Knox Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s Comedy “Twelfth Night”

Knox Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” at 7:30 p.m., nightly from Wednesday, February 22 through Saturday, February 25, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni; and free to all Knox students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance, or by making advance reservations at 309-341-7472.
The classic Shakespeare comedy, directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz (theatre) features disguised and mistaken identities, romantic triangles, and mischievous pranks, combined with a poignant story of the pursuit of love. Shakespeare set the play in Illyria, a region across the Adriatic Sea from eastern Italy. Carlin-Metz has located the Knox production in a festive Jazz Age and carnival atmosphere of Italy in the 1920s.
Original music for the show was composed by Sam Brownson ’12 who also is the play’s musical director and leader of the stage musicians. All dances were choreographed by Kyla Tully ’13.

Robin Wright, Stellyes Lecture, Feb. 28

Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs 7:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — Robin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the birth, rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. Her lecture, “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World,” will look at the struggle within the Muslim world, where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism. The lecture will be broadcast live via Livestream.

A book signing will follow the lecture.

Pubcrawl Fundraiser for Community Kitchen, Feb. 25

On Saturday Feb. 25, there will be a Mardi Gras Pubcrawl to raise money for the Knox Prairie Community Kitchen. The pubcrawl begins at 6 p.m. at Cherry Street, then travel at 7p.m. to Buddes Bar, then at 8 p.m. to The Seminary Street Pub and then at 9 p.m. at McGillacuddy’s. Each location will donate a percentage of the sales to the KPCK. There will be guest bartenders at some locations, various prizes, chances at 50/50 drawings, musical guests, and fantastic costumes along the way.  Costumes are optional but encouraged and will be judged silently throughout the evening with overall winners announced and awarded at McGillacudy’s. All proceeds go to the KPCK in support of their Mission: to serve nutritious food with dignity, respect, and compassion to our neighbors regardless of situation, background, or ability to pay. We seek to strengthen our community by sharing meals with our neighbors and engaging in outreach and educational activities related to hunger, food insecurity, and food policy.  For more info contact John Hunigan at (309) 342-3005

KGS Celebrates 60th Anniversary

February 25:
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will feature seventeen-year- Maury Cohn, son of Knox professors, Nancy Eberhardt and Steve Cohn, at its 60th Anniversary concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of Bruce Polay (music) will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastorale,” Opus 68 and Gallagher’s “A Quiet Musicke,” a KGS International Call for Scores selection. Cohn will perform Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Opus 33.
Cohn, a senior at Galesburg High School, began cello studies with KGS principal cellist Carolyn Suda at age four. He began performing with the KGS Music Memories educational outreach program at age fourteen, and is now in his third season performing as a KGS section cellist. Cohn has also performed with the Illinois All-State Orchestra, the Galesburg Community Chorus, and is principal cellist of the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets, which range from $8-$18, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (309-342-2299), 250 East Main St., Galesburg or at the door concert Saturday. Knox students free with I.D. Knox faculty and staff receive 20% discount.

Celebrate Knox’s 175th Anniversary, Feb. 19

Joint Worship Service, 4:00 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — There will be a community worship service to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the College, the First Church and Galesburg. The service will include songs from a community choir, prayers and congregational songs. A video sharing history from the beginning of the community, college and church with specific focus of the connection with the underground railroad. A collection will be taken at the door following the service to go toward the FISH food pantry. Gifts of cash and non-perishable goods will be accepted. All are invited to attend.

United Way Fundraiser, March 10

The United Way of Knox County will host a 2nd Chance Prom at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, March 10. This fundraising event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and feature music from Thrillsville. And just think…….you could portentially wind up as Prom King or Prom Queen! Find a fun outfit to wear (anywhere from semi-formal to completely decked out for the 80’s) for an evening of good times and great memories. You can get your prom pictures taken to boot! Tickets for this fun event are on sale now. Tickets in advance are $8, at the door are $10. Call the United Way office at 309-343-4434 if you would like to order tickets by phone (credit cards accepted). Or, stop by the United Way Office on the 5th floor of the Bondi Building. Tickets are also available from Kraig Boynton at City Hall or Annette Pickrel at the Main St. F&M Bank.

Celebrate Knox’s 175th Anniversary, Feb. 17

February 17 Events:
74th Alumni Achievement Awards, 5:00 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — This year’s recipients, Lynn S. Wright ’63, Mary Lu Hudson Aft ’60, Peter Leibig ’73, James Solomon ’74, and Norman Golar ’02, will be joined by 20 past award recipients during this special version of the Alumni Achievement ceremony.
Founders Flashback, 9:00 p.m., Fieldhouse —  Join Knox students, plus a few of Knox’s historical figures, for this festive party, featuring our own local band Thrillsville, a faculty/staff dance off, Knox trivia contest, costume contests, and more.