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Go! calendar - Feb. 15, 2018

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

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Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley sang to a near-capacity audience at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in March 2016.

Special events


ISU Founders Day Convocation; 2 p.m. Feb. 15, ISU Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom; annual convocation, with presentation of awards and honors, including honorary doctorate degree for ISU alum Craig Bouchard, followed by 3:30 p.m. reception; free;

Poetry Is Normal; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Normal Public Library Cafe, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; readings and discussion for poets and poetry lovers; free; 309-452-1757.

Bloomington Bacon & Beer Festival; 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; bacon-made dishes and foods from local eateries, more than 100 craft beers, more; $30-$70; 800-745-3000.

DBA Indoor Farmers Market; 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 17, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; indoor market, with fresh produce, more; free; 309-829-9599.

On exhibit

"A Year with the Saint John's Bible," featuring two volumes of the first handwritten/illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press, is on view in IWU's Ames Library Rotunda 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24, and noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 19.

A Year with Saint John's Bible; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 19, IWU Ames Library Rotunda; viewings of Gospel and Acts Heritage Edition; free.

Third Sunday Market Winter Show; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18, Interstate Center, 2301 W. Market St., Bloomington; antiques, collectibles; $6, under 14 free; 217-202-2847. 

ISU Civic Film Series: Meet the Donors; 6 p.m. Feb. 19, ISU Stevenson Hall 101; documentary on political donors, followed by discussion; free. 

Presidents' Day Open House: Constitution U; noon-3 p.m. Feb. 19, McLean County Museum of History, 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; program exploring Constitution, with related family activities, crafts, games and treats; free; 309-827-0428.

Vaudeville Monday; 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Normal Theater, Normal; showcase for local entertainers in all styles and formats, featuring rock band Dahinda; free; 309-454-9720.

Jeremy McCarter


IWU Founders Day Convocation with Jeremy McCarter; 11 a.m. Feb. 21, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; co-author of the musical "Hamilton" in presentation; free.

Central Illinois

Cirque D'Or; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; touring European-style cirque, with acrobats, aerial artists and entertainers; $28-$63; 309-673-3200.

Winter Guided Hikes; 11 a.m. Feb. 17-18, Starved Rock Park Lodge, Utica; guided park hikes; $12; reservations at 815-220-7386. 

Peoria Train Fair; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 18, Illinois Central College, East Peoria; operating model train layouts, parts and accessories, memorabilia, books, videos, more; $3, under 13 free; 309-339-2896.



Brad Paisley, Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell; 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Grossinger Motors Arena, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington; country singers; $25-$99; 800-745-3000. 

Michael Minarcek; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; IWU faculty percussionist; free.

Tim Buzbee; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; guest tuba player; free.

P.O.D., Islander and DED; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; rock groups; $25-$28; 309-820-0352.

ISU Symphony Winds; 8 p.m. Feb. 16, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

IWU Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Whitey Morgan and Alex Williams; 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; country singers; $20-$75; 309-820-0352. 

Lee Murdock: A Musical Celebration of Ireland; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1706 RT Dunn Road, Bloomington; Irish singer in Irish Heritage Society-sponsored concert; $10 members, $15 non-members; 309-828-1637.

Walker McGuire and The NATU Band; 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; country-rock groups; $10-$15; 309-820-0352. 

ISU Choral Showcase; 3 p.m. Feb. 18, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

ISU Wind Symphony; 7 p.m. Feb. 18, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Adriana Ransom; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU faculty cellist; free.

ISU Faculty String Quartet; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

IWU Student Composition Concert; 8 p.m. Feb. 20, IWU Westbook Auditorium; free.

ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II; 8 p.m. Feb. 21, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

Bellflower Country Opry; 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Bellflower Community Center, 202 Center St., Bellflower; Branson-style country-gospel music shows with Bellflower Country Opry band and guests Rusty Cummins & Keith White; $10, under 13 free; 309-722-3497.

Heyworth Country Opry; 6 p.m. Feb. 17, Heyworth VFW, 203 E. Main St., Heyworth; country music shows with Deb Schneider & Pride of the Prairie Band and guest Jason Zilm; $10, under 10 free; 309-660-2655.

Sinfonia da Camera; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; conducted by Ian Hobson, with saxophonist Debra Richtmeyer; $5-$40; 217-333-6280.

Today's news on stage

Director Kathleen Kirk works with actor Will Lovell, in the double-cast role of The Boy in Heartland Theatre's production of "For the Loyal." Maximilian Beck also plays the part in alternating performances.



For the Loyal; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 22-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 18 and 24; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.

Code of Conduct; 3 p.m. Feb. 16, ISU Westhoff Theatre; staged reading of Elizabeth Wong drama, followed by Q&A with the playwright; free.

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 20-24, 2 p.m. Feb. 17-18, ISU Westhoff Theatre; ISU Theatre production of Ann Washburn black comedy; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

Menopause The Musical; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; national tour of musical comedy; $42-$62; 309-673-3200.

Four Weddings and an Elvis; 6:15 p.m. Feb. 16-17, 12:45 p.m. Feb. 18, Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center, Pontiac; Vermillion Players production of romantic comedy; $35; 815-844-5847.



Karaoke; 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Bloomington Eagles; free.

Sarah Quah; 8 p.m. Feb. 15, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

The Baaad Boyz

Baaad Boyz; 8 p.m. Feb. 16, Jazz UpFront; blues; $5.

Chuck On Patrol; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Legends Sports Bar & Grille; classic rock; no cover.

Country Mavericks; 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Bloomington Eagles; country; no cover.

Patrick Campbell; 7 p.m. Feb. 16, Cadillac Jack's; solo piano; no cover.

Big On Blondes; 7 p.m. Feb. 17, Cheeks Bar & Grill; party rock; no cover.

3½ Men; 8 p.m. Feb. 17, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

The Nostalgics; 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Miller Park Pavilion; ballroom oldies; $8.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover.

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Children's Discovery Museum

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.

Dress-Up Movies: Leap; 1 p.m. Feb. 17, Normal Theater, 209 North St., Normal; movie showing, with audience invited to dress as characters on screen; free; 309-454-9540.

Winter Animal Enrichment Day; 1-3 p.m. Feb. 17, Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington; zookeeper presentation winter animal behaviors; free with regular zoo admission; 309-434-2250.

Rick Eugene Magic Show; 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave.; magician in kids' show; free; 309-452-1757. 

Central Illinois

Sonia De Los Santos; 10 a.m. Feb. 17, U of I Krannert Center lobby, Urbana; guitarist-singer-songwriter in family show; free; 217-333-6280.


Central Illinois

Dublin Irish Dance: Stepping Out; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, U of I at Springfield Sangamon Auditorium, Springfield; Irish step-dance troupe; $28-$47; 800-207-6960.


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