Entertainment calendar for the week of Dec. 22, 2011.

GO! polar: Be sure to check out local collector John Morris' amazing holiday figurine collection now on view as part of the Children's Discovery Museum North Pole Village display, through Jan. 3.

GO! slo-mo: ... in fact, go slower than slo-mo, go motionless -- as in Motionless In White, the Scranton, Pa., metalcore band headlining a Castle Theatre meltdown at 7 tonight, with openers For The Fallen Dreams, Like Moths to Flames and By Any Means.

GO! to Havens: You don't have to die to go to Havens, but the former State Farm employee-turned-comic wouldn't object if you died laughing at his show, at 8 p.m. Friday in Mason City's hah-house, Mason City Limits.

GO! Steve-adore: Only Steven Spielberg would dare dominate the biggest movie-going weekend of the year with not one, but two new offerings: "Adventures of Tintin" (opened Tuesday) and "War Horse" (opens Sunday).

GO! bowl-ing: The McLean County Arts Center's exhibit, "Tea," serves up ceramic Japanese tea bowls created stateside by more than 30 Illinois artists, today through Saturday.

GO! wing it: Our favorite bulbous-nosed angel touches down again at the Normal Theater tonight through Sunday to prove "It's a Wonderful Life" -- especially if Frank Capra directs it.

GO! hurry Uptown: Uptown Normal's "12 Days of Christmas" are almost down and out for the count, with only Nos. 10 (today), 11 (Friday) and 12 (Saturday) left to go. Check out their themes at www.uptownnormal.com.


This Weekend (Dec. 22-25)


Christmas at the Park; 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 22, Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington; holiday music, games and treats for age 55 and older; free; 309-434-2260.

Christmas at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun., Dec. 22-31, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; historic home decorated for Victorian Christmas; free; 309-828-1084.

Uptown Normal 12 Days of Christmas; various times Dec. 22-24, various uptown Normal locations; different holiday-themed event each day; 309-454-9557 or www.uptownnormal.com. Scheduled: Christmas album giveaway, Dec. 22; late night shopping until 8 p.m., Dec. 23; food drive, Dec. 24.

Central Illinois

Christmas at Funk Prairie Home; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 22-31, Funk Prairie Home, Shirley; tours of decorated historic residence of Lafayette Funk; free; reservations required at 309-827-6792.

Christmas at the Dana-Thomas House; Dec. 22-31, Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site, Springfield; Frank Lloyd Wright house decorated for early 1900s Christmas; donation; 217-782-6776.

Christmas at the Weber House & Garden; Dec. 22-31, Weber House, 1503 Baker St., Streator; historic home decorated for holidays; $8; 815-672-8327.

Christmas with the Lincolns; Dec. 22-Jan. 8, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield; Abraham Lincoln home decorated for mid-1800s Christmas; 217-492-4241.

East Peoria Festival of Lights; 5-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 5-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 22-Jan. 1, downtown East Peoria and other locations; two-mile drive-through displays ($10 per car/van) and other attractions; 309-427-7786.

Luthy Botanical Garden Poinsettia Show and Candlelight Walks; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 22-31, Luthy Botanical Garden in Glen Oak Park, Peoria; holiday floral displays and sales, with candlelight walks 7-9 p.m. Dec. 23; $2, under 13 free; 309-686-3362.

DeWitt County Museum Candlelight Tours; 5-8 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30, C.H. Moore Homestead, 219 Woodlawn, Clinton; decorated Victorian mansion by candlelight; $1-$3; 217-935-6066.

** Nordic noel: If you're in an adventurous mood this Christmas Day, rise early and head to Bishop Hill State Historic Site for the annual Julotta, a 6 a.m. non-denominational candlelight service in both Swedish and English at 6 a.m. in the circa-1848 Colony Church. Free coffee and rusks (Swedish biscuits) follow. Call 309-927-3345 for more details.

This Week (Dec. 26-28)

Central Illinois

Kwanzaa Display; Dec. 27-31, Luthy Botanical Garden, 2218 N. Prospect, Peoria; African plant displays; 309-681-3506.


