I'm using a child theme of twentyeleven and the showcase page template.
I would like for a) featured posts not to be hidden from the "recent posts section, and b) the recent posts to still be displayed in date order
I first tried removing this line:
'post__not_in' => get_option( 'sticky_posts' ),
Which stopped the featured posts from becoming hidden, BUT made all of the featured posts, regardless of date, also appear at the top of the "recent posts" section.