Arts & Culture / Mosaic / March 19, 2014

Spring breakin’ it in the Burg

It happens every year: for one reason or another, some Knox students end up in Galesburg for spring break instead of on that dream beach vacation.

No need to worry, though. Galesburg may be a small town, but it’s got a lot going on. Take a look:

Check out the new pub.

The Iron Spike brewery opened Friday, March 7 at 150 E. Simmons St. and literally hundreds of people attended for dinner over the course of the weekend. It’s probably pretty good.

Along with eats available to everyone, the pub brews four of its own beers (for the 21+ crowd, of course): the G’burg Golden Ale, American Pale Ale, Hefeweizen and Belgian Saison. A fifth one is coming out soon.

The Iron Spike is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, and until 2 a.m. on weekends.

Hear the music of The Beatles.

No, really. On Friday, March 21, a tribute band from Chicago will be performing in town.

The band, also known as The Cavern Beat, has been keeping up with The Beatles’ low-fi image since 2005. They use no computers. They use no digital processors. They use no modern sound amplifiers. If there were any way to hear the famous music live, this is probably it.

Their performance will begin at 8 p.m. at Cherry Street.

Have fun with your brain. And your mouth.

Located only a short drive away is Peoria, and located there is Oliver’s Pizzeria and Pub. Every Saturday, they host karaoke — definitely worth it, especially if you grab another Galesburg-bound friend. Or a semi-familiar Knox stranger that you can then make your friend.

Then, on Monday, March 24, go back for their weekly trivia night. Starting at 7:30 p.m. are pizza, questions and even prizes.

Oliver’s is located at 1231 E. Samuel St. in Peoria Heights.

Indulge in Shakespeare.

For its Red Carpet Series, the Orpheum is bringing “Hamlet” to the stage. The play will take place on Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 pm.

The performers, The Acting Company, hail from New York and have garnered national acclaim, including a Tony Award.

Ticket prices for students are only $15, compared to as much as $40 for general patrons. There’s also a special deal if students also purchase tickets for “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” which plays on Wednesday. Be sure to inquire at the box office: (309) 342-2299.

Chelsea Embree
Chelsea Embree is a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in art history. She previously served as co-mosaic editor and as an arts and features reporter for TKS. During the summer of 2013, she served as a content intern at The St. Louis Beacon. Chelsea has studied under former Random House copy chief Sean Mills and taught writing as a teaching assistant for First-Year Preceptorial. An avid blogger, she has written extensively about youth in St. Louis and maintains a lively poetry and nonfiction blog on Tumblr. She is also the director of communications for Mortar Board and co-president of Terpsichore Dance Collective.

Tags:  brewery Galesburg hamlet iron spike oliver's pizza and pub orpheum red carpet series rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead the acting company the beatles the cavern beat

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