Metro-East Living

Thursday briefs

SIUE Arts & Issues series

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced the six events that will make up the 2016-2017 season of its Arts & Issues series on campus. To buy tickets, visit, call 866-698-4253 or stop by the Morris University Center Welcome Desk.

The Chicago Dance Crash’s newest production, “Evil & Good,” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 in Dunham Hall Theater. It’s a conceptual blend of concert dance and hip-hop, inspired by the world’s constant struggle between angels and demons.

“Crossroads: A Conversation about America’s Future” debate between Juan Williams and Cal Thomas at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Meridian Ballroom. Williams is a Fox News political analyst, and Thomas is a syndicated columnist.

Peter Mayer’s “Stars and Promises 2016 — Wings of Angels” Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Meridian Ballroom.

Autumn’s Child with Mark Holland at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 2017, in the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability. He is an award-winning recording artist and virtuoso on the Native American flute.

The documentary “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017, in Dunham Hall Theater. Director Mark Richard Smith will discuss Sullivan’s legacy.

Mae C. Jemison on “Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential” at 7:30 p.m. March 16, 2017, in the Meridian Ballroom. She was the first woman of color to travel into space.

Espenschied Chapel concert

Bill “Passalacqua” Poss will perform at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at the historic Espenschied Chapel, 317 County Road in Mascoutah. He’s a singer and songwriter from Effingham and founder of the Moccasin Creek Festival. He has been touring North American for 20 years, first as a soloist and later with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith. “Telling stories and performing a riveting folk set or rocking out with his five-piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock,” according to a press release. “His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories.” Tickets cost $10 at the door. The restored, circa-1920 chapel is a cultural center and venue not affiliated with any church. For more information on Poss, visit his website at

Pere Marquette rendezvous

People can get a glimpse of life on the frontier at the Pere Marquette Rendezvous Sept. 10-11 at Pere Marquette State Park, near Grafton. Re-enactors will pose as trappers and fur traders and paddle canoes, demonstrate blacksmithing and surveying, throw tomahawks, shoot black-powder rifles, longbows and cannons; make rope, start fires and cook food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 with “rowdy ol’ river music” in the afternoons. Admission is free. For more information, call 618-786-3323.

Joyner-Kersee fundraising gala

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Sequins, Suits & Sneakers Gala at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 to raise money for programs and activities that help children and families access the tools they need to achieve their dreams. People are encouraged to wear their finest cocktail attire and bling sneakers. Last year’s gala raised more than $400,000. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call co-chair Michelle Sherod at 314-749-5606 or the foundation office at 618-274-5437.

St. Louis Fashion Competition

A new Caleres Fashion Entrepreneur Competition on Nov. 10 will be part of the tenth-annual St. Louis Fashion Week, sponsored by ALIVE magazine. It’s described as a “fashion-meets-Shark-Tank-style event” with St. Louis-based fashion designers competing for a $10,000 grand prize and $5,000 second-place prize to kick off their businesses. Entries will be accepted through Sept. 30 at Tickets also are available for the show from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Majorette, 7150 Manchester Ave. in St. Louis. Fashion Week will consist of several events over a six-week period.

Edwardsville golf scramble

The 29th Henry A. Penelton Golf Scramble will be held Sept. 10 at Oak Brook Golf Course in Edwardsville to benefit the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation. It will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. A donation of $100 per person includes greens fees, cart, breakfast, lunch, snacks, soda and goody bag. Auction, raffle, 50/50 drawing. Register by Saturday. The foundation works to enhance educational opportunities for students in Edwardsville School District. For information, visit or call Herman Shaw at 618-659-0969, Thomas Dickerson at 618-656-3087 or Terry Lynn at 618-656-5925.

Clothing and school supply drive

Peace Lutheran Church in Belleville is collecting clean, gently used clothing, shoes, coats, hats and gloves for children, teens, men and women, as well as school supplies (children’s clothing and coats are particularly needed). Donations can be placed in a trailer in the church parking lot, 1209 Royal Heights Road, from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday or 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. They will be distributed at the church’s God’s Work Our Hands — Neighbor to Neighbor Clothing and School Supply Event and hot dog brunch from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10. For more information, call Cindy at 816-387-3302.