinson & Friends, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/15, 8–11p

Dave Hoffman & Friends, Two25 in the Mark Twain Hotel, 10/7, 5–7p

Cousin Eddie, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/22, 8–11p

Greg Williams, Hotel Pere Marquette/Rendevous, 5–7p Mike Cheesman, Fox Pub & Café, 8–10:30p

Jonny Quest, Rhythm Kitchen, 10/29, 8–11p

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things by jerry mcneil a local potter turning gray matter into beautiful matter . stop by his studio at the murray building . photos by dennis slape

10 things I crave

1. The Gallery, Lower Level One, Peoria Public Library Find it at 107 NE Monroe in Peoria.

2. Marantz amplifier, I've had this amp for thirty-six years. Get it at Electronics Diversified, located in the Murray Building, they repair and sell vintage stereo equipment.

3. Krystyna, my barber at Sheridan Plaza Styling Shop Located at 4325 N. Sheridan Rd.

4. My herb garden Plants from Kelly Seed & Hardware, pots from my kiln.

5. Peoria Riverfront Farmers Market They sell great cheese from Walnut, IL.

6. Chevy pick-up truck and Napa Auto Parts of Peoria 7. Luthy Botanical Garden, good for decompressing Find it at the corner of Prospect and Gift in Peoria Heights.

8. #139 Stoneware Available at A.R.T. Studio Clay Co., Sturtevant, Wisconsin.

9. Classic rock'n'roll, including Led Zeppelin. Get it at Co-Op Records and Ribbon Records in Peoria.

10. Miller High Life, like I always say, if you can't live the high life, drink it!

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