Academy of Lifelong Learning Member-Only Social Events


Member-Only Social Events

A Member-Only social event is reserved for Academy members only (and their guests in the case of Intergenerational Opportunities). A registration fee covers the cost of your ticket and event coordination. Please register by the date specified to reserve your space. To register, complete and return the registration form or call 217-581-5114.


Grace Kelly + Quintet

Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, Dvorak Concert Hall
Cost: $5
Register by: January 23, 2013

When it comes to singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ educator Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 20-year-old wunderkind. This is a Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series program with additional support from the Consolidated Communications Artists Series.


Love, Loss and What I Wore                                            

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Tarble Arts Center, Atrium
Cost: $5
Register by: March 7, 2013

Produced by Daryl Roth, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is an intimate collection of stories based on the best-seller by Ilene Beckerman, as well as on the recollections of the friends of Nora and Delia Ephron. Like the popular book, the show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating an enduring theater-going experience. Syndicated columnist Liz Smith simply states, “This is an evening that goes directly to the heart, soul and vanity of every woman, young or old.”

Luna Negra Dance Theater

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, The Theatre
Cost: $7
Register by: February 5, 2013

Dedicated to the creation of works by Latino contemporary choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater serves as a springboard for Latino artists to give expression to their stories and bring new life to the cultures of their communities. Steering away from stereotypes and folkloric representations, Luna Negra offers its audiences energetic, powerful, and passionate contemporary Latino dance, reflecting the immense cultural shift that is shaping America in the 21st century.


2013 Graduate Art Exhibition                                

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Location: EIU Tarble Arts Center, Main Galleries
Cost: FREE
Register by: April 22, 2013

This group thesis exhibition presents artwork by current Master of Arts candidates in the studio art program at Eastern. Co-sponsored by the EIU Department of Art and the Tarble Arts Center.


Doudna Fine Arts Center Tour

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Location: EIU Doudna Fine Arts Center, Concourse by Ticket Office
Cost: FREE
Register by: May 9, 2013

Take an in-depth walking tour of Eastern’s Doudna Fine Arts Center. Explore backstage areas that are typically ‘off limits’ to the general public, and learn how the Doudna’s staff creates the magic of presenting live musical and theatrical events. Participants will learn what happens behind the scenes at Illinois’ newest arts center.


Lincoln’s Trials & Tribulations

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Independence Pioneer Village, North of Oakland, IL
Cost: $20
Register by: June 19, 2013

Dinner Theater: The Matson Slave Trial is one of the top five trials in Coles County, one of the ten most important cases in which Abraham Lincoln participated, and is a turning point for the local free black community at Brushy Fork. Visit two historic sites and enjoy an 1847 meal as you step back in time to relate and relive this story of bittersweet daring and historical mystery, involving one of the most divisive issues of our country’s early history, slavery. It reveals hidden parts of our local history, affirms our faith in our legal system, raises questions about our moral bearing and actions, and reflects how we remember or mythologize our heroes. Participants will receive driving directions to Independence Pioneer Village, which is north of Oakland on Newman Road.


Christmas in July Trivia Night

Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Charleston Carnegie Public Library, 712 6th St., Charleston IL
Cost: $9
Register by: June 25, 2013

Gather your friends for a night of Christmas Trivia about music, movies and more! All proceeds will benefit the Christmas in the Heart of Charleston event in December! Teams of up to six individuals will compete in ten categories to see who knows the most about Christmas. The team answering the most questions correctly, will win $100 CASH! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information, call (217) 348-0430.