Adam Wainwright fundraiser and more

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, two-time World Series champion and Robert Clemente Award winner, visits Springfield for an autograph session and concert to benefit Big League Impact at Boondocks Pub Sunday.

Dallas Davidson, who wrote hits for Trace Adkins (“Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”) and Billy Currington (“That’s How Country Boys Roll”), will perform.

On the comedy side, Mark Sweeney returns to Springfield as part of Donnie B’s Traveling Comedy Show at Knights of Columbus Hall (Casey’s Pub) Friday and Saturday.

As always, check with venues in advance for COVID-19 protocols and any last minute cancellations or postponements.

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Dallas Davidson, center, performs with the Peach Pickers on Saturday, September 18, 2021 during the Luke Bryan Farm Tour concert.

Adam Wainwright/Dallas Davidson

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright is well known for his charity work.

An autograph session with the three-time All Star and a concert by in-demand songwriter Dallas Davidson at Boondocks Pub on Sunday will benefit Big League Impact Inc., a nonprofit founded in 2013 by Wainwright.

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The organization partners with professional athletes to help people meet basic human needs like food, clean water, medical care, shelter and education in an effort to save lives, restore dignity and to inspire hope.

Wainwright signs autographs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entrants must provide their own article to sign.

Davidson has written songs for country artists Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum, among others. Davidson will be joined in concert by Dylan Marlowe and Rachel Wammack.

Tickets are $125 and are available on the Boondocks website. For more information, visit

Mark Sweeney performs on Donnie B's Traveling Comedy Show at Knights of Columbus Casey's Pub (2200 Meadowbrook Rd) Friday and Saturday.

Marc Sweeney

Comedian Mark Sweeney returns to Springfield for three shows Friday (8 p.m.) and Saturday (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) at the Donnie B’s Traveling Comedy Show at Casey’s Pub in the K of C Hall, 2200 Meadowbrook Road.

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The former Marine is a regular on ‘The Bob and Tom Show’ and has appeared on television (‘Days of Our Lives’, ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’, ‘The Visitor’ and ‘Boston Public’) and in the feature films, “Killshot”, “Word of Mouth”, “Running Mates”, and “Saving Grace B. Jones”.

Sweeney can be heard frequently on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM. His autobiography “Court Jester: The Making of a Comedian” ( was released in 2010.

Tickets cost between $20 and $22.

Springfield Dance Theater performs "Peter Rabbit" at the Legacy Theater on Saturday.

‘Peter Rabbit’

Long before another naughty rabbit appeared on the scene named “Bugs”, there was “Peter Rabbit”, the mischievous and disobedient hare exploring Mr. McGregor’s garden from the imagination of writer Beatrix Potter.

The Springfield Dance Theater brings “Peter Rabbit” to the stage for performances at the Legacy Theater at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. Shows last just under an hour.

Spectators are invited to “Peter’s Garden Party” in the Legacy Lounge 30 minutes before each performance.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show.

Dr. Sunny Nakae will deliver Dr. Alonzo Kenniebrew's annual lecture at the Memorial Learning Center on Tuesday.

Kenniebrew Conference

“Becoming an ally” is the focus of Dr. Alonzo Kenniebrew’s annual lecture at the Memorial Learning Center, 228 W. Miller St., at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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The keynote speaker, Dr. Sunny Nakae, is Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Partnership at California University of Science and Medicine.

Nakae will discuss the importance of allies in fighting and correcting injustices and abuses at work, in institutions and in the public sphere.

On Wednesday, the SIU School of Medicine will host Dr. Alonzo Homer Kenniebrew’s Forum on Health Inequalities and Disparities to expand on the topic of the conference.

The forum will provide community members with a way to have an open and honest conversation about trust, race, and health.

Dr. Kerri Michelle Lockhart, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center and Rush University Medical Group, and SIU Medical School alumnus, will moderate. The forum starts at 9 a.m.

To register for the forum, contact Malisa Cruz at [email protected] To register for the conference, visit

The events are named after the first black physician in the United States to build and operate a private surgical hospital, the New Home Sanitarium in Jacksonville. Kenniebrew was educator Booker T. Washington’s personal physician.

Central Illinois School Contest

The winning works of the Central Illinois Area School Art and Writing Contest will be exhibited at the Springfield Art Association’s MG Nelson Family Gallery, 700 N. Fourth St.

The exhibit features artwork by students in grades 7 through 12 from various schools in central Illinois.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibition runs until February 26.

Things to Do is published every Wednesday on and Thursday in The State Journal-Register print edition. Email your upcoming events to reporter Steven Spearie at [email protected] Contributions must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday to be considered.

Contact Steven Spearie: 217-622-1788, [email protected],

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