Special events


Lunch & Learn; 12:10 p.m. Nov. 9, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; "The Proven Value of International People-to-People Programs presented by the Sister Cities Association," presented by Orlyn Edge free; 309-828-2860.

Martinis for Marcfirst; 6-9 p.m. Nov. 9, DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington; Marc Center fundraiser, with martinis, food and silent auction of artist-rendered martini glasses and more; $50-$60; 309-451-8888, ext. 258.

Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 9-18, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; tours of historic mansion preparing for period Thanksgiving feast; $2-$4 donation; 309-828-1084.

Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale; Nov. 9-Dec. 30, McLean County Arts Center, 601 N. East St., Bloomington; affordable works and seasonal items by more than 60 local and national artists; 309-829-0011. 

ISU Veterans Day Ceremony; noon Nov. 10, ISU Bone Student Center Prairie Room; with speaker Ross Kennedy, chair of ISU's Department of History; free.

Books to Benefit Writers Event; 1-3 p.m. Nov. 11, Books to Benefit, 360 Wylie Drive, Suite 700, Normal; local published authors answering questions, with concurrent $5 used book bag sale; 309-531-8320.

Uptown Normal Holiday Open House; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11, uptown Normal; merchant open houses, free carriage rides, Santa Claus and special activities; free; 309-454-9557.

Holiday Extravaganza; 3-6 p.m. Nov. 12, Chateau Hotel & Conference Center, 1601 Jumer Drive, Bloomington; holiday gift market with 30 vendors; free admission.

Third Sunday Market Holiday Show; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; holiday edition of monthly antiques, collectibles fair; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847.

Movies Under the Dome: Wings; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14, McLean County Museum of History Gov. Fifer Courtroom, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; showing of 1927 classic film; free; 309-827-0428.

Central Illinois

Lily Tomlin; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park, Champaign; comedian-actress; $49.50-$69.50; 217-356-9063.

Ansar Shrine Circus; 7 p.m. Nov. 10; 11 a.m., and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11; 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12; BOS Center, Springfield; $7-$14; 217-788-8800.

Chris Cringle Arts & Craft Show; 3-9 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11, Wyndham Gardens, Urbana; holiday craft show with more than 90 booths, quilt raffle, refreshments; $5, under 13 free; 217-892-4135.

Pontiac Community Art Center Grand Opening Celebration; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10-11, Pontiac Community Art Center, 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac; grand opening at new location, with information, demonstrations, door prizes, refreshments, more; free.

Jolly Toy Trolley Holiday Open House & Food Drive; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 12, downtown Pontiac; merchant sales and specials, Jolly Trolley canned/non-perishables food drive for local pantries; 815-844-5847.

Richard Gray: Veteran Portrait Project; 1-4 p.m. Nov. 11, Heyworth American Legion Post 624, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; display of thermal camera portraits of U.S. military veterans living in St. Joseph County, Indiana, with talk by Gray at 3 p.m.; free; 309-824-9611.

Central Illinois Numismatic Association Autumn Coin Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 12, North field Center 1, 3210 Northfield Drive, Springfield; 70 dealer tables, youth coin auction; $1, under 16 free; 217-787-3241.

Heyworth Christmas Parade; 2 p.m. Nov. 12, downtown Heyworth; parade, with craft/bake sale at American Legion & VFW at 11 a.m.; free; 309-473-3337.



IWU Guitar Ensemble; 8 p.m. Nov. 9, IWU Evelyn Chapel; free.

Geoffrey Duce; 8 p.m. Nov. 10, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; faculty pianist; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

IWU Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

ISU Madrigals Festival; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10, ISU Center for the Performing Arts and Kemp Recital Hall; high school competition, with ISU Madrigal Singers concert at 1 p.m. (CPA); free.

ISU Jazz Ensembles Fall Big Band Dance; 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10, New Lafayette Club, 1602 S. Main St., Bloomington; WWII-era big band dance, with cash bar and semi-formal attire; $15 (cash or check) at door only; 309-438-2541.

Secondary Dominance; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; a cappella ensemble; free.

ISU Saxophone Studio; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

ISU Symphony Orchestras: Music For All; 11 a.m. Nov. 11, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; sensory-friendly concert for children and adults with cognitive, physical, behavioral exceptionalities, with pre-concert “instrument petting zoo” at 10 a.m.; free.

