Special events

Bloomington-Normal

Whooping Crane Conservation Efforts at the International Crane Foundation; 7 p.m. Nov. 2, IWU Center for Natural Sciences Room 101; presentation by Lizzie Condon, Outreach Coordinator at the International Crane Foundation; free.

Blessings of the Table: Thanksgiving at Clover Lawn; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Sat., Nov. 2-18, 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; "A Bountiful Feast," 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4, living history event on servants’ perspective on holiday observance.

Books to Benefit Book Sale; pre-sale, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2 ($5 cover); regular sale, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 3 , 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4 (free); $5 bag sale, noon-4 p.m. Nov. 5; Books to Benefit at Crossroads Centre, 360 Wylie Drive, Normal; 309-531-8320.

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Holiday Treasures show at the McLean County Arts Center, 2010.

Holiday Treasures Exhibition and Sale; Nov. 2-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. Opening reception: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2.

First Friday; 5-8 p.m. Nov. 3, various downtown Bloomington restaurants, shops and galleries; extended hours, live entertainment, gallery events and more; www.downtownbloomington.org.

Around the Corner Autumn Art Walk; 4-9 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 4, 411 N. Center St., 101 W. Monroe St., 313 N. Main St. No. A, other downtown Bloomington galleries; open houses at galleries, including those located "around the corner" from each other at Monroe and Center streets; free; 309-828-1575.

BHS Craft Show; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4, Bloomington High School; 140 booths, bake sale, lunch; free admission; www.bhscraftshow.com.

Mix.Fuse.Evolve.; 7-10 p.m. Nov. 4, Reality on Monroe, 111 E. Monroe St., Bloomington; BCAI School of Arts scholarship fundraiser, with food, coffee and cash bars, live music, raffle items, more; $55; www.breakingchains116.wixsite.com/mfe2.

Whose Live Anyway?; 8 p.m. Nov. 4, ISU Braden Auditorium; improv comedy show with Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray; $27.50-$37.50; 309-438-5444.  

Model Railroad Train Show; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4, 1-3:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Normal Public Library, 206 W. College Ave., Normal; model train enthusiasts displaying layouts; free; 309-452-5312.

IWU African Culture Night; 5:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5, IWU Hansen Student Center; African culture-themed dancing, fashion, food and more; free.

Local Authors Fair; 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St., Bloomington; 19 local authors in various genres signing/discussing books; free; 309-828-6091. 

William Luther White Forum: Mark Soderstrom; 7 p.m. Nov. 6, Calvary United Methodist Church, 1700 N. Towanda Ave., Normal; Vladimir Canterbury Sisters City Association event, with presentation on "Putin's Empire of the Past: History, Memory and Politics in 21st Century Russia"; free.

Vaudeville Monday; 7 p.m. Nov. 6, Normal Theater, Normal; showcase for local entertainers in all styles and formats; free; 309-454-9720.

Jehanne Dubrow; 4 p.m. Nov. 7, IWU Ames Library Beckman Auditorium; poet in reading; free. 

Central Illinois

Handmade for the Holidays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4, Pioneer Gothic Church, 201 N. Franklin St., Dwight; holiday fine arts and crafts show; free admission; 815-584-1865.

"The Goofy Movie," Kevin Lima's 1995 Disney directing debut, is being world-premiered this weekend at the second Lincoln Film Festival in Lincoln in a freshly remastered digital edition. 

2nd Annual Lincoln Film Festival; various times Nov. 3-5, Lincoln Grand 8 Theater, 225 S. Kickapoo St., Lincoln; opening gala with Oscar-winning animation director Brenda Chapman, Kevin Lima and other guests; complete schedule at www.lincolnfilmfestival.com.

Castle Gardens Open House; 2-4 p.m. Nov. 4, Castle Gardens, 1280 PJ Keller Highway, Lexington; with live music by New Vintage Band; free; www.castlegardens.us.

Chonda Pierce; 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; comedian; $27-$49.50; 309-673-3200.

Music

Bloomington-Normal

IWU Student Composition Concert; 8 p.m. Nov. 2, IWU Westbrook Auditorium; free.

Acafellez; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU a cappella group; free.

Elizabeth Cook and Darrin Bradbury; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; country singers; $15-$18; 309-820-0352.

ISU Jazz Ensembles I and II; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Clef Hangers; 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; ISU cappella group; free.

Diva Delights; 10 a.m. Oct. 4, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; Michelle Vought voice studio recital; free.

