Today in Washington - March 19, 2008

Donelle Pardee Whiting

Five Points Washington scored a concert by up and coming band, Two Cent Offering.

The four-piece group will performing in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. tomorrow (March 20).

The concert kicks off the release of the band’s second CD “Wayward.”

Two Cent Offering was formed in 2007 when friends Chris Zobac, Patrick Jenkins, Keith Lang and Jacob Allen united around a common interest for recording and performing original music with a lasting message.

They guys draw upon a wide range of influences spanning classic and modern rock, singer/songwriters, and rhythm & blues, giving them a progressive folk rock sound.

Two Cent Offering takes its name from Luke 21:1-4. “As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. ‘I tell you the truth,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. . . she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’”

Visit www.twocentoffering.com for a sample of the group’s music and to purchase tickets.

Tickets are $5 for general admission.

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Jazz lovers will want to get a seat in the Caterpillar Performing Arts Center March 24 for a performance by the Washington Community High School symphonic band, jazz ensemble and Jazz Machine.

It promises be a night of good music by our talented high school students under the direction of Jim Tallman.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

It promises be a night of good music by our talented high school students under the direction of Jim Tallman.

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Frank Sinatra fans unite.

Five Points Washington will be the place to be for Sinatra fans when the Bradley Jazz Ensemble performs a tribute to Sinatra at 7 p.m. March 27.

The Bradley Jazz Ensemble, under the leadership of of Dr. Todd Kelly, has performed athe Inllinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival in past years, in addition to European tours in 2003 and 2006.

Past tribut concerts included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton and “A Tribute to the Golden Age of Swing.”

In summer 2006, the group performed in France, Switzerland and Italy.

They will return to Europe this summer, performing for 10 days in Italy.

Spring 2007 saw the release of their first CD, “Swing Swing Swing with the Bradley Jazz Ensemble.”

The CD is available at the Bradley bookstore, Kidder Music Center, Barnes and Noble and online atwww.cdbaby.com/bradleyjazz.

Sounds like a talented group that is worth seeing.

Tickets for non-members are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $8 for groups of 15 or more, and are available online at www.fivepointswashington.org.

Tickets for members are $8 and available at the front desk.

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Well, the stories are written for the special package focusing on government.

We have titled it “Bad government — whose fault is it?”

We are not saying all government is bad, and not all politicians are unethical and not doing what we, the voters, have put them in office to do.

With the recent activities and issues surrounding Springfield and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, we decided to look into the issue.

Check out the story package in all five of the TimesNewspapers publications March 25, just in time for the April 7 elections.

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