IWU Jazz Combo and Jazz Lab Band; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Music From the Great War; 1 p.m. Nov. 11, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; concert of WWI-era music by Dale Evans and Hannah Kerrigan; free; 309-827-0428.

Powerman 5000, Rachel Lorin and Vyces; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; metals group and singer; $15-$18; 309-820-0352.

Bach Cantata and Lecture Event; 3 p.m. Nov. 12, IWU Evelyn Chapel; Bach cantatas with Michael Marissen and faculty/guest performers; free.

Evening of Brass; 7 p.m. Nov. 12, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU brass ensembles and soloists; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

ISU Men's Glee and Women's Choir; 3 p.m. Nov. 12, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

U.S. Army Field Band; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; 65-member concert band; free, but tickets required at 866-686-9541.

ISU Civic Chorale; 8 p.m. Nov. 14, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

ISU Jazz Combos; 8 p.m. Nov. 14, ISU Kemp Recital; free. 

Illinois Festival Opera Presents Orpheus Britannicus: Henry Purcell & Benjamin Britten; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free

Central Illinois

Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Valery Gergiev, with pianist Denis Matsuev; $10-$53; 217-333-6280.

Music at the Museum: Katie Dahl; 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Illinois State Museum Auditorium, 502 S. Spring St., Springfield; folk singer-songwriter; $10, under 12 free; 217-782-7386.

Colt Ford and Charlie Farley; 8 p.m. Nov. 10, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; country singers; $12-$30; 309-693-1234.

Granger Smith and Morgan Wallen; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Limelight Eventplex, 1802 N. University, Peoria; country singers; $15-$35; 309-693-1234. 

PrimeTime Country Opry; 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Olympia High School Auditorium, rural Stanford; country music shows with PrimeTime Country Opry Band and special guest Rusty Cummins; adults $10, ages 3-12 $3, under 3 free; 309-449-5484.

Rebetiki Istoria; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; Greek folk ensemble; $42; 800-207-6960.

Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez; 7 p.m. Nov. 12, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; mariachi group; $40-$60; 800-207-6960.

The Quebe Sisters; 7 p.m. Nov. 13, Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center, 350 N. Illinois Ave., Morton; Western swing trio; $15-$25; 309-284-4085.

Jason Morgan & The Big Bandwagon; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; jazz pianist and group in Thelonius Monk tribute; $10-$45; 217-333-6280.



Sister Act; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19; Community Platers Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; musical comedy; $7-$18; 309-662-2121. 

Three Tall Women; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 18; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Edward Albee drama; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.

South Pacific; 8 p.m. Nov. 14-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19, IWU Jerome Mirza Theatre; Rogers & Hammerstein musical; $12-$14; 309-556-3232.

Central Illinois

Hansel and Gretel; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10, 5 p.m. Nov. 11, 3 p.m. Nov. 12, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Lyric Theatre production of Humperdinck opera; $10-$35; 217-333-6280.

Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical; 7 p.m. Nov. 10-11 and 17-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19, Paxton Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton; Tri-County Players production of musical comedy; $12; 217-379-7028.



Tom Becker Trio; 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 9, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Nov. 14, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; no cover. 

The Bygones; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; nostalgic rock; no cover.  

Jury's Out; 8 p.m. Nov. 10, Coppertop Lounge; ’80s rock; no cover.

King TZ; 7 p.m. Nov. 10, Bloomington Eagles; rock; no cover.

Knucklehead; 9 p.m. Nov. 10, Winners; rock; $3.

Shawn Maxwell; 8 p.m. Nov. 10, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Escaping Neverland; 9 p.m. Nov. 11, Winners; rock; no cover.

Retrofit; 7 p.m. Nov. 11, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover.

Sara Quah; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 12, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $8.

Open Mic Night; Nov. 12, Jazz UpFront; no cover. 

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Christopher Corkery; 8 p.m. Nov. 11, TailGaters Pub, LeRoy; acoustic rock; no cover.

For kids


Children's Discovery Museum; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday; 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.

From Earth to the Universe; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10-18; ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on stars and universe; $2-$4; 309-438-8756.



Kenneth Von Heidecke Master Class; 1 p.m. Nov. 12, Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N. East St., Bloomington; Chicago Festival Ballet choreographer in free dance master class for ages 12-adult; 866-686-9541.