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Go! calendar - Jan. 25, 2018

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Music, comedy, theater and more - in BloNo and Central Illinois

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Best bets (copy)

James McMurtry

Special events


Illinois Fish & Feather Expo; noon-7 p.m. Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 28, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; hunting-fishing-boat show, with regional/local speakers, seminars, collectors, exhibits, more; $4-$7; 309-452-9646.

Agriculture in Illinois: Stories of Place and the People; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Governor Fifer Courtroom, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; presentation by Debra Reid, curator of Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation; free; 309-827-0428.




World War I Speaker Series: Mike Matejka; 7 p.m. Jan. 30, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; presentation on local transporation during war years; free; 309-433-3488.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Lee Hunter; noon Jan. 31, ISU University Galleries, Uptown Station, Normal; presentation by New York-based multi-disciplinary artist; free; 309-438-5487. 

Central Illinois

Mark Nizer 4-D; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Cener, Decatur; comedy juggler in live "4-D" performance (glass provided); $10-$25; 217-424-6318.

Chill Billy Winter Sporting Event; 9 a.m. Jan. 27, Camp Wokanda, Chillicothe; winter sporting events and activities, including endurance runs, open ice fishing, birding hike, winter orienteering class, chili lunch, more; $5; 309-579-2157.

Winter Guided Hikes; 11 a.m. Jan. 27-28, Starved Rock Park Lodge, Utica; guided park hikes; $12; reservations at 815-220-7386. 



Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; conducted by Ken Lam, with guest violinist Adele Anthony; $5-$60; 866-686-9541.

James McMurtry; 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; country-Americana singer-songwriter; $20-$22; 309-820-0352.

Neko Case and Mt. Joy; 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; indie rock/alt-country singer and group; 32-$35; 309-820-0352.

Alejandro Escovedo Band and Chris Stamey; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock singers; $20-$25; 309-820-0352.

ISU Band Concerto Competition; 1-4 p.m. Jan. 28, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; free.

Temperance Brass; 3 p.m. Jan. 28, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; brass ensemble in guest recital; free.

Xiaorui Chu; 3 p.m. Jan. 28, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; pianist in guest recital; free.

JJ Grey & Mofro and The Commonheart; 8 p.m. Jan. 29, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock-soul groups; $28-$30; 309-820-0352.

The Durward Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30, ISU Kemp Recital; new music ensemble in guest recital; free.

ISU Orchestra Aria Concerto Competition; 7-10 p.m. Jan. 31, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; free. 

Central Illinois

Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine; 6:25 p.m. Jan. 25, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; rock groups; $25-$75; 309-673-3200.

Minnesota Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; directed by Osmo Vanska, with pianist Inon Barnatan; $10-$53; 217-333-6280.

Fourth Friday Jamboree; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Armington Christian Church, 202 S. Monroe, Armington; country-gospel show with guests Art & Bobbie Hunziker; free-will offering; 309-392-2828.

Illinois Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; conducted by Ken Lam, with guest violinist Adele Anthony; $5-$60; 800-207-6960. 

Jiji; 3 p.m. Jan. 28, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; classical guitarist; $10-$53; 217-333-6280.

The Rat Pack Is Back; 7 p.m. Jan. 28, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; nationally touring Rat Pack tribute show; $32-$59; 309-673-3200.


Central Illinois

The Wizard of Oz; 7 p.m. Jan. 28, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; national tour of musical fantasy; $67-$77; 800-207-6960.



Karaoke; 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Bloomington Eagles free.

Tom Becker & Friends; 7 p.m. Jan. 25, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

The Bygones; 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Cheeks Bar & Grill; nostalgic rock; no cover.

Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grill; acoustic pop; no  cover.

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The Kilborn Alley Blues Band 

Kilborn Alley Blues Band; 8 p.m. Jan. 26, Jazz UpFront; blues; $5.

Mark & Melisa; 7 p.m. Jan. 26, Bloomington Eagles; country; $5.

Vinyl Tap; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; classic rock; no cover.

Jim Vasilou & Tommy Haas; 6 p.m. Jan. 27, Satio; acoustic rock; no cover.

Salsa Night; 8 p.m. Jan. 27, Jazz UpFront; $5. 

Sweetwater; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Cadillac Jack's; rock; no cover.

Open Mic Night; 7 p.m  Jan. 28, Jazz UpFront; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

For kids


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. and Fri.-Sat.; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal; exhibit gallery, paint wall, two-story climber, AgMazing exhibit, educational programs, more; $7, under 2 free; 309-433-3444.