The Moth Radio Hour in Galesburg, Nov. 6

The Moth Radio Hour in Galesburg

On Friday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m., TriStates Public Radio, our local NPR affiliate, is hosting a live broadcast of The Moth Radio Hour at Galesburg’s Orpheum Theatre.

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape, and present it.

Tickets available at the Orpheum Box Office.

Notre Dame Glee Club Concert, Oct. 25

Galesburg Community Chorus hosts a guest choir this weekend – the Notre Dame Glee Club! The performance is Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St. Galesburg. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens. Children and students are free.

This all-male chorus is celebrating their 100th anniversary with this tour; more information about the group can be found here:

McAndrew to Give Talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, Sept. 27

Sunday, September 27, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria

We all know, “you can pick your friends, but you can’t pick your family!”

Most of us can count on our families when the chips are down, but at the same time, no one knows how to push your buttons like family, and they never seem to miss an opportunity to do so.

In conjunction with “Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibit,” Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, will give a talk on the Awkwardness of Family Life, exploring how the collision between the psychology that evolved in our distant past and the demands of the 21st century produces the comedy and tragedy of modern family life.

McAndrew is a social psychologist who studies human social behavior from an evolutionary perspective, usually relying on an experimental approach. He focuses on gossip, aggression, creepiness, and the psychology underlying social media.

Free with general admission. For more information, call 309-686-7000.

Victor & Penny Concert at the Box, Sept. 12

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, please consider the Victor & Penny concert on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at The Box, 306-B East Simmons Street.

“With tight vocal harmonies, fearless feats of guitar daring and a fiery ukulele, Victor & Penny bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes.” That’s how the duo is described by Tri States Public Radio, which is presenting the concert as part of its Celebration series.

Tri States Public Radio can be heard locally on WVKC 90.7 FM.

Tickets are $10 for TSPR members and $15 for the general public. To get tickets, call 309-298-1873 or 800-895-2912, or go online to

Folk Music Performances, May 29-30

An award-winning songwriter, performer and Knox
graduate returns to Galesburg for two performances this week.

Sylvie Davidson, who graduated from Knox in 2006, and Trevor Wheatman
will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at The Burg’s Bar and
Grill, 58 S. Cherry in Galesburg, and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday,
May 30 at the Carl Sandburg Birthplace, 313 E. 3rd St, Galesburg.

Admission is free to both concerts. A donation of $3 per person is
requested by the Carl Sandburg Birthplace.

The Friday night show will also feature music by the Prairie
Fireflies, a folk music group of Knox College faculty and students.

Davidson and Wheatman, who live in Nashville, most recently performed
in the Off-Broadway production of “Lonesome Traveler,” a musical
journey through American folk music that has been nominated for
Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical from the 2015 Outer Critics

One of Davidson’s compositions, “Can’t Stop That Train,” was a
Finalist in the 2014 Great American Song Contest.

Davidson graduated summa cum laude from Knox, with honors in theatre
for her development of a historical exhibit for the Bishop Hill
Heritage Association’s Steeple Building Museum. She participated in
numerous theatrical and musical performances at Knox and in the
Seattle area.

Community Chorus Spring Concert, May 2

Spring Concert Verdi’s Requiem
7:30 pm, Saturday, May 2
Central Congregational Church

Verdi’s Requiem is one of the most powerful, dramatic, and beautiful choral-orchestral works ever composed. The Community Chorus will be joined by the Monmouth College Chorale and the Knox College Choir, as well as professional soloists and a full orchestra, for a performance that is sure to be memorable and exciting.

Tickets are $12 ($10 for seniors) and are available at the door or at Innkeeper’s Fresh Roasted Coffee.

