Five things to do in Springfield, Illinois this weekend

Music, movies and networking opportunities highlight the lineup of events taking place in Springfield this weekend.

Looking for something to do? Here are five events to attend:

Ptah Williams Jazz Trio live

Hear the unpredictable style of the Ptah Williams Jazz Trio at the Hoogland Center For The Arts on Friday.

The event will take place at 8 p.m. in the club room at the Hoogland Center, 420 S. Sixth St.

After:Hoogland companies leaving Illinois; no name changes planned for the Springfield Arts Center

The trio includes St Louis jazz pianist Ptah Williams, guitarist Jose Gobbo and bassist Bernard Terry. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a cash bar. For tickets and more information, visit or call217-523-2787

Cinema under the stars

Join the Chatham Area Public Library District for a screening of “Clifford the Big Red Dog” at its Cinema Under the Stars event on Friday.

The free event will take place beginning at approximately 8 p.m. on the South Lawn of the Chatham Area Public Library, 600 E. Spruce St.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” is an action comedy film directed by Walt Becker and based on the series of children’s books by Norman Bridwell. In the film, a 12-year-old girl adopts a puppy that she quickly learns can grow with the amount of love she gives. The film stars Jack Whitehall, Darby Camp, Tony Hale, Sienna Guillory, David Alan Grier, Russell Wong and John Cleese.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks. No library card is required. For more information, visit or call 217-483-2713

Paint and get to know

Meet some of Springfield’s most influential women at the Paint and Acquaint Saturday event hosted by the Dollhouse Project.

The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Venue 1929, 711 S. Fifth St.

Painting tools will be provided by the Springfield Police Department and refreshments will be available. The event is in partnership with Springfield War 5 Ald. Lakeisha Purchase, Memorial Health, Springfield Police and Comcast.

For more information visit

State of the Brotherhood Part 2

Transforming Life Connect LLC will host the second round of the State of The Sistahood networking event series on Saturday.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the Venue on the Curve, 1029 Wabash Ave.

Conversations about mental health, self-care and support will be included and various providers will be present. Dee Dixon, owner of 180Fitness gym, and Tyra Jones, CEO of Poised for Purpose Inc., will participate as guest panelists.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information visit

Screening of the film ‘Rosewood’

Black Lives Matter Springfield and the Springfield Black Chamber of Commerce will host a screening of the film “Rosewood” on Sunday.

The event is in honor of Black Business Month and will take place at the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 12:30 p.m.

“Rosewood” is a historical drama film based on the 1923 mob attack on an African-American community in Florida. The film, directed by John Singleton, stars Jon Voight, Ving Rhames and Don Cheadle.

Following the film, a panel of experts will discuss Springfield’s economic and cultural climate. For more information, visit

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