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July 12 birthdays

Movie director Monte Hellman, 89; actor-comedian Bill Cosby, 81; singer-musician Christine McVie, 75; actress Denise Nicholas, 74; singer-songwriter Butch Hancock, 73; fitness guru Richard Simmons, 70; singer Walter Egan, 70; writer-producer Brian Grazer, 67; actress Cheryl Ladd, 67; country singer Julie Miller, 62; gospel singer Sandi Patty, 62; actress Mel Harris, 62; actor Buddy Foster, 61; rock guitarist Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), 56; actress Judi Evans, 54; rock singer Robin Wilson (Gin Blossoms), 53; actress Natalie Desselle Reid, 51; actress Lisa Nicole Carson, 49; Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, 47; country singer Shannon Lawson, 45; rapper Magoo, 45; actress Anna Friel, 42; rhythm-and-blues singer Tracie Spencer, 42; actress Alison Wright, 42; actor Steve Howey, 41; actor Topher Grace, 40; actress Michelle Rodriguez, 40; actress Kristen Connolly, 38; country singer-musician Kimberly Perry (The Band Perry), 35; actor Matt Cook (TV: "Man With a Plan"), 34; actress Natalie Martinez, 34; actor Bernard David Jones, 33; actress Ta'Rhonda Jones, 30; golfer Inbee Park, 30; actress Rachel Brosnahan, 28; actor Erik Per Sullivan, 27; Olympic gold medal gymnast Jordyn Wieber, 23; Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, 21.

Muni band

“In The European Tradition” is the theme of the Decatur Municipal Band's performance in Decatur's Central Park on Monday, July 16. Julie Andrews is the featured vocalist, and trumpet player Mark Lindvahl is the featured soloist.

The performance is at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

The group also performs a 60-minute program Sunday, July 8, at the Fairview Park pavilion. The performance begins at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 18, the band plays Millikin University's quad at 7 p.m.

Monarch Music Hall

In shows this week at Peoria's Monarch Music Hall:

Hiss Golden Messenger performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Tickets are $20, $25 the day of the show.

Fozzy and Soil play at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Tickets are $20, $25 the day of the show.

Black Label Society performs at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16. Tickets are $22, $25 the day of the show.

Theory Of A Deadman performs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17. Tickets are $39.50 (general admission) and $50 (loft seating) in advance. Ticket prices go up $5 the day of the show.

Tickets are available at

John Conlee

The John Conlee Show appears at Springfield's Hoogland Center for the Arts on Sunday, July 15.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. show are $54 and $39 and are available at (217) 523-2787 or

Mid-Summer Moon

Auditions for Mid-Summer Moon Productions' fall production, “Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical,” are from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17.

Auditions are at Oreana Christian Church at 500 West South St. in Oreana.

Performances are Sept. 21-23 at Richland Community College’s Schilling Auditorium.

Prepare a 30-second monologue, 16 bars from a song, and plan to participate in a short choreography session.


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