Friends of Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, March 14

A night of non-stop laughter is coming to Galesburg’s Orpheum Theatre!
Saturday, March 14
Hosted by Bob & Tom’s own Chick McGee, The Keystone Light Friends of The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour will feature the following Bob & Tom comedians: Greg Hahn, Costaki Economopoulos, and Dwight Slade

BUY TICKETS: Call 309-342-2299

The Bob & Tom Show is a lively, humorous program inspired by the day’s news, sports and topical lifestyle occurrences. The program also hosts many of the world’s best comedians every weekday morning. Nationally syndicated by The Bob & Tom Radio Network, The Bob & Tom Show is one of the longest-running and highest-rated radio programs in America and one of the most award-winning morning radio shows, having been honored with seven Billboard Magazine “Personality of the Year” Awards, 11 awards from Radio & Records, and five Marconi Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters. In addition, Bob & Tom have released more than 60 comedy albums, CDs and DVDs, and expanded their brand with popular comedy tour live shows.

More about The Comics:

Born in London, Ohio, Chick began his broadcasting journey in West Virginia but eventually made it to WFBQ’s sister station in Indianapolis. When they had enough of him, he came on the Bob and Tom Show to do sports, take on announcer and commercial duties and assume the role of the one and only Mr. Obvious.

A favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan Obrien, Comedy Central, CBS, ABC, FOX, MTV and CMT. Greg Hahn has parlayed his absurdly energetic, all out style of physical humor, one liners and crowd work, into a performance of immediate pandemonium and fun! His crazy, likeable stylings have led to numerous television, club, corporate and now theater appearances throughout the country.

For 20 years Costaki has been living his dream as a full-time stand-up comic.
He has written jokes for Bette Midler, Jay Leno, MTV and BET. You may have seen him on Showtime, or heard him on Sirius, but you probably know him best from his regular appearances on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show.

Part man, part ageless boy; comedian Dwight Slade has the privilege of being a comedy legend in American stand up. The winner of this year’s Boston Comedy Festival, Slade combines an intelligent, raging voice of justice with the snickering attitude of a high school prankster. He gives the impression of a man on a journey. Who enjoys nothing more than making fun of everything along the way.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Orpheum, March 6-8

Friday, March 6, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 8, at 2:00 pm

TICKETS (Available at the door or by calling 309-342-2299)
Mezzanine: $20
Main Floor: $15/Students: $10
Balcony:$15/Students: $10
Upper Balcony: $10/Students: $10

The Orpheum Theatre and Prairie Players team up for a co-production once again to produce this timeless drama. This classic Tennessee Williams play tells the story of greed and deception within a patriarchal southern family. Specifically, the plot focuses on the turbulent relationship of a wife and husband, Maggie “The Cat” and Brick Pollitt, and their interaction with Brick’s family over the course of one evening gathering at the family estate in Mississippi, ostensibly to celebrate the birthday of patriarch and tycoon “Big Daddy” Pollitt. Maggie, through wit and beauty, has escaped a childhood of desperate poverty to marry into the wealthy Pollitt family, but finds herself suffering in an unfulfilling marriage. Brick, an aging football hero, has neglected his wife and further infuriates her by ignoring his brother’s attempts to gain control of the family fortune. Brick’s indifference and his near-continuous drinking, date back to the recent suicide of his friend Skipper. Big Daddy is unaware that he has cancer and will not live to see another birthday; his doctors and his family have conspired to keep this information from him and his wife. His relatives are in attendance and attempt to present themselves in the best possible light, hoping to receive the definitive share of Big Daddy’s enormous wealth. This production is completely comprised of local talent.

It’s A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play, Dec. 20-21

The Orpheum Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play on Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. A great holiday outing at The Orpheum Theatre for the entire family!

Inspired by the classic American film It’s a Wonderful Life, the play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a small ensemble of local actors perform the dozens of characters in the radio play as well as produce the sound effects. The audience gets a unique perspective as they are able to interact with the players and encouraged to engage with the story as it unfolds before their eyes. It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play tells the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Mezzanine: $15
Main Floor: $8, Students: $6
Balcony: $8, Students: $6
Upper Balcony: $8, Students: $6

Call 309-342-2299 for tickets.