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January entertainment at The Restaurant at the Depot

[JAN. 10, 2002]  Upcoming entertainment in the lounge at The Restaurant at the Depot for the month of January

This weekend

Friday, Jan. 11 — Eleanor Gunderman & Dr. John Raffa, piano & violin

Saturday, Jan. 12 Thomas Anthony Quinn, acoustic folk/rock guitar & vocalist

Jan. 18 - 19

Friday, Jan. 18 Thomas Anthony Quinn, acoustic folk/rock guitar & vocalist

Saturday, Jan. 19 Ed Clark, piano

Jan. 25 - 26

Friday, Jan. 25 Eleanor Gunderman, piano

Saturday, Jan. 26 Thomas Anthony Quinn, acoustic folk/rock guitar & vocalist

Jazz group to play at ‘Coffee with Einstein’

[JAN. 3, 2002]  The Illinois Brassworks Jazz Combo will be performing this Friday evening from 7 to 10 at "Coffee with Einstein," at 604 Broadway on the Lincoln square. The group will play a set of tunes mostly from Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane.

The six-piece combo, consisting of a trumpet, two saxes, piano, bass and drums, is a professional jazz ensemble you can see for free in central Illinois. The group plays everything from classic jazz standards, swing and bebop to rock.

The band’s goal is to provide quality entertainment for the community. They love to play, but the experience triples when there is a large crowd in the audience.

The group plays at the coffee shop every other weekend without a cover charge.

‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’

[JAN. 9, 2002]  "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" by Ann Brashares. Delacorte Press, c2001, 294 pages. Grade 9 and up.

Bridget, Lena, Tibby and Carmen were friends right from the beginning. The summer before the September they were born, their mothers had taken an aerobics class for pregnant women. The girls spent summers together even as toddlers at the baby pool. This summer of their fifteenth year would be the first one they had spent apart.


Bridget is going to soccer camp on the Baja Peninsula with white sand and palm trees. Lena and her fourteen-year-old sister are going to visit grandparents in Greece. Carmen’s dad usually came to visit her for a few days each summer but this year Carmen was flying to South Carolina to spend time with him. Tibby is staying home to work at Wallman’s.

On a whim Carmen had purchased a pair of jeans at a second-hand store for $3.49. She never intended to wear them, but as the girls were packing and getting ready to travel they each tried on the pants. Miraculously, the pants fit all of them even though they had different body builds.


“These are magic pants,” Carmen whispered. “…These pants belong to us equally…They will travel to all the places we’re going, and they will keep us together when we are apart.”

All of the girls took the vow of the Traveling Pants and agreed on ten rules. Never washing the pants, writing to each other, keeping track of the most important thing that happened while wearing the pants, and passing on the pants to the next person after a week were a few of the rules. That summer the pants came to mean more to each of them than they could have ever imagined. We discover that they had to deal with some big problems and personal flaws as the narrative moves back and forth between the four girls’ experiences.


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Tibby looked forward to each day’s work at Wallman’s so she could escape the antics of her younger siblings. While at work she unwittingly becomes involved in the life of Bailey, a twelve-year-old with leukemia.They become friends as Bailey insists on helping with her project of making documentary films of people around town. The pants arrive just in time to give Tibby courage to visit Bailey in the hospital.

Carmen was excited about visiting her dad and having him all to herself for the whole summer. When he picked her up at the airport he told her about his fiancee and her two children. As Carmen tries to come to terms with a seeming disintegrating relationship with her father and her out of control anger, she returns home early. It’s Bailey who helps her admit her anger with her father and it’s the pants that give her courage to admit her own faults and apologize for her actions.

The pants also come just at the right time for Lena and Bridget. As we read we realize that the magic in this story is not in the pants, but in the friendship of the girls and that they believe in each other in spite of personality differences. Traveling Pants is well written and complex, and deals with teenage problems. This book is recommended for age 14 and above.

For more information about this book or others, visit the library at 725 Pekin St. or call (217) 732-5732.


[Pat Schlough, Lincoln Public Library District]

Original Robin Hood plays on big screen

[JAN. 4, 2002]  Logan County Arts Association presents "The Adventures of Robin Hood," playing one night only on the big screen. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at the Lincoln Theater, 215 S. Kickapoo.

Admission is $5 per person, $4 for seniors and $2.50 for children. Proceeds will benefit the Logan County Arts Association.

Tickets are available at the Lincoln Theater, Lincoln Public Library, Serendipity Stitches and from any board member.

For more information, call Stu Wyneken at (217) 732-4298.

[Poster courtesy Moviegoods]

LCT looking for summer staff

[JAN. 3, 2002]  Lincoln Community Theatre is looking for talented people to assume the paid positions of artistic director, technical director and musical accompanist for each production of the 2002 summer season.

The LCT board will have interviews for these positions by appointment on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, at St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln.

Interested individuals may write to LCT secretary Roger Boss, 521 Comet, Lincoln, IL 62656, or call (217) 732-8762 for information or to set up an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled through Jan. 25.

Scheduled for the coming season are "Hello, Dolly," June 14-22; "Dearly Departed," July 12-20; and "The King and I," Aug. 2-10. All performances will be produced in the Johnston Center for the Performing Arts on the Lincoln College campus. A scheduled six-week rehearsal period plus one week of technical preparation in the theater prior to the performance is required by board policy for each production.

It is the responsibility of the director to hold open tryouts, cast the show, schedule rehearsals, supervise all staff members, work within his or her budget, and see that the show comes as close to artistic and technical perfection as possible. At the interview, director candidates will be asked to include necessary staff personnel to assist them and be able to suggest ideas about sets, costumes, special effects and any other technical aspects of the production that they may deem advisable.


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The technical director, operating under the direction of the artistic director, is responsible for the building and completion of the set and recruitment of any staff needed. He or she is also responsible for striking the set and returning everything to its appropriate place after the final production.

It is the responsibility of the accompanist to accompany all auditions, rehearsals and performances. He or she is under the authority of the director. At the interview, musical accompanists will be asked to perform a short selection that best displays their talents.

The LCT board maintains the rights of censor with regard to appropriate material selection.

[Judy Rader, LCT publicity chairman]


Lincoln Community Theatre information

Lincoln Community Theatre’s website is at Pictures from past productions are included.  The LCT mailing address is Lincoln Community Theatre, P.O. Box 374, Lincoln, IL  62656.  E-mail:

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