Just say Noah: Known as "the most successful comedian in Africa," Johannesburg-born Trevor Noah is making his Central Illinois debut headlining a show at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 in the U of I's State Farm Center in Champaign. Noah joined Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" as senior international correspondent in 2014, then succeeded retiring Jon Stewart as host the following year. This has been a very good year for Noah, with a pack of awards added to his shelf, among them an Emmy for "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" as Outstanding Short Form Variety Series and an MTV Movie & TV Award as Best Host. Tickets, now on sale via the venue box office, are $35 to $45.
Castle stormers: New to the Castle Theatre's fall-winter roster is a trio of additions, including Lateralus — A Tribute to Tool, 8 p.m. Oct. 7, preceded on stage by Nine Inch Nails tribute band Now I'm Nothing ($15-$18); Hawaiian-based singer-guitarist Donovan Frankenreiter, 8 p.m. Oct. 18 ($20-$23, on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 15); and a double-header with Miles Nielsen & Rusted Heart and The David Mayfield Parade, 8 p.m. Nov. 25 ($12-$15, on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 15).
Empty glass: The jazz-pop-lounge music band featuring classically trained musicians, Pink Martini, won't be coming to the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts next March, as part of the 2017-18 season. The band has had to cancel the date due to scheduling issues; the show will not be rescheduled, per a BCPA statement. Questions: call the BCPA box office at 866-686-9541.