Events

  • Member Night in the Planetarium

    (General - Thursday, September 23, 2021)

    Member Night in the Planetarium

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    Dome Planetarium
    September 23 | 5 PM
    Enjoy two new planetarium shows in our newly updated and upgraded planetarium! We will be showing The Birth of Planet Earth, an immersive show all about how Earth formed and how life developed on the planet, and the live show Dinosaurs vs. Asteroids. (Hint, the dinosaurs lose).
    This event is free to members but we ask that you please reserve tickets here.
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  • Frida: Viva la Vida

    (Theater - From Thursday, September 23, 2021 until Saturday, September 25, 2021 - Thursdays, and Saturdays only)

    Frida: Viva la Vida

    Presented by Peoria Art Guild

    Thu, Sep 23 | 6:30 PM - TICKETS

    Sat, Sep 25 | 6:30 PM - TICKETS

    Frida - Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary event film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism, and on the other, a human being tormented by agony and love.

    With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist will be revealed, by pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries and private confessions. The documentary film event will alternate interviews with historical documents, captivating reconstructions and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings, kept in some of the most amazing museums in Mexico. 1h 30m.

  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Lady Eve

    (General - Friday, September 24, 2021)

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    MARC ELIOT'S ART OF FILM

    WOMEN IN FILM

    How Women Were Portrayed by the Hollywood Studios

    THE LADY EVE

    Fri, Sep 24 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets - CLICK HERE

    Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve (1941). Sturges made only thirteen films in a career that shone brightly but briefly during Hollywood’s golden age. He made ten great films for Paramount, including The Lady Eve, then left to sign with the highly idiosyncratic Howard Hughes. The move proved disastrous, and Preston never again achieved the greatness of what are known as the “Big Seven” pictures he wrote and directed during his prime. 

    The Lady Eve, Sturges’ congested screwball comedy the New York Times called the “Best Picture of the Year,” is his clever, cynical take on womanhood (If Eve doesn’t give it away, the snakes crawling around the film surely will). Barbara Stanwyck stars and plays against type as Jean (we saw Stanwyck recently at the Art of Film screening of Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity), the scheming grafter who sets her sights on the innocent Charles, a naïve millionaire during a leisurely voyage at sea.

    Thus begins a rondo of shifting identities (hence the womanhood) as Jean becomes The Lady Eve, and Fonda falls in love with her all over again. The best line in the film is also the most profound, as the greatest character actor of them all, William Demarest, a Sturges favorite, insists to Fonda that “They’re the same dame!” One of the funniest films ever made, and a clever meditation on the war between the sexes, that is so hilarious it will make you weep (with joy, I trust). Rarely seen, this is a chance to view one of Hollywood’s true hidden gems. The Lady Eve was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

    Tickets - CLICK HERE

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Random Harvest

    (General - Friday, October 1, 2021)

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    RANDOM HARVEST (1942)

    Fri, Oct 1 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Best Years of Our Lives

    (General - Friday, October 8, 2021)

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    THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

    Fri, Oct 8 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography opens

    (General - From Saturday, October 9, 2021 until Sunday, January 2, 2022)

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    Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography

    October 9, 2021 through January 2, 2022

    "Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography" takes visitors on a striking visual journey into the 1940s through a series of stunningly beautiful black-and-white and color photographs of railroad workers. Their stories are presented through biographies that were meticulously researched and thoughtfully crafted, providing a rare glimpse into the inner milieu of railroaders and the yards and shops in which they operated.

    Photographer and documentarian Jack Delano captured the images during his employment with the Office of War Information. Delano transforms the trials and gritty everyday life of railroaders into a poignant and dramatic story of the Homefront effort during World War II, when railroads were vital to transporting personnel and supplies where they were needed.

    Delano’s photographs immortalize the hard work and heroic determination of the men and women, many from recently immigrated families, who were tasked with keeping the nation moving during a very challenging time.

    "Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography" demonstrates that the railroad industry fostered its own communities and networks that cut across ethnic and religious lines. Through the stories of the lives of the men and women of railroading, the exhibition demonstrates how the people of one industrial community represent, in microcosm, the vastness of Chicago society and, by extension, American society as a whole.

    Along with more than sixty of Jack Delano’s magnificent photographs, the museum presents a special collection of rarely seen railroading artifacts from central Illinois during the 1940s.

    "Railroaders: Jack Delano’s Homefront Photography" is organized by Center for Railroad Photography & Art in partnership with Chicago History MuseumFor more information about the exhibition  CLICK HERE.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    The museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenting sponsors, Holly & Bon French, with additional support from Visionary Society and Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Asphalt Jungle

    (General - Friday, October 15, 2021)

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    THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950)

    Fri, Oct 15 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | From Here to Eternity

    (Theater - Friday, October 22, 2021)

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    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)

    Fri, Oct 22 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Pal Joey

    (General - Friday, October 29, 2021)

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    PAL JOEY (1957)

    Fri, Oct 29 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Anatomy of a Murder

    (General - Friday, November 5, 2021)

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    ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959)

    Fri, Nov 5 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Some Like It Hot

    (General - Friday, November 12, 2021)

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    SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

    Fri, Nov 12 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | Contempt

    (General - Friday, November 19, 2021)

    CONTEMPT (1963)

    Fri, Nov 19 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets | CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • Marc Eliot's Art of Film | The Graduate

    (General - Friday, November 26, 2021)

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    THE GRADUATE (1967)

    Fri, Nov 26 | 6:30 PM

    Tickets: CLICK HERE

    Join us for our weekly film series in the Giant Screen Theater, "Marc Eliot’s Art of Film," with The New York Times Best-Selling Author! Peoria Riverfront Museum is pleased to announce the residency of film critic and historian Marc Eliot, who is the author of more than two dozen books on pop culture and biographies on Hollywood icons. Marc has personally selected each of the films in the "Art of Film" series and provides virtual commentary for each film before and after the film's screening at the museum.

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  • From Peoria to Lebanon | Exhibition + Concert

    (General - Sunday, December 12, 2021)

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    FROM PEORIA TO LEBANON | EXHIBITION + CONCERT

    Exhibition | December 2021 at Peoria Riverfront Museum

    Concert | Sun, Dec 19, 2021, 2:30 PM at Scottish Rite Cathedral

    This past August 4, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of the horrific explosion that partially destroyed Beruit, Lebanon.

    This December, the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Scottish Rite Theatre in partnership with the Itoo (Aytou) Society and honorary chair Dr. Michele Couri will hold an art exhibition and concert to benefit Beruit, funding much-needed medical relief and supplies through the American Lebanese University.

    Lebanon's leading contemporary artists, all of whom who have donated their work to be auctioned off in support of Beruit medical relief, will be featured at a special art exhibition at Peoria Riverfront Museum. This exhibition marks the first time that the collective works by contemporary artists of a country so closely linked to Peoria history and citizenry have ever been shown!

    Leading the artists' cause for Lebanon is renowned pianist Dr. Tony Karam, who will perform at the Scottish Rite Theatre December 19. Dr. Karam's concert proceeds will support Beruit medical relief.

    Check back for updates & details!

    Thank you to Dr. Michele Couri, Dr. Tony Karam, the artists of Lebanon, Scottish Rite TheatreItoo (Aytou) Society, Lebanese American University and Visionary Society of Peoria Riverfront Museum for making this event possible.

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