art & society - mar/apr 2009

Lincoln Tales Tall & True

Brian “Fox” Ellis is a storyteller, author, performer and educator from Peoria. To celebrate the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, he has developed four programs that look at Lincoln's life from different perspectives. We spoke with Fox just as he was about to kick off two solid months of performances.

Four Friends Of Lincoln

by Brian “Fox” Ellis
Fox steps into the shoes of Austin Gullaher, Lincoln's childhood friend; Billy Herndon, Lincoln's law partner; Mathias Stritt, a Civil War veteran from Peoria; and Walt Whitman, the famed poet and mutual admirer of Lincoln.

Spice Up Your Cooking

by Gina Edwards
For years, master gardners have recommended following this formula for creating successful container gardens: thrillers, spillers and fillers.

Event Preview

On Friday, March 27th, the Junior League of Peoria and the Hotel Père Marquette will welcome platinum recording artists Squirrel Nut Zippers to Peoria.

Falcon Soars, Peoria Reads

by Trisha Noack
Peoria Public Library
The Big Read Peoria Reads 2009 aims to restore reading to the center of Peoria’s culture.

St. Paddy’s Feast

We asked one of Peoria’s most notable Irishmen for some of his favorite Irish recipes.

Take 10

If you’ve spent any time at all in downtown Peoria, Pat Sullivan is a familiar face.