This Weekend (Dec. 22-25)


Motionless in White, For The Fallen Dreams, Like Moths to Flames and By Any Means; 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $12-$14; 309-820-0352.

** Pawn stars: The noteworthy employees of B-N's Monster Pawn are back at the Castle Theatre for the sophomore edition of the annual Monster Pawn X-mas Eve-Eve Party, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, featuring Pawn-star-ring bands 100 Year Picnic, Wiplot, 10 Second Head, Ink-trail and Nicotine Poetic. Tickets: no need to hock anything -- the show's a freebie!


This Weekend (Dec. 22-25)

Central Illinois

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Wed.-Sat. eve., Sun. matinee, Dec. 22-31, Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre, Goodfield; holiday revue; $34-$38; 309-965-2545.


This Weekend (Dec. 22-25)


** Up & Adam: He's no longer the teen sax prodigy playing grown-up jazz on the B-N club scene between studies. Today, Adam Larson is a 21-year-old NYC denizen in his senior year at the Manhattan School of Music. Home for the holidays, he'll be fitting in a gig here and there, including a 7 to 10 p.m. stand Friday at Swingers Grille in Normal.

Matt Casali; 9 p.m. Dec. 22, Mug Shots; acoustic; no cover.

Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 22 and 25, Shooters Lounge; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 25, Illinois Brewing Co.; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 4 p.m. Dec. 22, Swingers Grille; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Mr. Beez at Parke Hotel; acoustic pop; no cover.

Chuck Senrick; 7 p.m. Dec. 23, Jim's Steakhouse; piano bar; no cover.

Tater Tours; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Bonker's Place; classic rock; no cover.

J.B. and Tim Barnes; 5:15 p.m. Dec. 23 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 24 (J.B. only), Shooters Lounge; DJs; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Heyworth American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

Chris & Joe; 9:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Kemp's Upper Tap, Lexington; acoustic rock; no cover.

Karaoke; 9 p.m. Dec. 23, Pit Row, Heyworth; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 7 p.m. Dec. 23, Ups in Downs, Downs; '80s review; no cover.

Rex Havens; 8 p.m. Dec. 23, Mason City Limits, Mason City; comedy; $12.50.

This Week (Dec. 26-28)


Karaoke; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26, Illinois Brewing Co.; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Shooters Lounge; no cover.

Tim Barnes; 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28, Shooters Lounge; DJ; no cover.


This Weekend (Dec. 22-25)


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1-5 p.m. Sun., 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $6 for ages 2 and over; under 2, free; 309-433-3448.




Prologue to Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sun, David Davis Mansion, 1000 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; permanent exhibit on Lincoln's experiences on the circuit; free; 309-828-1084.

24 Local Artists; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon Sat., through Dec. 30, IAA Credit Union lobby, 808 IAA Drive, Bloomington; group show in various media; free.

The Art of Whimsy: Costume Design by Svetlana Golovko; through March 31, sixth floor of ISU Milner Library; prints of circus performance costumes; free.

ISU University Galleries; regular school hours, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.-Mon., summer hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and weekends by appointment, ISU Center for the Visual Arts; rotating exhibits in three galleries; free; 309-438-5487.

IWU Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; school hours, noon-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 7-9 p.m. Tue., summer hours, noon-3 p.m. Fri.-Mon.; 302 E. Graham St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits; free; 309-556-3391.

McLean County Arts Center; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tue., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; rotating exhibits, sales, rentals, art classes and lectures; free; 309-829-0011.

** Treasures chest: The McLean County Arts Center's 36th annual Holiday Treasures Exhibition & Sale is still a classy option for you last-minute shoppers and/or full-time procrastinators. The array of handmade affordable art from the cream of the area art community is up even longer this year, through Jan. 7 (talk about a gift for procrastinators!). Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 309-829-0011 for more information.

Tea; through Dec. 24, McLean County Arts Center, see above; interpretations of ceramic Japanse tea bowls by more than 30 Illinois artists.

McLean County Museum of History; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (until 9 p.m. Tue.), 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits; adults $5, seniors $4, students, children under 12 and members free; 309-827-0428.

A Passion for Detail: The Architectural Legacy of A.L. Pillsbury; through Jan. 19, 2012, McLean County Museum of History, see above; hand-drawn and colored renderings of noted B-N architect.