ISU Concert/Civic Choirs and ISU Symphony Orchestra; 3 p.m. Nov. 5, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; Haydn's "Creation"; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

ISU Percussion Ensemble; 7 p.m. Nov. 5, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free. 

IWU Fall Choral Concert; 3 p.m. Nov. 5, Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St., Bloomington; free.

ISU Music Factory; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, ISU Kemp Recital Hall; free.

The Milk Carton Kids and Sammy Miller & The Congregation; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Castle Theatre, 209 E. Washington St., Bloomington; folk-rock duo and group; $28-$32; 309-820-0352.

9 Horses; 7 p.m. Nov. 8, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; improv chamber ensemble; $6-$10; 309-438-2535.

Central Illinois

C-U Folk and Roots Festival; Nov. 2-4, various downtown Urbana locations; more than 80 music acts, dances, jams, family activities, more; www.folkandroots.org.

Justin Moore and Dylan Scott; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; country singers; $22.25-$42.25; 217-333-6595.

Dream Theater; 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria; progressive metal group; $39.50-$74.50; 309-673-3200.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Virginia Theater, Champaign; singer-songwriters; $37.50-$67.50; 217-356-9063.

Mike Porter, Marsha Banning and Panther Creek Band; 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Melvin Community Hall, 108 E. Main St., Melvin; country singers; $10, under 13 free. 

The Oak Ridge Boys; 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Limelight Eventplex, Peoria; country group; $25-$40; 309-693-1234.

Sunday Salon: Nathan Lee; 3 p.m. Nov. 5, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; classical pianist; $10-$53; 217-333-6280.

Foo Fighters and The Struts; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; rock groups; $49-$99; 217-333-6595.

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The ISU production of "She Kills Monsters" opens Friday in the Center for the Performing Arts on campus.

Theater

Bloomington-Normal

She Kills Monsters; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4; 2 p.m. Nov. 4, ISU Center for the Performing Arts; ISU Theater production of Qui Nguyen comedy-fantasy; $12-$17; 309-438-2535.

Sister Act; pay-what-you-can preview, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2; regularly ticketed, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19; Community Platers Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane, Bloomington; musical comedy; $7-$18; 309-662-2121. 

Three Tall Women; pay-what-you-can preview, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2; regularly ticketed, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-4, 9-10 and 16-18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 18; Heartland Theatre Company, One Normal Plaza, Normal; Edward Albee drama; $5-$15; 309-452-8709.

Central Illinois

In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2-4, 3 p.m. Nov. 5, U of I Krannert Center, Urbana; U of I Theatre production of Darah Ruhl adult comedy; $10-$25; 217-333-6280.

Dirty Dancing; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, U of I State Farm Center, Champaign; national tour of musical; $39-$58; 217-333-6595.

Nightlife

Bloomington-Normal

Tom Becker Trio; 7 p.m. Nov. 2, Jazz UpFront; jazz; no cover.

Karaoke; 7 p.m. Nov. 2, Bloomington Eagles; 7 p.m. Nov. 7, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; no cover. 

Hindsight; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Winners; rock; no cover.

Horizon; 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Bloomington Eagles; country; no cover. 

Kevin Stearns; 7 p.m. Nov. 3, Dr. McKay's Bar & Grille; acoustic pop; no cover.

Luke & The Drifters; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, Legends Sports Bar & Grill; country; no cover.

Robert Sampson Trio; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Second City Improv; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, IWU Hansen Student Center; comedy; free.

Tom Ricker; 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Maguire's; acoustic variety; no cover.

Big Guns; 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Winners; rock; $3.

Big On Blondes; 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Cheeks Bar & Grill; rock; no cover. 

Glenn Wilson & Friends; 8 p.m. Nov. 4, Jazz UpFront; jazz; $5.

Open Mic Night; Nov. 5, Jazz UpFront; no cover. 

Pickled Beats; 5 p.m. Nov. 7, Brickyard Bar at DoubleTree Hotel; acoustic variety; no cover.

Central Illinois

Silver Foxes; 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, American Legion, Heyworth; country; no cover. 

Patrick Campbell; 8 p.m. Nov. 3, Lake Road Inn, Lake Bloomington; solo piano; no cover.

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Children's Discovery Museum

For kids

Bloomington-Normal

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. Special events: “El Dia de Los Muertos,” 1-4 p.m. Nov. 4, “Day of the Dead” celebration with hands-on activities, music and stories.

From Earth to the Universe; 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3-18; ISU Planetarium; planetarium show on stars and universe; $2-$4; 309-438-8756.

Dance

Central Illinois

Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Millikin University Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Decatur; Russian troupe; $10-$65; 217-424-6318.

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