Come & Get It! The Way We Ate 1830-2008; through Jan. 31, 2012, McLean County Museum of History, see above; exhibit on McLean County food ways since 1800s. Special event: presentation on history of sweets in Midwest by chef-author Jenny Lewis, 7 p.m. Dec. 15.

Prairie Aviation Museum; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thu.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; permanent and rotating exhibits and displays with aerial history themes; adults $5, ages 6-11 $2, 5 and under free; 309-663-7632.

Central Illinois

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Fri. (until 8 p.m. Wed. during fall and spring semesters), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., and 2-5 p.m. Sun., 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign; paintings, porcelain, historical artifacts, traveling art exhibits; $3 donation suggested; 217-333-1861.

Recent Acquisitions, 2006-2011; through Dec. 30, Krannert Art Museum, see above; more than 350 works given or donated to museum in last five years.

Makeba!; through Dec. 30, Krannert Art Museum, see above; artifacts from South African music history and recordings by singer Miriam Makeba.

Burgess Hall Art Gallery; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and by apt. on weekends, third floor of Burgess Hall, Eureka College, Eureka; rotating exhibits; free; 309-467-6866.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 1-5 p.m. Tue., Thu., Sat.-Sun., 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; permanent and rotating military history exhibits; free (donations accepted); 309-473-3989.

Dickson Mounds Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; displays, special exhibits; free; 309-547-3721.

Contemporary Art Center of Peoria; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., Riverfront Arts Center, 305 S.W. Water, Peoria; rotating exhibits in two galleries; free; 309-674-6822.

Lakeview Museum; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., University & Lake, Peoria; permanent and rotating exhibits, planetarium shows and events; adults $6, ages 3-17 $4; 309-686-7000.

Peoria Art Guild; Foster Arts Center, Harrison and Washington streets, Peoria; rotating exhibits, gift shop; free; 309-637-2787.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; Lincoln-themed exhibits, historical displays, special events, more; adults $12, seniors and students $9, ages 5-15 $5, under 5 free; 217-558-8844.

Illinois State Museum; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun., closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; Spring and Edwards streets, Springfield; free; 217-782-7387.


Yes, Santa, there is a Virginia: The historic Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign recently added a bundle of winter-spring shows to its regular mix of movies and live entertainment. First up, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, is veteran country-folk singer Emmylou Harris, with tickets priced from $33 to $79. She's followed at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 by singing political parodists The Capitol Steps, with seats going from $18 to $39. At 7:30 p.m. March 6, Irish rockers Gaelic Storm -- famous for their appearance in "Titanic" 14 years ago -- headline a show, with tickets $18 to $40. Also headed Virginia-way is the acrobatic dance troupe, The Passing Zone: Gravity Attracts, at 7:30 p.m. April 10. Tickets for that show are $14 to $24. The Virginia's box office number is 217-356-9063.

Trans-action: They passed our way earlier this holiday season via the Peoria Civic Center. If you missed that call, take heart: the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is headed back to Central Illinois for a non-seasonal encore, March 16 at the U of I Assembly Hall in Champaign. Still to be announced (as of press time) were ticket prices and an on-sale date. Stay tuned.

A river dances through us: The farewell tour of Riverdance is leaving no Central Illinois market untouched. The Irish dance extravaganza, calling it a wrap in June, had already set performances in Champaign (7:30 p.m. March 7, U of I Assembly Hall) and Springfield (7 p.m. March 25, Sangamon Auditorium). Now, it has added a third date, at 7:30 p.m. March 11, in the Peoria Civic Center. Those seats are $39 to $59, and are now on sale via the PCC box office and Ticketmaster.

Ticket stubs: Due to popular demand, a second show for comedian Jim Gaffigan has been added to his March 23 stand at the Peoria Civic Center. In addition to the previously announced 7 p.m. show, there'll be an encore at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $39.75 and $49.75, and now on sale ... Disney Channel star Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up's" CeCe Jones) will sign autographs at the Jan. 28 Drive game in Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum. Her session will be from noon to 3 p.m. in the concourse; the appearance is free with regular game admission ($10-$12).

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